As we flock around her right after our final MA Visual Arts First Year Juries and I request some time for an interview as directed by my professor Sir Quddus Mirza (Editor of ArtNow), there is a yes and a no in the answer that I get. The word enigmatic is a constant in all the published material that I’ve read about Sumaya Durrani in my humble quest to know a bit about her and we, the visual arts Master's students frozen in the space of her eloquence, are proof that it’s true.
"Pastel shades and complementary hues are brought into play with loose circular forms in the paintings and drawings of Sylwia Kaden. The work explores the dynamics of shape and colour and is certainly testament to Man Ray’s theory, that the ‘creative force’ within painting must ‘reside materially in the colour and texture of pigment’ and in the ‘possibilities of form invention and organisation’. Kaden indeed explores the relationship of forms to one another an... [more]
In 1957 an international competition was held for a design of a new city hall. A total of 520 designs were received from 42 different countries. The winner of the competition was Finnish architect Viljo Revell. In 1965 Toronto's fourth city hall opened and still serves as the home of the city's council. The 27 storey east tower and the 20 storey west tower surround the saucer shaped council chamber. The saddest part of the history of our current city hall is that Revell died of a heart attack at 5... [more]
Un grand cri de douleur passa sous ce ciel sombre, une plainte, une voix du mystère, venue de loin, chargée de larmes, noyée dans les ténèbres… seule une petite flamme vacillait encore sur un cierge immobile…elle en eut le sang glacé…
Un froid de loup se fit sentir et la tempête se déchaîna sur ce mur noir, assombri de mystère ; et puis, un grand silence tombait, troublé à peine par le pas d&r... [more]
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Les fils conducteurs étaient déjà présents dans les toiles « aux fonds noirs » faisant vibrer et amplifier les images. Depuis, ces fils dorés (peints encore) se sont matérialisés… prendre vie sur la toile en illuminant le fond doré qui désormais émerge des ténèbres, métallique et lumineux … Les éléments ont trouvé leur place sur la... [more]
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Tout est silencieux… sauf cette respiration régulière… nébuleuse sortant d’un crâne blanc décharné… et, le battement du cœur qui contribue à donner le rythme du temps… une grenouille emportée dans son élan… un papillon jaune affolé… une plume tressaillit… un cierge dressé marque le glas à sonner… et quelques vég&... [more]
The most famous burial ground in China, must be that of the First Emperor of Qin Dynasty, who employed a gigantic terracotta army to guard him in the afterlife.
In the ensuing Han Dynasty, one of the emperors employed an army of smaller scale and smaller statue. Instead of human-sized terracotta warriors, this so-called Jing Emperor could only afford to have earthen ware torso armies, with wooden arms, which by now have completely rotten away, thus this army of cripples of one-third... [more]
Vadis Turner, Black Bell (2016), gouache, ribbon and mixed media
This interview will be published in Fjords Review in October 2016.
Nashville-based artist Vadis Turner explores the transformative possibilities of feminist materials by creating compositions out of upcycled ribbon, clothing and bedding. By synthesizing abstract expressionism with women’s work, Turner constructs dimensional art works that explode with color, texture and form. Not unlike painting, each “mark” is hand... [more]
My Mirage, a fantastic painting, was based on a vision visited me when I was falling asleep but with enough mental presence to get up to make quick notes – a distant town, whose outlines barely discernible, in the manner of those commonly seen in old Dutch or Flemish landscape paintings, overwhelmed by several enormous and boldly sketched black feathers floating above the sky. Behind those dark and somewhat ominous feathers, a delicately pretty pale blue sky flashed through persistently. Ye... [more]
The breathtaking artifacts in the archaeology site Sanxingdui (Three-Star Mound) in Sichuan Province, China, astonished people with their exotic to the point of bizarre beauty. For example, this pair of gold-masked busts though had all the prerequisite facial features, but the shape and proportions of those were so strange, that these busts were hardly human, at least not earthly human. However bizarre they looked, they were absolutely to behold. The green patina of the bronze harmonized magical... [more]
BA CONTEMPORARY 2016 Vienna
An alternation of photography, figurative and abstract painting and installation
Gumpendorfer Strasse 23
1060 Vienna / Austria
Duration: September 26 – October 9, 2016
Opening hours: MON – SAT 2 – 7 pm, SON 11 am – 2 pm
Opening hours on October 1, 2016 (Lange Nacht der Museen): 4 – 11 pm
AGNIESZKA CECCARELLI / Italy, GLEN FARLEY / Norway, KELLY FISCHER / USA, DARIUS FOROUTAN / Austria, JOHA... [more]
"Fernando Carpaneda was named as a Juror's Choice for Visual Art at the 2016 Seattle Erotic Art Festival. "The Rebirth of Punk" sculpture was one of three pieces of art to receive the award." https://www.seattleerotic.org/2016-visual-art-award-winners/ [more]
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September, cool breezes and a glut of exhibitions, it's our favorite time of year. Galleries set the tone for their exhibition schedule and we get to see a ton of new work.
To ease the visual overload, we're here to clarify your calendar. Check out the best openings from around the world below:
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The National Art Museum of China in Beijing has interesting oil painting collections, but when I visited it many years ago, the only oil paintings on display were a group of portraits of political and bigness bigwigs, uniformly done in the quite pompous and imperial fashion, therefore the only works worth seeing were some Chinese paintings and here are a couple of such samples. The 1960 landscape "Xiling Gorge" by FU Baoshi was a bold presentation of an often painted subject - one of the renown... [more]