We are pleased to announce that we are media partners with Art Paris, held at the breathtaking Grand Palais in Paris, the show focusses on discovering new artists while at the same time emphasising the European art scene from the post-war years to the present day. The show also provides international artists with a platform to showcase their work to a global audience. With 150 galleries from over 20 different countries, this year also marks the beginning of a new chapter with an emphasis on women artists in France. Curated by AWARE: Archives of Women Artists, Research and Exhibitions, the show presents a critical and subjective overview of the work of women artists in France from the post-war period to the present day with 25 projects selected from amongst the exhibits of participating galleries. Founded in 2014 by Art Historian Camille Morineau, AWARE aims to produce, index and distribute information about 20th-century women artists. You can find out more about Art Paris 2019 which runs from 4th - 7th of April 2019 via their website below.
After graduating from Pratt Institute with a BFA in painting, artist Alise Loebelsohn studied in France and at the Art Students League in NYC. During her time at Pratt, she worked at an organisation that created murals in hospitals and mental institutions in deep need of beautification. Alise ran the studio for two years, helping with colour decisions and also assisting others with technique and process. Eventually, Alise found herself perched on to of Times Square in New York, painting billboards while the world passed her below. Her current creative practice consists of layering the surface of her materials with Venetian plaster followed up sanding and burnishing to build up patina and shine before the colours are introduced. You can find out more about Alise and her work via her website below.
Originally published in Issue No. 12 Vol 1 (Dec 2018)
We live in a world where people are increasingly defined by the labels associated with them. Straight, gay, trans, the colour of our skin, our ethnicity all pigeonhole us into predetermined stereotypes. As artists, we can work towards blurring these lines, opening dialogue and challenge the status-quo. One artist who is championing this is Stockholm based Bernadetta Tajs, originally from Poland she now resides in the Swedish capital with her family. Her work highlights the beauty of sex and sexuality, a topic that is suppressed in cultures around the world. Bernadetta talks to us in her interview about the importance of the most primal of urges, her life in Stockholm and the importance of silence.
What do you think it is about sex and sexuality that makes people uncomfortable?
I come from a very religious, patriarchal and traditional community. I understood very early that this is wrong and the world has many colours and shades, that the world is not only white and black or bad or good. When I was little, I still listened that everyone needs to suffer in life and I thought; no, absolutely not. We don’t need to suffer all own life. Different religions or someone who uses religion to achieve their own goals make people think that life on earth is a test, and only in heaven can you be happy. The same people through religions say that sex is evil, that sex is the duty of a wife, that a woman is ashamed of her body, that a man is allowed to be drunk and not a woman. Religions have a significant influence on what people think and unfortunately show a woman as guilty, like Eve in Paradise...I want to tell people that sexuality is ok and that it is natural. That homosexual love has the same rights as heterosexual, and everyone has the right to be here and now happy.
Surely the fact it is a fundamental stage in life should make it an open subject?
Yes, of course. I have noticed that if something is hidden, mysterious and forbidden, people more often want to try it. In college, when we drew or sculpted the act, naked bodies of clay, I asked boys what they feel when they see this beautiful naked girl and everyone replied that her body was fresh and exciting only on the first day. On the second day and later her body was already normal, boring, not so attractive anymore. My colleagues also responded that the body is just a body, feelings to someone are more important.
Where are you currently based in the world and why?
I live permanently in Stockholm, Sweden. Here I have found more understanding and tolerance. Here I met my husband, and we now have two wonderful sons.
Do you think that we are getting more close-minded as a culture with each passing day?
I do not think so. We live in a very commercial and busy world, and there is nothing wrong with that. I love activity and diversity. Everything is different than 20 or 30 years ago. Everyone can find what they want.
Would you say your work allows the viewer to decode their own message?
Yes, absolutely. I want the viewer to feel something, and his imagination helped him move to another world. Everyone sees something completely different in my painting, and that's what it's about. These paintings are to stimulate memories and desires. We live in very restrictive times, rules are everywhere, and their breaking is associated with rejection by society. I do not want new rules ... I want to break them and show everyone that it's ok to be open and honest and that we all have desires.
