About Alumdena Romero

Alumdena is a London based visual artist very familiar with the london emerging art scene.

Introducing emerging artists: Robert Hitzeman

ROBERT HITZEMAN

WHO

Robert Hitzeman was born in Pheonix Arizona and spent most of his early life in Southern California.  In 2010 Robert graduated with a BFA in Sculpture and Spatial Arts from San Jose State University in California, USA.  During and after this time he worked as a fabricator and foundry technician for Stoller Studio and for the Artist David Middlebrook for several years. In 2012 he graduated from Chelsea College of Art and Design’s MA Fine arts program.  He currently lives and produces work in London, UK and his work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in The United States and Europe.

 

WHY

During His Course at Chelsea College in 2012 Robert was commissioned to build Tetchen Bolt, a large outdoor Sculpture for The National Sculpture Prize competition, in Barnstaple, North Devon.  He recently co-curated Open Work, alongside the artist Mohammad Namazi and curator Emily Purser at The Albert, An Arts and community space re-imagined by WHAT IF: Projects.  Robert’s work has been included in several Exhibitions in the United Kingdom, United States, and Europe such as the Synethesia, Curated by Gabrielle Cooper as well as Hot One Hundred co-curated by Ismail Erbil & Patrick Michalopoulos, currently on display at the Schwartz gallery in Hackney Wick.

WHAT 

Roberts practice looks to issues of decay and excess through the interpretation of sculptural materials as a form of time based medium, in a state between becoming and undoing, examining the conditions the warrant these designations.  Looking to sculpture as a blurring of materials with the actions taken out on them, his work looks to the making/ unmaking process often through the use of materials associated with DIY culture, questioning the social associations of these materials.  Projects usually stem from a study of biological cycles and anatomical functions which affect the building of works conceptually and physically.  Often delineating from this mode of thinking the work ends up in a realm of fantasy retaining only fragments of the source narrative. There is a focus on materials and process in the work but it is informed by an understanding of systems and structures changing over time and how these sometimes counter Ideas about permanence and preservation.

WHEN AND WHERE 

Schwartz Gallery Hot 100

Schwartz Gallery, 92 White Post Lane, Ground floor, Building 2, London, E9 5EN

Exhibition dates: 17/07/13 – 03/08/13

Summer Opening Hours: Thursday – Saturday 12 – 6 pm

First Thursdays late opening: Thursday 1st August

 

MORE!!

http://www.roberthitzeman.com/ 

http://www.schwartzgallery.co.uk/site/

 

Introducing emerging artists: Sabrina Samsoodin

SABRINA SAMSOODIN 

WHO

Sabrina Samsoodin is a London based mixed media artist specialising in illustration with hand embroidery. After graduating from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design with a BA in Textile Design  she worked on a variety of projects in different creative roles, including fashion and textile design internships at Louise Gray and
David David; two fashion studios in London.

Introducing emerging artists: Sabrina Samsoodin

Her interest in traditional textile crafts and their connection with social change led her to pursue her studies in hand embroidery. She is fascinated by the traditions of hand embroidery and the importance of embroidery in particular communities and as rites of passage. 

Sabrina is currently studying at The Royal School of Needlework and focuses her practice on pairing traditional textile crafts alongside innovation in digital design through a combination of embroidery, illustration and laser cut print.

 

WHY

Over the last three years she’s been working closely with Urban Outfitters to exhibit and sell her prints in different stores. Her work has been displayed in Covent Garden, Guildford, White City and Camden.

Alongside  her  independent work as a mixed media artist she has worked on several design projects. She is recently been commissioned by Urban Outfitters to customise a table top along with some other artists as Emma Hindhaugh, Bob Motown, Paul McGeachy & Rob Whoriskey for a new store opening in Camden.

Other significant projects of her career are a collaboration with a band named Hejira for a night they run called Traum, creating stage set design as well as their e-flyers for the night and a  collaboration she did with a vintage shop to create a fun and quirky shop display online called Supermarket Sarah. Her illustrations were dotted in between some lovely pieces.

At the moment, she sells her work in a boutique in Brixton Village called Brixi and she will be creating her online shop soon.

WHAT 

For her recent commission for Urban Outfitters she has decided to illustrate the table top with British Birds in the context of a broader study of British Birds and Frogs.  She has named this study  JUMP + FLY and you can see some photos of her piece in progress on her blog:

http://sabrina-samsoodin.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/WORK

 

MORE!!

She her work at her website and blog 

Follow her on Facebook and Twitter 

 

Introducing emerging artists: Michael Furman

MICHAEL FURMAN

WHO

Michael Furman received his BA in Photography from the University of Denver. Prior to going to London College of Communication for his masters he focused on editorial and varying documentary series’ dealing with identity through different issues. He is freelancing, organizing future shows and next documentary series in Denver, Colorado where is he currently based.

