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Three Squared

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Three Squared is series of mine, I wanted to create a new perspective of the possibilities of digital in the photographic arts today. While exploring and exploiting digital it allows me to purely focus on the visual aesthetics with minimal and distinctive compositions. My aim was to explore the possibilities of digital technologies within my photographic practice. The final installation of the prints also reflect my interest in the form and geometric shapes visible in modern art. The title ‘Three Squared‘ reflects the nature of the geometric element that I was keen to portray with the sole focus being on the visual aesthetics; form, shape and line.

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Conor Green // Graphic Designer

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Conor Green is a 20 year old student currently studying BA Graphic Design at University of the Creative Arts. Conor aims to challenge the ideals behind graphic design, seeing himself as more of a conceptual designer. This allows him, to not be restricted to the same medium or format, and often explores a variety of processes and methods that take him out of his comfort zone and applies the right amount of pressure to help him find new and different ways to portray a message. Through this he has worked in fashion design, creative writing, pottery, sculpture, moving image, light manipulation and interactive installation with many other mediums in between.

This series of collages are featured and illustrate a Zine called The Bird Race. The Zine contains several of these works of art and a short story about an on edge race of birds from the fictional point of the commentator. Each collage represents a chapter or event in the story. The Zine itself was published in a chronicle of young artist work.

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In Conversation with Elliot Fox // Artist

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Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Elliot Fox; I have just finished my first year on the Fine Art Painting course at Camberwell College of Arts. I would describe myself primarily as a painter but I wouldn’t say that I’m restricted to a single medium as such.

What do you enjoy most about working in this medium?
I would have to say that it’s not the working with paint that I enjoy most, its more just the complexities and difficulties of working in a two dimensional format that interests me. I like the simplicity of it and the process I go through when making a piece of work is evident to the viewer which I think allows them to better understand how and why the work was made in the first place, perhaps allowing people to have a more personal relationship with the paintings.

What is more important to you; content or technique?
For me both are equally important, you cannot really have one without the other. Obviously one might be more important to me at a certain time but I’ve found recently that finding a balance of the two is a crucial part of maintaining a successful practice.

What themes do you pursue?
The majority, if not all of my work is made using autobiographical subject matter. I think my work contends with a lot of self-analyzing themes and I find this process almost therapeutic and to a degree addictive. I think without it I would struggle to be inspired to keep making paintings along this subject matter. Although in recent weeks I have found that the themes within my work have been broadening and although these familiar themes are still a current, they have perhaps become subtler.

When did you become interested in art?
I’ve always enjoyed drawing but I suppose I was first conscious of my interest in art from around 16 and the further I moved through education the more I realized that I wanted to refine my own style and continue making work which interested me. In turn my interest and knowledge of the art world grew and as such so has my interest in many other creative areas.

What do you dislike about the art world?
I think ideally if you want to make a career within the industry you have to be realistic about the fact that money is at times dispensed with no real sensibility. I suppose that annoys me to a degree but I wouldn’t say it keeps me up at night, it is what it is really and I think that the hypocrisy of it all is what makes it different to any other industry. You perhaps don’t always get what you deserve but I think if you can dedicate yourself to it you’ll get your rewards, or id like to hope that you do.

What role does the artist have in society?
I would say as far as a role in society you could describe artists as a social commentator? I don’t know its not like artist save lives or anything – I think I am realistic about the importance of the artists role in society but then again it would be a lot bleaker place without it for sure. I think all art is a performance, so you could call artists entertainers like would an actor or a musician.

Professionally, what’s your goal?
I would like to be able to make a living as a practicing artist. I suppose anyone starting out in the industry has the same sort of ideals. I wouldn’t really be able to comprehend anything past that at this moment in time.

What is your dream project?
I’ve never really considered a dream project I suppose If money wasn’t an object I would just up my scale and broaden my materials but I suppose that’s not very imaginative. I’ve always been interested in album artwork, maybe being given the chance to do the artwork for someone’s music I was really into and felt I could interoperate visually, that would be exciting for me – like a dream collaboration.

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Federica Landi // London Underground

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Casually strolling through Hyde Park Corner underground station and stumbled across the very talented Federica Landi’s work.
This June, Art Below are displaying work from over 60 artists from over 12 countries in stations throughout London Underground. They also be showcased the work at the Underground Gallery and will be at the Hospital Club which is a creative arts venue based in the heart of Covent Garden from 19th to 30th June.

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No Shadow

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Japanese artist Makoto Tojiki is engrossed by light. He uses light in ways that create impressive illusions and unique out of this world experiences in a inconspicuous and inquisitive manner. He creates large animal and human sculptures made up of strands of light, evoking a sense of playfulness, awe and possibility. I find myself absorbed within his work, unable to stop staring. Graduating from Kinki university in 1998 as an industrial design engineer and after a period designing home appliances, he launched his art career in 2003. Of the No Shadows pieces, he says “An object is seen when our eyes capture light that is reflected from the object. If we extract just the light that is reflected from ‘something’, are we still in the presence of that ‘something’? Using contours of light, I try to express this ‘something’.

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They Capture Everything About a Person That Needs to Be Captured.

