The Avant/Garde Diaries is a digital interview magazine that documents artists on the forefront of their creative field. In each article a featured diarist speaks about people or individual works of art they consider to be ahead of their time. These iconoclasts discuss the cutting edge of art, design, fashion, music and film. Through their eyes we experience uniquely personal profiles that celebrate and inspire the avant-garde.
The Avant/Garde Diaries’s most recent entry, “Jonathan Jones & Cockatoo Island – Dialogue for the Future” follows the contemporary site specific installation artist, Jonathan Jones, as he explores his native Sydney Harbor’s largest landmass, Cockatoo Island. The area’s vast indigenous and industrial history make it a fascinating site for contemporary art and the Biennale of Sydney.
Artist Brad Kunkle lives and works in New York where he paints these extraordinary, dreamlike scenes of women swathed and shrouded in layers of leaves. The leaves often form the backdrop of his images functioning as water, wind, blankets, earth or perhaps all of the above. Via Arcadia Fine Art:
Brad was searching for an unnatural quality in his paintings, and it was ironically discovered by reducing his processes to the elements of painting he felt came most natural to him. His minimal palette is inspired by the grisailles of early European masters and the haunting quality of antique photographs and daguerreotypes. “Grisaille has a mysterious quality to it, and that mysterious quality is also at times carried into the way I will treat an object or a dress. Sometimes I like to give just enough information for the viewer to finish the details of what they are seeing.”
Brad had his most recent solo show at Arcadia Fine Art back in April, and is currently working on a new body of work that will be shown at the LA Fine Art Show in 2013.
I branched out a little bit in this week’s Flickr Finds, there were lots of other wonderful things I wanted to include rather than strictly photography. All the images above are linked to their sources.
Photographer Christoffer Relander (previously) just finished a new series of photographs titled We Are Nature using double and triple exposures that incredibly are all done in-camera with a Nikon D700. I love the direction his work is taking. See more on Behance.
You might remember Berlin-based photographer Bjoern Ewers for his role in art directing the Inside Instruments project for the Berlin Philharmonic that went viral a few months ago. His latest work involves a series of bubble photographs titled Orbital that capture the hypnotizing whorls of colorful soap film in contrast with a stark black background. If you’re interested in prints he has several over on Artflakes. (via behance)
The art of street photography has always fascinated me. It’s such a strange mixture of skill, perseverance, editing, and even bravery, yet still relies on these incredible coincidences that result in once-in-a-lifetime photographs. One great resource for street photography is iN-PUBLiC, a collective of 21 photographers including Jesse Marlow, Matt Stuart, Nick Turpin, and Nils Jorgensen among many others. They have a fantastic blog (RSS) you should subscribe to and a wonderful picture of the month gallery that goes all the way back to December 2001. Have fun!
I just posted about the paper birds and animals of Diana Beltran Herrera a few weeks ago, but these new bird anatomy sculptures made with cut paper and vinyl film deserve some special attention. See more over on Flickr.
Brazilian-born Brooklyn-based artist Vik Muniz (previously) has a number of new works on display at Galerie Xippas in Paris as part of his Pictures of Magazine 2 series. The nine pieces are recreations of famous paintings by Van Gogh, Manet, Cézanne and other artists using cut and torn fragments from popular magazines. I’ve seen a number of works similar to these where multiple components of trash or other objects are organized to create works by old masters, but Muniz seems to take things a step further into another level of perfection and detail. Muniz was also just in Rio where he completed a massive trash installation depicting Guanabara Bay. (via ARTchipel)