Shahane Hakobyan

Shahane Hakobyan is an image and print maker based out of London. She has recently graduated from the London College of Communication, where she obtained a BA in Graphic and Media Design Illustration.

Shahane’s work is inspired by the people and cultural situations she relates back to her travels: the processes she works in, the merging of her thoughts with her movements, as well as abstract expressionist/expressionist artists that have inspired her. She has had the experience that many don’t have from a young age – She’s moved around from Armenia to St. Petersburg to Paris and Dubai. All of her travels are what define the majority of her work.

“‘Sleep Paralysis’ is a series of images representing the artists’ own personal experience of the phenomenon, the internal struggles, the psychological strains, and the horrifying ghostly presences which roam around the time of sleep. A second series of photographs are taken using models who resemble the artist, touching upon a theory by anthropologist Michael Winkelman. Winkelman suggests that we are predisposed to see human like spirits because our minds are accustomed to perceiving the world as having qualities like ourselves. Thus the terror and fear of being trapped inside our own bodies is only explained to ourselves, in our own minds, as that of a Stranger, an outside figure, in most cases a spirit.”  These photographs represent a great emotional ordeal within the artist’s practice, expressing the core of her practice as well as what emotionally drives her, herself, within her work. The photographs twist and turn and reflect, allowing the audience to create an emotional response with the artist and to engage within her work.

To view more of Shahane’s work, visit her website here – http://cargocollective.com/shahane

Sarah Dimech

Sarah Dimech is an artist based out of London. She has recently graduated from the London College of Communication with a BA in Graphic and Media Design with a pathway in illustration.

Sarah’s work predominately revolves around found imagery and objects. The artist takes inspiration from these artifacts, using their narrative to intersect her own. In working with found imagery, the artist enjoys the physicality of them, using them as a process of engagement with objects and images that hold memory. Sarah believes in the ancient Indian idea that everything already exists, thus we cannot create or invent, but only rediscover. In following this belief, the artist uses found objects and imagery in a new context, playing with the meaning and tapping into the emotional resonances such objects evoke.

Sarah’s sketchbook is a great representation of how these ideas make way into her practice. The work is completely transformed and reconfigured – Shapes taking the forms of what once were portraits of people, precise patterns contributing to these portraits – Sarah recreates each found image as her own.

To check out more of Sarah’s work, visit her website here – http://www.svpdimech.com/

Jinzhen Liang

Jinzhen Liang is a London-based illustrator specialising in fashion illustration and textile print. Jinzhen recently graduated from the London College of Communication with a BA in Graphic and Media Design, pathway into illustration.

Jinzhen’s illustrations are haunting, yet intriguing. Inspired by the artists’ surroundings, Jinzhen creates dream-like, stoic figures wrapped around complex shapes and patterns. The artists’ passion for fashion illustration is apparent, evident in figures themselves – The artist explains, “Due to my own passion to fashion, I prefer to add fashion elements into portrait drawings to produce works that can express my feeling to the fashion world.”

To view more of Jinzhen Liang’s work, check out the artist’s website here – http://cargocollective.com/liangjinzhen

Ines Neto Dos Santos

Ines Neto Dos Santos is an artist based out of London. She has recently graduated from the BA Graphic and Media Design course with a pathway in illustration from the London College of Communication.

Ines’ work focuses deeply on physical spaces and her relationship to them – In doing so, her practice becomes a type of therapy for the artist, guiding and paving the way for her work. Despite studying a pathway into illustration on her course, Ines’ work takes other methods into her practice, as well, be they photography, video, painting, or sewing. She doesn’t allow her practice to dictate her work, but rather, her work to dictate her practice – There are no filters or rules to her work.

In her ‘Space // Movement’ series/book, the artist spent a year with four London-based dancers who collaborated with her to create this project. The artist explains that, “Space // Movement has been an almost year-long project, aiming to explore 3-D negative and positive space through movement and the body. A collaboration with four London-based dancers, Anna-Lise Marie Hearn, Kathy Richardson, Lizzie J Klotz and Yasmin Sas. The four dancers have a very particular space-body awareness, thus working with them to understand these abstract, impalpable notions was fundamental for the project. Throughout it, there was an incessant search for the physical representation of movement – through mark-making, rather than film or photography. By using drawing materials attached to their bodies, the dancers produce an image – a drawing of movement, evidence of a moment in time.”

 

To check out more of Ines’ work, visit her website here – http://ines-ns.com/

– Killian

Lijia Tang

Lijia Tang is an illustrator, image maker, and pattern designer based out of London. Recently, Lijia has graduated from the BA Graphic and Media Design course at the London College of Communication, with a pathway in illustration.

