Favorite Projects: 7-13 September

Image: Ubiquitous Streetscape by Yu Xie

Published 07th Sep 2020, Written by veronica

Time for this week’s favorite projects, including 3D, paintings, and mixed media works. Scroll down and enjoy the selection!

Featured projects by Maria Makridis, Yu Xie, Whitney Flores, Ben Meyer, and Freya Pryce.

Also see: this week’s selected opportunities.

Favorite Projects: 7-13 September

The Relation Between Photography, the Virtual and What We Consider as Reality

by Maria Makridis

About the project 

There is a common fear of technology that holds an increasingly larger place in our lives, while at the same time we are dependent on our electronic devices. I have made several reconstructions of self-portraits as a starting point. The reconstructions show how we are becoming a technological creature, and to what extent we can we replicated. This work is an ode to the perfection as well as to the imperfections of technology, and to the everlasting attempt of mankind replicating all the natural.

The video captured the installation that was shown at the exhibition. The sculpture is actually a 3D-printed self-portrait which consist of 30 photos. The model is exactly what the computer generates when putting the photos together. On the model, I projected a video of myself, which gives the inanimate a sudden uncanny feeling. While the other works give the impression that technology strives for perfection, this work does the complete opposite. By doing this, I want to question the perfection as well as the imperfections of technology, and how man slowly transforms into a digital being.’

About the artist 

In 2018, Maria Makridis received her BA in Photography from University of the Arts Utrecht, Netherlands. In the third year of the course she completed a traineeship at visual artist Felicity Hammond in London. After which, she decided to pursue the MA Photography at London College of Communication. Her graduation project ‘Everything I see is true’ was awarded the Mercers’ Art Award and the Photoworks mentorship award. Makridis has been  part of several exhibitions in Netherlands and London.

Favorite Projects: 7-13 September

Ubiquitous Streetscape

by Yu Xie

About the project 

The work was created during the epidemic period. Through the deconstruction of the urban landscape, a familiar and unfamiliar scene was created. The superposition and connection of various symbols were used to arouse the viewer’s imagination of individuals and urban objects. Therefore, we can think about the relationship between individuals and groups, and the relationship between objects and space. It doesn’t have any direction, it just tries to lead the viewer to think again about the way of life and how it will change in the future.

About the artist 

Yu Xie recieved their bachelor’s degree at Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and is currently studying photography at The Glasgow School of Art.

Favorite Projects: 7-13 September

Divination

by Whitney Flores

About the project

An ongoing experimental art project and way to connect with an audience through divination. So far the project has taken place on Instagram, but can be expanded to whomever chooses to participate via email. The participant asks a question and the artist will create a small piece of work using fire and other materials, and it is up the asker to interpret the resulting abstract image and how it will guide them.

About the artist 

Whitney Flores (b. 1986) is based in Düsseldorf and works with a variety of mediums, mostly found objects and experimental paintings. The subject matter of each work determines the materials and forms that are used to create them. She holds a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from Columbia College and a Master of Art History from Henrich Heine Universität.

Favorite Projects: 7-13 September

Tyler

by Ben Meyer

About the project 

This is a mix of several layered and mixed paintings, inspired by the style of Basquiat. Among the depicted motifs are Tyler, the Creator, and “Jane Fonda’s Workout”, 1982.

Size: 70 H x 50 W x 2 cm

About the artist 

Ben Meyer lives and works in Berlin. His works are currently in private collections in USA, Canada, United Arab Emirates, Australia, Great Britain, the Netherlands and Germany. He holds a Diploma in Product Design from HfG Karlsruhe 2018 with a minor in Media Art.

Favorite Projects: 7-13 September
Favorite Projects: 7-13 September
Favorite Projects: 7-13 September

The Place

by Freya Pryce

About the project 

Psychogeography, the effect of a space on a person’s behaviour, is the main influence of this work. The images lose their existing sense of place and come together to form a new one for the viewer to decipher. When laser printed on black paper the images are dependent on light to be further abstracted or to be able to be seen as a clearer image. The viewer is forced to move in the space to view the image, creating a psychogeographic experience within the gallery space.

About the artist

Freya Pryce is currently working with analog photography practices with the themes of wandering, sense of place and psychogeography. She wanders through spaces, photographing what she’s drawn to whether that be buildings, ripples in the beach or creases in the bed sheets, then she brings those photographs together to corrupt and work off each other to create a new sense of place.

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