Marc Bijl – Born in Leerdam, Netherlands, lives and works in Rotterdam and Berlin. Love the burning peace sign.
Mutatoes is a collection of “non-standard fruits, roots, and vegetables found at Berlin’s super- and farmers markets.” Uli Westphal‘s been gathering and photographing these Mutatoes since last year and is still diligently adding to the group, and rightfully so since “the Mutatoproject serves to document and archive these last survivors of biological variety.”
Alain Delorme was awarded the Arcimboldo prize. The series Little Dolls questions the identity of the little girls who are playing with their looks as contestants of beauty contests. Through a pixel surgery as Alain Delorme puts it, he captures and changes the girls’ looks and brings a sour criticism of how our society uses innocence. (via Magda Gallery)
” My work is an exploration of the journey and metamorphosis of human existence. This exploration begins in the interior moving outwards through the body the energy and further outwards to the emotions, sensations and skin of the character. The surface is a fundamental part of this discourse as it is abused and caressed, intimidated and protected, torn and mended, as an acknowledgement of the inevitable savours of life. It is as if I have created a limbic system where sensations like fragility, touch, pleasure and scarification get registered to be instigated into an argument of their paradoxical existence. I search for the contradictions of the human form as it searches for its own modern identity in a physical and emotional life experience of constant and ruthless turbulence. In my rummage, I find diverse subjects of study: life, happiness, misery, ambition, fear, love, hate, eroticism, origin, narcissism, culture, social collapse, materialism, life, death, and so on… …but my quest is not to embrace any given subject but to showcase new dimensions that stimulate our perception of them, as a means of understanding and accepting their part in our lives. This way I open a window to the viewer to new ways of seeing our life experience as a place where reason and faith coexist. With a brute introspective sense, I present my subjects the only way I have been capable of; my scalpel has been my brush and my dissecting table has been the portrait. I continually separate and re-integrate their gestures to show the emotions of fragility, displacement, and the disturbing nature of ego to return the subject to its true existential homeostasis. ” – Rogelio Manzo
Wow. Everything on Edgar Mendoza Mancillas online gallery is wonderful. There’s not much I want to say about it really other than, Go there now! Lol.
Doris Salcedo makes sculptures and installations that function as political and mental archaeology, using domestic materials charged with significance and suffused with meanings accumulated over years of use in everyday life. Salcedo often takes specific historical events as her point of departure, conveying burdens and conflicts with precise and economical means.