What do you think Dionysus would make of our modern world?
Dionysos could introduce more openness, tolerance and empathy. People physically close themselves to others. People do not want to talk to each other, sit next to each other, we do not know our neighbours, we hide our feelings, we do not trust each other.
What was the best response you have had to your paintings?
I heard that my paintings show porn and then I thought two things: Yes, that's the point, the viewer's fantasy should lead him to a different place, memories or desires ... On the other hand, I thought, How? After all, these images are colourful, graphic, very simplified in form. Where is the pornography here? Another time, when a social media platform blocked the marketing of all my paintings that were there, I thought, something is wrong. We are not becoming more and more open. New rules, censorship, hurt feelings? It's some kind of return to the Middle Ages. Someone with more power wants us to think like him.
What is Bernadetta listening to on repeat at the moment?
I try to listen to silence. To sit in peace with coffee and rest. Analyse the day and reflect on the future.
The circle is one of the most ancient forms known to man. The discovery of the potential of the humble wheel, an invention that revolutionised our life as we know it is attributed to the discovery of the properties of the circle and its subsequent applications. From science to astrology and geometry the circle has proven itself indispensable. Artist moholinushk, who is based just outside Zurich, Switzerland strives to make this ubiquitous shape visible through her work, highlighting its presence in the mundanity of everyday life. After spending considerable time abroad in countries like India, Japan and Oman. moholinushk's work reflects the inspiration she has drawn from her travels which range from Japanese graphic art to Islamic geometric patterns.
After re-discovering the drawings and photographic essays of the Hungarian artist and photographer László Moholy-Nagy, who also happened to be a professor in the Bauhaus school, moholinushk started to play with circles on paper. Using a variety of mediums ranging from ink to pastel chalks and aquarelles, while at the same time experimenting with different papers in the quest for the perfect foundation medium for her work. In the end, the square format with an interesting structure was the clear winner. She also pays homage to Japanese artist Toko Shinoda, who at the age of 103 this year, continues to create using her hands. Proving that a career in art is timeless.
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The beauty of art is that it gives the creator the freedom to express their vision in a myriad of ways. This can take form in many ways. One artist might subscribe to a style that resonates most with their vision and aesthetic while the other might re-interpret a school of thought in their own way. Artist Q. Wang tries to carve his road through freeism, a painting style that uses free colours, shapes and strokes in his work. The result of this is an atmosphere that encourages limitless creativity. His work is an amalgamation of contemporary art and Chinese culture, which has its unique rich heritage of arts. The resulting work can often be confusing to the viewers of his work, but Q. Wang is fine with this. Just as people took their time to understand the works of greats such as Monet and Van Gogh, He is happy for his message to unfold with time.
To the outside world, Russia is a land of many mysteries, and yet for its inhabitants, life goes on just like any other part of the world. Trying to make a difference is artist Andrei Epishin, Not only is he an acclaimed artist but throughout his professional career he has become the creator and curator of Art-Eclat Gallery, the author of the monograph album "Myth, project and result. Early Soviet painting of the second half of the 1920's and the beginning of the 1930's" (2012) and the monograph album "Transforming the world into a bloody riot...Russian painting of the revolutionary era" (2017).
His pieces capture the essence of youth and rampancy using a bold plethora of colours. Andrei is also a member of the Moscow Branch of the Union of Artists of Russia, raising awareness and change. You can find out more about Andrei and his works via the links below.
Dreams can be full of wonder, subconscious fantasies that remain dormant during the day come alive when we slip into slumber. Same goes for nightmares. Fears repressed can crawl their way into elaborate nightmares, realistic enough to compete with any Hollywood blockbuster. Such is the power of imagination, morsels of visual information are transformed into entire worlds.
