Release Date: 01/12/2016
Featured all artists
Curator: Giuseppe Villani
Editor: thanks to Euroweb
Size (cm): 20×20
Illustration: full colors
Igor Eugen Prokop
Lidia Dell’Ajra Mengoli
Wim Van de Wege
O Yemi Tubi
Andrea di Carpegna Varini
Anna Rita Cacciatore
Alexandra Nietzer Winterberg
Astrid Charlotte Wintgens
“Consentio” Zed Sindelar
“Jessica Hayward and Grace (after William Orpen)“ Laara Cassells
“Bystander” June Lee
Zed Sindelar’s piece reminds strongly of the old masters’ Tableaux Vivants; moreover, the setting recall one of the well-known painting by Caravaggio, Dinner in Emmaus. In fact, the whole photograph shows plenty of subjects that are commonly found in paintings of the Italian tradition.
The contrast between lights and shadows is beautifully arranged and this adds a more dramatic veil to the piece. The ironic references to the present society are significative and the different objects that make unique this otherwise classic subject (as dollars, the bowl with the goldfish, the egg, what looks like an absinthe glass…) leave space for different and intricate interpretations.
Her work focuses on how the individual is immersed in the society nowadays. June explores the neutrality and duality of the individual as a distinct unity and again as a constituent of a collectivity. In particular, she shed light on the social phenomena surrounding the individual in contemporary social space, especially on negative conditions such as bystander effect, mass psychology, scapegoating and biases. Using the East Asian element of the thread, which represents human life, the artist forms human figure-like works, in order to look at the issues of modern men with an external perspective.
Laara’s piece confronts contemporary models with old masters’ portraits in order to comment the contrasting lifestyles of the two models in spite of the similarities in exterior aspect. The painting offers an interesting point of view of the discrepancies of modern society; its irony, expressed through the classic portrait style with the typical dark background, enhances the strong differences between the “ancient” and the contemporary world . Laara’s technique is impressively eloquent and refined, it demonstrates a good capability of expressing ideas and concepts in the most effective way”
Zed Sindelar – Netherlands-based freelance photographer Zdenek Sindelar, a.k.a. CuriousZed, has earned his keep in the profession by paying keen attention to detail and believing that in every image there is a story to be told. Zed was born and raised in the Czech Republic (former Czechoslovakia) and although he currently resides in the Netherlands, the photographer has traveled the world—with camera in tow—shooting everything in sight throughout Europe, Africa, America and Asia. In the past, Zed has commandeered a number of artistic endeavors, including managing a music bar, teaching guitar or working in a graphic studio. The essence of his work is its existence in both contemporary and historical settings. It is based in traditional painting techniques and expressed with relevant contemporary subjects. His photography reveals the last hold out of human privacy – the mind. He shows the quirky choices, impractical infatuations, and peculiar drives of our personalities. While other aspects of digital culture deconstruct distinctions between public and private spaces, he re-energizes those considerations. He elevates familiar subjects with high art techniques. He compose images as Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio might, had photography been an option in his lifetime. Space is carved with a heavy hand following his signature use of light and shadow. The striking contrasts pull us into the frame and beyond the limitations of our logical understanding. The photos provide a voyeuristic window into personal concerns. The hyper- real imagery is both obvious and ambiguous. Viewers must learn to discover that which is lost; to wonder at what might be misplaced.
Laara Cassels, Laara has exhibited sculptures, drawings and paintings in Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Italy, South Korea, Poland, Switzerland and across the USA and Canada.
Laara was featured in the 2011 Canadian Who’s Who publication 2010/2011” and in 2011 she was awarded the City of Medicine Hat Civic Recognition Award for Culture.
She exhibited 5 paintings and represented Canada at the prestigious “NordArt 2013” international exhibition in Germany with 240 other artists from 55 countries.
Her painting series “_after”, which featured the painting in this exhibition, toured Canada for one year from 2015-2016. In this serie of 21 paintings she is pairing contemporary models with Old Masters’ portraits and commenting on the contrasting lifestyles of the two models in spite of the similarities in genetics
June Lee – She was born in Seouh, South Korea moved to the U.S for study. Went to college in Chicago for Painting and Drawing and receives MFA for fiber art. After graduate, she came back to Korea. Now she is working and living in Seoul and participates to exhibitions and residency programs in the U.S, France, Taiwan, Netherland and so on.
Her work focuses on the individual in the contemporary society today. She explores the neutrality and duality of the individual as a distinct unity and again as a constituent of the collective society. In particular, she shed light on the social phenomena surrounding the individual in contemporary social space, especially on negative conditions such as bystander effect, mass psychology, scapegoating, and biases. Using East Asian element of the thread, which represents human life, to form human figure-like works, her art looks at the problems of the modern man from a third-person perspective.