WHY

Michael will be exhibiting from the 29th of August at the Colorado Photographic Arts Center. He also has taken part in a variety of group shows in diverse galleries in Denver and London. His practice has been published in regional newspapers as well as the CMYK magazine, the Less Common magazine. 

WHAT

While in UK using stills and video he explored the subculture of the commuter, showing the conscious and unconscious actions and reactions portrayed by travels while having to be around strangers on public transportation on the London Underground. Also he did a series of portraits of 50s enthusiast during an annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Weekender in Norfolk. He is planning on focusing his attention on portraiture.

MORE!!

Web: mfurmanphotography.com

Blog:  blog.mfurmanphotography.com

Introducing emerging artists: Natalie Tkachuk

 

NATALIE TKACHUK

WHO

Natalie Tkachuk is a Fine art photographer specialising in Still Life. Born in 1983 in Melbourne Australia, Tkachuk moved to the UK in 1994 and lives and works in London. 2012 saw Tkachuk complete her MA in Photography at London College of Communication. Tkachuk’s work focuses on exploring beauty in the everyday, the banal and in the lost and forgotten through the medium of photography.

Introducing emerging artists: Natalie Tkachuk

WHY

Tkachuk has previously won the Nikon Discovery Award and has been shortlisted and had honourable mentions in many awards such as the Magenta Foundations Flash Forward and Sony World Photography Awards and has exhibited across London and the UK and in international art fairs.

WHAT 

Her recent body of work ‘Totems’ are constructed still life mechanical parts abstracted from their original purpose and functions becoming a collection of past technologies and a collection of the non-functional. The juxtaposition of these mechanical elements build a totemic sculptural object, suspended in space becoming a scale-less catalogue of the industrial past. They become an apparatus of the imagination inviting the viewer to place their own assumptions of what this post-apocalyptic bricolage might be.

WHEN AND WHERE 

 

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MORE!!

www.natalietkachuk.com

http://map12.info/?/Artists/Natalie-Tkachuk/

 

Introducing emerging artists: Marco Pereira

 

MARCO PEREIRA

WHO

Marco Pereira (b.1981) is a Portuguese photo artist based in London with a background in engineering and psychology finalised an MA in Photography from London college of Communication. He is currently working as commercial photographer and associate lecturer.

WHY

Beside exhibiting his work in UK, Norway and Portugal Marco has recently participated in a artist residency in a Portuguese convent where he worked on the Meditations series. He is also working in  a 3 year project working with a star trek inspired fan based group

WHAT 

Mediations were a series of ritual like performances while doing a residency in a old convent south of Portugal. Working between fact and fiction, real and fantasy. He has the desire to be convinced about his and others existence, of a hidden world a link between the existing reality and the possibility of another triggered by processes of deformation and formation.

 

WHEN AND WHERE 

Newark Park – 6th July to 18th  August and at  Cheltenham Gallery – 12th October to 6th November

 

MORE!!

http://www.marcopereira.co.uk/

marcopereira.tumblr.com/

www.saatchionline.com/profile/164141

 

 

 

Introducing emerging artists: Pablo Antolí

 

PABLO ANTOLÍ

WHO

Pablo Antolí is a London-based Mexican photographer and filmmaker interested in the creative tensions between the documentary and constructed image. Working across different formats, his work explores the themes of history, memory, and identity. He obtained a Master in Photography from the London College of Communication and since then he has been working on personal and commissioned projects in Europe and Mexico. Alongside to his image-maker practice, Pablo Antolí has also lectured and delivered workshops on photography and moving image.

Introducing emerging artists: Pablo Antolí

WHY

His Bachelors Degree dissertation, The Multimedia Photographic Documentary: An Investigation into How the Application of Semiotics and Design for New Media Can Repurpose a Photographic Documentary, has been published by Verlag Dr. Müller and he is contributor and photography editor at Los Hijos de la Malinche

WHAT

Pablo Antolí is now working  in a series of photographs that explore the interstitial urban space where Our Lady of Guadalupe shrines inhabit. The Urban Guadalupe project proposes the creation of an artist’s book consisting of a collection of photographs of Our Lady of Guadalupe in an Mexican urban context. Guadalupanas images in various forms inhabit interstitial spaces between public and private. The documentation of these virgins is motivated by the symbolic and historic importance of the Our Lady of Guadalupe as an image.

 

MORE!!

http://www.pabloantoli.com/

http://map12.info/?/Artists/Pablo-Antoli/

Introducing emerging artists: Simone Padelli

 

SIMONE PADELLI

WHO

Born in 1986, Simone Padelli, is an Italian photographer and artist. After his graduation from “Libera Accademia delle Belle Arti” of Florence in 2010, he became close to fashion photography working at Gucci in Florence. One year later, he decided to moved to London where he took a Master’s Degree at the London College of Communication in December. Now he works as a freelance photographer mainly fashion, architecture and design fields. He is collaborating with “LineaShow” photographic studio in Prato and he is about to create a CoWorking space in Florence together with other young professionals, photographers, designers and photo retouchers.

