Interviews

Ziqian Liu Creates Fragmented Images of the Self in her Ethereal Portraiture

An ethereal touch, a ghostly presence, a soft whisper of a still life: these are the tender elements present within the work of Ziqian Liu. She creates photographs that capture a sense of nostalgia, but with a modern aesthetic. Fleeting reflections of the artist are included in almost every photograph, hinting at self-portraiture but with an air of mystery—like a moment we cannot remember, fragmented in our memory.

Fulfilling Fantasies: Contemporary Chicago Drag Works at Hokin Gallery

Visual artist, performer, and curator Kelly Boner has appropriately given herself the title of ‘Bubblepop Electric Creative Powerhouse’ with her own aesthetic and drag influences stemming from eclectic sources ranging from Georgia O’Keefe to anime. Boner’s curatorial project and exhibition Fulfilled Fantasies: Contemporary Drag Works, currently at Hokin Gallery at Columbia College, features photography where the image-making process is a collaboration between the photographer and subject. With b

Love and devotion, over and over again by Scott Anderson

Scott Anderson’s work creates a fresh visual language with whispers from late modernism masters such as Robert Rauschenberg and Francis Bacon. His compositions demonstrate a layered and balanced intricacy within his signature figurative abstraction that continues throughout his work like a subconscious narrative, familiar yet unknown. The unique sense of texture and colour in Anderson’s paintings adds to his already singular style.

Breaking the Rules of Anatomy with Akos Ezer

Throughout art history, the figure in painting has been reinvented time and time again. If you are an artist whose work focuses mainly on the figure as its subject, it must offer something new and fresh to the viewer. This is where Hungarian artist Akos Ezer will not disappoint. His work shows male bodies in action, mid-motion, and creating dynamic movement across the composition. You will find most of his subjects falling or tripping, and often in what seems to be a state of anxiety.

Meet Benjamin Sutton – art critic, journalist, and independent curator

Meet Spring Issue 7 guest curator Benjamin Sutton who, along with curating exhibitions in various galleries around NYC and his current Brooklyn neighborhood, works as the news editor for the online art and culture publication Hyperallergic. Having written for a variety of publications over the years, including artnet News and Brooklyn Magazine, Sutton has delved deep into each weird and wonderful corner of the art world.

Bodily Experiences: Interview with Sara Anstis

Although much of your work is rendered in graphite charcoal, your more recent work has adopted the use of color as well as elements of further abstraction. Tell us about this development. What inspired you to diverge in style as well as palette? I change the medium I work with to fit the subject of my work. Right now, I am looking at male bodies performing survival tasks in the contested location of “wilderness” and trying to figure out my attraction to survivalism reality television shows.

Exorcizing of Useless or Harmful Thoughts with Paul Gagner

The satirical paintings of Paul Gagner conjure up the humorous and bizarre nature of the life of an artist. His work includes text like “How to impress and baffle people with artspeak” and “How to do everything and nothing all day. Tomorrow” that is both hilarious and somehow undeniably relatable. The artist’s paintings, which look similar to self-help book covers, poke fun at the seriousness of art and lighten the mood of pretentiousness that can often be found in the art world.

Adrienne Ciskey: Invisible Illnesses and the Power of Play

If you suffer with a chronic illness, specifically one that others cannot see, the anxiety of  whether or not others take your pain seriously, on top of the endless physical battle with your own body, is very real. There is a hierarchy of illness in our culture based on assumptions of “seriousness” that is rarely acknowledged or discussed. A social judgment of validity is made about an illness, and if you are a woman suffering from an illness that is not only invisible but also widely unknown th

To Touch Without Touching in the work of Olivia Bax

London based artist Olivia Bax creates large-scale, sculptural forms that are bold both in color and in presence. Many of her sculptures possess elements that are of the familiar, such as what could be a handle or a pipe. However, their unconventional form and candy-colored hues abstract their function. Combine that with an irresistible, textural surface, Bax’s work entices the viewer to touch and feel the tactile details that are created by the artist’s hand (print).
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