Artist Guy Laramee (previously) has recently completed a number of new sculptural works where he transforms thick tomes into incredible topographical features including mountains, caves, volcanoes, and even water. Many of the works are part of a new project titled Guan Yin, a series of work dedicated to the forces that enable individuals to endure grief and pain, or in his words “the mysterious forces thanks to which we can traverse ordeals.” If you happen to be near Quebec, a number of Laramee’s works are currently on view at Expression gallery in Saint-Hyacinthe through August 12.
Art by Jason de Graaf: Jason divided his time between working as a commissioned illustrator and his more passionate occupation as a fine artist, but has in recent years devoted himself entirely to painting. Artists Statement: My paintings are about creating the illusion of verisimilitude on the painted surface. My works are filtered through my personal response to the subject, infusing them with a motivation to communicate something unique to the viewer. Though I paint in a photorealist manner my goal is not to reproduce or document faithfully what I see one hundred percent, but also to create the illusion of depth and a sense of presence not found in photographs. I filter the subject so that it may express my unique vision. To that end I don’t strictly adhere to the reference material at hand. I use my subject as a springboard and a means to explore my ability as a picture maker. I use colours and composition intuitively with the intent of imbuing my paintings with emotion, mood and mystery. Throughout, I try to remain open to new ideas and surprises as the painting unfolds.
These wonderfully playful photos are part of Chinese photographer Zhao Huasen’s Floating series. While you’re checking out his photoshop skillz, we’re wondering when the rest of us will obtain access to awesome invisible bikes of our own.
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Kate MccGwire’s practice probes the beauty inherent in duality, exploring the play of opposites - at an aesthetic, intellectual and visceral level - that characterises the way we conceive the world. She does this by appealing to our essential duality as human beings, to our senses and our reason, and by drawing on materials capable of embodying a dichotomous way of seeing, feeling and thinking. The finished work has a consistent ‘otherness’ to it that places it beyond our experience of the world, poised on a threshold between the parameters that define everyday reality.
After the photographer Alvaro Sanchez-Montañes an article about the abandoned diamond mines in Namibia had read, he wanted to know more about the subject. On the Internet he found a few photos of a ghost town in the south of the country that was once a wealthy mining town. Fascinated by the desert, as she slowly swallowed the houses, Alvaro Sanchez-Montanes decided to go there ourselves. Locally, he came across ”the beauty in the abandoned, of the useless, of the time passing by.” From photographs of desert sand-filled interiors of the abandoned building was an impressive photo series “Desert Indoors”.
Mark Demsteader was born in 1963 in Manchester where he still lives and works. He studied foundation at Rochdale college and Oldham college, but he is largely self taught having spent many years studying the figure at life drawing classes and developing a unique style through close observation of the human form.
In recent years Mark`s reputation has flourished, such that he has become one of the most popular figurative artists working in Britain today. His powerful depictions of the female form in clean and assured lines of pastel and gouache have sparked a renaissance of interest in traditional life drawing amongst the art collecting fraternity. This immense technical ability is tempered by the natural sensitivity with which he imbues each subject. Although isolated in the picture plane each model seems to live and breathe, their expression and poise conveying a sense of narrative that invites the viewer to ask more questions about them than the artist answers.
Long exposure photos by Sato Tokihiro. These images of unpopulated urban scenes, interiors and landscapes are richly detailed and infused with a haunted sensibility, partly because they are shot with extremely long exposures — some as long as three hours. While the aperture of his camera is still open, Sato will move into the frame armed with a small hand mirror or a flashlight. While the artist himself won’t show up in a photo that is being exposed over such a long period, strategic flashes from the mirror or patterns drawn in empty space with a flashlight will register in the final image.