WHY

Beside his professional experiences, Simone’s work has been published in Harpes Bazaar magazine, and displayed in several solo and group exhibitions in UK and Italy. He developed different series of photographs  around the concept of “Sublime” in contemporary visual art, and the role of the “aesthetic experience  “.

WHAT 

In his pieces Simone researches the understanding of Art in the world.

Art is in the world. It is the skill to give shape to a concept. It is the puzzling experience that can transform reality into a metaphor.
It is a mixture of intuition and research of the artist, which facilitates the viewer to look  beyond the first glance.
Is a manifestation of beauty? Is art a manifestation of truth?
Surely, throughout history, art has been capable of creating a pleasurable experience even if it is revealing the terrible side of human nature; which is not a manifestation of beauty, but is dimly a representation of the sublime
.

 

MORE!!

http://www.simonepadelli.com/
Simone Padelli MAP 12

 

Introducing emerging artists: Sonja Trabandt

 

SONJA TRABANDT

WHO

Introducing emerging artists: Sonja Trabandt

Sonja Trabandt is german artist based in Berlin Germany. She was an honors student in Photo Design at the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam, Germany. Trabandt honed her skills working in documentary, portraiture, and fine art photography in Berlin, Cape Town, New York, and London. With the help of a scholarship from the DAAD, she attended the University of the Arts in London, graduating in 2012 with a Masters Degree in Photography

 

WHY

Her photographs have been exhibited in Berlin, Potsdam, Cape Town, New York and London. She was accepted for the very renomated scholarschip from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and currently published her book Unverbunden with works from 2005-2012 with einer-books in London. Her work was also published in Das Magazin, Monopol, Prestel/Randomhouse and Tokion Magazine New York.

WHAT

Through her work, she examines the strengths and weaknesses of human nature. By looking beyond a person’s up-bringing, beyond his or her cultural and social influences, she is able to depict the deeper motivations that make individuals who and what they are. In Sweet Rebellion she explores the joy of violence in contemporary capitalist democracies. What Trabandt wants to understand is the strange fascination with sweet rebellion.

WHEN AND WHERE

 Sonja Trabandt has just published an artist editon of her book Unverbunden with einer-books http://www.einer-books.com/sonja-trabandt.html

Sonja is also exhibiting this weekend (15th June) at ARTCONNECT
48 Stunden Neukölln
Boddinstraße 62
12053 Berlin

 

MORE!!

www.dunkelgrell.de
Sonja Trabandt MAP 12

Metro Land Exhibition
http://daadart.drupalgardens.com/users/sonja-trabandt/

Introducing emerging artists: Raul Rosillo

 

RAUL ROSILLO

WHO

Raul Rosillo is an Andalusian visual Artist & Creative, working in the medium of Film & Photography. Having originally studied Advertising and Public Relations at the University of Seville, he went on to attain a master’s degree in Creative Direction in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Raul specialised in Art Direction at Central Saint Martin’s in London.Raul currently freelances as an Art & Creative Director and Photographer & Filmmaker for fashion and advertising alongside his personal projects. Currently based in London, Raul has also worked in Buenos Aires, Madrid and New York.

WHY

Rosillo makes fashion films and photographies for fashion brands, which ranges from creation to production, controlling all the elements to create pristine results. Raul directs, photograph and edit his productions.
He has presented and exhibited at the Gallery of Madrid Magda Bellotti “LUZ” last september. LUZ is a fashion film with the design of Leandro Cano which was filmed in Granada. Its is based on his personal view of the mixture between Andalusia and fashion. Raul collaborates with Circulo Creativo London which is a information, co-working and contact platform for spanish creative in London. He has worked as a photographer for fashion week of New York, London and Madrid.
Now he is preparing an exhibition in London and in the south of Spain which would be an itinerant exhibition. The next month he will present some of his fashion films in South Cadiz, a spanish Summer Fashion Festival.

WHAT

His latest work have been “Veneration” a fashion film for Dresslab Magazine and “Quimera” inspired on a designer who makes typical flamenco dresses with a modern touch .
He is also doing portraits pictures where he relates people with different pieces that he creates for this specific project. A project where he manufactures the fashion pieces based on the personality of the model he is going to photograph.
He is preparing his next fashion film which would be something more cinematographic. It is going to involve young british designers and artists from different art fields.

MORE!!

