Australian Artist Joel Rea was the Highly Commended Runner Up in the 2011 Metro Gallery Art Award in Victoria, and a finalist in both the 2011 Prometheus and Clayton Utz Art Award in Queensland. Joel was also a finalist in the 2010 Redland Gallery Biennial Contemporary Painting Award in Queensland, and for the second year running the 2012 Clayton Utz Art Award in which he was also awarded a high commendation from the judges.
New York artist Sun K. Kwak tape drawings are the communion between the material and the spiritual, In creating restrained and refined expression with mundane, mass-produced masking tape as a medium, the juxtaposition of value-of both medium and of expression- underscores my effort to strike a balance between polarizing principles. As a medium, black masking tape freely shifts between two and three dimensional planes. Through the pliability and the accessibility of ordinary black masking tape, I aim to designate the lines as an extension of myself. The process signifies my effort to unite myself with the medium as it weaves its way unhindered through varied visual and environmental spaces. Myself transferred into the black lines orchestrates the dynamism of manifold energies generated between the architecture’s idiosyncrasy and its surroundings. Structural tensions are now liberated into a new ‘pictorial reality’ where the viewers are invited. As they step into these three dimensional drawings, their visual perception is expended to another dimension of time and space. At the close of an exhibition, the space once again becomes blank as the black tape of the drawings is pulled off the wall and thrown out. This process of emptying the space is a metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life and my acceptance of the emptiness of that nature. Yet the drawing lives on in viewer’s memories as an imprint that leaves the space forever altered. My continued interest in and experimentation on the theme of “time and space” is apparent in the installation entitled "Moses’ Choice" which consists of two large wall drawings on opposite facing walls and is inspired by the story of Moses’ parting of the Red Sea. In re-examining the pivotal moment of the nexus between his awe and religious challenge, my reinterpretation of the story takes form as dramatic drawings on curved corridor like walls reminiscent of parted waves. In the installation entitled "One Hundred One Hours of Conversation", the wooden floor of the gallery becomes a space of lyrical meditation with the placement of wave like patterns. While “Moses’ Choice” envelopes the viewers, "Space Take-out" becomes a part of the surrounding environment, inviting passerby to become spectators. The tape drawing is placed in a gallery show window facing a busy roadway: traces of the drawing’s afterimage are carried away by passengers in speeding cars and by passing pedestrians. At the recent exhibition, tunnel-like corridor space enclosed by two rhythmic, flowing walls has been created. The passageway starts at the top end of ramped entrance, facing viewers entering the space. The installation presents itself with three different elements in harmony: The corridor slopes and winds through the interior of the gallery, drawing a bold line in the architectural space of the building; the flowing lines of the walls also trace the echoes and reverberations between them; lastly, the directional movements of the viewers in the gallery trace invisible lines themselves throughout the space. These energetic lines mingle and flow, creating a space of limitless wonder and possibilities.
A visitor poses for photos in front of a 3D painting at a department store exhibition on April 14, 2013, in Guiyang, Guizhou province. Covering an area of more than 1,000 square meters, the exhibition showcases more than 40 oil paintings,
Canadian Jason de Graaf is Born and raised in Montreal. Currently living and painting near Vankleek Hill, Ontario, Canada.My paintings are about staging an alternate reality, the illusion of verisimilitude on the painted surface, filtered so that it expresses my unique vision. Though my paintings may appear photoreal my goal is not to reproduce or document faithfully what I see one hundred percent, but also to create the illusion of depth and sense of presence not found in photographs. I use my imagination to bridge the gap between what the photo provides and what I want the finished painting to be. "De Graaf painstakingly details the contrasting texture and unwieldy surfaces of his distinctly arranged still lifes. But his works are not just demonstrations of photorealistic talent. The deceptive reflections focus on a realm of reality that exists outside of the painting’s frame. He stretches depth and skews perspective ever so slightly, infusing the painting with a spectre of mystery that pushes the viewer to search for an ever-escaping point of equilibrium" These are actually acrylic paintings that are so precisely detailed, with life-like colors, perfect shadows and incredible reflections, that one’s left scratching their head in total disbelief.
u can find his previous work here
He says, "My paintings are about staging an alternate reality, an illusion of verisimilitude on the painted surface. I try to use objects as a vehicle to express myself, tell a story or least hint at something beyond what is actually painted. Therefore I try to choose objects that have meaning to me or are artifacts from my life."
Light Paintings Created with LED Wakeboards by Patrick Rochony- project between Red Bull, Snap! Orlando
This is a collaborative project between Red Bull, Snap! Orlando, the wakeboard athletes: Mike Dowdy, Adam Errington, and Dallas Friday and myself as a light painter. It is purely experimental, none of us ever did a project like this before. We mixed sports and technology to create art. The movement of the athletes in the water, with the LED boards, created the light paintings. We shot 3 nights in a row from sunset to sunrise at the OWC, Orlando Watersports Complex.
The boundaries dividing sport and art are blurred in this collaboration between Red Bull and Snap! Orlando. Mike Dowdy, Adam Errington, and Dallas Friday strap lights to their wakeboards and join with light painter, Patrick Rochon, in an effort to capture the inherent emotion and creativity of athleticism.
The shoot – which was done in conjunction with a local Red Bull-supported photography event called Snap! Orlando – included many challenges in preparation. It’s hard enough to shoot high-speed action in the dark – add in the tasks of outfitting the boards with the waterproof LCD light systems to staging the cameras, lighting and athletes in proper position to secure the shot, and you have yourself a serious photographic mission.
Some of the most inspired by the project were the athletes themselves. “It really is my movements painting this picture and helping this photo come to life!” says Errington, the 24-year-old wakeboarder at the top of his game.
For Rochon, the set-up and planning were extensive, but the motivation while shooting was simple: “Focus on the art, the creativity, and the beauty,” said Rochon, mid-shoot. Fortunately for him, he knew he could rely on the riders to offer performances worthy of the occasion. “I’m really impressed by the athletes,” he added. “They are so fluid in the water, and they understand naturally what we are trying to do here.” …
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