” I was born in Holland in 1979 in a small town called Meppel. I studied fine art at the academy of Kampen and Groningen. In 2005 I finished art school and decided I wanted to make comic-books. In my drawings everyday subjects play an important role. The environments I create and the topics I raise are sober and Dutch. With recognizable motifs I try to create a familiar world. In addition to the subjects that depict the real world, there are dream sequences or alienating events. At this point I play with the certainty of the created structure. This is what it is all about, leaving the viewer curious and confused.” – Bart Nijstad
Matt Donovan is an artist, industrial designer and conservator of kinetic artworks. Formally trained in Fine Arts at the Ontario College of Art and Design, but with an instinctive understanding of engineering, he has built a career in which design and art are inseparable. In addition to his collaboration with Hallie Siegel, highlights from Matt’s career include collaborating with Max Dean and Raffaello D’Andrea on “The Robotic Chair”. He has exhibited at ARS Electronica, ARCO art fair, Luminato Festival, and has work in the permanent collection at the National Gallery of Canada. Hallie Siegel is an artist, media designer and science communications advisor, who uses text, graphics and other media to translate abstract ideas into accessible and meaningful content. Born in London, Ontario and raised in Toronto, Hallie completed her B.A. in Communication Studies at Concordia University. She presently works as a science communications advisor for the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) and her work with Matt Donovan has been exhibited in solo and group shows in Toronto and across Ontario. Matt and Hallie began their collaboration in 1999. Over the next several years, they built up a body or work, received grants from the Canada Council and the Ontario Arts Council, and eventually exhibited at the Olga Korper Gallery in 2007. At the end of 2007 they moved to Zurich where Matt was Artist in Residence and Hallie worked as a science communication advisor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich). They returned to Canada in 2010, and now work out of their Toronto studio. Website here.
“Eye Heart Spleen is a body of work by English artist Camila Carlow. 13 photographs representing human organs sculpted out of wild plants and weeds foraged in Bristol. The plants were collected and assembled early in the day, so as to photograph them in the best possible light, and to keep them from wilting. This work invites the viewer to regard our vital structures as beautiful living organisms, and to contemplate the miraculous work taking place inside our bodies, even in this very moment.”
Adelaide Paul is a sculptor residing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She earned her BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 1993, and her MFA from Louisiana State University in 1996. Her work is concerned with investigating the relationships between domesticated animals and humans. She is represented by the Garth Clark Gallery in New York City, and she is a resident artist at The lay Studio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Radu Belcin catches attention by new associations of characters, or objects, in a chiaroscuro-painted atmosphere. Starting the quest from the expression of reality study, Belcin explore the identities of the individual and of the present. The frame of such visual exploration is addressed in chiaroscuro. The delight of long shadows elongating in the background, the sparks of light, coming from the scenographically designed spot lights create the atmosphere that leads to a world of dreams or nightmares. (via Nasui Collection & Gallery)
‘This huge wooden sculpture is an impressive display of the famous Chinese wood carver Zheng Chunhui‘s incredible hand-carving skills. Standing more than 40 feet long, almost 8 feet wide, and, at one point, 10 feet tall, the massive work of art was formed out of just one single log and was recently declared the world’s longest wood sculpture by the Guinness Book of World Records. (via My Modern Metropolis)’
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” The idea of the single soul is the basis of Western religion and society. It is the source of our individuality and our desire. And the portrait defines this self, by exposing the soul through a clarity of vision. We feel we can sense the texture of this soul through the details and subtleties of the subject’s expression and manner.” – Maciek Jasik
Zlatan Vehabovic, b. 1982 Banja Luka, lives and works in Zagreb, Croatia. Vehabović earned his Ph.D. in painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. Vehabović is among the most highly regarded young artist in Croatia having won First Prize for Zagreb Salon 2010, The International Association of Art Critics (AICA) Award 2010, as well as an Essl Award in 2007, (Emerging Artists in Southeast Europe) 2010, and with solo exhibits in 2011 and 2013 at Lauba Museum in Zagreb, Kranjcar Gallery, Zagreb (2011). (via Marc Straus)