Gilles Balmet (b.1979, France)
Born in La Tronche, currently lives and works in Paris and Grenoble, Gilles Balmet is painter, drawer, filmmaker and photographer. He’s been recently focusing on works on paper and canvas, between abstraction and figuration, questionning the notion of landscape, the role of the viewer in image analysis, the notions of mastering and serendipity, of order and chaos, and the links between painting and photography. The series Silver mountains, a balance between abstraction and representations of landscapes, combines drawing, painting, chemical and physical reactions from opposite matters, movements and varied manipulations on papers.
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Marsha Cottrell (USA)
Brooklyn-based artist Marsha Cottrell creates deft, intricate drawings of stellar landscapes, imaginary worlds floating light years away. ”The first landscape images in art I connected with as a young person were da Vinci’s “deluge” drawings,” she told Review Interview earlier this year. I was attracted to the idea that they were not representations of actual places, but eternal/internal landscapes that might be found anywhere at any moment in time. Their energy, architecture, and intricacy - but not rigidity - always appealed to me. They seemed to present an open platform with which to interact, and I’ve always aspired for my own work operate in a similar way.” Indeed, the works project space and wonder while also maintaing a strange kind of familiarity, the gaps filled in by your own mind. (sc. Flavorwire)
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Nicolas Brunet | on Tumblr (France)
Graduated from Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, Nicolas Brunet lives and works in Paris. As an amateur artist today, he likes to experiment with different mediums, such as photo, text, painting… and his Tumblr allows him to share these experiments and to keep the desire to create. Nicolas’ work is very spontaneous, trying to create by drawing on his experience and feelings: “The most important for me is how to convey an emotion”. (cf. interview with artist by L’équipe de Tumblr) Please visit artist’s Tumblr My own space for more work, or follow Different space and Different arts for inspiration.
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Ceneri. Mixed media collage on wood treated with cards before, 50x70 (2003)
Grigiobianchi. Collage and painting on wood, 50x60 (2006)
Alessandra Bisi is a painter from Milano. After a traditional education in art, her present approach to painting is abstract. Her art continuously researches the relationship between color and space to achieve a composition that is simultaneously form and emotional expression. Interested in mixed techniques, she uses in her collages the paper as color. Throught her art, she wishes to capture feelings and emotions, interior and intense manifestations, that are not expressed with words. Using chromatic relationships, their strength and form, she intends to articulate a mental process. Stimulated by nature and by daily life, she paints an ideal world and expresses the traces and facts of her life. Please visit artist’s website or follow her Tumblr. (Interview with artist by Artchipel Jan-2013)
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Charles. 22x26 cm (2012)
Kolossos. 40x36 cm (2012)
Angelika J. Trojnarski was born in Poland and lives in Düsseldorf, Germany. Her art heralds the forces of decay, the picturesque of ruins, and evokes the eroded dignity of all things temporal so unerringly that one scarcely believes young buds still will grow. “I don’t paint people, I paint their remains”, Angelika Trojnarski sums up her basic Vanitas motif. Please visit artist’s website or follow her Tumblr for more work.
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Arc ABC part I. Mixed Media with plater on canvas, 50” x 60”
Java Sparrow. Mixed media with plaster on canvas, 50” x 60”
Lynette O’Kane’s work is an investigation of time, change and transformation. The materials, with their earthy plaster surface and distressed textures, allude to the alterations of matter through aging and weathering elements. The thick, rough surfaces find a counterpoint in the strong use of bold linear elements expressing the gestures and energy of the drawing process. The images reference nature, and the text reinforces the theme of the works in an archaic form of language that echoes the timelessness of interface between humans and their environment. The work is robust and tactile and seeks to engage the viewer on both a physical and intellectual level. (cf. Artist’s Statement) Please visit Lynette’s website or follow her Tumblr for more work and inspiration.
