Alfonso Batalla: Existential Decay

Spanish photographer Alfonso Batalla’s Landscape Under Construction is a gripping series of bright, modern objects inserted into the darkness of decaying architecture. (Above, Prisoner Balls) -The Joy of Bankruptcy He considers this work existential, “showing the contradiction between ‘being oneself’ and ‘being there’ . . . and making […]

Darren MacPherson: Acrylics & Spray Paint

British artist Darren MacPherson has a growing reputation as a contemporary figurative artist whose  acrylic and spray paint works are bold and full of color. Critics say his work is instantly recognizable and highly collectible, and have identified him as one of the U.K.’s rising art stars. His […]

Karine Demers’ Fresh Glass Art Designs

This former stained glass technician’s work features contemporary designs in blown glass, solid glass and fusion with hand-painted enamel. Quebec artist Karine Demers says she is “hypnotized by the flamboyant movement of glass.” (Above: Patched vases, blown glass with enamel. 2011) . -Paperweight, solid glass with enamel. 2011 […]

Jennifer Collier: Paper Goods

British artist Jennifer Collier  remakes household objects in unusual paper fabrics constructed by bonding, waxing, trapping and stitching.   -Letter Dress, 50 x 50cm “The papers are treated as if cloth, with the main technique employed being stitch; a contemporary twist on traditional textiles,” Collier says. –Map SLR Camera, […]

Polidori: An Eye Attuned to Decay

Transplanted Canadian Robert Polidori has a photographer’s fixation on le Château de Versailles, which he has shot in decay and then in restoration for 25  years.  His large format color photos of that royal palace outside Paris form part of Polidori’s new exhibition in Berlin.  (Above: Versailles, Salle […]