G25N

G25N'S "The Human Form"

Statement



Bob Craig - USA

WHAT INSPIRES ME

I have throughout my adult life occasionally lived in altered perceptual states. My art is an effort to recapture the vivid nature of these encounters. I am an explorer in the realms of color and texture. My collage and mixed media style has evolved from restoration techniques used in museum work. I am continually modifying techniques to express new ideas.

BIOGRAPHY

B.Ed. University of Alberta Art teacher and Art consultant. Studied ;Museum restoration at the R.O.M. Toronto Had my own pottery studio for 20 years. Started exploring collage in 1992 which has evolved into mixed media. My art work has gained international recognition.

www.bobcraigcollage.ca

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Georg Douglas - Iceland

I like strong paintings, for what ever reason, be it colour, composition or something else. I want the painting to come towards the viewers or to draw them into it, or both. My Irish dance inspired paintings aim to exude a noisy, brash and exciting atmosphere, sometimes intense and competitive, sometimes wild and carefree. I want people to feel the rhythm and vigorous movement, hear the music, ancient and modern and be mesmerised by the flashes of colour from the costumes. I like to paint on large canvases and pay close attention to colour harmony and contrast. Achieving a sense of movement is a complex process involving everything from nuances in dresses to overall composition, colour and insinuating feelings in the viewer's mind.

artgeorg.exto.org

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Jakub Pasierkiewicz - United Kingdom

I was born in Poland in 1980 and graduated from the University of Silesia with a Masters in Fine Arts in 2005.†
My main passion is painting and drawing but I have also never lost my interest in the medium of photography which, in some sense, is an essential accomplishment of my artistic language.

The main focus of my work is placed upon compilations of various pre-existing materials, which were collected from the surrounding environment and then given new significance in an image. By interrupting the natural processes of these materials, I take away their primary functions. When one process stops, another starts: by alternating, layering and arranging them together, I allow them to develop, almost like being reborn, gaining new implications within a new context. By adopting found fragments of paper and other materials I observe the metamorphosis which has taken place and either follow the initial motif/ structure/ form or by ignoring this imprint of nature I try to discover a new potential by introducing new mechanisms in order to develop a new integrity. The materials are treated here as a medium and a process rather than as a surface. Following Dadaists idea which says that everything is everywhere and conversely, I experiment with the medium to give the viewer impulses to find his or her own path to interpretation.

www.kubap.com

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Candace Jahn - USA

"Broke Down Frames" is a photographic body of work that explores the constructed concept of ìseeing without lookingî. Through the use of a non-traditional lens based equipment, the photographs in this work depict abstract representations of the artistís own nude female figure and the intimate space of her bed. The five pieces that make up the body of work hang from the ceiling negating the conventional presentation of photograph on wall. Eliminating a physical frame and balancing an abstract and representational portrayal of the body, "Broke Down Frames" challenges the role of the female figure in art and resisting the male gaze. Through this process a more complex and honest representation of the body is depicted in the abstract rather than the literal.

www.CandaceJahn.com

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Kenneth Kaplowitz - USA

I have worked in the darkroom for 30 years. What a delight it is to get out into the sunlight. To carry my digital camera wherever I go, always believing in the possibilities editing allows in the computer.

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Ljubica Denkovic - Serbia

Through the photography I am introduces you to an intimate world. My photography deals with the theme of human body, deformation and fragmentation of woman body, and what the people consider normal or not. By using myself on the photos I am trying to communicate with the audience in a very honest and the other painful way. My parts of the body create confusing

Illusion and change our perception of human body. Also my work deal with the theme of the unconscious and nightmares, all that fears that we put somewhere deep inside of us and somehow try to forget about them, are now coming up from the deepness of ourselves and show in the metaphor of the various forms, from the pale human body or the parts of the body.

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Matthew Bailey - USA

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Mikel Eatough - USA

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Willie Jones- Sweden

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George Gregory - USA

Once upon a time, there was a little boy named George. He loved to spend weekends at his Grannyís house. They spent many hours at the dining room table talking, laughing and crafting together. They made many wonderful things using felt, yarn, beads and sequins. Little Georgie grew to love all of the materials that he used crafting with Granny. As he grew older, his Daddy would take him take him to work. Daddy was a carpenter and built houses for a living. George thought his father was a magician. He watched as Daddy would take a pile of 2 x 4ís and turn them into walls. Little Georgie grew up to become an artist. His creations are a delightful blend of the materials that were a part of his childhood.

www.georgetgregoryjr.com

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Hang Wei - USA

This is a set of interactive costumes which are inspired by endangered ocean species. Each one has a slight movement, like human breathing, which makes them look like alive. The subtle breathing movement is also their language or way of letting viewers aware that they are disappearing. To build an organic connection and communication between these creatures and viewers and to arouse public awareness and concern of endangered ocean species is what I am pursuing.

www.weidid8.com

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Jamie Williams- USA

I am a fiber artist. My craft incorporates various types of needlework from crochet to punch needle. I primarily employ hand embroidery and machine embroidery techniques in my work. I use these processes in two-dimensional formats, as well as in sculpture and installation.

I am concerned with the way in which these thought-to-be constricting, decorative, and somewhat antiquated practices can be used in an expressive and unexpected way. The need to control chaotic situations and other issues concerning my own emotionality continue to crop up in my work. I am a very anxious person, constantly internalizing my experiences. I place a premium on my personal growth and development, and I want my artwork to reflect this internal process.