Artist Peyton Rack has built an elaborate collection of books, magazines, clippings and paint swatches over the walls of her studio over the years. These, to her, are a collage of a dreamlike state where she gets her inspiration from. The city of Chicago was also a significant influence on her both artistically and personally, especially the Chicago Imagists, an art movement from the late 1960s which included artists such as Roger Brown, Phil Hanson, Ed Flood and Sarah Canright to name a few. There’s a fluidity in her work that incorporates the above elements with a sense of nostalgia. A lucid place, where the viewer is drawn from one aspect to the other, each bound organically by swathes of colour. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally at galleries and art fairs including the independent art fair Supermarket held at the cultural centre (Stockholm, Sweden)in 2014, Zhou B Art Center, and Bridgeport Art Center (Chicago).
Digital Pictorial Photography, a photography style created by Chinese contemporary artist Fu Wenjun, represents a photographic art expression working through digital post-processing and multiple exposures, with the integration of pictorial aesthetic features. Presented with the media of photography, it is comprehensively developed by modern and contemporary art ideas, including Conceptual Art, Pop Art, Dadaism, Abstract Expressionism. Digital Pictorial Photography provides the artist with great freedom, helping him to get rid of the objective recording function of photography, which he believes is a limit for photography to develop as an art. So, he can boldly melt pictorial elements into photography, creating in a way something like Chinese traditional freehand brushwork, heartily and carrying through without stopping to express artist’s emotions, reflection and spirit. In Wenjun’s Digital Pictorial Photography works, you can find out his subjective thinking of various issues and his diverse, lasting art exploration on this innovative photography style, which provides the viewers with a very different, often surprising visual experience.
The creation of art can be a liberating process. From picking a medium to the colours and theme, an artist is free to choose the direction it takes. Based in Manila, Philippines, artist Hanna Supetran paints with a sense of joy and freedom. Hanna approaches each canvas playfully, enjoying every moment, every stroke with a heightened excitement of the magic that will be revealed in the end. From abstraction to surrealism, Hanna’s painting impression knows no boundaries, an endless expedition in the vastness of space, fearlessly exploring the unknown, trusting and allowing each stroke to take its form and allowing each colour to speak to each other. Each painting is a soul expedition, an expression of her intimate, inward journey. A journey her artworks invite people to embark in.
Hanna underwent an Intensive Visual Art Course, which included Photography, Fresco, Contemporary Art Technique & Figure Drawing at the Accademia D'Arte-Firenze, in Florence, Italy. Find out more about her work via the links below.
Creating work that blurs the intersection between humans and nature we have Japanese artist Yoshitada Ihara. He strives to develop a harmonious relationship between nature and human-made materials. His work, acting as a bridge, creates an atmosphere which is both tension-free and relaxing. As contradictory as the two components of his work might be, a close relationship exists between these two fractions. Destruction of nature by human civilisation has made it imperative that natural and human-made materials co-exist with one another. This may eventually result in an evolutionary partnership, something we need to be more considerate about. Since July 2012 Yoshitida has been creating land art combining cultivation in Satoyama and thinning timber (Cypress & Cedar). Its organic plant-like shape will continue to evolve with time as pieces are added, and the surrounding nature plays its part
When we are younger life seems so much easier, and more straightforward. Rushing back from school every afternoon to catch up on your favourite cartoons, friends and candy are memories we can all relate to. What's interesting is that we often cannot wait to get older and escape the drudgery of homework and school only to find out that life was much more relaxed before! Artist Cheryl Polcaro enjoyed the escapism that books provided when she was younger. Fairy tales and mythology fuelled her imagination and creativity, As she grew older the darker realities of adulthood set in. Her work acts as a realm between those times. Through manipulation and fragmentation of photographic references on canvas and layers of paint, her work features isolated images of innocence amongst darker voids. However, the viewer is left with enough breathing space to project their interpretation into her work.
