Lorenzo Durantini uses VHS tapes and the tape within to create large brooding towers and installations. When rolls of video tape cover the floor a dark sea containing hours and hours of video threatens to swallow the room. One installation consists of 2,216 tapes placed in a stack. The resulting structure is both a homage to a dead format and a brooding reflection on how we consume only to eventually disregard. Elswhere he utilizes photographic material to construct new forms. Durantini’s work reminds us that technology is perpetually transforming and what was once cutting edge will always end up a relic.
We have featured the work of Yago Hortal in the past (here). He continues to produce lush abstractions that pulsate with energy. In his newest series he takes the Impasto technique to the extreme. Massive gobs engulf his canvases. Tidal waves of color confront existing surfaces adding increased depth to his kinetic compositions.
Sam Burford lives and works in London. Inspired by such films as Star Wars and Blade Runner he creates photographic work in multiple media that encapsulate entire films within them. Take for example his sculpture made out of jesmonite that consists of a time-lapse photograph of Star Wars IV transformed into a surface relief. The film is condensed into an abstract pattern and presented as a three dimensional sculpture. In another piece a time-lapse photographic detail from Blade Runner is highlighted on hand printed film and allowed to curl for a dimensional effect. With his work he serves to reveal the optical patterns inherent in the moving image that can be captured with modern technology.
John Pham is most well known for his Graphic Novel Anthology Sublife as well as his work on Cartoon Network’s Problem Solverz. His personal work consists of vibrant gouache paintings that simultaneously reference modern design ethics and vintage computer imagery. Pham’s Tron –like environments exist as streamlined versions of Atari 2600 graphics.
Matthew Cusick is known for his paintings made with maps that we have featured here in the past. Cusick is also creating a body of work he calls “Defacements”. Pages from vintage schoolbooks are found, scraped and sanded to remove all but the page number, an image, and a few chosen words. The artist removes in order to reveal. The result is work that comments on the human condition, the environment, politics, and the physical act of delicate deconstruction.
Brooklyn based Stacy Fisher utilizes Hydrocal, shellac, burlap, wire mesh, paint, and wood to create subtle yet unrefined forms. The platforms in which her structures reside are as integral to the work as the rough abstractions that take center stage. These monuments remain tethered at times by chains and bolts as if imprisoned. Fisher presents vibrant and simplistic structures that exhilarate their environment.
Denise Kupferschmidt lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. We have featured her collage pieces here in the past. Her new body of work consists of sumi ink and acrylic paintings as well as concrete sculpture. These are explorations into what she calls “Crude Idols”. Using a monochromatic palette she presents the viewer with anonymous objects and artifacts of manufactured significance.
Brooklyn based artist Brian Willmont has been featured here in the past. His striking gouache and ink works commonly feature colorful cacti and Old West imagery set against a pitch black background. His newest body of work consists of fragmented artifacts scattered across opaque geometric planes. Within these voids Willmont presents an alternate history. Items of antiquity are left frozen in time for the viewer to dissect.