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Abstract Paradise: Art by Matthieu Venot


A photo of a building in the sunUntitled I (Montpellier), photographic print

Photographer Matthieu Venot captures views of an abstract paradise. The artist takes a minimalist approach to photography, seeking out the color and geometry of an architectural features and focusing in until the shapes take on new meaning.


A photograph of an apartment building with minimalist compositionUntitled III (BRUT), photographic print

 

I love Venot’s recent series of building portraits. In each of these photographs, a single apartment tower…

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Daydreams and Memories: Photography by Sarah Seené


A photograph of a boy wearing multiple pairs of swimming gogglesAlex, part of the series Fovea

Sarah Seené is a Montreal-based director and photographer. Working primarily in Polaroid and 35mm film photography, the artist creates images that speak to daydreams and memories.


A photograph of an actor portraying MoriartyStephan Zimmerli (Moriarty)

The aesthetic that the artist achieves through her use of analogue film and photography techniques is one that I find quite attractive. The images on Sarah’s portfolio website are hazy and often…

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Headlines: Tower Fire, Fearless Reproductions, Afrofuturism

1) Trump Tower Fire Victim Identified as Art Dealer and Collector


A Facebook photo of Todd Brassner with a portrait of him by Andy Warhol

 

Art dealer Todd Brassner died after a fire enveloped his apartment on the 50th floor of New York’s Trump Tower on Saturday. Brassner was a friend of Andy Warhol, and had his portrait painted by the late artist in 1975. The 67-year-old had reportedly been trying to sell the apartment since 2016, but had had little luck in offloading a property associated with the…

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Multiple Viewpoints: Photography by Ted Diamond


A black and white photo of fog over a fieldFog 2

Ted Diamond is a photographer originally from Long Island. Early in his career, Ted became interested in depictions of the American flag and the different ways that such images are presented, and how they resonate with different viewers. Ted’s photographs showcase America from multiple viewpoints.


A photograph of a shed barely visible through snowCropsy Shed White-Out

 

In our previous feature of Ted’s pop-culture Americana, we focused on the artist’s work with American…

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Plants and Animals: Photography by Brandi Maher


A photograph of a silhouetted tree at sunsetTree of Life

Colorado-based photography Brandi Maher takes colorful photos of the plants and animals around her. Brandi’s photographs tend toward a documentary approach, capturing the finest details of both her central subjects, and the surrounding landscape.


A photograph of a line of trees in the snowTree Line

 

I find Brandi’s use of lighting quite interesting in many of her photographs. This seems particularly relevant in the artist’s gallery of tree photographs – in…

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Documentary Style Nature Photographs by Dean Osgood


A photo of a yellow irisYellow Iris

Dean Osgood takes documentary style nature photographs with bright, natural lighting and colors. Dean’s style emphasizes a central figure or focal point viewed head-on through a frank, close-up lens.


A photograph of a grey catMy cat Tigger

I really enjoy Dean’s recent series Larger than Life. The photographs in the series are of animals, insects, and floral subjects, presented in a poster style with polished white framing. Looking at the series as…

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Headlines: Venus, Akari, Backfire

1) Facebook Removes Photo of Venus of Willendorf

The Venus of Willendorf

 

Facebook’s image censorship algorithm caused controversy again this week when a photograph of the ancient “Venus of Willendorf” statue was taken down after being deemed “pornographic.” The 30,000-year-old statue is currently housed in the Naturhistorisches Museum in Vienna, Austria. Though Facebook’s own descriptions of the algorithm have suggested that nude artworks are…

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Constructed Space: Art by Colby Brewer


A photo of a rooftop artworkwRonGsiDe, neon, steel, aluminum

Colby Brewer’s art practice is enigmatic and often ethereal, focusing more on experience and presence than on static objects. Through outdoor installations, video pieces, and site-specific walks, the artist explores the nature of constructed space.


