Adam Black is a happy-go-lucky 18-year-old, just starting art school but already reaching notoriety for his enlivening bold and poppy work which as featured on t-shirts he has designed, gig posters and much more! Definitely reminiscent of the Cape Town sunshine he grew up in and now Nottingham based, his work touches upon the clear political and socio-economic undercurrents in both the South African and the UK landscapes.
Think: ‘Whut!?’ ‘Arms’, ‘Life’ to name a few slogan-like texts which lie sprawled, in funky letters across drawings, paintings and increasingly digital and collage work. It is hard not to like. Like, it is hard not to like this scanned piece of ham. Adam works very quickly and points out various family members painted in his recognisable but perhaps unflattering style, seemingly always armed with drawing materials! Paintings are light hearted and slightly satyrical and the film photographs very sincere and documentary-like, collage work perhaps playing lightly between the two.
Check out Adam’s website at www.adamtblack.com, tumblr – letsadamblack.tumblr.com and follow him on Facebook at for new work and updates,
(All images copyright to Adam Black)
Vittorio Ciccarelli is an Italian artist, born in Naples in 1980, who currently lives and works in Aversa. His projects range from unusual to spectacular, always involving multiple layers. Ciccarelli enjoys playing with everyday objects such as paper, books, bubble wrap and pill wraps, decontextualizing them and offering them a new vision.
His first project ‘Bookmark’ is intended to be slightly ironic, combining two different eras: old and new. In that sense bubble wrap is juxtaposed over a picture of an old Renaissance painting. There is a playful twist on the hidden identity of the woman in the tableau, almost as if she were to attend a bal masqué, with a modern pill package over her eyes instead of the traditional feathered mask. The underlying theme of identity is explored throughout the series as she keeps hiding herself under a butter knife, bubble wrap or even a patterned window that only allow for colours and shapes to emerge out of a blurry vision.
Ciccarelli’s second project, ‘Amabili Resti’, is slightly more deep, visualizing the ‘sense of beautiful things, lost or forgotten, and later found’. Only fragments of portraits are shown, such as a torn picture or a square which represents an eye. Again, themes of lost identity and beauty resurface through Ciccarelli’s projects, reflecting on what needs to be seen and what needs to remain hidden from the public eye; an accurate portrayal of beauty back in the time.
Abstract paintings and collages, portraying delicate tonal variations and harmonic geometrical compositions form central part of Claire Simpson’s portfolio of urban observations. Claire is a recent graduate of Edinburgh College of Art, where she received her BA in Drawing and Painting.
She investigates the built environment and transforms her observations into fundamental shapes and geometry. She picks existing places or architectural details and creates a geometrical response, which results in an appealing graphic image with recognizable elements that guide you through the artwork. Her works represent a sensitive combination of spatial qualities and flattened surface. I like looking at her well-executed artworks, perceiving this abstract imagery as a key to person’s unique world view.
“Inspired by the phenomenon of the urban experience, I experiment in bringing what we see from outside into a context where its existence is appreciated more. Attracted by the basic shapes of buildings I break down forms to their simplest state and juxtapose them. Pure geometry has a presence and I choose to play with this possibility, experimenting with the understanding of aesthetics through color and shape.”
Her recent exhibitions include 74² in Whitespace gallery and RSA New Conteporaries 2013.
To find out more check out her website www.claire-simpson.co.uk
Ana Marquis is a recent BA Graphic Design graduate from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design based out of London.
Despite obtaining a BA Degree in Graphic Design, Ana considers herself a multi-disciplinary artist, and is also interested in illustration and animation as well as graphic design. One of her more known techniques is through her use of collage and montage, creating surreal, dada-esque imagery.
For her most recently-noted series of work, Ana gained inspiration from her dissertation research, involving multiple forms of relationships between Man and Technology. Her work became her way of deciphering all of this information needed for her dissertation, allowing her to understand these concepts more in depth. Questions such as, “How did technology come to change the way we act, think, touch, see, feel, and live?”, “How did it disconnect us from our ‘natural’ senses and natural surroundings?”, “How did it bring us a brand new technological world where we can have a disembodied existence, where we can connect with other cyber beings from all around the corners of the world?” – She answered these complex questions through her artwork.
To find out more about Ana’s work, feel free to visit her Website, here.
(All imagery courtesy of Ana Marquis)