Emmy Lou Virginia is a Vancouver-based natural light photographer, who specializes in lifestyle photography. She loves to capture the euphoria of girls caught in a sunset, the joy of a father tossing his child in the air and catching him again, the way people in love look at each other, and how hands fit together.
Jonathan Latiano’s installation “Points of Contention” is an explosion of what appears to be crystalline growth from the wooden floorboards of a gallery in the School 33 Art Center in Baltimore. It’s actually made from plastic, PVC pipes, and styrofoam. Its his way of calling into question the continued production of synthetic polymers, resins, and plastics versus the long-term impact on the environment. Jonathan was born and raised amongst the rural hills of Bucks County, Pennsylvania graduated from the Moravian College in Bethlehem with a degree in Studio Art.
Mikko Lagerstedt may be self-taught, but the quality of his work is that of a professional. He started getting serious with his photography in December 2008. He loves the way it gives him a different perspective on the world. For him, the most important thing in his photos is the feeling it gives the viewer. His first exhibition was in 2011and he’s currently working on his next one. He lives and works in Finland.
Anamorphic sculpture itself resembles abstract art, but when reflected against a cylindrical surface, it reveals a remarkably detailed image. Creating this effect is by no means a mean feat. Jonty first scans the object, distorts it using 3d software, and created a mold out of steel, copper, resin, or perspex. But even with the help of computers, it takes an artists eye to hammer out the finer details of the sculpture. Jonty Hurwitz was born in Johannesburg in 1969. He now lives and works in London.
Eyal Gever uses his very own 3D physical simulation technology ti create stunning installations, digital prints, and sculptures. He has more than 18 years’ worth of experience with 3D software technologies and server/web-based products. He is a visionary in the hi-tech industry and has garnered numerous awards for his innovation in multimedia design and technology. Since 2010, Eyal has focused primarily on his art. He currently lives and works in Tel Aviv. He said: “I create sculptures based on sublime moments. These are moments that fill a person with amazement, awe, terror, astonishment, and silence. They are also moments of pure beauty.”
Robert Rickhoff’s series ‘Out of Place’ infuses tongue-in-cheek humor with seemingly commonplace settings. A skateboard ramp and a badminton court (at least I think it’s a badminton court) is set right in the middle of a street. All of the photos were digitally altered but it’s hard to tell in a few of them. The accident-friendly swing and slide are a couple of my favorites. If they were real, I’d probably risk a ride just for the thrill of it.
Chris Maynard is more than just slightly feather-obsessed. He is a Washington-based artist who carves tiny birds out of different kinds of feathers. He uses the tiny eye surgery scissors, forceps, and magnifying glasses handed down from his family. He said: “My work with feathers gives me a satisfying perch from which to view the world.”
Crop circles in the West ain’t got nuthin’ on the Rice art of the East. Every spring, Japaneses farmers take a lot of time and effort to ‘paint’ images in their rice fields using white, black, and yellow-hued species of rice. The subjects range from Mona Lisa, to Napoleon Bonaparte, to Samurai in armor. It’s a pity they have to harvest such beautiful works of art, but it sure tastes great with a side of sushi.
What looks like an unwashed pair of underwear is actually a wood carving by Mary Leu. Her laundry list of carvings also include: a filthy pair of socks, a lacy bra, a brown hand towel, a pair of gardening gloves, and a remarkably detailed handbag complete with wooden zippers. Leu’s attention to the finest details in her life-sized carvings sets her work head and shoulders above the competition. It takes her anywhere between tree months to a year to complete a single piece. Leu also owns and operates her very own Fine Carving Gallery.
Perceptual psychology is a form of evaluation used for psychological patients. An example of this is the Rorschach test (the one with the inkblots). Tim Noble and Sue Webster took this a step further with their shadow sculptures. They’ve always played with the idea of how humans perceive abstract images and give them meaning. They took bits of rubbish, scrap metal, and even stuffed animals to create a sculpture which throws human-shaped shadows. Oddly enough, some of their work are self portraits.