Nov 2, 2015
" I see visual art as a method of measuring and reflecting the world and our place in it. Like the written or spoken word, it is a system for elucidating that which evades our immediate understanding. There is a contemporary compulsion to impose trends and to forecast even the most ephemeral and unpredictable of things through the endless collection of data. Though this has yielded great social/scientific/economic fruit, it may be ill-suited to deal with the absurdity of human interaction. Images that work entirely outside the world of reason may be better-suited to telling the story of how we act and interact. I have tried, in my work, to create a mythological vocabulary outside of traditional religious or historical systems. Characters are set outside of identifiable context (they cannot be placed in time or located in a particular culture) but their faces are real, familiar, human faces that may remind the viewer of a neighbour or a friend (though, admittedly, gone terribly wrong). The primary aim is to evoke an emotional response and, then, to allow the viewer to speculate on the narrative. Why are these people here? How did they get this way? What are they doing to each other?" - Peter Shmelzer
Oct 30, 2015
Amsterdam based painter Femke Hiemstra
’s meticulously tight, jewel like mixed media paintings and exquisitely rendered black and white drawings are homes to a dark fairytale land where inanimate objects come to life and frolic with animal neighbors. Lollipops become ship captains, strawberries become giant wrestlers, and vegetables become Halloween gods with lantern eyes. Femke occasionally uses typography in her work, using words from various languages and letters in her paintings to further enhance the narrative while still retaining a playful sense of mystery, or as a visual device to frame in the scenery, as if you were looking at her world through a secret window. She also uses found objects to paint on, such as boxes and wrappers, to create imaginary products with magical properties.Drawing from a range of influences, from firework wrappers to Japanese woodblock prints, Femke’s use of both pop culture detritus and child-like fantasy create a vibrant playground for the imagination, with each piece looking like a portal for a fantastic adventure, which is left up to the viewer to imagine the story that lies inside. (via Roq La Rue
Oct 29, 2015
, also known as Marie-Esther, is an entirely self-taught artist from Milan, Italy. Since 2009 she dedicates her free time from medical studies and work to improve her skills in the field of traditional art, mostly using mixed media on paper. Inspired by many artists, such as the old italian classics but also the most contemporary ones, she has always shown a strong wish to find a style and identifiability of her own. Curious and creative, she focuses on depicting ethereal and overlapping images, in order to visually represent the intricacy of human nature, psyche and emotions. Her works have been often described as exquisitly surrealistic, oniric, touching and intense.
Oct 28, 2015
(b. 1980 Boston, MA; raised in San Francisco, California, USA) earned a Bachelor of Arts from Bard College in 2004, and a Master of Fine Arts from the Yale School of Art in 2006. His notable group exhibitions include New Photography 2009 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and Greater New York 2010 at MoMA PS1. He is the Author of Still Lifes, Portraits, and Parts (Mörel, 2013), Flowers and Shadows (Onestar Press, 2011) and Flying Pictures (powerHouse Books, 2009). He is the winner of the 2014 Foam Paul Huf award, and exhibited his work in a solo exhibition at the museum in 2014. Gordon has been a critic in photography at the Yale School of Art. He is represented by Wallspace in New York City, and lives and works in Brooklyn.
Oct 27, 2015
- Born in 1954 in Gornji Milanovac. Educated in Gornji Milanovac and Belgrade. Since 1989, he has been living and working as a free-lance artist. He has taken part at several group exhibitions, including the Forth International Biennial of Miniature Arts in Gornji Milanovac (1996). He has also had solo Exhibitions in Belgrade (1994 – 1998 - 2001), Gornji Milanovac(1995), Geneva (1996) and Cacak (1999). Mirkovic` is a representative of a fantastic figurative confession in Serb Art, a composer of a self-created and personified visual myth. He is an obvious lunar painter, a kind of storyteller expressing himself in paintings. It is impossible to omit and reject certain literary aspect in the domain of fantastic painting. This visual alchemist of an inner space balances between reality and daydream. Mirkovic`’s paintings is a closed work housing a universe of sand watches, seashells, dolls, keys, hangings, and small wooden chests being a symbol of harmoniae mundi. The space at his painting is esoteric underground more alike metaphysical embodiment than concrete metaphysical reality. Vlada Mirkovic`’s painting emits the feeling of persecution, dreary loneliness and pettiness of human essence in the sand ocean that swallows everything. This artist paints the dark night of a soul discussed by mystics.
Oct 26, 2015
was born in Detroit in 1975. She received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA from Yale University. She also studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Exhibiting in several solo exhibitions at Wallspace Gallery in New York, Friedman has also been included in a number of group exhibitions, including New York Minute at MACRO in Rome (2009), Time-Life Part Two at Taxter & Spengemann in New York (2009), a public work commission from the Public Art Fund at Metrotech Center in Brooklyn, NY (2008) and Bunch, Alliance and Dissolve at the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati, OH (2007). Her work has been reviewed in a number of publications, most notably the New York Times, Artforum.com and Art Review. Friedman has also held a number of teaching positions at universities including Yale University, Pratt Institute of Art, The Cooper Union and Princeton University, among others. Friedman currently lives and works in New York City.
Oct 23, 2015
is known for his intimately scaled sculptures, each made up of ceramic elements that are slip-cast, fired, and embellished with epoxy details. Some are glazed to a hot-rod finish, others textured like stucco and then airbrushed. Despite the work’s three-dimensionality, Nagle explains, “everything is done, even subconsciously, from a flat point of view.” Nagle was born in San Francisco in 1939. He began working with ceramics during the 1950s as a high school student. In 1961 he apprenticed to Peter Voulkos at the University of California, Berkeley, and later exhibited his work alongside Voulkos, Ken Price, and other innovative West Coast artists working in clay. His work is inspired by such artists as Giorgio Morandi, Phillip Guston, and George Herriman, and by such varied forms as Japanese Momoyama ceramics and Hawaiian funerary monuments.
Oct 22, 2015
(b. 1969) lives and works in Tokyo. Honor Fraser Gallery has presented two exhibitions featuring Gokita's work to date: Heaven (2009) and Vanity Drunko (2007). In 2014 Gokita was the subject of the large-scale solo exhibition, Tomoo Gokita: The Great Circus at the Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art in Sakura, Japan. His work has also been included in such thematic shows as Wonderful My Art, Kawaguchiko Museum of Art, Yamanashi, Japan (2013); The Unseen Relationship: Form and Abstraction, Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art, Sakura (2012); Gateway: Japan, Torrance Art Museum, CA (2011);VOCA 2009: The Vision of Contemporary Art, Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo (2009); New York Minute, Macro Future Museum, Rome (2009); and Collected Visions, Pera Museum, Istanbul (2009).