Barnaby Sax

Being a descendant of a family of filmmakers, Barnaby Sax grew up on and around films sets all of his life. All that exposure has without a doubt motivated his compositional and observational style. He starts by meticulously arranging and photographing scenes, which are then uploaded and extensively edited. Finally being perfected in several maquette stages of painting and coloration in preparation for the full size oil painted version, in all of its glory. His tendency to use valiant slabs of colour could also be traced back in much the same manner, to a life in Africa as a British kid. Although now, Barnaby is very much rooted in London, citing the city’s calculated and clinical personality as finding expression in quite a bit of his work.

As a collective Barnaby’s work could be considered inconsiderate, but upon further inspection there is an uncomfortable sensation derived from the inability to label or categorise what we see. This is particularly relevant in a current society where we seek to classify everything in order to deduce and comprehend it. A lot of his work has its foundations in the photo-realism of the late 20th century, yet here he deliberately skews the sense of realism to jar the viewer’s perception. Barnaby compares his own work in essence to an artistic elaboration on Sigmund Freud’s “The Uncanny”. Which for those of you who don’t know, details an instance of where something can be familiar yet foreign at the same time, resulting in a feeling of being uncomfortably strange.

His work is almost a wunderkammer (a cabernet of curiosities); you never quite know what’s going to pop up next. The motif of masking something tangible, plays with the idea of creating an additional exterior to something identifiable versus decoration as a craft, all of which Barnaby tests in his explorations of art.

You can also check out Barnaby’s work on-

http://www.emergegallery.co.uk/barnaby-sax.php

 

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.

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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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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

 

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

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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.

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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

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www.anaitirado.com

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

bare pale

It’s amazing where a little bit of tech know how can get you, and for young London based band Bare Pale, it looks like infinity and beyond. About a year ago, Matthew (guitar and lead vocals) made tentative steps onto soundcloud. Following an early onslaught of praise and recognition from a slew of music bloggers, the band compounded into what it is today.

Matthew was joined by childhood friends Harry (drums) and Joe C (bass and vocals) to form a holy trinity. Their music comes together somewhat naturally, and has to fit in around already busy schedules. However, after a year of gigging and jamming, bare pale are finally set to release an EP towards the end of this year.

It’s difficult to put a finger on Bare Pale’s sound. Messy riffs and catchy beats bolster the delicate and melodious lyrics: the kind of music you hope is played at the end of the evening, and is often pulled into soundtracks for big-budget indie films. This melancholic slush is remarkably easy listening, filling the gap for weekend afternoon sounds. They quote Bloody Valentine, Dinosaur Jr., and Pavement as inspiration, but their novel out-of-this-world sound is unlike any other, likened by one blog to ‘the xx played through a marshmallow’.

This particular brand of ‘fuzz’ is currently based in Harry’s basement; bare pale are currently looking to broaden their horizons by stepping out of Londontown and going a little further afield, available for gigs in the UK. Their tracks are currently available for download here, and make sure to follow them via their facebook page.