┐ Meryl McMaster └

© Meryl McMaster, Sentience, from the series In-between worlds, 2010 © Meryl McMaster, Viage, from the series In-between worlds, 2010 “In-Between Worlds explores the mixing and transforming of my bi-cultural identities – Aboriginal and Euro-Canadian – and addresses the idea of liminality; of being betwixt and between cultural identities and histories. The series presents a sequence of moments that appear out of the ordinary and can be interpreted as being in a state of suspended belief. Talisman and prop-like sculptures become extensions of the body that suggest a collaging of identities. In-Between Worlds is a dialogue in which the viewer … Continue reading ┐ Meryl McMaster └

┐ Simone Donati └

© Simone Donati, Angela, Angelo and their 3 daughters having breakfast in the kitchen-living room made from an old stall. This is a temporary place before their new house will be ready, from the project Valley of Angels © Simone Donati, The three sisters, Hybla, Lua and Siria, outside the new house, from the project Valley of Angels © Simone Donati, Angelo setting up a cartoon on the computer for Hybla to watch, from the project Valley of Angels “Angelo and Angela have lived together in South-Eastern Sicily with their daughters Hybla, Lua and Siria, since 2005. They chose this … Continue reading ┐ Simone Donati └

┐ Sylvie Bonnot └

© Sylvie Bonnot, Untitled, from the project Corps du Dessin, 2010 © Sylvie Bonnot, Untitled, from the project Corps du Dessin, 2010 “Je me pose la question du toucher et de l’empreinte. Mes Dessins de Papier sont mes pierres et mes icebergs ; les photographier c’est vivre un autre contact physique avec les lieux et avec l’instant des prises de vue. La construction, le dessin de ces papiers impose un rapport direct, physique, élémentaire avec le support. La feuille de papier d’emballage se désincarne de sa fonction première, de son statut initial pour devenir matière “consciente” au sens où la … Continue reading ┐ Sylvie Bonnot └

┐ Anna Brennan └

© Anna Brennan, Untitled, from the project A Framework, ongoing © Anna Brennan, Untitled, from the project A Framework, ongoing “My images explore the idea of a social fabrication. I’m interested in how society seems to have become a cultural construction; how we are each somehow modelled into ourselves, entirely influenced by unseen precepts as we become ‘individuals.’ The notion that we are observed so commonly as a statistic, or a unit other than a person is central. Through my work I am attempting to portray the human as an article, an outer shell indifferent to the objects I place … Continue reading ┐ Anna Brennan └

┐ Nikita Pirogov └

© Nikita Pirogov, Sofa, from the project The Other Shore © Nikita Pirogov, Hands, from the project The Other Shore © Nikita Pirogov, Semeon, from the project The Other Shore The Other Shore is a media project that is in progress and which I have been working on for three years. It consists of photography, video based on the idea of slow-motion, performance, with its accompanying soundtrack, and work with space and objects. Ideally this would be a round exhibition space with several entrances (or one in the floor, as in a lighthouse), around 100 photographs hung in a particular … Continue reading ┐ Nikita Pirogov └

┐ Klaus Pichler └

© Klaus Pichler, Untitled, from the series Skeletons in the closet, 2008-2011 © Klaus Pichler, Untitled, from the series Skeletons in the closet, 2008-2011 “It all started when I happened to catch a glimpse through a basement window of the museum of natural history one night: an office with a desk, a computer, shelves and a stuffed antelope. This experience left me wondering: what does a museum look like behind the scenes? How are exhibits stored when they are not on display? I was intrigued by these questions when I started to work on this project after being granted permission … Continue reading ┐ Klaus Pichler └

┐ Daria Tuminas └

© Daria Tuminas, Untitled, from the series Ivan and the Moon © Daria Tuminas, Untitled, from the series Ivan and the Moon © Daria Tuminas, Untitled, from the series Ivan and the Moon “Ivan is the elder, he is 16. Andrey, nicknamed Moon, is the younger, 14 by now. The two brothers live in a distant village in the northern part of Russia. They are not like regular teenagers, and live in a fairy tale world, yet deeply connected to nature: they go hunting and fishing, can use a joiner’s chisel, play with ghosts at abandoned places, do not want … Continue reading ┐ Daria Tuminas └

