• Restraint and Relief

      Friday, 7 January 2011 15:04

      My paintings are montages of portraits, figures, miniature landscapes, fragments of objects, and an eclectic array of cherished objects. I tend to think of it as a collection of objects in a “curiosity cabinet” similar to those of the 17th century. Every image I paint is a picture or object that I have collected for […]

    • Work Ethic

      Thursday, 6 January 2011 14:59

      I have been a full-time artist since graduating in fine arts from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, in 1996. Recently I have made the transition from oils to pastels, and it is mostly in this more direct medium I portray South African laborers in full work attire and within their working environments. By treating […]

    • Breaking Out of District 9

      Wednesday, 5 January 2011 14:54

      My work is informed by my experiences as a result of my mixed African heritage. I was classified “colored” under South African apartheid classification, but being fair-skinned, I was simultaneously labeled as “whitey” within this community. My work explores the confines of these narrow labels. I aim to reflect on and counter the systems and […]

    • Impulsive Pieces

      Tuesday, 4 January 2011 15:09

      I sit at a big wooden table and piece together fragments of the world around me. My goal is to pause a moment in time just long enough for examination. As today’s world edges closer to chaos, and we are inundated with imagery and information, the centuries-old art form of collage is more relevant than […]

    • Fossil Foundations

      Monday, 3 January 2011 15:08

      The core of my current body of works is dealing with middle stages, focusing on a critical, compressed moment. Through the mediums of sculpture, installation, drawing and collage, I investigate aspects of banal evil, bureaucratic violence, and alienation that exist underneath the surface and threaten to emerge. In my “laboratory,” I use nature as a […]

    • Concrete Meanderings

      Thursday, 30 December 2010 15:25

      In this age we are often surrounded by concrete, and in most cities you will find concrete areas in the process of construction. The name of the cement widely used in the world is Portland, hence the title of my work. The elements of iron scaffolding, used on construction sites and rusted by time, give […]

    • The Fibers of Our Being

      Wednesday, 29 December 2010 16:04

      Shawn Kuruneru’s black-and-white portraits of figures, busts, and faces convey a slick, cold feeling of anonymity. Their visual constructs, the descriptions of muscle and hair, are anything but distant, but through the artist’s personal paths in aesthetic, they have become clean, graphic, wiping away much human recognition. In the artist’s act of portraying an individual, […]

    • Bugs, Bones, and Feathers

      Tuesday, 28 December 2010 16:26

      In less sure hands, New York City’s Museum of Arts and Design’s Dead or Alive, an exhibition of 37 international artists, whose work is composed of feathers, bones, egg shells, insects, fur, antlers, dried and rotting plants, with a few stuffed birds and animals thrown in, would be a creepy, crawly experience, one that could […]

    • Helen Baker

      Thursday, 23 December 2010 15:15

      This work examines the politics of heritage. Inspired by a residency in Rome, these new works, Stop and Search, in gouache on gessoed board, carry these messages in a mosaic-like form. These texts emphasize the legalities that inform our political landscape and will be our bequest, which transcends potent messages across borders. I am building […]

    • Amanda J. Kennington

      Wednesday, 22 December 2010 16:31

      Newcastle-born Amanda J. Kennington is a photographic artist who depicts well-known fairytales, ghost stories, or familiar daydreams through her photographic imagery. In many of her images, she exclusively constructs the scenes that she photographs using carefully chosen locations, models, costumes, and props. There is often a central character in Kennington’s narratives, which is frequently performed […]

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