self-portraits by noell s. oszvald
With a shadowy and highly conceptual aesthetic, like the images of dreams upon awakening, Hungarian photographer Noell S. Oszvald presents powerful, surreal self-portraits rich in sentiment and composition. At 22-years-old her portfolio, although small, holds the sophistication of a photographer who has been established for years. Her photographic eye is sensational as she manages to capture the purity of a simple composition, allowing herself and her surroundings to be reduced to the relations between geometric shapes and planar backdrops. All of this is accented by her conscious resistance to color, electing instead for a monochromatic palette that allows her viewers to find their own meaning and interpretation. “I don’t want to tell people what to see in my images. This is the reason why I never really write any descriptions other than titles. It shows what I wish to express but everyone is free to figure out what the picture says to them. It’s very interesting to read so many different thoughts about the same piece of work.”
text by Algernon
Sail Uselessarm’s Paintings Of Women Are Like Film Noir Stills
Norwegian-born, Seattle-based artist Sail Uselessarm has a somewhat comic-like and dark style of illustration. Most of his work is labeled as mixed media, with use of gouache and acrylic, amongst other mediums. What really stands out in his work is the stark contrast between the background and the subject, the intense and heavy shadowing within the scene, and how this tight control of light creates an ambiance of film noir that feels very photographic and, in the same breath, filmic. His tendency to off-center the compositions reveals an implied motion that is also quite cinematic.
Hayv Kahraman is an Iraqi artist and painter. Her works reflect the controversial issues of gender, honor killings and war, all issues that plague her home country of Iraq. Hayv currently lives and works in San Francisco
Hayv Kahraman is an artist from Iraq. Spanning drawing, painting, and sculpture, her practice engages with very difficult issues surrounding female identity in her homeland – how women are victimised within their own culture, made subservient to men and often suffer the most from the effects of the war. Kahraman tells these tales of horror with a demure grace through her stunningly beautiful paintings. In this series of work, her images depict the scriptural story of the Sacrifice of The Lamb, which is central to the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha, recasting the figures as women.
(…) Całe związki międzyludzkie to trochę jak błądzenie we mgle, szukanie porozumienia w iluzorycznie wspólnych pojęciach, splatających się wątkach.
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