My latest paintings drawings and objects respond to two concerns. On the one hand there’s the need to represent the sentimental and social world around me, in an effort to some how understand it and in this way keep it at a healthy distance; hence the irony, the humor or the magical air of these representations. On the other hand there’s the will to desacralize the creative act as well as the art work itself by giving them such prosaic and profane functions as thanking or begging.
The inexpressive Black and White photography portraits, old and new, ,have been long present in my work. I think this has to do with a certain obsession about death and how it gazes at us from the bottom of other people’s eyes. By transforming and relocating these characters in new roles and sets I’d say I aspire to or somehow play with the idea of “bringing the dead back to life”.
EDWIN USHIRO Aloha. My name is Edwin Ushiro. Transplanted from Maui to California, I attended the Art Center College of Design and attained a BFA in Illustration with Honors. Since then, I have been working in the amazing world of entertainment as a Production Designer, Visual Consultant, Art Director, Storyboard Artist, and Concept Designer.
Imagine a “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” type situation where a young punk rock kid from Brooklyn finds himself time traveling back to 17th century Holland and stumbles into the painting studio of one of the classic Dutch Masters. Accepting this odd twist of fate, he dutifully studies the teachings and techniques of his mentor and eventually breaks out on his own, painting images of his earlier life in the future. Pure fiction perhaps, but the result is all real. Dan Witz has been painting just such work in his New York studio for decades. Masterfully composed scenes of epic mosh pits pieced together from reference photos take by the artist himself at punk-rock shows are painted with the detail and delicacy he cultivated during his studies as a classical painter.
Tristan Pigott‘s work is incredibly striking, provocative, and awkward. These oil paintings are blatant reflections of contemporary youth culture, revealing the careful narcissism of selfies and social media. The concept of portraiture is intertwined with the curated nature of the presentation of the self. Tristan is a British artist who takes traditional portraiture and turns it on its head, making calculated distortions from interesting perspectives to let personalities and personas shine through. The way he portrays his subjects, who are often his friends, is not necessarily flattering. (With no filter, so to speak.)
Anastasia Kopittseva was born in Russia in 1987. She studied at the Moscow Academic Art Lyceum of the Russian Academy of Arts and in the All-Russian State University of Cinematography and the British Higher School of Art and Design.
SOLNTSEV GLEB Contemplation, resonance and knowledge is the natural consciousness that was stressed and damaged by the wrong networks, by the waves of anxiety