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Vik Muniz (b.1961, Brazil/USA) - Pictures of Magazine 2
Vik Muniz is an lchemist. The materials of thread, jam, chocolate, ketchup, dust, toys, pigments, sugar and puzzles, are as varied as they are incongruent. The artist transforms these materials to reconstruct images that haunt are collective memory, often taken from art history or the media. Currently in exhibition at the Xippas Gallery in Paris, Vik Muniz presents an ensemble of nine works that came out of his last project entitled Pictures of Magazine 2 (2011-2012)
Carne Griffiths’ artwork is born from a love of drawing and the journey of creating an image on the page. Working primarily with calligraphy ink, graphite and liquids, such as tea brandy, vodka and whisky he draws and then manipulates the drawn line. Carne’s images explore both human and floral forms, figuratively and in an abstract sense. He is fascinated by the flow of line and the ‘invisible lines’ that connect us to the natural world. These may be considered lines of energy or spiritual connections between ourselves and our surroundings and his work is often an emotional response to images and situations encountered in daily life. These daily images are recorded in a dream like sense onto the page where physical boundaries are no longer important. Carne’s work takes us on a journey of escapism, often focusing on scenes of awe and wonderment, they offer a sense of abandonment to the artist and to the viewer an invitation to share and explore this inner realm. (cf. artist’s bio) More artist’s work can be found on his webiste. You can also follow his Tumblr for more news.
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The Brooklyn based artist Aakash Nihalani‘s street art work consists of mostly isometric rectangles and squares. He uses electrical tape to sketch three-dimensional shapes and selecticly places these graphics on public surfaces around New York. For however brief, Aakash is offering viewrs a chance to step into a different New York than they are used to seeing, and in return, momentarily escape from routine schedules and lives. “I try to create a new space within the existing space of our everyday world for people to enter freely, and unexpectedly “disconnect” from their reality.” (cf. artist’s statement) Take a closer look at his work at ARTchipel today’s feature. You can also visit artist’s website or follow him on Tumblr for more work.
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The artist without a paintbrush as she calls herself, Hong Yi aka Red, is a Sabah-born artist-architect working in Shanghai. She has caught the public eye with her unique large scale artwork, starting with the portrait of renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei using sunflower seeds:
I was inspired last weekend to do a portrait of Weiwei. Initially the idea was to just do a small A4 sized portrait of him, but then I thought I’d bring my materials out to the little lanes of my longtang and do a portrait of him in public…what an attention-seeker, huh? But Ai Weiwei does that too! Oh, guess what medium I used? No, not paint - that’s so BOH-RING! - I collected 100,000/7kgs of sunflower seeds, and this is what I did.
Many thanks to showslow for this Tumblr Monday to share with us one of her favorites contemporary visual artists: Daniele Buetti, who works in various media including photography, video, sound, drawing, sculpture, and digitally assisted work. The nature of reality and the function of our emotions is Buetti’s ongoing concern. His scenarios use the language and tools of visual seduction, familiar to us through our exposure to advertising and the media. Thus, the artist initially conveys us to a world of apparent desirable happiness and fame. Buetti, however, looks behind the curtains of high-gloss limelight to reveal the frailness of appearances, together with the anxiety and insecurity behind an immaculate façade. He equips his beauties with speech bubbles for them to express unspoken, very personal feelings, far from their consumer appeal. We are lead to reflect on our own emotional experience of the close and infinitely precarious, but also emotional relationship between appearance and reality, exaltation and despair. (cf. wikipedia).
Christiane Baumgartner’s work deals with the convergence of speed and standstill. Her choosen format is monumental monochrome woodcut taken from her own video stills. She combines the earliest and the latest reproduction processes: woodcut and video. Speed and the passage of time are recurring themes throughout her work. The notion of ‘time’ is also embodied in her artistic process, which involves the lengthy and painstaking medium of handmade woodcut, with all its inaccuracies and mistakes. (cf. artist’s statement)