Artist Tristram Lansdowne is a Canadian born artist currently living and working in Toronto. His paintings focus on “ideas of permanence and function inherent in our constructed environments”. Lansdowne references the 19th century Romantic ruin and juxtaposes it within an isolated urban setting, thus exhibiting his pessimistic view of human progress.
Illustrator Keren Taggar hails from Jerusalem, Israel, where she recently graduated with honors from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. Particularly adept at storytelling, Taggar draws mostly thoughts and feelings–things that are deemed “un-drawable.” I really enjoy how her precise lines retain a strange mellowness in spite of serious subject matter.
Super clean work from Dan Haskett, an illustrator/animator who has lived all over Europe in places like in Helsinki, Berlin, London, and Stockholm. Dan graduated from the University of West England in Bristol where he studied Illustration with Animation, and is now at Konstfack University working towards an MA in Storytelling. That’s right kids, stay in school! He creates work for a long list of clients, and his illustrations are featured in publications like The Guardian, The Independent, and The New York Times. His paintings have also been exhibited in London at The Coningsby Gallery.
Paraglider Gill Schneider had thought a while about arranging an unusual pair: his love of flying and the circus. After the jump a video captures the combination. At first Schneider incorporates his parachute into various circus acts. Before long, though, he takes a performer into the air, juggling gliding over the beaches. The highlight of the video, however, is trapeze artist Roxanne Gilliand. Hanging below Shcneider, Gilliand gracefully performs high over a small lakeside town. The pairing, though unlikely, is a fascinating one.
New York based graphic designer/artist Nikolay Saveliev channels a host of perspectives within his work; sometimes funky, occasionally quirky and consistently sophisticated. Nikolay has a way with conceptual translations – transforming & developing the simplest of ideas across a broad spectrum of mediums – imbuing any viewer with an increased curiosity and a desire to see more, more, more, of work!
Wendy Ploger is a New York-based photographer. In her series, INSIDE :: OUT, each piece is a pair of photographs that play off of each other. One photo was taken outside while one was taken inside, but that’s really the least interesting part. Placed next to each other, each photo complements the other with an obscure tension — pointing out each other’s beauty and flaws, commonalities and differences. None of the photos were staged which also sets up a contrast between the spontaneity of what each individual photo captures and the calculated pairings for presentation. Couldn’t have been easy.
Self-taught photographer Zeren Badar explores photography, painting, design, and collage work in his “Accident Series” project. For this project, Badar combines images and objects in a curious juxtaposition of form and content. His incorporation of prints of old paintings, food, accessories, decorations, and other objects results in peculiar and richly textured 3D collages that evoke a Dadaist aesthetic. Badar compares his work to Duchamp’s readymades, explaining, “By using unexpected juxtapositions of objects, I try to create ambiguity and pull viewers attention deeper to my photographs.In many ways, I examine new type of way still life.” Originally from Turkey, Badar now lives and works in New York City. You can keep up with this project’s progress by following his personal Tumblr page.
In his series “tautochronos”, German artist Michel Lamoller takes multiple photographs of the same place at different times, then prints and layers them, physically carving them into one image, sculpting two-dimensional space into three-dimensions. By then photographing the transformed image Lamoller returns the work to two-dimensions, playing with space and volume, echoing the compression of time and place in his work. The deconstructed figures in the resulting photographs are a visual reminder that people are always changing and never fully revealed.
People often speak of ghosts, and that’s what these photographs bring to mind—the pieces left behind when time passes and things change. It’s almost archeological, the parts covered, the parts revealed. The remains remain, an artifact of time passed.
The photos that are mainly figural express the changes in an individual over time. Clothed, naked. Smiling, serious. Button-down, t-shirt. They are a literal portrait of days.
The images that integrate a figure into the environment are more evocative. In one image, a woman seems to be decomposing, dissolving into grass and trees. Another figure blends into a brick building, almost indecipherable. One person’s body seems to be fossilizing as cobblestones stretch up his legs like moss. A book-lined wall is interrupted by fragmented pieces of a man’s face. Are the pieces so small because the impact of the person in the space was so inconsequential?
The word tautochronos is made of two Greek parts: tauto from the combining form meaning same, chronos meaning time. In combining different moments in the same place Lamoller has stopped time.