” I create my paintings by dissecting my images into multiple digital layers, creating an accumulated image over time. The process always begins with a black silhouette of the portrait and finalizes with small white transparent marks. My subject is my surface and the process is a silent performance. The Paintings I make are derived from the documentation of the silent performances I perform with my subjects. The layered paint on my subject’s face develops into a mask which represents the projected layered personal history of the subject. When my subject discards their painted mask, it represents a self supporting individual growth, a release of the self, a shedding of self-projections and a reclamation of the self.” – Karen Ösp Pálsdóttir
The soothing ‘Volcano Light’ has a calming effect and is inspired by a volcano erupting with light. It lights up when a suitably sized glass bottle or glass cup is placed on the crater creating a warm ambiance. This elegant design can be used as a night light or for mood lighting and can also make a great gift.
Markus Linnenbrink was born in Germany in 1961. He attended Gesamthochschule in Kassel as well as the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin. His work is included in the permanent collections of The Hague Ministry of Culture, the Hague, Netherlands; Harvard Business School, Cambridge, MA; Harvard College, Cambridge, MA; the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH; Museum Neue Galerie, Kassel, Germany; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; the San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA; UCLA’s Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA and the West Collection, Oaks, PA, among others.
” At the formal level, the round is a key concept. I hope that one is attracted to my pieces, that one has wanted to touch them. It is a form that welcomes the hand and calls for contact: feminine and soothing. The circle is the symbol of all, the basic form which includes all others, and therefore, the basic theme that includes all the others. ” – Sandra David
Born 1980 Broumov, Czech Republic, Hynek Martinec graduated in 2005 from the Academy of Fine Art in Prague. During his studies he spent one term as an exchange student at Middlesex University, London (2002), and another at The Cooper Union, New York (2004). Martinec’s work has been exhibited in both national and international venues including National Portrait Gallery in London, The Prague Biennale (Flash Art) and The British Painting “Beyond Reality” (Galerie Rudolfinum). He is represented in numerous private collections in Europe, including the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum, London and at the National Gallery, Prague. In 2007 he won the BP Young Artist Award. After his graduation at AVU 2005 he lived in Paris for 2 years. Since 2007 Hynek Martinec lives and works in London.
Berta Fischer‘s (Born 1973; Lives and works in Berlin) remarkably light sculptures are abstract and reductive in a poetic sense of the word. Her work appears to be the sum of material and form. Fischer uses synthetic materials like PVC and acrylic glass. Still her compositions seem natural in their own unconventional way.
Leo Villareal received a BA in sculpture from Yale University in 1990, and a graduate degree from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Interactive Telecommunications Program. Recent exhibitions include, a survey show organized by the San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA, which continues to tour several museums in the United States. He has completed many site specific works including, Radiant Pathways, Rice University in Houston, Texas; Mulitverse, The National Gallery of Art, Washington DC; Diagonal Grid, Borusan Center for Culture and Arts, Istanbul, Turkey; Stars, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, New York, and the recently installed Hive, for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority at the Bleecker Street subway station in Manhattan. Among the projects Villareal is currently working on, Bay Lights for the Bay Bridge in San Francisco will spectacularly light the bridge, reflect on the water, and glisten throughout the city. Villareal is a focal point of the James Corner Field Operations design team that will renew Chicago’s Navy Pier, and commissioned installations at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, and The Durst Organization in New York City, will be in visible public spaces. Villareal’s work is in the permanent collections of many museums including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum, Kagawa, Japan; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
‘Ida Ekblad’s chance-based art practice is a literal reflection of her peripatetic methodology, a special kind of no-holds-barred urban folk art. The production of her sculptures, paintings, music and poetry revolves around ‘drifts’ taken around the cities in which she will be making the work. Like a scavenger on a mission to extract essential, survival sustenance out of the discarded remains of contemporary culture, Ekblad collects materials on her walks, sifting through piles of rubble from demolished buildings and industrial heaps of metal.’ (via Saatchi Gallery)
” Like music, art can create a strong emotional link with its audience, touching all senses at once. And just as an instrument can consume its musician, the canvas can overpower the artist, guiding him to paint what he truly feels deep inside. With each brushstroke, the canvas responds and leads you to the next stroke…each color, as each musical note, working synergistically to create a greater whole…, a final outcome that can profoundly move its audience. And as a symphony, the outcome of an artist’s exploration is more than what meets the eyes. Each stroke and each color lay a foundation from which to build upon…, a progression of one feeling to the next. My paintings have colors that play and work together underneath the surface to create an artistic expression of my feelings. There are no shapes, no boundaries…just an outpouring of emotion represented through color attempting to take you to an emotional plateau not yet realized before.” – Mojan Vadie
Boris Pelcer (b. 1985, Sarajevo, Bosnia) is an artist & designer based out of Milwaukee, WI, USA. His work is inspired by the sublime & the enigmatic facets of the human psyche, the human condition & the cosmos. He divides his time between personal & commercial projects. The challenge of balancing the two fields helps him continually evolve.