“Finding one’s voice isn’t just an emptying and purifying oneself of the words of others …”, he said

“The surrealists believed that objects in the world possess a certain but unspecifiable intensity that had been dulled by everyday use and utility. They meant to reanimate this dormant intensity, to bring their minds once again into close contact with the matter that made up their world. André Breton’s maxim “Beautiful as the chance encounter of a sewing machine and an umbrella on an operating table” is an expression of the belief that simply placing objects in an unexpected context reinvigorates their mysterious qualities. This “crisis” the surrealists identified was being simultaneously diagnosed by others. Martin Heidegger held that the … Continue reading “Finding one’s voice isn’t just an emptying and purifying oneself of the words of others …”, he said

┐ Gillian Mairi Alexander └

© Gillian Mairi Alexander, Woman with Strawberry Laces for Hair, 2011 © Gillian Mairi Alexander, Of This Earth, 2011 © Gillian Mairi Alexander, Dusting, 2011 Installation view: The Icing Table, Dusting, The Crowning of The Cake Princess and Of This Earth, Glasgow School of Art Degree Show 2011 “Long has been my adoration for cake. Our relationship formed through its habitual presence at joyous celebrations and its pacifying attributes called upon in the hour of need. Our affiliation has evolved. It has become my “right side man”, a building material allowing me to sculpt in the most honest and sincere … Continue reading ┐ Gillian Mairi Alexander └

“Their art turns in on itself, becoming nothing more than coded language”, he said

“I went to Venice, and I came back worried. (…) many times over — too many times for comfort — I saw the same thing, a highly recognizable generic ­institutional style whose manifestations are by now extremely familiar. Neo-Structuralist film with overlapping geometric colors, photographs about photographs, projectors screening loops of grainy black-and-white archival footage, abstraction that’s supposed to be referencing other abstraction — it was all there, all straight out of the seventies, all dead in the ­water. It’s work stuck in a cul-de-sac of aesthetic regress, where everyone is deconstructing the same elements. There’s always conformity in art … Continue reading “Their art turns in on itself, becoming nothing more than coded language”, he said

┐ Léonie Hampton └

© Léonie Hampton, Untitled, from the series Autonomy, the Cariou Family – France © Léonie Hampton, Untitled, from the series Autonomy, the Cariou Family – France The Cariou family Live an autonomous life in Provence. Faced with the huge cost of property in their area they were fortunate to buy a small olive grove in which they have designed and built their home.
 Their goal is to move as far as possible from the use of non-renewable fuel. They get enough electricity from a 140-watt solar panel to provide them with light and music throughout the year. A pump draws … Continue reading ┐ Léonie Hampton └

┐ Angelos Tzortzinis └

Greece: Post #2 Kanellos, the Greek protest dog © Angelos Tzortzinis, from the series Greece Economy crisis © Angelos Tzortzinis, from the series Greece Economy crisis “The economic crisis in Greece has sparked riots and violent reactions. Massive protests broke out against severe government spending cuts aimed at saving the country from economic collapse. Thousands of people march through central Athens protesting government plans to impose new spending cuts to save the country from bankruptcy. The protesters chanted in the streets as squads of riot police with stun grenades, tear gas and arrests attempt to enforce discipline.” More of Angelos’ … Continue reading ┐ Angelos Tzortzinis └

┐ Kathleen Robbins └

© Kathleen Robbins, Untitled, from The Hostess Project “In an effort to further inhabit my grandmother’s memories as a young wife, I began an autobiographical, photographic record of my experiences with her recipe journal. This ongoing project is as much a social experiment as a nostalgic experience. I dress in her clothing, prepare meals based on her hand-written recipes, serve invited guests, and perform the role of hostess. I prepare dishes based on her hand-written instruction: her recipes. Aspics, croquettes, meatloaf with pickle and egg garnish . . . And I photograph the results. In all of my work, I … Continue reading ┐ Kathleen Robbins └

