Oleg Oprisco, an inspirational 26-year-old photographer from Lviv, Ukraine, has developed a beautiful unique style of surreal photographs with astonishing girls in dramatic landscapes. What is perhaps most surprising about his work is that the artist doesn’t use any fancy cameras and lenses – just good the old Kiev 6C and Kiev 88 film cameras.The photographer likes film photography because it makes one appreciate the importance of every single frame and it makes seeing the final result all the more magical.
With a lifelong practice of drawing, professional experience in graphic design, and early success in creating newsprint books, Tomoo Gokita began around 2005 to create works on canvas that demonstrated his virtuosity with tonal range. For the current show, in paintings of varying sizes, he presents dazzling possibilities for black and white. Velvety matte black gouache contrasts with pristine white gesso. Smears, scrapes, scumbles, and drips introduce every texture, character, and gradation of gray. The paintings have the restraining effect of Photostats of very colorful subjects.humoristique et déconcertant.
These subjects - all portraits - are a source of intrigue. By giving the paintings titles such as Showgirl, Geisha Girl, A Bathing Beauty, Cocktail Pianist from Acapulco, Daughter of a Fraudster, A Female Spy, Gokita points to dated archetypes lifted from pulp fiction, Hollywood rags, and film noir. The full or half-length figures appear in a state of deconstruction or deterioration appropriate to their origin in memory, their resurrection from the past: flesh morphs and melts, with faces obscured by a mask or veil of paint. Like the cryptic fantasies of the Surrealist painters, Gokita conjures a world at once humorous and disconcerting. Tomoo Gokita was born in 1969 in Tokyo, Japan, where he continues to live and work.
Christine Kim is a Toronto-based artist who works primarily in illustration and cut paper collage. Her work explores issues of boundaries; in particular, she is interested in shorelines, where land and water meet in harmony and dissonance. Through her artwork she speaks to a sense of being uprooted, displaced, circling around borderlines both permeable and permanent.
A striking feature of Antoine Cordet’s body of work is that nearly all of his subjects are male. In an image culture where the bare, female body is used as a story-telling medium in everything from art to advertising, this aspect of Cordet’s work is refreshing. The Parisian painter’s artworks resemble discarded party polaroids that have taken a serious beating. Snapshot-like portraits of dejected youths, the paintings spell out agony and confusion with muddled brushstrokes and dripping paint splatters — like a visualization of a secret quickly whispered in passing. See more of Cordet’s paintings below.
I really love the use of lines of thread to create random geometric shapes in Isobel Adderley’s work. I find the use of a point/points away from the face in the negative space adds another level of interest to the image. In some of the images it appears that the model is pulling/looking away from this point, as if they are tethered to it but have the desire not to be.
Final installment of collaborative musings with the talented Michael Tunk.