As part of our ongoing partnership with Feature Shoot, Beautiful/Decay is sharing Alison Zavos’ article on Matthew Albanese.
“DIY Paradise” was constructed from cotton, salt, cooked sugar, tin foil, feathers & canvas.
My work involves the construction of small-scale meticulously detailed models using various materials and objects to create emotive landscapes. Every aspect from the construction to the lighting of the final model is painstakingly pre-planned using methods which force the viewers perspective when photographed from a specific angle. Using a mixture of photographic techniques such as scale, depth of field, white balance and lighting I am able to drastically alter the appearance of my materials.—Matthew Albanese
Matthew Albanese is a fine art photographer from New Jersey who specializes in creating and photographing miniatures from common household objects and materials. “New Life I” (pictured above) was constructed using painted parchment paper, thread, hand dyed ostrich feathers, carved chocolate, wire, raffia, masking tape, coffee, synthetic potting moss and cotton.
Depressing / really hilarious animation by Angelo Plessas. You’re never really exempt from death taking the form of lightning no matter how old you are. So, fellow women, beware. Personally, I don’t even wanted to reach some of these stages. It’s nice to know though, that the highest step and maybe moral achievement is becoming a grandmother (GILF?).
Inka Järvinen is an illustrator/designer from Helsinki. Järvinen works mostly in detailed collage’s, her output is dark, as she draws inspiration from the old sci-fi aesthetic of the future in the 1960’s and 1970’s. I love her illustrations and simple use of color.
Victoria Topping has many muses, but one in particular is music. Her funky experiments with collage instills movement to the inanimate; “developing an alternative music for the eyes.” Another recent inspiration for this UK based illustrator has been the textile patterns of wallpaper; Victoria has found a playful style in marrying the two. I definitely agree with the title of one of Victoria’s galleries: There Ought To Be More Dancing.
Daphne Wright is known for her unsettling yet poignant sculptural installations which use a variety of techniques and materials including photography, plaster, tinfoil, sound, voice and video. She has also worked on larger scale public art projects, collaborating with artists across disciplines; architects, writers and theater professionals to create works which deal with the indescribable.
Stallion (pictured above) is a full size cast of a dead horse. Lying upturned in the gallery space the power and strength of the horse seems to have collapsed with the fall of the animal on the gallery floor. At first sight the composition brings to mind a horse rolling in grass yet, on closer inspection we see the skin of the body has been peeled back revealing sinuous tendons and raw flesh. The familiarity of the animal and its playful association slides into an anatomical study colored by identifiable emotions.
Equally complex in its layering of suggested meaning is another animal cast – the delicate body of a rhesus monkey. Cast at a Primate Research Center Wright’s monkey is sensitively displayed lying on its side. The cast holds the body, permanently capturing the flesh in solid form. Covered in a fine layer of embroidered ‘hair’ its face, hands and chest recall the living animal yet the needlework gives a strangeness to the small figure. The face of the animal has been colored by a painter of religious statues, giving the monkey a touch of the other worldly.
Andy Gilmore is a draftsman and designer based in Rochester, NY. His work looks like a more sophisticated and colorful version of the spirographs from our youth. Gilmore’s use of repetitive shapes creates a kind of Faux gradient that I’m quite fond.