Fine-art photographer Julia Fullerton-Batten is well-known for her use of unusual locations, creative settings and cinematic lighting. But the meat of Julia’s matter is in her strong vision and message. Highly imaginative and complex narratives compose her portfolios which are often centered around a specific theme. The human condition and chords if its discontent are elegantly represented – societal outcasts, sexuality and gender identity, conformity, nationalism, lost love, misogyny, loneliness, class struggle, psychological turmoil, sexism and isolation.
Artitechture: The Hang Nga Crazy House in Vietnam
The imaginative brainchild of owner Mrs. Dang Viet Nga, the Crazy House has been an evolving work in progress since 1990. The building is a veritable Alice In Wonderland acid trip through an Asian jungle. The exterior resembles five-story-high banyan tree, with uneven window openings and branch-like structures that “grow” along its walls and rise above the roof into the sky, with twisting organic forms and very few right angles.
Italian woodworker and artist, Bruno Walpoth carves incredibly lifelike figurative sculptures which stand quietly, as solitary souls in between stages of life and purpose. Vulnerable, unsure and pensive – they seem like newborn adults, brought to life by the hand of the artisan.
Foto Fix: Arthur Tress
Every now and then there is an artist that everyone else knows about – yet we have just discovered – and Arthur Tress is one of these. Although individual images have hooked our eyes over the years, (for instance the Halloween children, above) – we never put it all together – as one artist and one body of work. There is just too much wonderful vision out there to keep track of it all! We wanted to share Tress’s works with you, in case there is a soul yet to be exposed…
Featured Artist: Alicia Martin Lopez
Alicia Martin Lopez oddities are like mutated creatures from a science fiction novel, alien beings creeping forth from her dark imagination. Cast against empty barren backgrounds with titles like “Elephant Man” and “Evolution”- they crawl or float, waiting in suspended in time.
Featured Artist: Ethan Murrow
Ethan Murrow is a graphite master creating dramatic large drawings, detailed depictions of the improbable and fantastical. Pushing the boundaries of perspective and reality, his collaborative works seem like surreal optical illusions. His subject matter is strongly rooted in struggle – whether it be human, beast or machine.