All posts by Contemporary Art Diary

I am Charlotte, an art theory student and exhibition hunter currently based in London. With my CAD blog I intend to share my passion for contemporary art by writing reviews on events I attend and galleries I visit. Each Monday I’ll post a photo series I found interesting, and each Friday I’ll choose a contemporary artist to make you (re)discover. Have a nice visit!

Artist ID #19: Lizzie Feather

Lizzie Feather

Lives and works in Shefflied, UK

www.lizziefeather.co.uk

“Lizzie works with performance and sculpture to create and disrupt meticulously ordered materials, which are often suspended or balanced to reveal points of tension and the anxieties inherent in a sense of imminent collapse.” (from Bloc Projects website)

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Artist ID #18: Jessica Bell

Jessica Bell

Lives and works in Vancouver, Canada (b. Montréal)

www.jessicabellmadethis.com

“Materials are really what tweaks my brain; I’ll find something, a piece of paper or fabric that resonates with me and I have to use it. The things I make are a response to the materials first and then I think the visual catalogue of my environment that I have developed in my photo making is what helps form subject in my work. (…) I think of those works like the paintings I couldn’t make in paint. The change of material has really satisfied the painting process for me, in a roundabout way.” (Interview from Little Paper Planes)

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Photo Series #16: Assembly by Osamu Yokonami

Osamu Yokonami

Lives and works in Tokyo, Japan (b. 1967, Kyoto, Japan)

www.yokonamiosamu.jp

“I love incorporating nature in my photographs and leaving out man-made elements. Buildings and any other piece of architecture make it easy to identify what place you are looking at, but with nature it’s harder to guess. This allows me to work with an anonymous place. The subjects pop out more in a natural setting, too.” (Interview from Fotografia Magazine)

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Artist ID #17: Lilah Fowler

Lilah Fowler

Lives and works in London (b.1981, London, England)

www.lilahfowler.com

“Lilah Fowler’s sculptures, prints and other elements take on the combined form of intricate installations that question the common, mutable languages that shape how we interpret our surroundings. Drawing on sources including urban planning, architectural design values and overlooked, overfamiliar objects, they are a collection of clues that shape ones own understanding of placement within natural and urban architectural space. In that encounter, Fowler’s practice attempts to level art, architecture, and design as equally part of a web of social, philosophical and experiential constructs.” (Artist’s statement)

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Photo Series #15: RV Night by Frank Hallam Day

Frank Hallam Day

Lives and works in Washington

frankhday.com

“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.” *

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Artist ID #16: Guillaume Leblon

Guillaume Leblon

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.” *

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Photo Series #14: Echelle 1/1 by Cédric Delsaux

Cédric Delsaux

Lives and works in Paris (b. 1974, France).

www.cedricdelsaux.com

“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)

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Artist ID #15: Kirra Jamison

Kirra Jamison

Lives and works in Melbourne (b. 1982, Sydney).

www.kirrajamison.com

“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)

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Photo Series #13: Interiors by Koo Bohnchang

Koo Bohnchang

Lives and works in Seoul, Korea.

www.bckoo.com

“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)

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