Collector’s Choice: Thérèse Murdza


www.theresmurdza.com

 

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Coming to the paint

Before I could tie my own shoes, I played a small accordion. I studied piano, saxophone, then jazz and music theory at a Maryland public high school. In college, I studied theater performance, learning new forms of materializing sounds in transitory space. I acted, directed, and wrote poetry and plays.

 

 

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After graduation I distilled my writing further, in search of the precise moments of emotion and of contact. Not narrating the beginnings and ends, but middles; the being in the middle of things.

Years spent living up and down the mid-Atlantic coast (Baltimore, MD; Rehoboth Beach, DE; Brooklyn + New York, NY; Washington, DC; Durham, NC) had me drawing on big paper and literally taking the words apart. Disintegrating the shapes of the words into lines, circles, squares and color. Seeing music, hearing words, somehow marking sound in charcoal, ink, pencil, and then: paint.

 

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Since 2000, I’ve worked almost exclusively on hand-stretched canvas, in turns building large, sometimes multi-paneled works on canvas, and smaller works on canvas and paper. From my studio in Portland, OR, I partner with gallerists, design professionals, art agents, and private clients to place my paintings nationwide.

 

 

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I would like to give special thanks to Thérèse Murdza for allowing me to feature her art work on KIRSTEINFINEART.

 

 

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Collector’s Choice: Igor Smode


 

 

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About Igor Smode

Igor Smode is a photographer from Ljubljana, Slovenia. He has become masterful at subject matter ranging from People Portraits to nature, architecture and landscape photography.

Igor’s favorite cameras and lenses include the  Nikon d750 camera and  the Nikon d7100 camera. This is a list of lenses he uses. These lenses are made in USSR and include the  jupiter 11, jupiter 8 jupiter 37-a, helios 44-2, and Tokina macro100 f2,8.

He is from the town of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Ljubljana is the capital and largest city of Slovenia. During antiquity, it was the site of a Roman city called Emona. It was under Habsburg rule from the Middle Ages until the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1918.

Today, Slovenia‘s capital and largest city also happens to be one of Europe‘s greenest and most livable capitals. The European Commission awarded Ljubljana with the coveted Green Capital of Europe title for 2016. Car traffic is restricted in the center of the city, leaving the leafy banks of the Ljubljanica River, which flows through the city’s heart, free for pedestrians and cyclists.

In summer, cafes set up terrace seating along the river; it almost feels like a nightly street party.

Slovenia‘s master of early-modern, minimalist design, Jože Plečnik, graced Ljubljana with beautiful buildings and accoutrements; attractive cities are often described as ‘jewel boxes’, but here the name really fits. And bringing life to these historical riches, the city’s 50,000-odd students support an active clubbing and cultural scene, and the museums, hotels and restaurants are among the best in the country.If you  would like to read more about Ljubljana, follow this link: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/slovenia/ljubljana/introduction#ixzz4AY4abEQE

The photographs of Igor are masterful in their composition, capture of contrast, texture, color and emotion. Many of his images contain additional unique visual enhancements, such as the appearance of images embedded into one another. This effect is evident in his architectural images, seen above. Though this technique and others, he adds subtle emotional nuance and creates a sense of timelessness that push the boundaries in traditional photography.

More of Igor Smode’s photographs are located on his Facebook Page.

 

 

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Photographs of People by Igor Smode

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Landscape Photography by Igor Smode

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