WEB: www.raulrosillo.com
VIDEO CHANNEL: www.vimeo.com/channels/raulrosillo
PHOTO-DIARY: www.raulrosillo.tumblr.com

Introducing emerging artists: Federica Landi

 

 FEDERICA LANDI

WHO

Federica Landi is a young Italian artist working mainly in photography. In 2009 she graduated at the Academy of Fine Art of Florence and she recently finished a Master in fine art photography at London College of Communication.
Federica’s approach to photography ranges from experimental methods such as polaroid transfer, silver emulsion on wood, physical intervention on negatives, to digital photography. Her recent works investigate the ambiguous and sensuous relationship between spirituality and natural human decay.

 WHY

Besides participating in several group shows in Europe, USA and Uk, her work has been published by the online PhotoVogue Italy, and on-line magazines such as F-STOP and DUST. She is currently working as freelance curator and organizer of fine art exhibitions for the photographic agency Millennium Images.
Federica is also part of the art collective The Imaginary Beings, where she regularly collaborate and exhibit around Europe.

WHAT

In the project Res Extensa she explores the connections between the body and the space through traces of rituals, weather they are religious or simple and intimate daily actions. According to the philosopher Merleau-Ponty, both the surface of our body and the textures of the objects that surround us are part of a same ‘extended flesh’, where all the elements intertwine and remind each other.

The focus is here on the physical and cultural correspondences between body and space. The bodily quality of the religious space, as place constantly marked by bodies that perform and repeat rituals over and over again echoes the spatial quality of our skin, a surface that ‘records’ the signs of our daily rituals such waking up, making love, undressing, praying, etc…

Rituality’ within Res Extensa is understood as a specific sign and quality of time; a circular time which manifests itself through repetitive actions and concerns itself with the perishable fragmentary natures which connect the body and space.
The photo camera freezes and magnifies these ephemeral marks, showing how both the body and the space work as the others canvas.

MORE!!

www.federicalandi.com
Ferderica Landi MAP 12

Introducing emerging artists: Anai Tirado

 

ANAI TIRADO MIRANDA

WHO

Anaí Tirado Miranda is a Mexican artist who graduated last year with an  MA Photography from  the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. In 2010 she finished a BA Visual Arts at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Her practice includes photography, wood engraving and drawing. In her work she interacts with her surroundings and subjects to understand the traces of reality and the stories that allow the viewer to observe and interpret; she also investigates the boundaries of human interaction and the power of the Artist’s role.

Introducing emerging artists: Anai Tirado

WHY

Besides from participating in several group exhibitions in Mexico and in her graduation show in November, A Forming State; she took part in the  Metroland exhibition, featured in the Inside Out Festival in London. In March this year, her series Untitled lifts was published by the online magazine #Photography. She is currently starting a collective in Mexico with other visual artists which impulses an artistic vision with contemporary concepts into a more commercial platform.

WHAT

The series After Sleeping works as an excuse for her to approach her neighbours and invade their personal space and private lives. In this project, Anaí takes the role of a voyeur and transforms these images into her personal trophy. Through the series she questions the power of the camera as a motor to invade the intimacy of the photographed subjects.


She is currently living in Mexico City and working on a new project that approaches the subject of the family. An artistic, cultural, sociological and physiological study of the Mexican family: the links between its members and how these present themselves on the photographic image

MORE!!

www.anaitirado.com

http://map12.info/?/Artists/Anai-Tirado/

Introducing emerging artists: Marian Alonso Perez

MARIAN ALONSO PEREZ

WHO

Spanish born Marian Alonso Pérez studied photography in Barcelona at Institut d’Estudis Fotografics de Catalunya (2001). In 2003, she moved to London where she now lives and woks. Her current fine art practice examines how corporate space is constructed, restricted and assimilated into daily routine. Her most recent work has been shortlisted for the Sproxton Photography Award in association with the London College of Communication, where she has just completed her master’s in fine art photography.

WHY

In 2006, Alonso won the ARCO Photography Award, which involved working on a collaborative project supported by the Spanish Arts & Culture Department. Her work has been shown in the UK and Europe in solo and group exhibitions at galleries like Campbell Works and Kowasa. She was also awarded a residency at Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya (2002) where she investigated new methods of mixing traditional photographic techniques with emerging digital technologies. Alonso has collaborated with artists such as Neville Gabie, Kata Halasz and documented Rosa Rodriguez’s two year-long multidisciplinary project supported by Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas de Mexico.  She is also featured in Katie Kelly’s Pillow Book published by the Erotic Print Society, 2008.

WHAT

Action 9, Axis  examines how corporate space is constructed, restricted and assimilated into daily routine – to order and potentially control its inhabitants. Through small acts of intervention it aims to bring into question a broader concern with the politics of space, consumption, observation and domination.

MORE!!

www.marianalonso.com
http://smallactsofintervention.com
info@smallactsofintervention.com
http://map12.info/

Video credits: Gary Cohen.