Al Johnson – Room of Wonders

Al Johnson, 2014, Cousin Mary

“Cousin Mary” by Al Johnson Art 2014
20″ x 7.5″ mixed media on Masonite
private collection, inspired by John Coltrane

Expressionism corresponds to a basic need: to express themselves and communicate in their own language and chromaticity, in its own universe of emotions, thoughts and perceptions. Expressionism is an outward effort to explain the world and to understand himself in it. Expressionism is as Jazz a sense of the zeitgeist. For this reason, Expressionism will never be out of fashion, but sometimes more, sometimes less popular.

The New York artist Al Johnson describes himself as an Expressionist, rightly. And he has a visual language that speaks of joy of life, colorful visions and vestigial roots.

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Peter Lippmann

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Peter Lippmann is an American-born photographer who has worked in Paris for the past twenty-five years. Lippmann specializes in still life, advertising, magazine work, food, and trompe l’oeil. His clients include Marie Claire, Cartier Art Magazine, NY Times Magazine, The Sunday Times, Le Figaro, Cartier, Audemars Piguet, Fürterer, SFR, SNCF, Christian Louboutin and many more. For several years he worked for Christian Louboutin’s annual look book, and it is wonderful to look at. Satire, delicately humor, ingenuity and great implementing force are characteristic of his work.

A very interesting variant of photography opens in the balance between art and advertising. And Peter Lippmann is one of the masters of this manifestation.

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The beautiful Book of Kells

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The Book of Kells (Irish: Leabhar Cheanannais) (Dublin, Trinity College Library, MS A. I. (58), sometimes known as the Book of Columba) is an illuminated manuscript Gospel book in Latin, containing the four Gospels of the New Testament together with various prefatory texts and tables. It was created by Celtic monks ca. 800 or slightly earlier. The text of the Gospels is largely drawn from the Vulgate, although it also includes several passages drawn from the earlier versions of the Bible known as the Vetus Latina. It is a masterwork of Western calligraphy and represents the pinnacle of Insular illumination. It is also widely regarded as Ireland’s finest national treasure.

The  “Leabhar Cheanannais” – Book of Kells – is one of the most beautiful medieval books in the world, a peace of Early Medieval Europe. And it’s the most spectacular of a group of manuscripts created in Ireland and northern Britain between the seventh and tenth centuries, a period when Irish monasticism was in the vanguard of Christian culture. It still owns the enduring fascination of Ireland’s monastic masterpiece.

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Book of Kells, Folio 34r: Face of Christ at the top.

The most famous of the pages in the Book of Kells is known as Folio 34R. It’s based on the verse from Matthew 1:18 that in English in the 1611 version begins “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.” This passage is often referred to as the second beginning of Matthew. The Latin text, the one used most often in medieval manuscripts, begins “XPI autem generatio . . .”  Folio 34R is referred to as the Chi Rho page because it features the Greek letters Chi, Rho and Iota. The letters that look like XPI that form the primary page elements are respectively, the Chi, the Rho, and the Iota. These three letters are used as the abbreviated form of Christ’s name in Greek, and open that passage from Matthew in Latin. If you look closely at the image, you’ll see some of the “hidden” images that Kells is so famous for. There’s a cat with rats that seems to be playing with (or eating) a mass wafer. There are moths (symbols of rebirth and rejuvenation) and several winged figures. My favorite is the otter holding a fish (the otter is lying on his back; look for the fish he holds). If you look at the image of F. 34R, you can see the generatio at the bottom right.

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Yayoi Kusama

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Yayoi Kusama (草間 彌生 or 弥生 Kusama Yayoi, born March 22, 1929 in Matsumoto, Nagano) is a Japanese artist and writer. Throughout her career she has worked in a wide variety of media, including painting, collage, sculpture, performance art and environmental installations, most of which exhibit her thematic interest in psychedelic colors, repetition and pattern. A precursor of the pop art, minimalist and feminist art movements, Kusama influenced contemporaries such as Andy Warhol and Claes Oldenburg. Although largely forgotten after departing the New York art scene in the early 1970s, Kusama is now acknowledged as one of the most important living artists to come out of Japan, and an important voice of the avant-garde.

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All This Can Happen

‘Otto the Giant’, still from All This Can Happen, courtesy of British Pathé

A New Film By SIOBHAN DAVIES and DAVID HINTON

“Do you think it quite impossible that on a gentle walk I should meet giants, do business with booksellers, dine at noon with intelligent ladies, stroll through woods, dispatch dangerous letters, and come to wild blows with spiteful, ironic master tailors? All this can happen….”

