Eric Zener (b. 1966, Astoria, Oregon) is an American photorealist artist best known for figure paintings of lone subjects, often in or about swimming pools.
Zener is a self-taught artist. As of 2004 he had created more than 600 works. His paintings, mostly in oil, are in a photorealist or "super-realist" style Zener describes as "Contemporary Renaissance".
In 2003, while living in the Costa Brava region of Spain, Zener became interested in watching bathers, and began a series of paintings of water, and of people interacting with water. Many paintings from this period depict women swimming underwater amidst air bubbles, or diving into the water, and have been described as reminiscent of Hudson River School and Barbizon School painters.
Artist Diego Gravinese was born in La Plata, Argentina in 1971.Currently lives and works in Buenos Aires.
Diego Gravinese also goes by the name Nekomomix. His work focuses around photo realistic imagery. His works are hand painted replications of photographs, no Photoshop or software etc is used. Gravinese’s use of light and colour gives the paintings an atmospheric quality.
Dindi van der Hoek (1976) graduated in 1999 from the Willem de Kooning Academy and the Piet Zwart Institute (2000) and developed a photographic portfolio with unique images which, for the greater part, are shot under water.
The fascinating forms of the human body caused by the water’s reflections combined with her unconventional perspective about physical aesthetics determines the appearance of Dindi’s work.
This specific mode of under water photography reflects Dindi’s deep passion and dedication to her art.
She continuously aims to convey duality and inner contradictions in her work and uses historical references and sources such as Francis Bacon and Caravaggio which influence her overall approach and technique.
At first glance her images may seem fairytale-like, but in reality her work is thought provoking and complex.
Through her camera lens she allows us to have a look into a mysterious almost unconscious world, where multiple interpretations may co-exist.
'Evasion Urbaine' by Benedetto Bufalino and Benoit Deseille.
'With the advent of the mobile phone, the booth cabin are unused. We rediscovered this glass box to transform it into an urban aquarium full of coloured fish. This is an invitation to travel and to escape the daily city environment.'
Sabi van Hemert is a Dutch artist who creates sculptures that are a fusion between child and animal.
Her sculptures have a quality of alternately denying and confirming what you think you see in them and what feeling they give you.
Because it is not immediately clear what you are seeing, the relation between viewer and sculpture is more complex.
Kevin Harman’s sculpture, built from found objects, deals heavily with the conceptual, temporal, and performance. His practice revolves around a heightened consideration and affinity to these everyday and often discarded materials, which he iterates and arranges into aesthetic, raw and dynamic re-configurations of the familiar, often humorous and challenging in nature. The objects he uses often have a strong emblematic field of significance, they are simple and recognisable things, which a viewer will know and to which they will bring pre-existing associations.
REVENGE OF THE GOLDFISH, 1981
Sandy Skoglund creates surrealist images by building elaborate sets or tableaux, furnishing them with carefully selected colored furniture and other objects, a process of which takes her months to complete. Finally, she photographs the set, complete with actors. The works are characterized by an overwhelming amount of one object and either bright, contrasting colors or a monochromatic color scheme.
"Quintetto" is an installation based on the study of casual movement of objects or living creatures used as input for the production of sounds. The basic concept is to reveal what we call "invisible concerts" of everyday life.
The vertical movements of the 5 fishes in the aquarius is captured by a videocamera, that translates (through a computer software) their movements in digital sound signals.
We'll have 5 different musical instruments creating a totally unexpected live concert.
The installation was born with the collaboration of the Aesop studio.
In 2009 Quintetto wins the third prize at the "International contemporary art prize-Celesteprize" - Berlin.
Self-Portrait, Marnixbad, Amsterdam, 1991
Rineke Dijkstra (born 1959) is a Dutch photographer.
Dijkstra concentrates on single portraits, and usually works in series, looking at groups such as adolescents, clubbers, and soldiers. Her subjects are often shown standing, facing the camera, against a minimal background. This compositional style is perhaps most notable in her well-known beach portraits, which generally feature one or more adolescents against a seascape. This style is again seen in her work on pregnant women.
Social Cleansing, 2006
Regina José Galindo ’s bleak performances consistently depict self-initiated violence against her body. Through her work Galindo directly responds to the struggle of life in Guatemala under repeatedly corrupt regimes. She boldly holds up political crimes, social hierarchies, segregation and the oppression of women for examination.
Galindo assumes total responsibility in her work and quietly executes disturbing acts. She is a resolute protagonist, fulfilling her task with measured determination.
Jennifer Rubell creates participatory large-scale food projects that are a hybrid of performance art, installation art, and happenings. Often taking place inside a traditional art-world occasion -- gala dinner, opening night, gallery opening – her work deconstructs the meal or ritual, and reshapes it into a series of installations that prompt participants to partake without any instruction or guidance. The installations are often staggering in scale and sensually arresting: one ton of ribs with honey dripping on them from the ceiling; 2,000 hard-boiled eggs with a pile of latex gloves nearby to pick them up; 1,521 doughnuts hanging on a free-standing wall; three mature apple trees, cut down and laid on their sides, their apples on the ground beneath them.
