“Languor” by Photographer Donavon Smallwood

New York-based photographer Donavon Smallwood’s recent series, “Languor,” considers the poetic and allegorical links between Black people and nature. Weaving together portraits and landscapes taken throughout New York City’s Central Park, the serenity found in Smallwood’s photographs exists in contrast with Central Park’s dark history of land acquisition, during which an entire community of landowning African-Americans was stripped of their property and homes through the City’s use of eminent domain.  Existing within the context of this harsh history, Smallwood’s portraits offer a reprieve from the surrounding chaos. As he explains,…

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Elegant Figures Inhabit the Surreal Dreamworlds of Thanh Nhàn Nguyễn’s Sublime Illustrations

 Illustration #digital #nature January 20, 2021 Grace Ebert “Season of silence.” All images © Thanh Nhàn Nguyễn, shared with permission Populated with low clouds, oversized peonies, and birds covered in fish scales, Thanh Nhàn Nguyễn‘s dreamscapes merge fantasy and tradition in a celebration of Vietnamese culture. In his series, Season of Life, the artist digitally renders demure figures who wear áo dài, a long, split gown that’s tied to ideas of feminine beauty. The women are enveloped by the magical environment and depicted with pale tendrils grasping their ankles…

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Surreal Scenes and Pixelation Overlay Vintage Artworks in Hybrid Oil Paintings by André Schulze

 Art #found photographs #oil painting #painting #surreal January 20, 2021 Grace Ebert All images courtesy of Paradigm Gallery André Schulze scours dusty thrift store bins and private advertisements for vintage paintings and photographs created in the first half of the 20th Century. The German artist restores the found artworks and then dramatically alters them by working directly on the canvas, layering each rendering with boldly new scenes: a stodgy bookworm finds himself in a sea of fish, an elderly woman peers out her window only to see a neighboring…

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A Short Film Chronicles Mural Fest Kosovo, Void Projects’ Initiative to Infuse a War-Torn City with Public Art

 Art #Kosovo #mural #public art #street art #video January 20, 2021 Grace Ebert  “At that time it wasn’t easy for me to be in the public with my camera because the country was very sensitive to reporters like me,” photojournalist Hazir Reka tells a group of muralists. “Being in the public with a camera was no different to being in public with a weapon because of how much it could affect reality.” Reka’s referring to a tumultuous time in Kosovo’s history when the region was in the midst…

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