Clark (photographer) and Pougnaud (painter) series ‘Eden’ – still lifes from the imaginary garden created with small pieces of nature in front of a painted canvas. The poetic vision of the French artists with references to pictorial and surreal expressed with combined techniques of staging, photography and painting, to capture the rhythm of nature in each season as part of the constant but ephemeral circle of rebirth.
Jocelyn Lee’s series ‘The Appearance of Things’ – “ongoing examination of the physical world. Encompassing and fusing still life, portrait and landscape genres, the works depict bodies enmeshed in an ephemeral environment. The female forms are submerged in water or dappled in sunlight, counterpointed with contemporary memento mori of vivid and painterly still lifes of rotting flowers and glistening fruit. Collectively, the works offer a melancholy yet unsentimental reflection on life’s transitions through stages of birth, blossoming and death.” (Huxley Parlour Gallery)
Jocelyn Lee – The Appearance of Things
Jocelyn Lee – The Appearance of Things
To learn more about the artist’s thoughts behind the series and the process of making it, watch Jocelyn Lee in conversation with Assistant Curator of Photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Catherine Troiano, for the opening of ‘The Appearance of Things’ at Huxley-Parlour Gallery in April 2018.
Petros Koublis‘ series ‘In dreams’ – “There are limits to our perception, therefore we are not able to fully perceive what is essentially mind-independent, free of form, shape and definition. We are bound to keep addressing a mental version of reality, limited within the confines of our understanding. Through Mythology the human spirit could philosophically approach those remote areas of a system much bigger than what we are able to perceive. As if through Myths, our spirit is able to overcome the boundaries of the mind and expose our intuition to a much greater reality, letting us lift the veil for a moment and feel what lies underneath. These primordial narratives are not attempting an interpretation of the unknown, but they offer an accumulation of the human experience, they talk about the history of the Psyche, the age-long dreams of young humanity. Then, in the form of a lucid dream, they reveal the archetypes that connect us with the most distant areas of our spirit, where the seeds of our evolution were first planted into the fertile soil of imagination. Beauty can be applied both to the visible and the intelligible world, without losing its perceptible attributes…”
Sybren Vanoverberghe‘s series ‘2099’ – “images of remembrance linked to my perception on the constant evolution of history and its repetitive character. Deconstructed places and manipulated icons are working on an associative basis to create a new overview of the present. I am experimenting with what is staged and what is not and how a photographer can interfere in the landscape by working on an underlying lyricism in the images. The work can both be seen as a prophecy for the future as well as a desire to the past. Some photographs are taken by chance and close to home, other were chosen to photograph on fixed historical locations and metropoles.”
27 female portraits from behind where layers of veils that “appear to drop from the sky, pierced by a gleam that alights and overflows like water on a riverbank” evoke the imagination of the viewer … “And we immerse ourselves in an emotional universe, it is incumbent on us to weave threads together. Our task is to lift the veils, to search for a secret path, an unveiling.” (Valerio Consonni)
Alessandro Vasapolli – DéVoilées
The images are without post-production and are published in a book.
Florian Richter‘s series ‘Alps‘ – “In my still, deserted images, I see myself as following in the tradition of romantic landscape painters. I always strive to capture rhythm and structure, to portray the qualities of a landscape, which do not so much concern to recognizability or topography of a place but rather it appearance. The light shapes content and structure. This is the fundamental precondition for my work.
Florian Richter – Alps
I´m not aiming to document the reality and what there is, but instead I focus on the vision and the idea of landscape that we carry within us. In other words, these photographic events are not a portrayal of reality, but rather the draw individual perception into the heart of my interest. My pictures are painting, drawing and photography in one. They are that which seem them leads us to find in ourselves.
The series ‘Alps’ is ongoing, started in 2010″
Florian Richter – Alps
Special thanks to the photographer for the statement.
Camilla Anne Jerome’s series ‘Anhedonia’ – “My perception is real. Across these layers of grief and guilt, I search for more than just answers to endless questions. Pain radiates throughout my every fiber yet, you cannot see it. I am dismissed by each doctor as pleasure is overshadowed by my condition. Through the evolution of acceptance, I reclaim my body only to be left with Anhedonia*.”
Inspired by fairy tales and dreams Petr Lovigin sends in his series ‘My Louis‘ the icon of American jazz, Louis Armstrong, as a fictional character, to imaginary journey over mythological Russian landscape. Printed on background of books with Tibetan prayer symbols, the artist travels the young musician with a suitcase and the beloved trumpet in hands into a universe far away from the everyday life playing his most famous song to remind us after all ‘What a Wonderful World’ it is.
Matthew Brandt’s series ‘Silver’ – in his constant artistic search to establish a new way of unique interaction between the material reality and the visual one, he coated with a liquid silver his silver gelatin prints of forest landscapes, creating an extra layer with a mirror surface to reflect the perception and connects closer the observer with the image. The flowing traces it left veils the forest with a sense of enigma alluring to become part of it. What is behind these silky watercolours – a mystical magic place, decaying nature or …
Mona Kuhn’s series ‘She Disappeared into Complete Silence’ – abstracting the present in a fusion of illusions where lines and shapes, light and shadows, delicate reflections and a single person blend into one along with the landscape of Californian desert.
The artist “turns in a highly austere and restrained reductionist geometry and distilled formal purity, connecting the interior to the exterior, the visible to the hidden. These reflections cause one to linger, as they merge to create a dynamic equilibrium of tension, space and rhythms.” (Salvador Nadales)