Brooklyn-based artist Alyssa Monks is a figurative painter, blurring the line between abstraction and realism. “Using filters such as glass, vinyl, water, and steam, I distort the body in shallow painted spaces. These filters allow for large areas of abstract design - islands of color with activated surfaces - while bits of the human form peak through. In a contemporary take on the traditional bathing women, my subjects are pushing against the glass “window”, distorting their own body, aware of and commanding the proverbial male gaze. Thick paint strokes in delicate color relationships are pushed and pulled to imitate glass, steam, water and flesh from a distance. However, up close, the delicious physical properties of oil paint are apparent. Thus sustaining the moment when abstract paint strokes become something else. When I began painting the human body, I was obsessed with it and needed to create as much realism as possible. I chased realism until it began to unravel and deconstruct itself, I am exploring the possibility and potential where representational painting and abstraction meet - if both can coexist in the same moment.” Monks’s paintings have been the subject of numerous solo and group exhibitions, and her work is represented in public and private collections.
Qiu Minye has found a new way of recording time by removing the identity of an image and creating the exquisite shape, life and texture. The object is floating lightly in a soft space like a song. It equals to the existence itself, which makes us sigh for the nature and thus feel the gratitude to the artist for giving us the opportunity to experience the nature.
Jürgen Heckel is a 43 years old photographer from Germany. After living in Paris for 14 years, he is now located in Munich and pursuits his career as a sound and photography artist. His work is detail oriented towards the surrounding nature and he often transforms static landscapes into mythical places. He creates mystery and depth by raising the viewer’s curiosity by giving the feeling that every picture would hide a clue or would tell us a story. More work can been seen on artist’s Facebook - Flickr - Behance - Website. Our sincere thanks to Silvia Morar from Republic X for Artchipel’s Art Writer’s Wednesday #10.
M.T. Kofflan is an artist and printmaker living in Berlin. Interest in the discourses and traditions of art and philosophy influences and inspires him to create and to communicate. Kofflan’s visual work is a mixed-media process to produce images that explore the spaces between our sensory (syn)aesthetic experience and the meanings we produce. His current collection is an exploration of abstraction and decay. The result of experimental processes utilising chemicals, pigments and light, enacted and explored. Colours, vibrancy, contrasts and detail occur in transient moments, photo-captured, and formed into picture-objects. Kofflan’s experiment has drawn intense interest from other medias, including the collage and the photography.
Guy Catling is a graphic designer from Essex, United Kingdom. He mainly uses the art of collage to express his creativity, often blending black and white photographs with vibrant pattern or folk prints. The tones and contrast between sharp colors and vintage photographs bring back to life some dark subject matter.