Nicolai Howalt‘s Car Crash Studies series ties a post-crash carnage to artistic abstraction, as the photographs of metallic dents and scratches have a true sculptural quality. This contrasts to the chaos of the subject-matter to unveil a fascinating and hidden beauty in destruction.
Jason Middlebrook‘s work incorporates lines onto wood planks found in New York State, as the artist forms abstract ‘landscape’ painting that play with colour. The artist’s painterly abstracted forms create a hypnotic quality to the work, as the ordered lines subvert patterns of trees to seek a re-engagement in our relationship with nature itself.
Joachim Schmid is a Berlin-based artist working with photography and public image sources. Schmid has found acclaim in his numerous series, spanning thirty years, but a personal favourite is Photogenic Drafts. The series consists of portraits made from donated shredded negatives, which question identity, gender and age with satirical wit.
Brittney Meyer‘s Sugar Stills series uses photographic trickery to place confectionary in landscapes. A playful series with a bittersweet uncanny edge.
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Mike Calway-Fagan’s collage work mixes dissimilar photography with a sense of urgency. The artist asserts that his works hopes to ‘critique complacency and aestheticise catastrophe’ by creating dis-ordered imagery that evoke disaster. See more after the jump.
Jennifer Mehigan‘s Armed/Luminous series (2010) mixes paint with found imagery to explore the hidden beauty of fire. The Sydney-based artist’s use of bright brushstrokes undermines the scenes of terror behind by destroying the image in both material and metaphorical terms, with a clear parallel to Gerhard Richter‘s Overpainted series.
Pakayla Biehn is a San Franciso-based artist who collaborates with photographers in her Double Exposure series, by taking inspiration from double exposure photography and painting the images using oil on canvas. The end result is an incredibly beautiful and detailed series with an oneiric quality.
Sam Falconer is a freelance illustrator based in the UK, whose portraits of famous figures such as Jack Nicholson and Bette Davis mix textures, patterns and colours in a playful manner. Many of the collage renderings evoke the work of John Baldessari in a quirky play on pop imagery. More after the jump.