Lijia’s designs are very elaborate, intricate and colourful. The artist describes her work as being very influenced by her native Chinese heritage, as well as her love of animals and nature – This can be seen in her reoccurring imagery, depicting fictitious, fragmented creatures that the artist creates.

The artist has also been able to successfully transfer over her designs to a more commercial output, with the creation of her silk scarves series. These mirroring, complex designs work well with the silk fabric she chooses to print them on, creating an effortless, elegant approach.

Lijia’s ‘Kings’ series is a great example of how all of the artists’ interests and skills come together well. Based off of her interest in her Chinese heritage, this project was formed off of the kings of the Qin Dynasty in China. Using different animals to depict each king/queen of the dynasty, Lijia uses each animal and elaborate pattern to represent each figure’s history. The portraits in turn are mesmerising.
Check out more of Lijia Tang’s work here – http://cargocollective.com/lijiatang

– Killian

 

 

Marializa Kambi

Marializa Kambi is currently undertaking a BA in Graphic and Media Design at the London College of Communication.

Marializa’s work is a blend of mixed media including but not limited to painting, screen printing, typography, photography, and illustration. In using these mediums, her artwork crosses the lines between what can be considered Fine Art and Print. The artist chooses her mediums based off of the image she is trying to evoke – Typography to accent characteristics, illustrations to accent emotions..The list goes on. By not limiting herself to one specific medium or even just to one specific style within her work, Marializa continues to constantly evoke a freshness and an innovative approach to her ideas.

To see more of Marializa’s work, as well as work in progress and her inspirations, check out her blog here – http://marializakambi.tumblr.com/

 

– Killian

(Images courtesy of Marializa Kambi)

THE LAST ARTIST OF THE WEEK 05/11/2012: Sara Moralo

THE LAST ARTIST OF THE WEEK

WEEK  05/11/2012

WHO

Sara Moralo (1984) is a Spanish artist based in London, who mostly works with photography and video. In 2007 she graduated from her BA degree in Audiovisual Communication at Complutense University of Madrid, where she received the Scholarship of Excellent Academic Progress during two consecutive years. She is currently completing an MA in Fine Art Photography at the London College of Communication.

THE LAST ARTIST OF THE WEEK 05/11/2012: Sara MoraloPhotograph by Polo Villaseñor

WHY

Sara has exhibited her work in several solo and group shows in her homeland, Spain, and her latest work “At twelve s/he cut hir hair” will be on display at the MA Photography Final Exhibition, “A Forming State”, at the London College of Communication in November.

Because of her background in cinema and photography, Sara has worked as assistant director and creative consultant in the filming of the documentary “Born Naked” by Andrea Esteban. She has also been the videographer of the visuals for Olof Dreijer (member of The Knife) and Mar Ritt’s 2011 tour.

WHAT

“At twelve s/he cut hir hair” intends to explore new possibilities of gender construction and the shaping of identities. Through the parallel use of childhood and current images of three female to male transgender subjects – Charlie, CN and Lysander –, the work aims to create a narrative that examines the concepts of masculinity and femininity, and the infinite liminal spaces between these two notions.

By exploring the gender identities of the subjects as processes of construction, this project seeks to portray the performativity and fluidity of gender; and it opens up wider ways of understanding gender beyond the binary concept of male and female.

WHEN AND WHERE You can see her work  at:

The London College of Communication Final Exhibition, A Forming State. Private View: Monday 19 November 2012, 16:00 to 21:00. Opening Times: 14-23 November 2012,10:00 to 18:00 London College of Communication.SE1 6SB

MORE !

http://saramoralo.tk/

http://map12.info/(NOVEMBER EXHIBITION) 

http://www.gola.co.uk/borninbritain/the-event-of-the-year-final-exhibition-ma-photography-lcc/ (NOVEMBER EXHIBITION)

 

THE ARTIST OF THE WEEK 02/11/2012: Karolina Maria Dudek

 

 

THE ARTIST OF THE WEEK

WEEK  02/11/2012

WHO

Karolina Maria Dudek is a Polish artist born in 1983, lives and works in London. She graduated in BA Photography from Camberwell College of Arts in 2008 and actually completing her MA Degree at London College of Communication. Her artistic practice combines photography, video, installation and site-specific work. 

THE ARTIST OF THE WEEK 02/11/2012: Karolina Maria Dudek

WHY

Beside exhibiting her work during  InsideOut Festival and Photomonth London, Karolina has exhibited her pieces in several solo and group shows in UK, Europe and Asia. She has also participated in different artist residencies; The first one in her home town Krakow invited by Theatre Nowy’s Art Gallery (2009) and another one this summer  invited by Sunhoo (China) Industrial and Design Innovation Park, where she also gave a lecture about her practise at Academy of Arts in Zhejiang. For several years, she has been regularly involved with Silent Room nonprofit gallery as a photography curator. 

