AES+F F (Tatiana Arzamasova, Lev Evzovich, Evgeny Svyatsky and Vladimir Fridkes) has been exploring the possibilities of combining modern technology, Hollywood cinema, fashion photography, advertising, mass media, popular culture and youth obsession with the classical aesthetic of old masters’ paintings since the forming of the group in 1987, visualising and presenting a world for the viewers that is rather familiar yet mysterious and alienated. Their digital collage of real life photographs and animated landscape/objects blurs and defies the line between reality and fantasy, history and time, constructing a futuristic mythological metaphor for the present through their glamorous, seductive yet alarming, artificially hyper-realistic imageries.
AES was first formed in 1987, and in 1995 it became AES+F; the artists currently live and work in Moscow. The State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg held the first ever mid-career retrospective for the group from May to July 2007. In recent years, they have also been exhibited extensively worldwide, including The Cobra Museum of Modern Art in the Netherlands, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Casino Luxembourg - Forum d'art contemporain, the 4th Gwangju Biennale in South Korea, Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm and they already participated in the 53rd and 52nd Venice Biennale where they co-represented Russia at the national pavilion.
About Dale Frank
Born 1959 in Australia, Dale Frank's career spans more than twenty years. In 1984 he was included in the Aperto section of the Venice Biennale. Returning to Australia, in 1990 he was included in the 8th Biennale of Sydney. A major solo retrospective of his work was held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney in 2000. His paintings are held in every major public collection in Australia and in numerous private and corporate collections in Australia, Europe and the U.S. In 2005 Frank won The Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize at the Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria. A major new monograph on Frank’s work So Far:
The Art of Dale Frank 2005-1980 was published in 2007.
About Yoshitaka Amano
mano was born in 1952 in Shizuoka City, Japan. Always fascinated by drawing, he joined the early Japanese anime movement in 1967, working on character design for a number of Japanese TV programs, including Gatchaman (G-Force), Hutch the Honey Bee and The Time Boken. Later on Amano designed the world famous video game Final Fantasy. Being one of the fathers of the “anime” esthetic, Amano inspired a whole generation of Japanese contemporary artists including Takachi Murakami and Mr. who ofter refer to his work in their productions. Since 2002, Amano is active producing amazing contemporary paintings. He has exhibited his art in prestigious museum and galleries worldwide, including MOCA Shanghai, the Orlean Museum of Art in France, Tokyo’s Uenonomori Museum, The Angel Orensanz Foundation in New York, MOCA Taipei, Germany’s Kunstverein Heilbronn, the Barbican Centre in London, The Singapore Art Museum and the Louisiana Museum in Denmark.
About Chen Ping
Born Shantou China 1962 & now lives & works Beijing & Australia. His Oil works are complex & inclusive art language - It neither purely abstract nor purely expressive whilst being both conceptual and realistic. Currently Chen Ping works mix Western Configurative and Pictorial structures with the spirit of Eastern space & mark making. His subjects are derived from Chinese ancient philosophy and mythology & the beauty of the Tasmania Landscape where Chen Ping mostly lives.
Through the depiction of human structures integrating into vast landscapes (and sometimes animals) Chen Ping tries to visualize the modern tension between mankind & his environment & to explore then Ancient Chinese Philosophic Concept “Man & Universe Are One”. Chen Ping works are collected in Guangdong Museum of Art, White Rabbit Contemporary Chinese Art Collection Sydney, Guangzhou Museum of Art, Davis Museum Spain, Popov Private Collection Russia Held solo exhibitions in NYC, Los Angeles, Sydney, Melbourne, Hong Kong & group exhibition in Shanghai & Beijing, & within international Art Fairs in Basel, NYC, Chicago, Hong Kong.