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Nathan Ford, hands down, makes my favorite kind of portraits in all the world. They just capture everything about a person that needs to be captured. They eliminate the need for excessive detail and photo realism that a lot of portrait artists seem to cling to. There are glimpes of genius in each painting as he hones in on accute areas of the face, like the eye or mouth, giving it a voice and letting it give you the information you need to read the rest of the painting. With the artists that choose to reproduce a face or image to perfection I sometimes feel myself, whilst always being impressed, a little bored and a little distanced from the piece. With Ford’s work, although some area’s are almost at that degree of detail, he still keeps a level of ambiguity and charming inperfection where he just uses tone and harsh directional line to indicate the shape of the face or ear etc. There is something really calming and easy about looking at a portrait by Ford that I haven’t found with many other artists. Like a lullaby for the eyes.


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Calogero Cammalleri

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This wont be anything close to a full blown review, partly because he hasn’t done anything close to a full blown amount of work, and partly because i’m too intimidated by his photos that I daren’t have too much of an opinion on them just yet. I stumbled across these photos on a nice little photography blog ‘500 Photographers’ (link at the bottom) and fell in love a little bit. He photographs as if he has lived through years of sorrow and anguise and long lost lovers… and he’s only just 19 which is a bit of a kick in the teeth. I’m not exactly sure what it is about his work that I like so much, they have a very similar feel to the photos of Francesca Woodman yet the lack of nudity and/or the female form brings to them a whole new focus on the face and it’s expression. They are hauting, and possess an unusual pained quality that makes me want to stare and stare at them in some kind of attempt to be-friend the young boy he uses as his subject. Definitely, definitely one to keep an on and I can only hope he hasn’t peaked too early and we have lots more genius to come.

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Sabrina Ward Harrison

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I’m going to be honest with you, and don’t hate me for it, but I don’t really like Sabrina Ward Harrison’s work on face value. However, I have two of her books at home and ‘Spilling Open: The Art of Becoming yourself’ is probably the most frequently flicked through book I have. She has a way with words, to say the least and they’re the kind of words that you can’t help but be sucked in and enchanted by. I wish there was a single profound quote I could pluck from her book so you could see exactly what I mean but the beauty of it is that the whole thing is one long bundle of profoundness.

Whenever i’m feeling a little meek or a little rainy I turn to it, my crayon bible. Her words, and the way their semi-clichéd truths are disguised in bright bold patterns, lines and shapes, make believing in them OK. I’m not one for soul-searching, female-empowering writing normally, it always makes me cringe a little, but for whatever reason Harrison allows me a little light relief from my stubbornness.

I’m not sure what she’s doing in the way of new work at the moment and I’m not sure I’ll go in search of it. For now I’m happy in my little Sabrina bubble and she will remain my imaginary agony aunt for the foreseeable future.

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Samuel Bassett

Samuel Bassett

Sam Bassett has an imagination I’d like to marry… or maybe just walk around in and poke about for a while. His work it reminiscent of a couple of other Cornish artists I’ve been keeping my eye on for a while now, especially that of Danny Fox (review to follow). It’s the kind of work that you want to stand in front of from a distance, take a big breath in and just look at with a smile on your face. He describes his work as being an attempt to “make the mundane, dirty and uncontrollable things in life look pretty” and whilst he does this he also evokes some kind of reminiscence of childhood and of being vulnerable. There is an honesty and delicateness to the smaller pieces in the collection that couldn’t be created through anything but pure, unadulterated dedication to the moment that inspired it. He uses a muted orange and light blue palette throughout the collection, not in an overly obvious way but in enough of a way to make you feel at ease and comfortable with what you’re looking at. It seemed to be essential in making sense of the scattered-ness and inconsistency in style and medium he crammed beautifully into the small-ish gallery space. It baffles me how he manages to marry pretty little inky illustrations with huge powerful sculpture pieces so seamlessly and in such limited space.

Maybe the affinity I have with his work is something do to with the similarities is holds with some of my own, maybe not. What I can say is that it’s execution and concept is something perfection-like. I just love it. The exhibition is open till the 24th of April, but as most people on here wont be able to get down to Cornwall just take a look here: http://www.samuelbassett.co.uk/. He deserves a butt load more recognition and notoriety and i’m sure one day he probably will.

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Fantastic Mr Fox

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I first saw Danny Fox’s work in a bar in Cornwall. Although I can’t say it caught my eye as being particulary my thing straight away, I have definitely grown to appreciate and love it (and the rest of his work) since taking up painting myself a bit more seriously. At first glance they may appear to be on the casual side of conceptual, not that there’s anything wrong witht that, but he is really quite accurate in his structure/poroportion in the more portraity pieces of his which makes me less inclined to lump him into the ‘can’t draw, so i’ll paint’ category of artist. When he wants to be at least.

 Whenever I sit down and look at his work, or come across it in that bar in Cornwall, it reminds me how freeing painting can be if you let it. Fuck the countryside landscapes and boatyards so frequently obsessed over by Cornish artists, this is the kind of art I would be proud to be Cornish for. Maybe thats just the sea air talking. He sometimes crosses the boarder between painting and photography too in a really interesting and almost decorative way. ‘Some Kind of Goodbye’ and ‘Prado’ are my favorites of his, but that was a close call. Even though his work varies so much in its style and presentation it’s hard to pick one out as a favorite because of the underlying similarity in atmosphere and intent they all have.

He’s the kind of artist that doesn’t just impress you with a technically brilliant painting then leave you feeling a bit deflated that you’ll never be able to paint the Mona Lisa, but inspires you to not give so much of a shit about what kind of paintings you paint or what kind of artist people think you are. I like that. I like him, and that’s it really.

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