Frank Hallam Day
Lives and works in Washington
“These images of RVs lodged deeply in night jungles suggest a humanity isolated from a dark, unpredictable nature. The powerful sense of displacement and alienation from the natural world conveys a relationship with nature in which something has gone very wrong. The occupants of these glowing ‘life support pods’ are hermetically sealed off from the natural world looming darkly just beyond. (…) The RVs are the night song of a dark American dream, lovely and glowing, yet somehow toxic and chilling.” *
Continue reading Photo Series #15: RV Night by Frank Hallam Day
Lives and works in Paris (b. 1971, Lille, France).
Artist’s page on Gallerie Jocelyn Wolff website.
“When an object quits my studio, it might not be accomplished. The accomplishment is achieved in its destination. In other words, between the moment it quits the studio and the moment it is positioned in the museum, there is instability. The studio is not the site of completion. It’s the exhibition context which completes the work.” *
Continue reading Artist ID #16: Guillaume Leblon
Lives and works in Paris (b. 1974, France).
“The singular approach I use enable us to reconsider both the characters and the landscape in which they stand. By stepping on this white circular base, the bystanders encountered in the street instantly become figurines at scale 1. This base enables them to change status: from simple passerby they become the actors of a large ‘Comédie Humaine’ [human comedy].” (From Latestedebuch)
Continue reading Photo Series #14: Echelle 1/1 by Cédric Delsaux
Lives and works in Melbourne (b. 1982, Sydney).
“I love listening to the stories that are invented by people when they first see a new painting. Each work develops differently depending on the individual encountering it and therefore meanings are always shifting. (…) [My] work continues to be informed by an interest in how the use of the decorative offers more space for pluralism in meaning; as well as research into the relationship between ornament and the imagination.” (Artist’s statement from Ryan Renshaw website)
Continue reading Artist ID #15: Kirra Jamison
Lives and works in Seoul, Korea.
“Once an image is engraved into our minds or brains, we keep reproducing it again and again. I felt like it is a process of getting to know myself. This does not mean that my perspective remains in the past though. Time passes and I also change and grow. Based on this, the frames at this moment are filtered. These are expressed in pictures as a way I see the world. The experiences from my past are the filters of my eyes and heart. When I look at an object and try to interpret it, it is interpreted and portrayed newly in this world.” (Interview from VM Space)
Continue reading Photo Series #13: Interiors by Koo Bohnchang
Lives and works in Vienna and Limberg, Austria (b. 1954)
“Most artworks try to represent something lofty and important, but I find pathos repulsive. I want to address serious matters but in a light way. Even when we speak about illness or tragedy, for example, it should be possible to speak in a light way. (…) Many artists are good at making the easy difficult. I’m interested in making the difficult easy. That does not necessarily mean making it light in a stupid way. I’m not speaking about the surface. I’m speaking about the content.” (Interview from Museo Magazine)
Continue reading Artist ID #14: Erwin Wurm
Lives and works in Postdam.
“I really forced myself to see a scene in only two dimensions and cover one eye to shift my perception of a room. If the environment allows it I walk around with the viewfinder raised to my eye and closely watch how objects and lines change while I move slowly. With all these approaches I try to close a gap between the experience and what I can capture.” *
Continue reading Photo Series #12: Modern world by Andreas Levers
Lives and works in London, UK (b.1979, Lima, Peru)
“Critical concerns regarding the conceptual significance of archives and the persistency with memory in a society fearful of forgetting have funnelled my practice and research by transforming found material into collages, sculptures, video and installations. (…) I aim to utilize identifiable structures of traditional archives so as to activate recollection and point out the potential to fragment and destabilize either remembrance as recorded, or history as written continuum of what has come to pass.” (Artist’s Statement)
Continue reading Artist ID #13: Elena Damiani
Lives and works in Berlin (b. Bratislava, Slovakia)
“I take the pictures of people, but they are not real. Usually they just represent something, someone, anyone. But still, my photos are not about them. It is not about who is on the picture but what is on the picture, what is happening, what is present. The picture is already in my head and I’m just trying to transform the vision into reality with a little help from accidents and improvisation. To take the picture is for me only the last step, the easiest one. My work is to create the whole illusion, which eventually becomes real for a moment. That’s the magic.” (from We Are Visual Animals)
Continue reading Photo Series #11: Ecce Homo by Evelyn Bencicova