Steve Macleod’s series ‘Li+’ – the epiphany of light: “the relationship with the stabilizing drug Lithium and how it affects my behavior”
Following to a psychiatric treatment with Lithium Carbonate, the artist started for his dark depression, the initial images of the landscape he made reflected the period of confused anxiety. As he started to respond to the medication he realized that though still is the same person, he was perceiving the environment in a different way. The hyper anxiety, fear and frustration were no longer a deep emotional burden and he created a stillness that experiences environmental aura with his own Pictorialist sensibility.
Bill Armstrong’s series ‘Partial Appearances’ – through exploring the magical transformation of layers of colours as a meditation on different sides of the self, identity and spiritual dilemma, and making up images into psychological fictions.
Bill Armstrong – Partial Appearances
“Appearances may or may not be real, and half-truths are often the best one can hope for. Identity, itself, is in question as the shift from the real to the “cyber” leaves the individual in a state of flux… With Partial Appearances I have found a new method of creating imagery that furthers my interest in the contrast and harmony of colors. On the simplest level, the use of layers is an apt metaphor for the increased number of layers that threaten to overwhelm the psyche, adding on more to the existing layers of anxiety, alienation, longing and isolation that can submerge contemporary individuals as they try to navigate a constantly shifting world.”
Jo Whaley’s series ‘The Theater of Insects’ – still lifes as theatrical scenes where butterflies and other insects are put on a fabricated imaginary background, to create visual dialogue about the deterioration and the imperfection following to the quintessential Japanese design aesthetic of wabi-sabi. Inspired by the old dioramas in natural history museums these images through the lie tell the truth of the transient nature of earthly things and the human inability to control the process.
Jo Whaley – The Theater of Insects
“There is a flicker of movement caught by the corner of my eye. I pause long enough from one of those questionably imperative tasks of the day, to ponder a minuscule, seemingly insignificant insect. If one carefully looks at the overlooked, a whole world presents itself. The appearances of insects range from those of menacing aliens to those of creatures of ornamental beauty. Their ingenious structures and designs are unique visual qualities that inspire awe. As an artist I find great aesthetic lessons in their strategies of mimicry, camouflage, and metamorphosis. Delightfully distracted, I am caught in the butterfly net of their visual forms and held absolutely mesmerized with wonder.
Like moths attracted to the light of a flame only to perish in that flight, I wonder if we, too, are tied to self-destruction through a drive toward greater technological heights. Conversely, we may be able to use technology and our creativity to become more integrated with nature. As always, the future is uncertain. Art and science are not so diametrically opposed. The practice of both begins with the intense observation of nature, which in turn sparks the imagination toward action. Just pause long enough to look. There is a flicker of hope fluttering in the collective peripheral vision.”
Abelardo Morell’s project ‘After Monet’ – a contemporary search of Monet’s artistic spirit within the landscape of the places where he lived and painted in France.
Abelardo Morell – After Monet
“The photographs were created during the summers of 2015 and 2016 in Monet’s Gardens in Giverny, Rouen and other regions in the Normandy coast. For this work I used my Tent/Camera. This device that I invented utilizes a periscope-like optical mechanism that brings nearby views directly onto whatever ground is beneath the tent. These photographs are the product of the visual sandwich of the projection and the ground. I love seeing how the changing ground surface alters the views into something half painterly, half photographic.”
“The term Samsara literally means world and ‘aimless wandering about’ with the connotation of and refers to the experience of the world around us and the way we perceive it. In Zen Buddhism the phenomenal world is ephemeral and impermanent therefore a mere illusion.
‘And if time is not real, then the dividing line that seems to lie between this world and eternity, between suffering and bliss, between good and evil, is also an illusion’
Johan Österholm’s series ‘Peculiar Motions at Dusk’ – “On an autumn day in the mid 1660s the young Isaac Newton found himself observing the orchard through the window of his study at Woolsthorpe Manor in Lincolnshire. As the afternoon descended into dusk and the moon appeared as a pale disc above the trees, he was startled by the sight of an apple dropping to the ground. ”Does the moon also fall?” he asked himself, as he returned to the worktable, and made a mental note for what would later become the Law of Universal Gravitation, the starting points for the Scientific Revolution.”
Suzanne Jongmans’s ongoing series ‘Mind over Matter’ – portraits in the tradition of the 15th, 16th and 17th century Dutch masters, dressed with sculptural form costumes of recycled materials created by the artist herself as a swing from past to present in observing the existence of another reality.
Suzanne Jongmans – Mind over Matter
“Most people throw away foam rubber, but like a child I see the diamond in a stone. The idea of making something out of nothing changes our look on reality. A piece of plastic with text printed on it, used for packing a coffee machine or television can resemble a piece of silk. And the lid of a can of tomato puree can look like a ring… Textile poetry drew from a mundane visual language, a significant reminder of the overwhelming amount of foam which would otherwise be lying in landfills instead of presenting things of beauty.”
Sonja Braas’s ‘The Passage’ – minimalist landscape of frozen moments as a journey through fictitious space to depict time as a subjective dimension depending on the viewer.
„Through the gradual realization, that the images do not meet the expectation of authenticity and the resulting dissolution of the illusion of a chronological flow, assuredness in defining a position in time and space is replaced by assumption and interpretation. Space and time become abstractions that are no longer independent from the viewer, but are on the contrary completely based on the viewer’s perception.”
Sonja Braas – The Passage
“The chronological succession is implied by the continuously changing sky and the change of source and intensity of the light: a temporary, “seasonal”, gradual darkening from nearly blinding daylight to almost absolute darkness that only the light of the moon and the stars interrupts. Changes in the landscape lead to the perception of movement. It is not a directed movement: the last image connects to the first, perhaps one arrives at the same location the journey had begun. The implication is that of a loop – the journey might not begin or end but repeat itself.”
Rare ethereal Polaroids with emotional depth made by the Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky compiled in the book “Instant Light: Tarkovsky Polaroids and Sculpting in Time” published by Thames & Hudson. Landscapes and intimate moments about his home, family, friends and places in Russia and Italy made between 1979 and 1984, capturing with his unique aesthetic visual language the ‘flight’ of time and life as a reflection.
“Never try to convey your idea to the audience. It is a thankless and senseless task. Show them life, and they’ll find within themselves the means to assess and appreciate it.”
“We wish to surround ourselves by places and people that bring out the core of humanity, brings us back to our natural roots, to aim for a state of being in which the boundary between our cultures and backgrounds seems to blur.”