Award winning artists, Siobhan Davies and David Hinton, have collaborated for the first time to create a film which brings together their distinctive ways of looking at the world in a meditative walk through the everyday.

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Naren Inow

 

Relapse from the Ruin.

Relapse from the Ruin. © Naren Inow

 

Location:

Chennai

Work:

StudioJaaz
Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Founder, Calligraphy Artist
Center for Calligraphy

Education:

Maharishi Vidya Mandir School, Chennai (Madras) ’08
S.R.V Hr Sec School ’10
Jetking Computer Hardware Networking Institute, Chennai, Tamil Nadu ’08
Computer Hardware and Networking
EC-Council ’12
Ethical Hacking and Countermeasures
Psychology
Graphology Handwriting Analysts International ’13
School of Architecture and Planning, Anna University, Chennai

 

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Annie Leibovitz

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Photographer Annie Leibovitz was born October 2, 1949, in Waterbury, Connecticut. In 1970 she took a job at Rolling Stone magazine. In 1983 she began working for the entertainment magazine Vanity Fair. During the late 1980s, Leibovitz started to work on a number of high-profile advertising campaigns. From the 1990s to the present, she has been publishing and exhibiting her amazing work. She spearheaded the movement of music photography away from stage and studio portraiture to intimate, behind-the-scenes portrayals of musicians.

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New Art & Poetry Project

Three creative women have joined forces to implement a very nice project: Poetry, Photography and Fine Digital Art will be merged to form a gem of art synthesis in a book.

We got an exclusive tasting  to present it to you:

Autumn letter

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Babak Fatholahi – Photographer Interview

Babak Fatholahi, 2012

Babak Fatholahi, 2012

Fine Art, Portrait & Fashion Photographer
(1990 Iran, lives and works in Kiev, Ukraine)


Interview:  Babak Fatholahi (➤), Li van Saathoff (●) for ADL MAGAZINE

● Tell us a little bit about yourself?
➤ My Name is Babak Fatholahi, I was born in 1990. I am a freelance Photographer

● Which words would your friends use to describe you?
➤ Mysterious and talented.

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Zadok Ben-David

 Innerscape on the Move by Zadok Ben-David (Sculpture Installation)

Photo: Innerscape on the Move by Zadok Ben-David (Sculpture Installation) at Sotheby’s Beyond Limits sculpture exhibition, 9 September – 27 October 2013.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Zadok Ben–David was born in Bayhan, Yemen, in 1949, and was brought up in Israel. He studied at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem 1971–73; Reading University, 1975 and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, in 1976. When he moved to London to study, he was faced with a new visual language, as British abstraction and conceptual art of the seventies were very different from contemporary art in Israel at the time. The evolution of mankind and its symbiosis with nature is explored throughout Ben-David’s work.
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Rodney Bender – Architectural Glass

The Return by Rodney Bender, 2012

Photo:  RODNEY BENDER, The Return (sculpture), 2012, Glass and steel

Rodney Bender, Artist and designer working in glass, MPhil Architectural Glass, born 1956 in Australia, Director of Innovative Glass Products Limited, UK. Patent holder of KiloLux, a monolithic glass block manufactured to high specification for internal or external bespoke applications. He has carried out projects for designers, architects and artists. These include large scale architectural works, sculpture and smaller one off pieces for exhibitions.

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Virginia Mak

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Photo: Virginia Mak, The Comfort of Objects, Untitled 04 (daybed), 2012

Virginia Mak, Photographer / Visual Artist
Exhibition: Sept 26, 2013 – Oct 17, 2013 | Bau-Xi Gallery Toronto and Vancouver

Pushing photography beyond traditional limits, Mak explores the visual possibilities of the medium. Known for its soft focus and minimized light values, her work disrupts the boundary between painting and photography.

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Emilie Halpern – Shōka: The Earth

Emilie Halpern, Born in Paris, France 1976
Currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA
As Antoine de Saint-Exupéry wrote in The Little Prince: “What is essential is invisible to the eye.”
Radioactive orange of a mutant carrot and the labial purple of an erotic alien, creamy blues and coral pinks, luminous lavenders and glittering golds as the metal could shine only in our dreams, and of course the strange soft folds of violet beyond violet, a death shroud soaked in spirit, truly otherworldly, every ounce of ultra.