Working out of her studio in Tuscaloosa, AL, United States, artist Joni Gruber, like many of the artists we have the joy of working with, is passionate about the world around her. A lifelong environmentalist, landscapes and elements from the natural world are prominent subject matter. Some of her work also touches upon the ravages that unbridled industrialisation, unethical and undemocratic use of technology and greed have waged upon the natural world, The consequences of which we are all becoming widely aware of. Joni earned her BFA in Drawing and Painting from The Ohio State University in 1988 with her work residing in private and public collections in the United States and Europe. Working extensively in Encaustic, her pieces have an organic, earthy atmosphere about them; metallics are combined with elemental tones exhibiting her expertise with colour as an artist. She also happens to be a big Star Trek fan!
For most people turning one of their passions into a career is hard enough but artist Tiffany Scull has combined her love of drawing and clay work into something that makes her smile each day. Incorporating the beautiful technique of Sgraffito in her work, she has developed a distinct and unique style of her own. Birds and fish are recurring themes in her pieces with an array of designs in her sketchbooks just waiting to take shape when the time is right. She finds inspiration in Art Nouveau and the Arts and Crafts Movement. Gustav Kilmt, Maurice Sendak, Elizabeth Fritsch and Mary Wondrausch are among some of her other influences.
Based in Leeds, the United Kingdom, artist Steve Bennett who is a graphic designer by trade spent years honing his skills through his experience working in print, advertising and display. Eventually, he set up Jagger Studio to promote his lino prints. Unlike traditional artistic mediums where you see the results as you work on a piece, lino printing is different. Its unpredictability allows for interpretation during the cutting process, and it's not until the printing stage that you see the results. He signs his work under the name 'Jagger', an ode to his late father who's middle name was K. J. Bennett, The J standing for the name of his mum, Jagger. He draws his inspiration from popular culture, especially music.
You almost feel like you are getting a glimpse into Roya Amigh's dreams when you look at her work. Layered and interwoven, her art has roots deeply engrained into her Persian heritage and storytelling, something that has had a profound influence on her artistry. We are immediately drawn to the fragility and lucid dream-like quality of her work. Her choice of materials includes translucent papers, lace, cotton, thread and other objects that all come together to convey her vision.
We interviewed Roya in the last edition of CreativPaper Magazine which you can read here.
Today we have a conversation with Irish artist Richard Carr who is known for his art installations where sound plays a big part. Born in Dublin in 1987, Richard has become a prominent figure throughout the Irish art scene with his work being showcased and published in galleries an magazines. In this interview Richard talks about the art scene in Ireland, the use of space and dimension in his work and his upcoming projects.
If you could describe your art in one word what would it be?
Could you tell us a bit more about the art scene in Ireland?
The art scene in Ireland is small and exists in various compact pockets around the country. Obviously Dublin City would be considered its centre and gets most of the attention, however, Limerick City is doing well for itself and proving a thriving up and coming art scene hosting EVA (Ireland’s Biennial for Contemporary Art). It will also be interesting to see how Galway transforms from winning the European Capital of Culture Bid 2020; hopefully, there will be positive long lasting impacts in this region for Irish Artists.
Due to Ireland’s small and arguably under-developed art scene, opportunities for Irish Artists are limited. However, there are curators and galleries I really admire for persisting to remain and champion the art scene in this country like; Mother’s Tankstation, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Green on Red and the Kerlin Gallery. These are however all located in Dublin City.
Outside of the cities can be a different story. While lots of artists themselves populate the peripheries and countryside of Ireland, very little regarding basic physical infrastructure exists. Funding can also be an issue both in and outside cities, and while the Arts Council of Ireland is doing a fantastic job, distribution of funds is still an issue. For example, while the county I currently live and work in (County Wexford) receives a large amount of funding from the Arts Council it all goes to two organisations.
So while it could be said that cultural pockets exist across the country, Ireland is certainly not culturally infused. The current government have however recently published that they will be implementing a five-year strategy (Creative Ireland) with the aim of placing creative and cultural infrastructure at the centre of Irish life, so I suppose we will have to wait and see how/if this develops.
How has growing up in Ireland shaped you as an artist?
