Mikael iN Fravez
I like landscape with humans lost in the immensity. I like symetry and graphic pictures. I like the solitude and the quiet in the photography.
For me, a good photo must be pleasing to the eye : everything must found this place in the frame.
In my pictures, my wife, many lakes, many mountains, many trees, many clouds, the sun... and the road again and again.
'Botanical Catwalk' is a new series with a special focus on the female figure in synergy with nature and the loss of identity. She cuts and layers retro fashion and botanical imagery creating a work of art with a particular vision of beauty.
This combination of two completely recognizable elements merging into a new meaning without necessarily erasing their original content is a key factor in her research and working process.
The simplicity of the process itself is a harmonious balance between selecting and collecting the images before cutting and pasting them into a whole new context. By doing so an image that may seem very banal at first transforms itself.
My work is influenced by my heritage. Each art piece and installation has many layers of information that connects to my personal experience as a chilean moving to the United States. The natural word that surrounds me is constantly changing as I travel. Using natural materials from these places as well as materials from Chile help me feel connected to my heritage while communing with the new place I live. I am particularly interested in the places where nature and repetitive human action overlap. A big theme in my work is the layering of repetition, which when looking closely can be found everywhere in nature yet is in constant change and flow.
Intaglio print with copper leaf and gold leaf additions
Teasdale’s work comes from a wide range of influences, including geometry and technology. Her
recent work reflects a longstanding fascination with pattern and textile design. She focuses on patterns
derived from both the natural and digital worlds and tries to highlight the order and beauty found
within them. Patterns have an underlying mathematical structure and can be seen as a search for
regularities. When we recognize these arrangements we have an emotional reaction that is deeply
rooted in our instincts and development. Sarah also believes in color psychology in relation to people’s
emotions and temperament. She focuses on using colors that I believe have positive effects and strives
to create works that is aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
Sarah has built this series of paintings from acrylic and in some cases spray paint on board with the occasionally addition of mica flake and/or iridescent pigments for additional shine and texture. The overall aesthetic of these colorful, pattern-based paintings is a blend of digital, modern, and ancient, and they have been compared to both video games and intricately patterned textiles.
'The paper has no profil' - The role of the photographer has changed over time. In the past it has been the craft of a few to turn blank paper into a photograph, using the darkroom. Today, all you need to do is press the shutter button. Everyone who owns a camera is a photographer. At least this is the public opinion. Rather than creative quality, all that counts is the size of the camera and the length of the lens. The incredible amount of pictures being produced day by day deprives photography of its mystique.
Josie's series 'Fractions' use scraps and pieces from old 'failed' paintings to create intuitive arrangements that evoke landscape, still-life, or cosmic events, based on self-imposed restraints.
I am drawn to landscapes because they are both universal and personal; they are intertwined in both individual lives and collective histories, and are historically and culturally relevant in the art community and in the larger world. Though they are constantly changing, they are ever-present.
My mark-making is expressive; however, since my finished pieces are so small in scale, the expressiveness of these marks cannot be seen unless the pieces are viewed from a close distance. Thus, I am seeking to depict the contrast between the objective depiction of nature and the subjective human element that is always present in our interpretation of our surroundings.
'Compact Mindfulness' is a visual diary taken in Japan, Turkey, Laos, and Thailand across the last two and a half years. This series stems from my approach to photography, simplicity through subtraction and a focus on bold colour and light. These images evoke a feeling of personal nostalgia, moments captured on film so they aren't lost to the annals of time. Photography for me is about that connection to the image - each of these images when viewed takes me back directly to the time and place. I photograph my life to keep memories and to document the quiet moments.
Chantal van Houten
Everything changes around us over the years as we do.. moments of reconsideration and learning points. Over the years I hope that people learn that it’s of no importance how you look, where you are from or what you do for a living. The only thing of importance (from my own perspective) is truthfulness to yourself, and being able to give and share in life and being surrounded by the people that you want to be surrounded by.
So a mix of old and new, figures with a certain emotional load and will tell a colorful beautiful new insight. That’s what I’m trying to achieve with these series.
Pooya Abbasian & Solmaz Panahi
Mikael iN Fravez
Chantal van Houten
21 - 30 Apr
York Open Studios 2017
Explore the hidden corners of York this April when over 100 artists and craftspeople open up their studios as part of the 2017 York Open Studios event.
21 Apr - 2 Jun
The Foundry Gallery
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17 - 22 Apr
Fabric of Vision
The Coningsby Gallery
A solo show of drawings and paintings from around the world. Australian heat, Italian Lakes and blustery Cumbrian wind and rain have provided inspiration for this ravishing, eloquent and diverse body of work.