Collage: An Intimate Act


 

PAINTINGS BY ABDELLAH EL HAITOUT, MOROCCO

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” I quote from Paul Auster and I say: You find the painting where you work on it; that is the adventure. I love the challenge of collage, and the possibilities that are opened up in front of me, the work of the torn paper, crumpled or ripped and glued up piece of paper. Additionally, I like the intimate act. The superposition of different material and paint highlight the theme of concealment and transparency with mixed media like acrylic, ink and pens…

 

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I add the necessities of drawing and graphics, I also meditate at length the nature and I try to learn more. I try to be as simple as I can, I like this movement on the surfaces of doors and walls, and I like to pass on my painting.

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Inspiration is everywhere, and the artist must start from what is local to transcend it, travelling beyond and reaching what is global and universal. Like Naguib Mahfouz, one must start from “where I am.” The Urban scenery is a rich material that I exploit. A contemporary artist must draw on contemporary subjects.

 

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Technical capability should guide the artist in the development of his work, pleasant warmth or a wild and sour chilliness. These elements are reminder of my childhood, which I spent in an open air. There, I learned to become familiar with the surroundings and tried to tame the wildness of this space. In my later works, I’ve chosen to intervene on pre-worked supports, fully or partially, like calendars, catalogs, or collage of paper and cardboard paper trying to go beyond what has already been created ».

ABDELLAH EL HAITOUT ,SALÉ (MOROCCO), 2016

 

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ABDELLAH EL HAITOUT IS A SIGNIFICANT ABSTRACT PAINTER WHO IS CURRENTLY CREATING WORKS OF GREAT NOTE. HIS ENERGETIC ORGANIC SHAPES AND TEXTURES COLLIDE WITH EXUBERANCE AND DEPTH IN AN OCEAN OF LAYERS OF CASCADING PAINT.
JAN KIRSTEIN

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Paintings in Memory of the Homeless


I share a studio with two other artists in Louisville Kentucky. We just recently had a very sad encounter with reality in the form of a homeless man who lingered constantly around our studio door. The story around this man unfolded in a series of tragic vinyetts leaving us all with a renewed awareness of the fact that the problems facing the homeless are, in fact, everyone’s problem.




 





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Photographs of Gary A. Bibb


 

 

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Abstract Art

The rich legacy of abstract/non-objective/non-referential art has, at times, been pushed aside, discarded or deemed irrelevant by “cultural dictators” who believe these art forms are antiquated, exhausted or insignificantly decorative. On the contrary, abstract based art is the most universal of all visual languages and the most liberated/liberating artistic expression for both artist and audience.

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Kirk Varnedoe, art historian and former Curator of the Museum of Modern Art, commented in Pictures of Nothing (one of his epic published works) – “Abstract art has been with us in one form or another for almost a century now, and has proved to be not only a long-standing crux of cultural debate, but a self-renewing, vital tradition of creativity.” He continues, “This is one of abstraction’s singular qualities, the form of enrichment and alteration of experience denied to the fixed mimesis of known things.” Furthermore, he adds, “… the development of abstraction in the last fifty years suggests … a tradition of invention and interpretation that has become exceptionally refined and intricate.”

 

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“… painting in general and abstract painting in particular, rather than being exhausted by what has come before, can in fact be nurtured by the astonishing array of references now available. The potential sources of inspiration are myriad, perhaps unfathomable. The complexity, density, and diversity of art give ample reason to understand why abstract painting has not dried up or withered away.” Gary Garrels, Curator of the Hammer Museum.

 

 

In summation, perhaps artist Arshile Gorky said it most succinctly, “Abstraction allows man to see with his mind what he cannot physically see with his eyes…. Abstract art enables the artist to perceive beyond the tangible, to extract the infinite out of the finite. It is the emancipation of the mind … an exploration into unknown areas.”

 

 

 

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Gary A. Bibb was born in Wichita, Kansas and studied architecture at Kansas State University but discovered art to be more compelling. He received his BFA in Visual Art from Emporia State University (Kansas). Most of his artistic career has been lived in Colorado and Southern California. He currently resides in Denver, Colorado.

 

 

 

Collector’s Choice: Conor O’Brien


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Conor O’Brien

Belfast, Northern Ireland

ARTIST STATEMENT

I recently graduated with a degree in Fine Art at Ulster University, Belfast. My art is created through a range of media such as painting, drawing, and most recently, photography. I aim for my work to be multilayered, both visually and conceptually, so that it is has the potential to portray numerous narratives to the viewer, varying widely depending on their experiences in life, and for the subject matter to be viewed in a wider context beyond the frame of the image.

My influences range from the theatrical depictions of the physical and emotional human state in Caravaggio’s paintings and the surreal dreamlike settings conjured up by Salvador Dali, to contemporary photographers such as Gregory Crewdson, known for his elaborately stage scenes of American neighbourhoods, and David LaChapelle, famous for his hyper-realistic photographs with strong social messages. Though, my greatest inspiration is everything I see, feel and experience throughout my life.

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Through my early photographic ventures, I have explored the perception of a photograph being a static image representing one moment frozen in time; the mysterious atmosphere and psychological mindset at night; and the symbolisation and implications of architecture, space and light. Through the structural composition, colourful array of lights and cinematic quality of each scene, I try to find the beauty in the conventionally ugly and neglected parts of the city that are hidden away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, while maintaining the somewhat unsettling, melancholic mood that these scenes evoke.

 

 

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Collector’s Choice: Marlene Burns


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URBAN ABSTRACT VIDEO
Marlene offers an exciting, expressive, experimental and exceptional body of work. She doesn’t like to categorize herself, but like those of the abstract expressionist movement, she plays with color, edgy design and mixed media to produce art that befits the process. Her newest series of hybrid images, abstract photography and paintings combined, is the most exciting series of her career.

She lives and works in Tucson, Arizona where she specializes in clients and interior designers who need custom artwork for luxury homes. Her work has been exhibited from California to New York, most notably in Santa Fe.

Marlene Burns is a double degreed professional artist, with both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Cincinnati, School of Design, Architecture and Art.

 

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Marlene Burns’ Work

Marlene’s work carries the abstract toughness of the urban streets, and demonstrates the artist’s eye for dynamic composition and movement. Bold shapes intersect each image, leading the eye in many directions. Straight edge cuts across the image next to circular patterned areas, presenting a kind of visual dialogue, a partnership of contrast.

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