Ian Kiaer

Ian Kiaer’s work explores the boundaries of minimalism within art, and it’s direct effect in space and time. His use of material speaks on the possibilities of things that come – and things that go.

On observing the work closer what appears to be an assemblage of rubbish, gradually transpires into fascinating reflections of inner-city surroundings, much like the area of London that Kiaer knows so well.

By enhancing, altering, and magnifying materials and objects that echo societal familiarity, – especially plastics – he allows the viewer to interpret and finalize their own relationship with the space and work.

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Henry Moore Institute – 2015
http://www.andnow.biz/ian-kiaer-0

 

 

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Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Christo and Jeanne-Claude were partnered in art and in marriage. Together, their confluence resulted in powerful and breathtaking works – but often caused a variety of issues as a consequence of their scale.

The couple claim that their projects do not hold any hidden philosophical meaning, and that the works are purely a direct message of beauty and enjoyment of the present moment. Encouraging the viewer to see a familiar and otherwise looked-over landscape in a new and innovative way.

Although the works are impressive in size and impact, they only exist temporarily, meaning that their record of work solely lives on in memory. “I think it takes much greater courage to create things to be gone than to create things that will remain.”  – Christo 

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https://christojeanneclaude.net/

In memory of Jeanne-Claude

 

Scarlett Hooft Graafland

Scarlett Graafland’s photographs display powerful documentation of her meticulously arranged, site-specific works in some of the most remote areas of the world.  Exploring places of the earth that are almost completely untouched by humans, she choreographs color, shape and unseemly objects together – creating a sense of ambiguity and playfulness.

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Katy Heinlein

Artist Katy Heinlein creates mysterious sculptures from draped fabric – assembling material over wooden beams whereby shapes arise in solid form. The fragility in the choice of material challenges the traditional ‘forever-type’ mediums which are usually desired to create sculptures.

This ‘temporary’ narrative is echoed not only in its existence, but transcends into the space and viewer also. Work that is held together with the tension of its own weight and help of gravity – further looks at the concept of being easily broken or damaged, much like societal structures.

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Cloth and wood, ‘Bellows’ – 2008
https://artadia.org/artist/katy-heinlein/

Louise Bourgeois

Louise spent her childhood around scraps of clothing and material in her family owned restoration business. With this book, she showcases the fabrics she saved throughout her life. Incorporating her own texts into this carefully assembled book, using nightgowns, scarves, and even fabric from her own wedding – she asks us to examine our relationship between clothing and time.

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Fabric illustrated book ‘Ode à l’oubli’ – 2002

Lisa Williamson

Minimalistic and intriguing – Lisa Williamson’s distinctive style brings to light the wide range of materials she employs within her practice. Focusing on texture, colour and shape she defies the boundaries of her art being confined to one fixed state, which allows for her works to be fluid in their existence. Sculptures which exist as paintings and vise versa.

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Marker, Blue Line – 2014, Acrylic on wood
https://www.shanecampbellgallery.com/lisa-williamson/

 

Nina Chanel Abney

American artist Nina Chanel Abney assembles her paintings with a mix of people, shapes and words. Her art touches on race, gender and popular culture, and even though her paintings initially appear fun and playful – there is always a deeper political message within to be understood.

LTR: “What” – unique ultra-chrome pigmented print, acrylic, spray paint on canvas “Why” – acrylic, spray paint on canvas – 2015
https://ninachanel.com