I feel strongly that my work must always remain in the tension between craft and fine art, never settling on one interpretation or formula for merging these contexts. Both the traditions of painting and drawing influence the way I approach fiber materials in the practice of making, framing, and exhibiting my work. While needlework has its own cultural and historical contexts, I recognize that part of what makes something a craft is that it does not necessarily need to be cerebral. In many ways I am a crafter, too; I create what I create purely because I love it and it is congruent with who I am as a maker. My hope is that others are able to emotionally connect to my works and to enjoy them aesthetically.

www.jamielynnwilliamsart.com

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Thomas Acevedo- USA

"One of the basic principals of art is the absence of lying. ..It means creating greater vision and greater sanity. When basic goodness is not expressed what you do is neurotic and destructive. This means that a artists production , manifestation, demonstration and performance should be geared to waking people up from their neurosis "
Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

I paint because it is the only thing I know that I need to do, when my mind is not in the past or the future, but in the moment. Because I feel, I paint. Painting for me is meditative, cathartic, and emotional. I truly am blessed to have this venue for expression. If I can connect with one person through my painting I am happy; to add to the stream of life through painting, letting the viewer know they are not alone and that there is hope. I hope my paintings can be a source of healing and inspiration, as well as something pleasing to the eye. The subjects, painted in acrylic, convey a masculine vulnerability, capturing a moment in time when the spirit of consciousness is pure. That moment can come not only in the best of times, but as in life, the most challenging of times as well. While the motivations may be deeply personal, my work seeks to portray the trials of any life, the beauty of each day, and burdens that are universally felt and understood.

www.tomacevedoartstudio.com

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Warren Keyser- USA

Warren Keyser started painting at 13, when his junior high school teacher, Joseph Pavone, offered to provide private painting and drawing lessons at Radcliffe Art Gallery in Bristol, PA. He continued by studying under Alan Goldstein, Robert Dodge, Stan Merz, and Murray Dessner, among others. Keyser earned his Bachelorís degree in Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania. Keyser, who would describe his art as ìdistinct, progressive, and spontaneous,î believes his task in life is to create art. His paintings most often feature people as the main subject, where he aims to capture the energy of working with another person. Keyser describes his artistic style as ìblurred realism.î He combines accurate representations of his subjects with blurred line, overlapping shapes, and a fusion of background and subject. Keyserís artwork has been featured in Bucks County and Philadelphia, PA and accepted into juried groups shows for a number of years in Yardley and New Hope, PA. Keyser has had solo shows in Philadelphia and Stockton, NJ, and has paintings in the collections of Philadelphia radio host Andre Gardner and Baltimore author Eric Goodman.

www.warrenkeyser.com


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Christine Cook- USA

Light, form, color, and perspective inspire my works. One element may take precedence over another in a particular piece, but they are all important. They are more important to me than the subject. Therefore, I am constantly searching for these elements in various subjects. I might find them in the human form, old buildings, Florida wildlife, landscapes or something created entirely from my imagination.

www.christinecookphotography.com


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Kelly Hsiao- USA

My current work is about exploring beauty and grace underwater using the feminine form. I want to take the viewer on a journey and feel a sense of freedom and human connection.

www.kellyhsiao.com

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Paula Haapalahti- Suomi

I love to observe my surroundings by photographing randomly in nature and urban cities. I would like to show the world through my eyes
I want so share the feeling, the touch, the smell and the joy of everyday life. As a personal journey Iíll try to learn from my experiences and to see beyond the surface

I try to connect my inner thoughts visually into my work and to catch the things as they are in the moment. No more, no less..

"Theres something significant and beautiful in this world which always surprises me... in particular: kindness, love, compassion and gratitude will never lose their relevance..." - paula-

www.paulahaapalahti.fi/

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Blake McFarland- USA

My Ultimate goal in this recycled tire sculpture art is to help save the environment. Every single sculpture I make is made out of 100% recycled tires. I am proud to keep these tires out of landfills where they would sit for an eternity. Another goal of mine is to make viewers struck by how detailed, unique, and life-like the tire sculptures are. I create amazing muscle-like definition and fur using tires of different treads and widths. Each sculpture takes around one month to fully complete due to the amount of detail put into each pieceI use from 30-100 recycled tires in every sculpture where I manually cut, weave and secure each piece. In the end, I hope to show people an everyday ordinary item, (the tires) and morph them into something extraordinary and breathtaking.

www.blakemcfarland.com

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Irina Daylene- USA

For subject matter, Irina Daylene draw upon everything around her as well as subject matters inspired by her global travels, which have taken her to many points on our planet. The African landscapes and wildlife, the coral reefs and breath-taking mountains of Australia, the Sumo wrestlers of Japan have all been inspirations for my many paintings and sculptures in these last few years.

In Irinas travels to Asia, she spent time in Japan, observing the people and the culture. With her keen eye, she perceived the special quality of life that the Sumo wrestlers lead. They live a very disciplined life for many years in order to attain their stature in the professional world of wrestling. But, she asked herself, wouldnt they also like to have some play time and fun, doing what young people all over the world do? Skating, surfing, riding in a convertible or playing Leapfrog? In Irinas sculptures, we see these professional wrestlers doing just that... and having a blast!

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Lynn_Farrand- USA

The focus of my art has always been to represent the human condition. I search for forms which are powerful in their simplicity and embrace an abstract figurative or abstract style. My artforms transcend the differences between us and focus on the universal human experience. When I sculpt, it allows me the freedom to create in clay and cast in bronze, which gives the form a sense of beauty, strength and permanency, not so unlike the human spirit. I also find an immense freedom of expression in painting with acrylics and working with fabrics for it allows me a diverse approach to texture, color and form. One medium opens up new possibilities in the other and together they continue to challenge, inspire, and give my voice a wider audience.
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