"Alex Stoddard was born in Jacksonville, Florida and spent his childhood growing up in the deep south. He began taking self-portraits at the age of sixteen in the woods behind his Georgian home, and this stirred in him the need to create and express himself through the craft of photography.
His work focuses on the human form and the process of infusing it with natural surroundings. He also strives to create whimsical and surreal portraits.”
Mikael Aldo (b.1996, Indonesia)
Jakarta based artist Mikael Aldo started to know photography when he was fourteen, and two years later he began taking self-portraits. He transports us through young imaginative eyes, enabling the mind to expand beyond recognizable landscapes and see the world through his viewfinder. Creating a transient portal, his visions are pristine conceptualizations achieved through photo manipulation. Aldo juxtaposes many natural habitats with the human body where he morphs the two, making a unifying composition into a limitless fantasy. Flipping through Aldo’s portfolio we are blown away image after image, surprised around every corner. (src. Juxtapoz)
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Installations of hundreds of sculptures representing fifty centimetre long ants take over public buildings. Their bodies are made up by the assembling of two human skull casts as if the Santa Marta-born artist were attempting to summon death in life.
Rafael Gómezbarros’ work makes visible the overlooked. His intention is to address the plight of millions of displaced people who constitute the invisible but pervasive mass of immigrants crossing the planet. Buried in the narrative of diaspora lays a tribute to thousands of Colombians who suffered internal displacement and violent deaths as casualties of the armed conflict that wreaked havoc in the country for the most part of the last fifty years.
Ants being usually associated with hard labour and a complex social organization are turned into phantasms of the disappeared, ghost like figures that have acquired the capacity to take over national monuments. Gómezbarros previously deployed his legion of ants onto historical buildings such as Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino – the haçienda where Simón Bolívar spent his final days – as well as Barranquilla’s customs building.
In Bogotá, he invaded a commercial gallery with one thousand polyester cast creatures and covered the National Congress’s stone façade, his most meaningful attempt to address the national security policies that endorsed a violent status quo for decades.
Entitled Casa Tomada, the work makes a very particular reference to a short story by Argentine writer Julio Cortázar, in which the inhabitants of a large mansion become invaded by elusive presences announced solely by muted sounds. In the context of these public art interventions, the metaphor reminds the viewer what Cortázar himself declared shortly before passing away: unless a country buries its dead, they will always be remembered as ghosts in the attic.
Text © Gabriela Salgado
Matthew Stone - Selections from Optimism as Cultural Rebellion and Unconditional Love
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Chloe Early (b.1980, Ireland)
Working in oils on linen and aluminium panel, Cork-born artist Chloe Early has developed a unique style that is simultaneously lush and raw. The romantic and the gritty meet in her paintings, which tease out a distinctively poetic worldview through the juxtaposition of extremes. At their core is a sensitivity to lyrical feelings and themes - love, beauty, innocence and softness - which collide with more worldly symbols of aggression and degradation, such as bullets, bombs, urban refuse and ruins. Graduated from NCAD in Dublin in 2003, Chloe moved to London in 2004 where she has lived and worked since. Her paintings have been exhibited worldwide with group and solo shows.
Solo show Suspended @ The Outsiders London
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