Mixing art and fashion photography, British artist Miss Aniela (Natalie Dybisz b. 1986) creates a fine balance of contemporary creativity. Her work centres on a fusion of traditional imagery and digitally enhanced motifs, interweaving in a surreal composition.
In Surreal Fashion, Natalie depicts contemporary models with a reference to Renaissance and Dutch masters, shooting in stately home settings across Europe and US. Larger-than-life characters preside over a dreamlike tableaux of chandeliers, taxidermy and four-poster beds; motifs for another, utopic world of the past that we long to inhabit.
Natalie's work has been exhibited by the Saatchi Gallery, House of Parliament, Waldermarsudde Museum Stockholm and Vogue Italia in Milan; and in numerous media including BBC, Daily Mail, Yahoo, El Pais and NY Arts. Miss Aniela’s Surreal Fashion images can be perceived as dream-like visual worlds with allusions to both couture photography and classical artworks, based on staged settings mainly in castles, that are subsequently digitally processed. Her detailed compositions, with their mixture of styles and evocative lighting, arouse associations to archaic palatial settings, Rococo Revival and is a form of contemporary commentary on the artistic expression found in salon paintings of the 18th century.
Many of the images notably feature elements from classical paintings including Adriaen van Utrecht, Melchior d'Hondecoeter and Otto Marseus van Schrieck; creatively and strategically combining modern with old, and birthing a new creation from paintstroke to pixel. Dreamy characters bask in opulent worlds from the sublime to the bizarre. Zoo animals peer from French chateaus, a yellow tulle dress explodes into the canaries of Jean Baptiste Greuze, and painted ships of an English stately home dance upon the waves of a model's cascading skirts. Natalie has been working on the collection for 7+ years, shooting extensively on location worldwide. The result is a visual feast crossing centuries of art history.
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Slavs and Tatars is a faction of polemics and intimacies devoted to an area east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China known as Eurasia. The collective’s practice is based on three activities: exhibitions, books and lecture-performances.
Slavs and Tatars’ various exhibitions, lectures, and books primarily fall within one of eight research cycles. These cycles range from alphabet politics (Language Arts) to medieval advice literature (Mirrors for Princes) to an investigation of syncretism (Not Moscow Not Mecca), amongst others. This organizing principle stems from the collective’s editorial focus if not their beginnings as a make-shift book-club. Often, exhibitions focus on one particular cycle (for example, Friendship of Nations); at other times, though, they bleed into one another. Like yoghurt, Slavs and Tatars’ work has an element of totum simul: the whole is in the parts.
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Lina Iris Viktor chooses to work in a strictly limited world - it is a mythical one of her creation existing within the zen-influenced, blurred lines of the real and the imagined. The world she imagines is perfectly curated, puristic, and minimalist - it tends to cancel out materiality, to transfer it to the realm of the spiritual & the alchemical. Governed by a purist color palette, her work considers the natural laws, hermetic philosophies, mathematic & scientific principles, and seeks to instill a divine order to all around her.
Working across multiple mediums, she adheres to the colour palette of blue, black, white and 24-karat gold to create paintings, sculptural works, photography, performance works, and installations. Viktor's work fuses apparent contradictions, synchronizing the monumental and the minuscule, decadent and the minimal, the spectacular and the invisible, seeking to heighten the experience of the spectator by creating immersive environments that transport the viewer into other worlds.
Lina Iris Viktor is a conceptual artist, performance artist, and painter. She lives and works itinerantly between New York and London.
Raised in London to Liberian parents, she traveled extensively in her youth also living in Johannesburg, South Africa for many years. The multi-disciplinary approach to her work, which weaves disparate materials and methods belonging both to contemporary and ancient art forms calls into question the nature of time and being. Her works are a merging of photography, performance, abstract painting, along with the ancient practice of gilding with 24-karat gold to create increasingly dark canvases embedded with “layers of light” in the form of symbols and intricate patterns. Viktor regards these dark canvases to be “light-works”. Each provoke a philosophical commentary through material that at once addresses the infinite and the finite, immortality and mortality, the microcosm and macrocosm, in addition to the socio-political and historical preconceptions surrounding ‘blackness’ and its universal implications.
