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Abstracted Viewpoints: The Portfolio of Stuart Diekmeyer


A photo of some berries with water droplets on themNandina Berries

Stuart Diekmeyer is a photographer who grew up in England and now lives and works in Maryland. Throughout his practice, and in recent works, the artist has experimented with minimalism and abstracted viewpoints.

 


A photograph of a covered window on a streetErice 2

 

I really appreciate the way that Stuart’s photography exposes new angles to everyday objects, plants, and other forms that might seem mundane at a glance. In the artist’s series Artomatic 2017, each image captures the organic form of a single leaf, branch, or blossom in such close-up detail that the forms seem alien; otherworldly. I especially enjoy the artist’s use of color and lighting in these images – rather than a cool black and white, the artist has opted for an almost greenish sepia that maintains some of the earthiness of his subject matter.


A screen capture of Stuart Diekmeyer's art websiteThe front page of Stuart's online art portfolio

 

These subdued photographs remind me a bit of work by L.M. Braun or Hunter Madsen. Even Stuart’s earlier photos have a certain quiet, minimalist sense about them, a combination of simple or desolate subject matter and a monochromatic or desaturated palette.


A  desaturated photo of a hibiscus blossomHibiscus




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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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