3896days is the work of a writer and a designer. The name is derived from the number of days between two birthdays, and the period it’s taken for two soul existences to intertwine.
In the form of a visual diary, 3896days depicts the spiritual and physical union of like souls. The core idea behind the personal drawing project is that everything originates from and leads back to love. The artwork, which is often of two people enjoying joint, “out-of-body” experiences, stimulates and awakens people to living in the now, following an inner bliss, feeling unconditional love, recognizing desires and manifestations, and appreciating synchronicity.
3896days serves to inspire hearts and minds, and draw in new ones – the drawings provide art appreciation experiences that are both heart-opening and euphoric.
Kathleen Greenwood views art not only as a form of self-expression but also as a means to provide a message about social issues and to evoke thoughts or emotions through images. Kathleen’s style is eclectic and her approach to transforming a blank canvas can be structured with a specific goal in mind or free flowing with a lot of experimentation. Each design starts off with a base subject that gradually becomes more complex by adding layers, manipulating light and adding elements such as light, color or specific effects to enhance the main area of focus. A chain reaction occurs as each step that is taken leads to a set of sequential steps toward a predetermined vision or a vision that results from experimentation within the creative process. While at present she mainly focus on digital art, she is a multifaceted artist that experiments with other techniques, including watercolor, pen and ink, and graphite.
Kathleen’s inspiration comes from daily practice, nature, workshops and fellow artists. Her most recent endeavor is creating a series of Steampunk images for exhibition and creating fine art cards for a gallery and a local gift and art shop. Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction or science fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th century industrial steam-powered machinery. Steampunk fashion has no set guidelines but can include styles influenced by the Victorian era. Costumes often incorporate flying/driving goggles, top hats, corsets, bustles, waistcoats and ray guns. Many of her creations also include gears or timepieces. Steampunk is a perfect amalgamation of fantasy and art.
Kathleen work has been widely recognized with several awards and has been published and exhibited internationally. For her, art continues to be a meandering path full of surprises and unpredictable outcomes.
Elhanan Simhayev was born in Baku, Azerbaijan, and has spent his entire adult life in Israel. A multifaceted photographer, he experiments with a broad range of techniques and subjects, including monochrome, multiple exposure, landscape and portrait. His black and white works combine minimalism, mystery and a human touch to connect directly to our most profound emotions.
Elhanan believes that photography allows us to deconstruct the continuous and irreversible passage of time into the precious instants that it is built of. Our brain combines these moments into a finished film, leaving us without the opportunity to see every moment separately. In his words, “For me, photography is a tool which allows us to combine the past, present and future developments into one frame and see life in its real perspective and composition.”
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Proportion is a principle of art that describe the size and the amount of one element in relation to another. They have a great deal to do with the overall harmony of an individual piece and our perception of the art. As a fundamental element in artistic work, it is also quite complex.
Kumi Yamashita was born in Takasaki, Japan. She received her Master of Fine Arts Degree from Glasgow School of Art and her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington.
Kumi Yamashita sculpts using both light and shadow. Kumi constructs single or multiple objects and places them in relation to a single light source. The complete artwork is therefore comprised of both the material (the solid objects) and the immaterial (the light or shadow).
Matteo Pugliese was born in Milan in 1969.In 1978 his family moved to Sardinia where Matteo lived for the next 12 years. During this time he developed a strong love for drawing and sculpture and continued his art work without any formal education. Today his works are on permanent display in galleries in Italy and major cities throughout the world: New York, Rome, Hong Kong, London, Antwerp, Lugano and have been shown at some of the most important Italian and international art fairs.
In recent years his pieces have been sold with considerable success at some of the world’s most prestigious fine art auction houses (Christie’s, Sotheby’s, Bonham’s, and Dorotheum).
Mario Unger, is a photographer and photoshop artists from the Austrian Burgenland. Together with his wife Martina, he lives in the small village of Rotenturm der Pinka. His two children, Laura and Sebastian, are now grown up and only more rarely at home. Art runs like a red thread through his life. As a 7-year-old, he attended the local music school, which meant to be included in the University to study the trumpet as a 12-year-old. The teaching of this instrument should be his calling for 33 years. After this time he left his "vocation" behind him and made his real passion, photography to his new calling, what he doesn't regret any second.
Inherit the Dust is a series of epic African panoramas, where Nick Brandt records the impact of man in places where animals used to roam. Nick Brandt photographs exclusively in Africa. Born in Britain and currently based in Southern California, Brandt cofounded Big Life Foundation in 2010, which helps protect the endangered wildlife inhabiting a large area of East Africa.