┐ Nuno Direitinho └

© Nuno Direitinho, Untitled, from the series Backbone © Nuno Direitinho, Untitled, from the series Backbone © Nuno Direitinho, Untitled, from the series Backbone “The work aims to set up a dialogue between truth and deception in representation through the context of photography. I look for the juxtaposition between images and their contextual settings, aiming to explore the feeling of absurd that often occurs at this meeting point. The tension between the engaging qualities of colour and the eeriness of raw topics often invades the work, reacting to the latent mutation of spaces, apparatuses and trends of society. This play … Continue reading ┐ Nuno Direitinho └

┐ Jessica Sumerling └

© Jessica Sumerling, Living room, from the series Grow Heathrow, 2010 © Jessica Sumerling, Keith’s winter shower, from the series Grow Heathrow, 2010 © Jessica Sumerling, Tilly and Aimee, from the series Grow Heathrow, 2010 As modern society has been burdened with social, political and environmental challenges, people have become disenchanted with our current way of living. Consequently, a movement of radical communities breaking step with the status quo has come about. The primary aims of these groups are; to be sustainable, resilient and follow a way of life that has a minimal impact on the environment.” The community of … Continue reading ┐ Jessica Sumerling └

┐ Raquel Mendes └

© Raquel Mendes, Untitled, 2006 © Raquel Mendes, Still Life I, 2007 How often do we speak of nakedness as if it were a kind of truth, the naked truth? “Why do those who abandon clothes to pursue their leisure and recreation call themselves naturists? Are nakedness, nature and truth inseparable? Stripping naked, Georges Bataille wrote, “offers a contrast to self-possession, to discontinuous existence, in other words. It is a state of communication revealing a quest for a possible continuance of being beyond the confines of the self. Bodies open out to a state of continuity through secret channels ….” … Continue reading ┐ Raquel Mendes └

┐ Gary Watts └

© Gary Watts Untitled #1, from the series Iconicity © Gary Watts Untitled #7, from the series Iconicity “The use of lens based media provides a platform that enables me to explore thematic aspects of every day, attempting to look beyond the physical features of objects and environments and examine the sub-text contained within the images. The representation of banal objects and common environments provides an insight into the relationship we develop with our surroundings and reflect the transformative character of the space and the objects. These representations offer disclosure into social and cultural customs and events, capturing also moments, … Continue reading ┐ Gary Watts └

┐ Kamile Matulaityte └

© Kamile Matulaityte, The Abduction of Persephone I , from the series Seven Days with my Mother in D1, 2010 © Kamile Matulaityte, Minotaur, from the series Seven Days with my Mother in D1, 2010 Seven Days with my Mother in D1′ is a series of portraits showing an alternative reality of the relationship between me and my mother. My approach has emerged from the everyday domestic situations in which we play certain roles. However, instead of the actual drama the viewer is presented with ludicrous episodes from Greco-Roman mythology with my mother as a protagonist. The tri-colour gum printing … Continue reading ┐ Kamile Matulaityte └

┐ Laurence Skivée └

© Laurence Skivée, Koen Wastijn “puma”, 2009 © Laurence Skivée, Mona Hatoum “Witness” (detail), Galerie Chantal Crousel, 2010 © Laurence Skivée, éclats, 2010 “À supposer que la photographie puisse ou doive servir à quelque chose, ce devrait être à fixer l’ordinaire, le mouvement de l’ordinaire, à arrêter simplement pour un instant le flux de l’ordinaire. Non pas tant en garder le souvenir visuel qu’en prélever quelque image fugace, positive, triste, ambigüe, sincère ou spontanée. Quitte, à l’occasion, à photographier des photographies. L’art est inutile — c’est même à cela qu’on le reconnaît —, c’est ce qu’on en dit ; mais … Continue reading ┐ Laurence Skivée └