The projects fulfill the essential functions of the event itself while completely ignoring classic order, format and service. The event often unfolds in a series of spaces, through a series of installations that engage with the history of modern and contemporary art while at the same time providing food, drink, and wonder.
Born in Kaixian, Chongqing in 1971.
Worked as a graphic designer from 1993 to 2000 in Chengdu, China.
Co-founded Lan Se Fei Yang advertising agency in 2001.
Studied in a studio of photography at China Central Academy of Fine Arts from 2006 to 2007.
Currently lives and works in Chengdu.
As a photographic artist and filmmaker, Chris Anthony's world is anything but normal. His large scale photographs are an intersection of Renaissance set and costume design, melted with a process that employs both antique photographic equipment and the modern technology of post-production. Anthony's work is lush and painterly. He creates an image that is akin to filmwork in its narrative. Both cinematic an containing all the elements of a story left open-ended.
He currently lives in Los Angeles.
He currently lives in Los Angeles.
In the Walking the Cabbage (2000-2009) series of social intervention performance, video and photography works, Han Bing walks a Chinese cabbage on a leash in public places, inverting an ordinary practice to provoke debate and critical thinking. Walking the Cabbage is a playful twist on a serious subject—the way our everyday practices serve to constitute "normalcy" and our identities are often constituted by the act of claiming objects as our possessions. A quintessentially Chinese symbol of sustenance and comfort for poor Chinese turned upside down, Han Bing's cabbage on a leash offers a visual interrogation of contemporary social values. If a full stock of cabbage for the winter was once a symbol of material well-being in China, nowadays the nouveau riche have cast aside modest (monotonous) winters of cabbage in favor of ostentatious gluttony in fancy restaurants where waste signifies status. They flaunt "name brand" pooches, demonstrating how they no longer rely on the lowly cabbage, and can not only fatten themselves to obesity, but also pamper a pedigreed pet. Yet, for the poor and struggling, the realities of cabbage as a subsistence bottom line have not changed—what's changed is the value structure that dictates what—and who—is valuable or worthless in Chinese society. Han Bing's social intervention performance art practice has been conducted in a vast array in public spaces and quotidian social settings ranging from tiny rural villages to cosmopolitan metropolises across the globe; from flourishing downtown bastions of the white-collar consumer elite to the agricultural fields of the salt-of-the-earth rural laborers; from the Great Wall to the Mississippi River; from Miami Beach to the Champs Elysees; from Harajuku to Haight-Ashbury; from Tiananmen to Times Square.
Dutch sculptor Mario Philippona developed a series called "Sexy Furniture", which mimics female forms in challenging wood. These shapes, he writes in a statement on his website, are "the most attractive in nature," and have inspired him. He designs his works on life-size working drawings and assembles his sculptures from pre-cut layers of wood, so that they're anatomically correct. He sees perfectionism, he writes on his site, "in the way women use fashion, high heels, fitness, and plastic surgery to portray themselves," and cites artists Allen Jones and Salvador Dali as inspiration. His works are finished with natural oil and wax and handcrafted from regional timber, the colors and textures of which he uses to emphasize his forms.
Nicole Dextras has been actively engaged as a visual artist since her graduation from the Emily Carr College of Art in 1986. Her previous studies included dance, painting and graphic design at the Kootenay School of Art in Nelson BC.
Her art studio, located on Granville Island in Vancouver BC, is open to the public. She divides her time between her art practice, teaching, casting editions for local artists and volunteering for art organizations such as the BC Book Arts Guild and the Artists and Artisans of Granville Island.
British artist Tim Knowles creates works independent of his own hand, using elaborate apparatus or time consuming practices. He tries to makes visible the invisible whether it is the wind as it moves branches with pens attached to them or the path drawn by the moons reflection on undulating water. All rely on the logic of cause and effect, as a map of time and a record of actions governed entirely by chance.
'Typographic Trees', 2009
For the library designed by architects Penoyre and Prasard, Gordon Young has created a ‘forest’ of oak columns which are sited throughout the library and installed from floor to ceiling like supporting pillars. Workshops with users of the library were held by artist Anna Sandberg to gather information on people’s favourite books, places and memories. Using this generated content, Gordon worked with typographers Why Not Associates to design the columns. Each of the 14 solid oak columns reflect different subjects from the gothic to the romantic and are sited in specific relevant locations within the library.
Michelle Knowles is a contemporary visual artist based in Brisbane, Australia. A strong interest in global religious traditions, the esoteric, occult and the psychology of religions culminates in a ritualistic arts practice whereby making provides for meaning. Michelle’s work transforms the mundane into the magical through a ritual-like process of spontaneous making. Michelle engages with a broad range of visual media - both digital and physical and her work explores dichotomies such as the strange and the familiar, nature and artifice, and the mundane and the magical. Through a process of transforming banal primary materials into totemic and talismanic objects much of her work speaks of the uncanny and the otherworldly. Video and photography are used as methods of activating these objects, and her most recent works involve the use of these objects in shamanic-like, ritualistic performances.
Pinar Yolacan works in the tradition of photographic portraiture. Using a variety of unusual and unexpected meat and poultry products to adorn her sitters with, Yolacan investigates feminist, political and art historical concerns in her enigmatic and sometimes shocking work.