Viktor’s multi-disciplinary practice is informed by a background in film which she studied at Sarah Lawrence College, and her continued studies within photography & design at The School of Visual Arts, along with an education in performance arts during high school. Viktor creates her own mythology as a painter, sculptor, photographer, and performance artist.
Viktor has exhibited at Harvard Art Museums and The Cooper Gallery, Harvard University, Boston; The Kentucky Museum of Arts & Craft, Louisville; and Spelman Museum of Fine Art, Spelman College, Georgia. Viktor has engaged in critical talks, panels & lectures at Harvard University, New York University, The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA, London), King’s College London, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (New York), Saint Louis Art Museum, and Autograph ABP (London).
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Born in Guadalajara, 1974
Lives and works in Guadalajara, MX
The work of Jose Dávila is the result, on one hand, of taking the resistance of both form and material to its limit, and on the other, of the appropriation and recontextualization of poignant works of art throughout history, defining them within a local and contemporary context.
Dávila’s work shows apparently opposed materials where forces and forms are balanced to achieve a harmonious whole that transforms his creations into representations of our doubts and own contradictions. His work is a visual and material aporia, an insoluble logical paradox, where we discover a coexistence of fragility and resistance, calm and tension, geometry and chaos.
His multidisciplinary work often departs from the creation of a visual glossary where all variations are the result of a basic idea; in their arrangement, these basic forms become a language for the totality of the work. Each of the pieces evolve naturally within the specific conditions and characteristics of their format and material.
His sculptures are a reflection of the phenomenon of gravity, the laws of static and dynamic energy, the tractive force used to generate motion and the compression strength, the potential for deformation prior to the rupture of materials, and, above all, of structural intuitions. The assembly of delicately balanced materials highlight the human intervention that transforms the space and re-signifies the object. The structures created by Dávila work within their own logic in the search for the exogenous center of gravity and in the limits of the resistance of the materials, where the form is a consequence of the process.
Jose Dávila studied architecture in the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente in Guadalajara, Mexico, however, he considers himself a self-taught artist, with an intuitive formation.
His work is part of the Getty’s PST LA/LA triennial in Los Angeles and has been exhibited in Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, DE; Marfa Contemporary, Marfa, USA, Savannah College of Art and Design; Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag; Museum Voorlinden, AG Wassenaar, Nederland, Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo MUAC, Mexico City; Caixa Forum, Madrid; MoMA PS1, New York; Kunstwerke, Berlin; San Diego Museum of Art; Museo de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; MAK, Vienna, Fundación/ Colección JUMEX, Mexico City; Bass Museum of Art, Miami; Museu do Arte Moderna, Sao Paulo; The Moore Space, Miami; NICC, Antwerp, among others; and has been featured in international publications such as Cream 3, ed. Phaidon, 100 Latin-American Artists, ed. Exit and The Feather and The Elephant, ed. Hatje Cantz. Jose Dávila has been awarded with the Baltic Artists’Award along with artists Eric N. Mack, Toni Schmale and Shen Xin.
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Valentin Dommanget (born in 1988 in Châlons-en-Champagne ) is a multidisciplinary French artist. He mainly works in painting, sculpture, digital graphics and video.
His practice combines technologies and traditional artistic techniques around experiments inspired by the codes of contemporary art and internet culture. His influences stem from transhumanist and animist theories as well as the Supports / Surfaces movement. His work is a pre-figuration of a future man-machine around a reflection on the creative act.
After obtaining a degree in Fashion Design from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Appliques et des métiers d'Art in Paris, he completed his studies with a Master Fine Art at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. Since 2014 he has been represented in France by the Lily Robert gallery in Paris. He is also co-director of State of the Art , Berlin.
