APPROACHING VULNERABILITIES BY CLEMENS KRAUSS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Clemens Krauss tries to open spaces, which allow approaches to the vulnerabilities of the individual in social, political and cultural contexts. As an artist he sees himself in the position of active participation, while significations and conclusions may remain in the beholders’ sphere of responsibility.

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“Social collectives are constituted by physical human interactions; the interaction of bodies. Starting from the human body, friction(s) and predetermined breaking lines within social structures are the core interest of my current work.” Clemens Krauss

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A DISPLAY OF AN INNER MONOLOGUE BY SAMUEL BASSETT

by Ariadna Zierold

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Samuel Bassett studied at Falmouth University and The Arts Institute Bournemouth. He currently works from studio space in the recently renovated prestigious Porthmeor Studios in St Ives. Bassett is an artist with boundless energy enthusiasm and has an integral and honest art language where he displays a scattered image of his inner monologue, mapping a truly active mind searching for the meaning of life.

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DAEMONIEN BY STEFAN GUNNESCH

by Ariadna Zierold

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Stefan Gunnesch studied Communication Design and works mainly as a book designer and illustrator. Daemonien is a book project gathering overpainted photographs, collages and acrylic on paper. The pictures show explorations of the body and the ego.

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The striking photographs reveal posturing bodies and portraits, but were alienated by radical interventions that made the motifs fragmented and partly illegible. The process of overpainting becomes an egotistical appropriation of the images and questions a new (visual) identity.

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SPORE SCULPTURES BY CLAUDIA FONTES

by Ariadna Zierold

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Argentinean visual artist Claudia Fontes has been based in England for the past 10 years. She studied arts at the National School of Fine Arts Prilidiano Pueyrredón in Buenos Aires and Art History at Buenos Aires University.

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Fontes explores through her actions, objects and research the poetic space and alternative modes of perception of culture, nature, history and society that emerge from processes of decolonization, be they personal, interpersonal, or social. Her white figures are gripping each other tight as they are transfixed/formed into fungus like growths and spores in an eerie series.

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EMOTIONAL INTIMACY BY THAYER NICHOLAS GRANSTROM BRAY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Thayer Nicholas Granstrom Bray is a drawer, printmaker, bookbinder, and sculptor based in Kansas City. He earned a BFA in printmaking and minor in Art History from the University of Kansas in 2009. Thayer’s work is heavily influenced by, and takes freely and openly form, the history of art, prints, comics, movies, and cartoons.

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His 2-D and 3-D work, all figurative, and all ink on paper, investigates ideas of physical closeness, emotional intimacy, body dysmorphia, narcissism, frailty, snuggles, and the social and interpersonal negotiations which occur within heterosexual relationships. He is currently the shop assistant at the Lawrence Lithography Workshop, Kansas City, MO, and head binder at Red Shorts Bindery.

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TENDER MONSTRUOSITY BY ODA JAUNE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Paris based artist Oda Jaune paints gelatinous fairies, pregnant men and amorphous bodies. Also, joyful beings, creatures in paradise and flying people emerge on her canvasses. Monstrosity and tenderness lie side by side in Oda Jaune’s paintings, just as they disturb and move those that view them.

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Born in Sofia in 1979, the painter studied at the Arts Academy in Düsseldorf and became a star pupil of Jörg Immendorff. She also became his wife. After her husband’s death she moved to Paris to pursue her work there. Her gallerist also represented Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.

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