Canadian photographer Daniel Castonguay is a true master of capturing the life and soul of the streets. Living in a busy area, he was naturally driven to street photography, with the goal of chronicling quotidian life and human nature.
Daniel resides in the lively Plateau Mont-Royal district of Montreal, an ideal playground for a street photographer. Dynamic, artistic, cosmopolitan and constantly evolving, this neighborhood is the scene of a hectic daily life where fairs, shows and animations of all kinds take place. The dynamics of a Plateau in permanent motion stimulates his creativity.
In the series "Montréal Intemporel" (Timeless Montreal), he illustrates the daily life of its residents, rain or shine. He considers that through candid images, sometimes amusing or even touching, street photography is the ideal media for seizing precious slices of everyday life.
Daniel plays the dual role of central character and invisible observer in the play of life. In his words, “Street photography is more than a “picture making“ business. To me it is a continuous theatrical sketch where I take part. This sketch can be brought up almost to the fantasy level.”. He likes the philosophy behind street photography, the quietness in the shooting itself, not waiting for anyone, not thinking, but just looking and walking around with no expectations. Letting the emotion take part of the sketch and connecting with a story that can literally be anything.
Daniel accentuates the emotion of the moment by adding a poetic touch during the edition of his photographic work. The subject and some elements of the decor are intensified while others are related to reverie. His creations possess a mysterious atmosphere and a unique texture, reminiscent of watercolor paintings.
Daniel shares with us a profound message: “Street photography helps me to remain grounded and admire how similar we are in all our differences.”
Patty Maher is a fine art photographer and artist based in Caledon, Ontario, Canada. The inspiration for her art comes from an exploration of the feminine in the context of both natural and urban settings. Working primarily through staged portraiture and self-portraiture Maher is widely known for hiding or obscuring the faces of her subjects often only using only posture, gesture, symbol and colour to convey emotion and story. Maher explores the inner worlds of her subjects while at the same time considering notions of personal space, boundaries of identity and the relationship of the individual to the larger world. Her goal with each photo and series is to create pieces that disrupt the boundaries between real life and the otherworldly; the surreal and the commonplace. In the telling of visual stories she invites the viewer to become a co-creator in meaning, leaving the stories open ended but touching on basic and universal emotions.
Anežka (Agnes) Kašpárková, A 90-year-old resident of Louka, Czech Republic, spends every spring and summer painting the houses of her hometown with delicate blue flower ornaments.
Anežka is a former agricultural worker, and she was inspired to do this project by another local woman who had been doing the same for years. You are never too old or too young to spread the love of art.
Julien Malland a graffiti artist from Paris, began painting murals in the 20th arrondissement of Paris under the name of Seth. He made himself known among Parisian graffiti artists by creating characters.
Since 2003, he endured across the world to exchange with street artists from different cultures, in order to broaden his horizon on life and on mural painting. From this experience he has been compelled to draw simple characters, mostly children, somehow connected to the chaotic environment in which they are revealed. Witnessing the outcome of globalization, its creations are celebrating traditions. Thus they are defining a hybrid culture between modern expression and traditional representation.
"Symmetry" is an aesthetically treated and symbolic representation of the cycles of being and becoming by Lara Zankoul
Underlying the representation is a constant rappel to the Taoist philosophy of yin and yang and the cyclical nature of an esoteric duality. The interrelation and dynamics of the polar opposites are represented in seven parts as symbol of the fundamentally divine nature of the medium. While the visual focus is mostly Taoist, the series borrows religious, mythological and esoteric symbols to represent the one wisdom underlying all knowledge. Symmetry, the name of the piece, is a constant theme in the series both in its colors, its gender, its gravitation around its centerpiece and the placements of the objects in the photos. Most importantly though, symmetry is strongly emphasized in using the same visual representation of the opening and the closure of the piece pointing to an infinite cycle constantly repeating itself but forming the illusion of moving forward.
While the main theme is a spiritual and philosophical point of view that borrows from many disciplines, the message of the work should not be confused for static one. The choice of 7 is related to its frequent appearance in nature such as the seven musical notes, the seven colors of a rainbow, the seven days of creation, and so on. Other fractions of the pieces such as the middle five photos could represent the evolutionary psychological series such as the five stages of grief. The onlooker could find the naturally recurrent pattern of seven reflective of multiple personal experiences well adapted to his perception of the message of the piece.