Like melting wax drips and forms new shapes, so does Januz Miralles’ digital manipulations mold his once recognizable subject. The artist digitally applies paint and illustration to change photographs of faces and bodies into otherworldly beings. The figures in his work are left partially untouched, some with only a mouth or an eye peaking through, while the rest is covered by stunning, organic strokes of paint traveling up and across the composition. Although the women in his work look conventionally beautiful, they look even more alluring with globs of thick, digitally applied paint covering most of their faces. Miralles’ highly textural technique alters each figure’s state of being, as if they are ascending to another world or perhaps disintegrating completely.
His captivating, multilayered work shapes form, personality, and identity with his amazing techniques, created mostly digitally on a laptop. His art is quietly beautiful, as you can get lost in the many swirls of color and texture that he integrates into his work, completely transforming the mood. As the artist digitally breaks down his figures, the structure and details seem to break down as well, as if chemicals have been poured over each face. There is a sense of torment and melancholy that surrounds his subjects, like something is being extracted from them, leaving their bodies through the seeping paint. The deep, psychological effect that Miralles’ work holds draws you in to further examine what it is you are looking at, leaving you in mystery.
A visually interesting and literally engaging material many artists are drawn to mirrors and other reflective surfaces for their visually interesting qualities. Based in concept, Dan Graham’s “pavilions” blur the line between sculpture and architecture. Toying with perception the pavilions employ two-way mirrors and glass to engage a viewer and disorient his sense of space.
Inspired by artists like Graham, Danish artist Jeppe Hein is interested in illusion and turning passive visitors into participants. Hein uses mirrors and other reflective surfaces in his work. Finding the place there art intersects with architecture, and technical inventions, Hein often adds an element of humor to his pieces.
With similar interests Alyson Shotz also investigates issues of perception and space by using reflective materials. Often Shotz’s works become visual representations of concepts from theoretical physics (string theory, dark metter, etc). Other times her work exposes changing surroundings. Shotz says of her works such as Mirror Fence, “I’m interested in making objects that change infinitely, depending on their surroundings. The light at different times of day, the weather…what the viewers are wearing, all these are just some of the variables that will make the piece different every time one comes in contact with it. For me an ideal work of art is one that is ultimately unknowable in some way.”
Ryan Everson is a multimedia artist who reveals the sentimentality often associated with an idealized natural world. As he explains, Fear addresses the “abstract emotional states stirred up from specific self reflective moments.” Sometimes apparent, and sometimes camouflaged, Everson’s Fear creates a deeply rich symbolic metaphor for the feelings evoked by fear.
David Altmejd employs mirrors in his works to help him, and a viewer, explore a fantasy world that puts reality into perspective. Depicting mythical creatures, Atmejd blurs distinctions between real and perceived.
Joe Amrhein’s text based paintings are not only steeped in sign painting tradition but poke fun and shed light onto everything from international economics to art criticism cliches. Each piece is constructed by layering dozens of ornate typefaces painted on mylar on top of one another, creating rich paintings that are dense meditations on the world at large with all of its fractured meaning and profound chaos.
Robbie Rowlands is a Melbourne based artist whose work explores notions of stability and vulnerability through the manipulation of objects and environments. His repetitious and precise cuts and the resulting distortions reflect the inescapable passing of time that affects everything around us. Rowlands’ works have been described as“spotlighting the history, humanity and function” of his subjects. His manipulated objects and spaces blur the boundaries between our fabricated world and the natural world.
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Working in-between modes of abstraction and representation Hidenori Ishii’s pixelated and psychological work come to focus and self deconstruct over and over again. Following constellations reminiscent of the realization and submerged mind, Ishii rigidly depicts the structure of fantasy with a sense of utopian hope.
“My work suggests integrated psychological and environmental systems that allude to a self-contained biosphere built on a lifetime of collected idiosyncrasies.
I believe painting is where actuality and possibility meet with one’s intention. As a landfill utilizes the progresses of nature of a long period of time, I’m interested in visual and symbolic dialogue of between man’s intention and nature’s inevitabilities. Using combination of patterns both from nature and man-made, my paintings suggest transformations, erosions and constructions of improbable environments. Through its evident execution, my work creates a space where submerged human or natural potentials are rendered visible over time.”
Bill Dunlap‘s portfolio is a wealth of revulsion. These images, from Dunlap’s “Black” series, look like viscera made of paint and bad moods. Woe betide the five-year-old who finds one of these faces lurking under their bed at night.
Superman meets our ordinary daily laborious life. Ole Marius Joergensen depicts in his pictures the super hero trying to fly and making his dreams come true. An unusual situation here, as we witness Superman failing. We watch the struggle and identify with the character.
The series called ‘No. Superhero’ is inspired by comics and Norwegian values. The fantasy world created by Ole Marius Joergensen is grounded and disciplined. Halfway between a painting and a photography, the color scheme is colorful yet soft. The artist chooses to represent the super hero with different kinds of men and keeps the red and blue costume as well as the cape. He is climbing a high ladder, landing on a tree, falling headfirst on the snow or appearing lost in an empty field.
Failing and holding on until success is reached is part of human life. The unusual appearance of Superman within each scenes makes the introspection interesting. Are we dreaming too much and that’s why we are failing? Or is it necessary to fall and learn in order to progress and attain our goals? Ole Marius Joergensen seems to project his hopes and aspirations. Bringing reality to anyone who doubts of its capacity to make dreams come true. Creating a space for errors and multiple attempts appears necessary according to the artist, apparently even Superheroes fail from time to time.