Jake and Dinos Chapman make iconoclastic sculpture, prints and installations that examine, with searing wit and energy, contemporary politics, religion and morality. Working together since their graduation from the Royal College of Art in 1990, the Chapmans first received critical acclaim in 1991 for a diorama sculpture entitled ‘Disasters of War’ created out of remodelled plastic figurines enacting scenes from Goya’s ‘Disasters of War’ etchings. Later they took a single scene from the work and meticulously transformed it into a ‘Great Deeds Against the Dead’ (1994), a life-size tableau of reworked fibreglass mannequins depicting three castrated and mutilated soldiers tied to a tree. Arguably their most ambitious work was ‘Hell’ (1999), an immense tabletop tableau, peopled with over 30,000 remodelled, 2-inch-high figures, many in Nazi uniform and performing egregious acts of cruelty. The work combined historical, religious and mythic narratives to present an apocalyptic snapshot of the twentieth-century. Tragically this work was destroyed in the MOMART fire in 2004 and the Chapmans rebuked by saying they would make another, more ambitious in scale and detail – the result of which was ‘Fucking Hell’ (2008). The interim saw ‘The Chapman Family Collection’ (2002), comprised of a group of sculptures that bring to mind the loot from a Victorian explorerâ€™s trophy bag, yet also portraying characters from McDonaldâ€™s. The conflation of the exotic fetish and the cheap fast-food giveaway, imperialism and globalisation, created a powerful sense of dislocation. â€˜Like A Dog Returns To Its Vomitâ€™ (2005), was an exhibition of the Chapmansâ€™ graphic works, a large collection of etchings and drawings displayed on two walls and arranged in the shape of dogs. Many of the works were reinterpretations of Goya etchings, including the â€˜Disasters Of Warâ€™ and the â€˜Los Caprichosâ€™ series. Using the Tate Collection’s erotomanic sculpture ‘Little Death Machine (Castrated)’ (1993) as their point of departure, the Chapmans created ‘When Humans Walked the Earth’ (2008) an installation of ten improbable machines, cast in bronze and now ossified, emulating aspects of human behaviour with a trademark subversive wit. (Continue reading..)
‘ As a graduate from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California with a BFA, Misoâ€™s work presents itself through a variety of mediums including paintings, sculptures, drawings, and etchings. Her art is often stimulated by her interpretation of the known and her experimentation with creating the unknown. Fascinated by the changing environment, the vigor ecocatastrophe, the biology of man and the science of evolution, Miso has sought to create a world in which her creatures, born of her making, can coexist amongst us. Miso currently works and resides in Los Angeles, California. She can also be found under her real name Karen Hsiao, creating fine art photography. ‘
Kiel Johnson <-- Born 1975, Kansas City, Missouri; Lives and works in Los Angeles, California.
‘ Much has already been written on the relationship between death and photography, on reality and fiction, on the blurring of genres-all fundamental themes in the discussion around contemporary photographers and the work of Katerina Jebb. Using a variety of techniques- scanners, photocopy machines and conventional cameras- Jebb almost denatures life, capturing the familiar and re-presenting it to us as something alien and otherwordly. As with the daguerreotype, Jebb’s images feel like a dim and fading memory which momentarily saves the sitter from inexorable destruction in the form of the photographic trace. ‘ (via Fred and Associates)
Orna Bromberg <-- Born 1955 in Tel Aviv; Lives and works in Israel; Certified educator from the Israel Ministry of Education (1998)
‘ Raised on a dairy farm in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, Heather McClintock received her B.A. from New England College in N.H. and England, and then relocated to NYC to pursue her personal journey through prestigious commercial studios. Seeking a deeper, more intimate connection to humanity and the commonalities of our existence, Ms. McClintock’s passion for recording the essence and purity of the human condition came to fruition in northern Uganda, where it awoke a longing to document the strength of will, hope and grace within each of us.
Her Uganda work has garnered several awards and recognition, including most recently being selected for the prestigious Eddie Adam’s Barnstorm XXI Workshop, awarded an artist’s sponsorship by Blue Earth Alliance for ” The Innocent: Casualities of the Civil War in Northern Uganda” project; Merit of Excellence and Honorable Mention in the 2007 International Color Awards Photography Master’s Cup; the 2006 Center for Photographic Art Artists Project Award; the 2008 and 2006 Photo Review International; First Prize and Honorable Mention in photojournalism in the Black & White Spider Awards. her work has been exhibited internationally and is included in the collection of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and several private collections. ‘
American designer Paul Martus creates furniture and products and unique metal works. Check it out.
” In early 2005, Thom Kerr whilst studying fine arts, initiated a collective called Rufio Creative. Working mostly as director and producer, Thom began working on multiple portrait and fashion shoots. Upon completion of his film degree, he ventured into the realm of photography. His work was quickly embraced by the Australian and New Zealand fashion scene and he now contributes to some of the southern hemisphere’s best publications. He continues to make short films with Rufio Creative, and also freelances as a writer and designer. ”