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.
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.
“Endless garlands of flowers curled around the borders of my note pads when I was a school girl. And thousands of roses were cut out from my mother’s gardening books. At the Academy of Arts, flowers as large as life were painted on my canvasses. There were always flowers. They flourished in the self-portraits of the eighties and grew bigger in the flower wallpapers made in the nineties.” Margriet Smulders is a Dutch photographer of floral still lifes. She attended the Radboud University Nijmegen from 1974 to 1983 and the Academy of Arts in Arnhem from 1979 to 1985. Many thanks to arpeggia for introducing us Margriet Smulders on the first Monday of 2013 :)
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.
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.