Motoi Yamamoto’s Incredible Saltscapes
Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto sees more uses in salt than the ordinary person. His artwork stems from the death of his sister, who passed away at a young age from brain cancer. In Japanese culture there is an idea of throwing salt over yourself after you attend a funeral acts as a sort of cleansing. So Yamamoto started using salt as his medium, creating intricate labyrinths and mazes as he calls them. Not only does Motoi create intricate patterns but full scale installations as well.
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Fig. by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin
Drawing together newly commissioned work Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin’s Fig. traces links between photography, imperialism and the colonial impulse to acquire, map and collect the world.
Transgenerativ (transgenerative) – with motherdaughterfatherson
The continuation of generativ is the series of transgender works that I began in 2004, in which I have also used the male contour in my restitchings. I tear apart the male and female body parts and genitalia and redistribute these photo fragments among the members of the family: mother, father, daughter and son. This reveals and sustains the many connections between the family members – at the same time as it questions them.
Bobby Neel Adams (1953, Black Mountain/USA) currently resides in New York. Much of Adams’ photographic work addresses the transformation of the human body by aging and circumstance. In the late 1980s he began using a photomontage technique he termed “photo-surgery,” in which photographs were altered through manual excision, collage, and possible defacing of the subject. In 2007 with a Grant and Residency from The MacDowell Art Colony, Adams resurrected an old project titled FamilyTree. Photographing immediate family members individually he then combined their portraits into one figure. These photographic montages show the visual DNA passed down from father to son and mother to daughter. Adams is currently producing a series of Vanitas style, still-life photographs of detritus and decay titled Drowned.
Mariel Clayton (1980, Durban/South Africa) is an artist who describes herself as a ‘Doll Photographer with a subversive sense of humour’. Using Barbie dolls and Japanese miniatures as her primary medium and subject, she creates dioramic images full of detail and black humour as a means of commentating on contemporary society and it’s stereotypes. Inspired by current events, pop culture, music and even paper, her images are meant to be at the same time meaningful and meaningless, to be used as a conduit for interpretation by the viewer. She maintains that it is the viewers response and the thought process that leads to it which are the most important. At the very least, it is nothing more than an excuse for a good laugh.
Scotch Tape by Wes Naman
Julie Heffernan is an American painter whose work has been described by the writer Rebecca Solnit as “a new kind of history painting.”
In a world often obsessed with minimalism, Julie Heffernan gives us the fantastic gift of intricate masterpieces – in the form of surreal paintings that harken back to the masters of old. Her work, which is often influenced by the heavily ornamented and ornate Baroque period, is a collection of fanciful environments filled with carefully arranged elements from roses and temples, to skyscrapers and power lines. These later, modern elements of society are easily overlooked on first glance – the classic form and execution of the paintings taking precedence. On closer inspection (a must with these explorable works), we are treated to the realization that these paintings are far more recent than it first seemed
These juxtapositions of different ages and genres are perhaps the reward for exploring her images closely, but from afar the works evoke just as much. Heffernan perfectly matches classic figurative compositions, creating balanced works which please the eye with measured arrangements, while simultaneously surprising us as they break out of those boundaries.
A native of northern California and a graduate of University of California, Santa Cruz and Yale University, Heffernan now resides in Brooklyn, New York. To see more of her uniquely luminous oil paintings, see cclarkgallery.com.