Kris Knight is Canadian painter whose work examines performance in relation to the construction, portrayal and boundaries of sexual and asexual identities. Since graduating from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 2003, Knightâ€™s practice has concentrated on thematic figurative works that are often as attractive as they are disturbing. The creative focus of Knightâ€™s work involves the construction of imaginary and biographical character-based portraits, that attempt to find a balance between the dichotomies of pretty and menace, myth and reality, sanctuary and susceptibility. His classical meets illustrative paintings allude to various expressions of duality, often dealing with opposing notions of hiding and fronting, defense and vulnerability, innocence and the erotic.
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‘ Nick Ervinck (born 1981, lives and works in Belgium) creates huge installations, sculptures, prints, workdrawings and animated films. For several years he participated in many individual projects and group shows. In 2005 he received the Godecharle prize for Sculpture, in 2006 the Mais prize of the City Brussels and the prize for visual art of West-Flanders and in 2008 the Rodenbach fonds award. Recently he showed work at MOCA Shanghai, MARTA Herford, Kunstverein Ahlen, Koraalberg Antwerp, Zebrastraat Ghent, HISK Ghent, Odette Ostend, Superstories Hasselt, Brakke Grond Amsterdam, MAMA Rotterdam and Telic Art Exchange Los Angeles/Berlin. ‘
” Over the past 10 years, I have pursued a little-known genre called slitscan photography. Far from being just a visual curiosity, it has become a substantial tool for the exploration of themes meaningful to me. I have found slitscan photography to be an excellent vehicle for ideas central to my work– ideas about time and our place in its continuum. It is important to understand that these images are not manipulated. This is the way my camera sees the world. ” – Ansen Seale
Loooooove these iPod-shaped tables designed by Italian artist Mirko Ginepro for Milan Design Week. Link here.
The Vancouver collective Creative Room is holding a newly-formed annual Gingerbread Competition and Charity Auction, tasking architecture firms to put their design prowess into houses made of gingerbread. The houses are then auctioned off to the public, with this year’s proceeds going to benefit Architecture for Humanity. (via Core77)
Jamie Salmon is a British born, Vancouver resident, contemporary sculptor. He specialises in photorealistic sculpture, utilizing materials such as silicone rubber, fibre glass, acrylic and human hair. The themes of Salmons works are varied . He says ” I like to use the human form as a way of exploring the nature of what we consider to be “real” and how we react when our visual perceptions of this reality are challenged. In our modern society we have become obsessed with our outward appearance, and now with modern technology we are able to alter this in almost anyway we desire. How does this outward change affect us and how we are perceived by others? ”
By combining art historical elements with contemporary figures, Wes Hempel creates narrative paintings that function as comments on contemporary culture. He finds himself increasingly drawn, however, to combinations where the relationships are less clear, and believes the ambiguity and sense of displacement arising from these images will appeal to viewers in ways even he cannot foresee. He is intrigued by the idea that an artist can enter into an image without having words, at least initially, to explain whatâ€™s going on. Hempel was born in El Monte, California, and received his BA in 1985 from California State University in Northridge. He then studied at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he received his MA in 1988. He has shown his work in both solo and group exhibitions across the country since 1987. Public and corporate collections, such as the Denver Art Museum and Microsoft Corporation, also contain his work. Since the mid-1990s, Hempel has frequently collaborated on paintings with Jack Balas, an artist who works in both painting and photography. (via LewAllen Contemporary)