Santiago, Chile based artist Juana Gómez uses weaving and embroidery to explore themes of genealogy, mythology and biology in her own female lineage. She embroiders the central nervous system over faded photographs of the human body. After printing her photos on fabric, she goes in with a needle and thread and stitches veins, musculature, and neural pathways that flow together in a harmonious network.
Through a profound process of performance which is born of her own appearance, she works through transfer, re-contextualizing its value. Through the interaction of different systems of appropriation and reinterpretation, her body changes from a translucent and directly visual experience into a philosophical reading. The final result resembles a subtle drawing or painting, because of the faint but accurate impression of her body in the raw weave of the fabric, but carries the accuracy of the inherent processes that characterize photography.
Ukranian artist Anna Bu Kliewer is a mixed media artist working in both analogue and digital collage. Having studied at both Vancouver’s Emily Carr University and London’s Central Saint Martins, the now London-based collage genius delivers faceless portraits by meshing aspects of the environment with the human body. Her collages play with space and identity, mashing it up, erasing and reconfiguring. The resulting imagery is a perfect blend of familiar and fantasy.
Amanda Durepos is a collage artist based out of Montreal, Canada. She graduated with a BFA from Concordia University in 2012 and founded Montreal-based collage collective CTRL+V in 2015.
She works primarily in the medium of collage but also explores ideas using multimedia art and electronics. She is inspired by predictive text, AI dystopias, spam and cyberclutter, retrofuturism, the uncanny, the grotesque, and how technology affects our relationships and our bodies.
Michael Reedy (previously featured here) works with elements of photorealistic anatomy in his drawings that are blended with pop surrealist fare, combining anatomically-precise figures with strange, bug-eyed monsters, Classicist cherubs or geometric designs arranged in the background. Reedy uses his penchant for photorealism to create bizarre and sometimes haunting juxtapositions; we see characters with their internal organs and bones exposed, adding an element of vulnerability to his work.
In his most recent drawings he has revisited the timeless themes of life, death, and the human condition. This new interest in the expulsion and the fall of man has been paired with his prior leanings, which have long been rooted in fringe images of the body, medical illustration, ornamentation, dark comedy, and the uncanny.
Wanjin Gim aka Willeys was born in the Republic of Korea and is currently living in Seoul. Wanjin usually paints nudes. Fascinated by Lucian Freud’s paintings, he is mainly devoted to expressing the abstract curves of the human body and the infinite color of the surface of the flesh. In recent years, the idea has expanded to conceptual and meta-physical work.
Yuichi Ikehata is an artist born and based in Chiba, Japan. In a series titled “Fragment of Long Term Memory”, Ikehata sculpts human bodies or body parts using wire, clay, and paper. Next, he photographs the sculpture and digitally adds in skin, hair, eyes, and other features. The final image is so seamless that the viewer cannot tell what is real and what is not. Each sculpture is frozen in a state of unravelling or partial decomposition, their skin flaking off to reveal the structure beneath, as if they were real bodies caught at the edge of an explosion.
Jaume Plensa produces monumental sculptures in steel, glass, marble, polyester resin, concrete, and bronze. He is best known for his Crown Fountain in Chicago’s Millenium Park, two 50-foot-high glass towers set amidst a pool of water, which play giant video portraits of Chicago residents that periodically purse their lips and spout water into the pool.
Predominantly producing figurative sculpture, Plensa has created larger-than-life-sized heads constructed of fine, stainless-steel wire mesh so that their surrounding environments are visible through the works, and bronze figures cast from his own body.
Rogan Brown (previously featured here) has been working on one of his largest pieces. “Cell Cloud Variation” is composed of almost 1000 separate laser cut elements painstakingly mounted by hand using long entomological pins so that everything floats.
He also worked on a new piece inspired by the structure of bone, cells and neurons in the human body.
Koen Hauser works as a photographer and visual artist. He finished his masters of science in social psychology, later followed by studying photography at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie.
Hauser is known for his intangible body of work flowing between fine arts, fashion and applied photography. From purely esthetical to highly conceptual, he frequently references or paraphrases the iconic visual language of historical photography, or even incorporates exisiting images into his work. Together with his distinguished feel for appearance and his love for the mysterious, alienating, strange and uncanny, these are the key elements that form the core of his body of work, which has a distinct metaphysical dimension.
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.
“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