WHAT

The Grey Brick is a video and sound installation that juxtapose coexistence of the land and the human that exhilarates and consumes each other. Zheijang is one of the most industrial areas of China and at the same time one of the richest in natural parks, forests and lakes. For the last few decades there has been growing industrialization, the area is under continuous construction, changing its green landscape into rows of concrete. Behind all these changes stands the working man whose situation reminds the same.

Her video work The Grey Bricks is a story about rapidly changing land and the people who make that change possible; Local people, two friends, who run a small factory with their families and who have lived in the area for a very long time. Every day they work long hours making grey bricks.

WHEN AND WHERE

You can see her work  at:

The London College of Communication Final Exhibition, A Forming State. Private View: Monday 19 November 2012, 16:00 to 21:00. Opening Times: 14-23 November 2012,10:00 to 18:00 London College of Communication.SE1 6SB

MORE !

http://www.karolinamariadudek.com/

http://map12.info/ (NOVEMBER EXHIBITION) 

http://www.gola.co.uk/borninbritain/the-event-of-the-year-final-exhibition-ma-photography-lcc/ (NOVEMBER EXHIBITION)

THE LAST ARTIST OF THE WEEK !

Sara Moralo

THE ARTIST OF THE WEEK 29/10/2012: Bianca Salvo

THE ARTIST OF THE WEEK

WEEK  29/10/2012

WHO

Bianca Salvo (1986) is an Italian visual artist based in London. In 2010 she graduated from her BA in Visual Arts and Photography at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan, Italy, and she is currently about to finish a MA in Photography at London College of Communication at The University of Arts of London. Her visual research questions the experience of human life and its transience, the inescapable passage of time and the contingency of our nature, and the dialogue between preservation and destruction of existent realities constitutes the core of her work.

THE ARTIST OF THE WEEK 29/10/2012: Bianca Salvo

WHY

Beside exhibiting her last creation,  The only records of our ancestors are in their fossils,  in one of the most important art fairs, The Contemporary Art Fair Miami Art Basel, Bianca will also take part of A Forming State, the final show of this year MA photography graduates. This piece has also been publish by the  Art and Science Journal in Canada.  Last year Bianca exhibited her pieces during the Image Art Fair in Milan 2011 and she also won the First Prize of Premio Celeste. In 2010 she was selected as semi finalist for the Up and Coming category of Hasselblad Master. 

WHAT

Exploring the correspondences between science and art, The only records of our ancestors are in their fossils,  explores the dynamic interaction between creation, preservation and destruction, and the struggling between primitivism and civilization. 

Embracing a series of combined practices, from collage to physical procedures and interventions on the photographic surface, the whole work has to be consider like the transfer of a physical experiment into the picture context with the aim of rediscovering the flaw that characterized human species as and revealing the primitive and visceral nature to which we all belong. 

Suggesting implications for the past, the present and the future of a mankind involved in the accomplishment of eternal endurance, the series eludes to the petrified, preserved, and permanent impression of the fossils as a challenge to human temporal registers

WHEN AND WHERE

You can see her work  at:

The London College of Communication Final Exhibition, A Forming State. Private View: Monday 19 November 2012, 16:00 to 21:00. Opening Times: 14-23 November 2012,10:00 to 18:00 London College of Communication.SE1 6SB 

Art Basel Miami , The End, Private View: Wednesday 5 December 2012. Opening Times: 5 December 2012- 08 December 2012 Miami-Beach Regional Library, 227 22nd Street Miami Beach, Florida 33139

MORE !

http://www.biancasalvo.com/ 

http://www.artandsciencejournal.com/tagged/bianca-salvo

http://map12.info/ (NOVEMBER EXHIBITION)

http://www.gola.co.uk/borninbritain/the-event-of-the-year-final-exhibition-ma-photography-lcc/ (NOVEMBER EXHIBITION)

THE ARTIST OF NEXT WEEK

Karolina Maria Dudek

THE ARTIST OF THE WEEK 22/10/2012: Marcelo Deguchi

THE ARTIST OF THE WEEK

WEEK  22/10/2012

WHO

Marcelo Deguchi (1986) is a Brazilian photographer based in London. He obtained a BA degree in Graphic Design in 2009 from the Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná and is currently about to finish his MA Photography at the London College of Communication (University of the Arts London). He will also take part of the London College of Communication Masters in Photography final Show, A Forming State, this November.

WHY

Beside  participating in several group shows in his hometown, Curitiba, his work has been published by the on-line magazine Ideafixa and he is currently co-curator in INTENTO;  An on-line platform showcasing collaborative work and displaying international emerging artists.  

