Pilar Zeta is a Berlin-based artist and graphic designer, worldly recognized for her distinctive visual design for the electronic music labels. Driven by her interest in Egypt and the metaphysical, her work is characterized by big, striking shapes, punctuated with a dash of the unexpected. (cf. Resident Advisor) Please visit artist’s website or follow her Tumblr for more work.
Art, music and travel are three favorite things of Matt Molloy, an Ontario-based photographer. He explores them in all kinds of different ways and has begun a experiment with timelapse sequences. By merging 100 to 400 photographs into one, Matt Molloy reveals the different colours of the sky and creates the painting-like photographs. Please visit artist’s Flickr or follow his Tumblr for more work.
Art Venti (b.1949, USA)
Engaged in Metamorphesis. Colored pencils on wood, 36x36 in
The New Requiem. Colored Pencils, 40x56 in
Spatial Colonies of the Inner Landscape. Colored Pencils, 34x51 in
Artist Art Venti likes to experiment with shadow, light and depth in an environment that starts with a forest of tissues in a light box. The view in this box of translucent paper suggests landscape scenes that seem to move and change as the sun crosses the sky. If the inferred panorama is beguiling enough, the mind will move from the seen to the unseen and finally to what can only be a dream. Sketches of these moments are assembled and used as an elementary scaffold to begin what becomes elaborately constructed worlds drawn in color pencil. When they are complete, the observer will have an opportunity to travel through random meaning to find his own personal significance.
Mark Chadwick (UK) - Abstract Fluid Painting. Acrylic on canvas
The British artist Mark Chadwick’s art practice is concerned by the use of machines in the production of an artwork. With our culture becoming more and more engaged with new technologies, Mark’s work questions the implications of handing over control of an artwork to a mechanical device. Through experimentation with using a number of crude technological devices and minimising his interaction with the decision making process. Mark’s work investigates the status of the artist and what the artwork actually is. With the actions of any machine the result of human intention, Mark uses machines to allow chance to enter the creative process, exploring ideas surrounding authorship, consciousness and interaction.
Sayaka Maruyama was born in Japan and moved to Holland with her family at age of 12. That 3-year-stay in different culture influenced her in many ways especially in terms of art education. Her practice traverses the mediums of photography, film, drawings, installation and performance. Drawing on classical Japanese references and Surrealist motifs, her work explores contradictory contemporary understandings of Japanese notions of beauty, from both Western and Eastern perspectives. Maruyama has exhibited widely in London and Tokyo, and her images have been published in several renowned periodicals. Please visit artist’s website or follow her Tumblr for more work.
Christine Gray (b.1980, USA)
Patch Mat Stand. Oil on birch panel, 32” x 36” (2008)
Flare Stare. Acrylic on linen, 8” x 10” (2011)
Christine Gray is a painter of scenes whose basis are her own carefully constructed 3-dimensional tableaus comprised of unlikely and unheroic materials which she duplicates two-dimensionally using oil and pigment applied with brush to surface. Gray’s application unconventionally incorporates and combines the painting techniques of tromp l’oeil and impasto with expressionistic veils, drips, and splatters of paint. (by R. Grover)
Jantina Peperkamp (Netherlands)
Helena. Acrylic on wood panel, 36x36 cm
Julia. Acrylic on wood panel, 23x38 cm
Gaya. Acrylic on wood panel, 28 x 45 cm
The photorealistic painting of the Dutch artist Jantina Peperkamp emits a soft and exquisite light with an incredible precision, while the viewers can read a certain loneliness and desolation in it. The final result is established by the energy that arises between the artist and her model, as the artist functions as observer and as identifier. Because Jantina Peperkamp considers all her paintings as self-portraits, and it is very important for the painter to recognize herself in her models.
Georgina Vinsun (UK)
Georgina Vinsun is a young British fine art painter who paints colourful Romantic abstracts in oil on canvas. Filled with depth and detail, the paintings are all inspired by the awesomeness of nature, in particular, the sky. Alongside her passion for the awesomeness of nature, sits a deep-seated passion for spontaneity and expression, which finds its form in the brush marks and spiralling, gestural lines that come to rest on top of the soft, atmospheric veils of colour which make up the body of her paintings.
Marcin Sobas (Poland)
The Polish photographer Marcin Sobas has a body of work that speaks to a photography maxim: Nature is still the best subject. The endless cycle of birth, growth, death and rebirth; the arc of the sun and the moon in a 24 hour period; the play of clouds and fog as both filter and subject… Sobas benefits from his sense of timing and his appreciation for Nature as Subject, to capture the right light, the right fog and the right angle, and then, make some places look magical. (cf. artist interview by Chase Jarvis)
Katrin Fridriks (b.1974, Iceland/Germany/France) - Crayons / Code DNAnd Munitions
Born in Reykjavik, Iceland, urban iconoclast Katrin Fridriks has lived in Luxembourg, Germany and the US and currently works from her studio in Paris, producing large-scale works for an eclectic International roster of collectors and curators. Through her hyperkinetic abstract paintings, Fridriks fuses the natural energies of her native Iceland – fire, water, earth and air – with contemporary pop art, graffiti and calligraphic references to create a unique visual universe. Her passion for architecture inspired her to create conceptual installations still using canvas and paint. Beyond her resolutely modern pictorial expression, Katrin Fridriks is continuing her research into matter and colour with the avowed intent to place technique at the service of artistic expression.
A text exists only through the interaction that it creates with its interlocutor and/or the context in which it operates. RERO has established his work through his innovative approach to street art. Though introduced to the street through graffiti, working for a time under the name Aurer, he eventually felt limited by a spray can. He then began exploring imagery through the use of typography, while retaining the same values of graffiti. With his distinctive visual style, RERO often inhabits disused and dilapidated spaces to explore the concept of “negation of the image,” presenting minimalist statements that combat our modern overdose on images and messages. He achieves this through the use of words and phrases with a stark black line crossing them out. RERO is artist in Residence at Studio 13/16 of Centre Pompidou from April 13 to 21.
Anastasia Mastrakouli is a Greek photographer and student of Fine Arts and Cinematography at Ionian University, Greece. Her photo Series “Naked Silhouette Alphabet” was accomplished by having the model press herself against a pane of wet glass. Mastrokouli said the goal of the project is to, “highlight the dialectical relationship between anatomy and visual arts.”
Hiromi Nishizaka (b.1979, Japan)
雪花 Snowflake. 25x40 cm (2013)
春潮 Torrents of Spring. 25x40 cm (2011)
春雨 Spring rain. 24.6x40 cm (2011)
Born in Kanagawa, Japan, Hiromi Nishizaka is an artist and illustrator who uses pen, pigment ink and watercolor to create illustrations which powerfully evokes the nature and animals. Oneiric and surreal, her work is rooted in magic, folklore and fantasy. Honoured with many awards internationally, Nishizaka has had solo exhibitions since 2006 and has participated in several group exhibitions.