While this is a difficult one to pin down or put into words, I do believe growing up in Ireland as an artist is quite a unique experience and believe that this can be witnessed by looking at Irish Art history in comparison to the more dominant central European or American histories for example. If I was to attempt to put a word on how it has shaped me I could say ‘resourceful’, outside of this it’s probably as complex as the history of the island itself.
Most of your work plays with space and dimension, has that always been the case?
I believe it has in some way or another, but it is probably over the last six or seven years that utilising sound as a central medium has become prominent in my work. Central to my practice are enquiries into a listening sensibility as a critical practice and sound as a spatial and sonic material. Alongside this, I have an interest in the history of sound work within the gallery space and its curatorial implications. Combining these in some way has led me to utilise my ears as a primary decision-making tool during the process of making work in the studio and working with the space of the gallery itself when exhibiting a number of sound installations/objects together etc. More recently my work has combined recording methodologies from the 19th century, such as binaural sound with more contemporary sound apparatus such as the Audio-spotlight systems. Working within these methodologies has allowed me to work with the medium of sound in a very spatial way. For example, the Audio-Spotlight systems allow you to beam sound across a space while keeping the surrounding space in relative quietness. Therefore they have allowed me to approach the medium of sound from quite a sculptural perspective.
Do you have any upcoming exhibitions?
I am working on a number of projects at present and am currently in discussions in relation to a couple of upcoming exhibitions in Ireland and the UK for 2017 and 2018. I can’t say much more about these at this time, but you can keep an eye on the news section of my website where further details will be released in due course. www.richardcarr.ie
Tyler Bohm is a mixed-media artist who spent several years working in the architectural industry, where he adopted the tools and techniques of digital and physical modelling to create digitally-based sculptural works. The resulting artistic process, which involves traditional approaches such as painting mediated through a range of design technologies, is reflective of the technological themes explored in his work. His work draws on science fiction narratives, imagining futurist scenarios that reflect our broader hopes and fears about the present.
In recent years, he has held solo exhibitions at the Ohio State University Urban Arts Space in Columbus and NEIU Fine Arts Center in Chicago, and his work has been included in group exhibitions at Trestle Galley in Brooklyn, Proto Gallery in Hoboken, Van Der Plas Gallery in New York, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Dayton Visual Arts Center, and Ann Street Gallery in Newburgh. He is a graduate of Kenyon College and lives in Columbus.
Kerry Rogers artwork is based on her personal experiences dealing and living with eczema and other allergies which has had an effect on the materials she uses for her art. Graduating in 2011 with a Honours Fine Art in Painting, from the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland. Kerry has since shown her work in exhibitions around the world including New York and Miami. She has been influenced extensively by the work of American-sculptor Eva Hesse, known for her pioneering work using latex, fibreglass and plastics.
A Southern Californian native through and through Hugh Schock was enchanted by the cartoons he grew up with like all of us. But what set Hugh apart is using his imagination to draw his own characters. Over time these took shape in the form of stories with his own evolving artistry.
Humour, abstractness and innocence form the cornerstones of Hugh's work. His mediums range from acrylic paint, collage and pen resulting in a paradox of light-heartedness and yet touching issues close to us as a race, self-perception and joy. By incorporating different elements in his pieces Hugh gives the viewers something they can identify with on a personal level, wether it is the line work, his subject matter or the array of colours used.
Lindsay Pickett’s main practice involves painting with oils on canvas, linen and board. Starting with a basic study of a composition idea, followed by a small watercolour painting, finally developing the subject further and ultimately finishing it in oil paint.
“I also use photographs to create a visual reality that can be convincing at times and especially if I want to get the likeness of a person’s face. It has also been good for me in the fact that it has taught me to use observational skills a lot. A lot of what I now paint is something that I have mainly taught myself. I enjoy painting a lot because it gives the imagery more colour and character as well as being hands on.”
The historical influences in Lindsay’s work arise from Surrealism and fantasy art. Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Brueghel, Rene Magritte and M. C. Escher are also influential. With Escher, metamorphosis is a recurring theme as it is with Salvador Dali and this drew Lindsay to their work.