WHAT

Marcelo’s project entitled ‘Monuments for a Season’ depicts sites in which he has gone and intervened by constructing monuments. Marcelo’s work investigates perceptions on landscape by creating a dialogue between space and time. A game on how meanings are constructed by and linked to our perception. The monuments, which here could be read as simple grids made of strings or the final framed photographic objects – give hints of a passing of time that will subdue and overcome any previous constructed and historical meanings.

WHEN AND WHERE

You can see his work  at:

The London College of Communication Final Exhibition, A Forming State. Private View: Monday 19 November 2012, 16:00 to 21:00. Opening Times: 14-23 November 2012,10:00 to 18:00 London College of Communication.SE1 6SB

MORE !

http://www.marcelodeguchi.com/

http://map12.info/ (NOVEMBER EXHIBITION)

http://www.gola.co.uk/borninbritain/the-event-of-the-year-final-exhibition-ma-photography-lcc/ (NOVEMBER EXHIBITION)

THE ARTIST OF NEXT WEEK

Bianca Salvo

THE ARTIST OF THE WEEK 15/10/2012: Natacha Withøft

THE ARTIST OF THE WEEK

WEEK  08/10/2012

WHO

Natacha Withøft (1982) is a Danish artist based in London. Natacha lived and studied abroad in Madrid before moving to Devon to train as an Art and Photography teacher. She is currently completing an MA in Photography at the London College of Communication.

WHY

Natacha’s work focuses on the recent renewed interest in analogue photography and was exhibited earlier this year as part of the Analogue East group show at The Old Dentist’s in London.Her current work, The Analogue World of J. Birkett and others, will be on display at the MAP 12 exhibition at the London College of Communication in November.

Natacha received a Post Graduate Certificate in Secondary Art & Design Education from the University of Plymouth and has successfully taught A-Level Fine Art Photography for several years, encouraging her students to experiment with a mixture of traditional analogue processes and digital media.

WHAT

The Analogue World of J. Birkett and others is a collection of photographs taken in analogue and repair shops across England and Denmark. Concerned with the idea that materiality is disappearing from an increasingly digital world, her found still life images selectively focus on everyday microdetails and textures that are usually overlooked; worn edges and utilitarian objects marked with the patina of use.

WHEN AND WHERE

Her work will be on display at:

The London College of Communication Final Exhibition, A Forming State. Private View: Monday 19 November 2012, 16:00 to 21:00. Opening Times: 14-23 November 2012,10:00 to 18:00 London College of Communication.SE1 6SB

 

MORE !

www.natachawithoft.com

http://map12.info/ (NOVEMBER EXHIBITION)

http://www.gola.co.uk/borninbritain/the-event-of-the-year-final-exhibition-ma-photography-lcc/ (NOVEMBER EXHIBITION)

 

THE ARTIST OF NEXT WEEK

Marcelo Deguchi

THE ARTIST OF THE WEEK 08/10/2012: Song Nian

THE ARTIST OF THE WEEK

WEEK  08/10/2012

WHO

Song-Nian ANG (1983) is a Singaporean artist based in London. He finished his BA Photography at the Camberwell College of the Arts in 2011 where he received the International Graduate Scholarship to pursue his studies through a Masters in Photography course at the London College of Communication.
His photographs confront what we usually do not notice, places and spaces half-remembered, half forgotten; influenced and shaped by human presence.

WHY

Besides being awarded with the International Graduate Scholarship, Song has also won the  photography prize in the Noise Singapore competition in 2012, and his works have been exhibited widely as part of several major art events such as Photo Espana 2012, Sovereign Asian Art Prize 2011,  eCREA Emergent Lleida Festival 2010, Singapore International Photography Festival 2010 and the Singapore Art Exhibition in 2009. 

WHAT

His project “Many Detours : Washed-out & Interrupted”,  depicts sites of human occupancy, yet all human presence is erased from the images. Raising questions about the impact of human beings on the environment and the landscapes we occupy.

Underlining presence with absence, Song  portraits  the human occupants of the house and self-centred life they lead. Stemming from a fascination with the image we project or the spaces we inhabit, whose meaning is tied to human motives and behaviours.

WHEN AND WHERE

You can see his work  at:

The London College of Communication Final Exhibition, A Forming State. Private View: Monday 19 November 2012, 16:00 to 21:00. Opening Times: 14-23 November 2012,10:00 to 18:00 London College of Communication.SE1 6SB

 

MORE !

angsongnian.com

http://map12.info/ (NOVEMBER EXHIBITION)

http://www.gola.co.uk/borninbritain/the-event-of-the-year-final-exhibition-ma-photography-lcc/ (NOVEMBER EXHIBITION)

 

THE ARTIST OF NEXT WEEK

Natacha Withøft