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I am Keyezua a storyteller using art as a communication tool that manages to tell more than my words will ever do. Art provokes, educates and empowers without pity. It is a powerful tool and it is in the hands of this generation to create value for our government, organizations and foundations to put artists as an integral component to the further development of culture, economics, feminism, and individual development in Africa.
What makes me uncomfortable in our society is what helps me create an artwork that deserves to exist as I follow the revolution that happens in my mind when I am not satisfied with a situation that affects human rights. Due to technology as a catalyst for change, everybody can educate and market themselves as an artist but is not everybody that is willing to use art to fight a cause or to provoke and insist in intellectual change. For us, women, we can't just make art to make art look pretty and successfully hang on a wall at home or in a museum. It needs to demand respect, debates, confusion and experiment with tradition. I am Keyezua.
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After growing up in Southern California’s Coachella Valley, Phillip K. Smith III received his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design. From his Palm Desert, CA studio, he creates light-based work that draws upon ideas of space, form, color, light + shadow, environment, and change.
Featured in hundreds of online and print publications, Phillip is known for creating large scaled temporary installations such as Lucid Stead in Joshua Tree, Reflection Field and Portals at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival, ¼ Mile Arc in Laguna Beach, and The Circle of Land and Sky at inaugural 2017 Desert X exhibition. All of these installations are featured in his latest catalog titled Five Installations published by Grand Central Press. His public artworks are sited in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Kansas City, Nashville, Oklahoma City and beyond; and the artist was recently commissioned to create permanent, light-based works for the cities of West Hollywood, CA and Bellevue, WA. The artist's work is also included in the forthcoming exhibition and catalog Unsettled organized by the Nevada Museum of Art and artist Ed Ruscha.
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Georgina is an all rounded makeup artist with a passion in utilising traditional painting and drawing techniques upon a 3D canvas. She branched into makeup and special effects design in 2014, when she completed a Diploma of Cinemagraphic Makeup at the Australian Academy of Cinemagraphic Makeup. Whilst there, she studied under Emmy award winning prosthetics artist, Chad Atkinson and seasoned film professional, Paige Badenoch and also obtained a certification in contact lens fitting and removal. She recently completed an an Advanced Prosthetics workshop at AACM and the Val Garland School of Makeup.
Georgina competed in the IMATS Sydney 2014 Battle of the Brushes and was awarded second place for her piece in the Beauty/Fantasy Category. She has also assisted on various fashion weeks; the most recent being the 2015 Mercedes-Benz Sydney Fashion Week on the Bondi Bather show. Her work has been published in Laud Magazine, Cole Magazine, Make Up Artist Magazine and MX Newspaper and has been featured in Huffington Post, Daily Mail, Allure, Buzzfeed, Yahoo, PopSugar, Mashable, Entertainment Weekly and Cosmpolitan.
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Precious Okoyomon - embodied exorcism of the poetic body. I can be whatever the f*** people want me to be.
Precious Okoyomon is a Brooklyn based poet and artist. She is the author of Ajebota (Bottlecap Press, 2016). Her writing has been performed and exhibited at the Baltic Triennial in Lithuania, the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati, Exo Exo in Paris and MoMA PS1 in New York. Her writing has been published in Hobart, Fanzine, New York Tyrant and elsewhere.
She loves her sweet toy poodle rainbow and is a Leo that is very low key evil. She’s currently working on a book or two.
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Cupid Ojala earned his MFA at Parsons The New School for Design where he developed fantasy spaces that mirror masculine identities of desire onto themselves as social critique.
His exhibitions include The Kitchen, Aronson Gallery, Strange Loop Gallery and Upper Manhattan Open Studios in New York City, Fuchs Projects in Brooklyn, The Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland and The Button Factory in New Jersey.
Cupid grew up in a conservative, Mormon family in rural Bumpass, Virginia, where he also received his BFA in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University. He transitioned from female to male in 2003 and currently resides in Brooklyn.
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