A photo of a lighting installation that brackets a sign on a rooftopwRonGsiDe, neon, steel, aluminum

 

As we saw in our previous feature of Colby’s viewpoints in spaces, occasionally the artist constructs a work in which…

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Unfiltered Viewpoint: Photography by Emina Kurtagic


A photo of some small dogs on a lawn in the springapril grass

Emina Kurtagic takes accessible photographs with a distinct focus on the subject rather than the framing. Emina’s work has a very documentarian feel, and the artist portrays a wide variety of subjects from an unfiltered viewpoint.


A photograph of some rosehips in the autumnrosehips

 

In our previous feature we looked at Emina’s sensitive portrayals of seasons, memories, and moments. I find that many of Emina’s photos project a very distinct mood. Her style of…

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Unconventional Lives: Photography by Michael Matthew Woodlee


A photograph of a vascular catheterVascular Catheter

Michael Matthew Woodlee is a photographer who works to capture candid moments of subjects living unconventional lives. Michael’s photography is skillfully framed but always feels organic and intently present.


A photograph of wilderness inside Yosemite National ParkHalf Dome from above Tenaya Lake

In our previous feature of Michael’s artwork we looked at the way his images are presented as dramatic fragments of a fuller narrative. While each photo presents a great deal of…

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Headlines: Christo, Instagram, Photographs

1) Koons' Former Representatives Defend Bouquet


A rendering of Jeff Koons Bouquet of Tulips

 

Jeff Koons’ former gallery representatives in Paris, Jerome and Emmanuelle de Noirmont, have issued a letter in response to the public backlash against Koons’ proposed memorial artwork, Bouquet of Tulips. As we reported in last week’s Headlines, the sculpture is planned to be installed in Paris’ Palais de Tokyo, and consists of a large, realistic hand holding a bouquet of 11…

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Lightly Abstracted Photographs by G. W. Jones


An edited photo of a tree lined landscapeUntitled

Gary Jones, a.k.a. G.W. Jones, creates lightly abstracted photographs that seek to capture a deeper sense of the world around us. Gary’s works often center on older architectural forms, as well as nature – in particular, avian subjects.


A photograph of an angelic statueUntitled

 

I enjoy the way Gary brings some level of abstraction and impressionist visual language into his photographs. While his subjects are for the most part immediately recognizable,…

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Human Gestures: Art by Scott Lee


A charcoal drawing of a smiling homeless manHappy with a smile, charcoal

Currently based in Denver, Colorado, Scott Lee is an artist who works to capture a sense of narrative and emotion in simple human gestures. The artist’s currently portfolio is especially focused on dignified portrayals of poor and homeless people.


A charcoal drawing of an elderly woman smoking a cigaretteUntitled, charcoal

 

I’m quite impressed by the works in Scott’s gallery of charcoal portraits. The subjects in this gallery are mostly elderly and…

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Beauty and Loneliness: Photography by Mark Broyer


A photograph of a shopfront in HamburgUntitled

German designer and photographer Mark Broyer expertly captures the beauty and loneliness of urban environments. Broyer has photographed both city and landscape in a range of locations, but all his works seem to draw on the nature of human intervention without human presence.


A photo of a darkened parking area in Hamburg, GermanyUntitled

 

Broyer, a multi-disciplinary artist, takes photographs under the name “Into the Life.” I find this title interesting, given that most of the…

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Events and Gatherings: Photography by Jim Holbrook


A photo of a drag queen at an Albuquerque clubBeBe at the Albuquerque Social Club, 2010

Photographer Jim Holbrook has created a practice that centers on documenting events and gatherings in a candid fashion. Based in New Mexico, Jim is the official photographer for the collective Avokado Artists, and for Globalquerque!, an annual Mexican culture festival in Albuquerque.


A close up portrait of a woman in San FranciscoCloseup Series, San Francisco, No. 02, 1982

 

I enjoy the atmosphere that Jim creates in the majority of his…

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