Over the years we have followed Nathan Spoor’s fantastic work with relish. We had to revisit and share some highlights from his personal series of ongoing works entitled ‘The Intimate Parade’, an open ended series begun in 2002. These are beautifully dreamy, and symbolic works – enveloping the classic surrealist style within a modern intimate context.
Foto Fix: Phyllis Galembo
Photographer Phyllis Galembo has made over twenty trips to places of masquerade in Africa and the Caribbean, to document their theatrical adornments in cultural and religious performances. Her impressive works depict the characters, costumes, and rituals of African practices and their diasporic manifestations. These are fantastic works of art, meticulously woven and crafted by hand, full of symbolism and vibrant beauty.
Visionary Art: Tuco Amalfi
We fell in love with the visionary art of Tuco Amalfi – dreamlike and full of psychedelic light, bursting with vibrant colors. It sends us into spiritual oblivion with lovely hallucinations – spirals of geometric patterns cast themselves onto cerebral landscapes. Art which transcends the physical world and portrays a wider vision of awareness including spiritual or mystical themes… otherworldly botanicals which beg us to jump in and take a trip.
Kirsty Mitchell’s photography is an ethereal wonderland of lush fairy tales and historical fantastical dress set in beautiful woodlands – inspired by her memories of her mother reading aloud to her. She worked with Alexander McQueen’s studio and finished her costume studies at the London College of Fashion.
After her mother’s death, Kirsty immersed herself in photography to deal with the trauma of grief. Starting with everyday shots taken on the street or subway, her creations morphed into large detailed imaginative tableaus taken from her dreams. Involving much more than just clicking a shutter button, she hand made and painted everything - from the costumes to the sets. In the woodlands around her home, she constructed elaborate scenes akin to a miniature movie set, complete with lighting, assistants and models.
Artitechture = Art & Architecture
For all you Giger fanatics out there (and we know there are a lot of you…), a visit and drink at one of the Alen Bars by artist H.R. Giger is definitely on your travel menu. There are two Alien Bars – one in in Gruyères, Switzerland and one in Chur, Switzerland. And we can’t imagine that a more artful surreal place to have a cocktail exists on the planet.
The Passion for Frida exhibition opened last Saturday to a super packed house in the beautiful and bright new space – known as Sanchez Contemporary. We love and obsess over all things Frida Kahlo and the amount of dynamic, passionate and inspired imagery honoring Frida in this show are terrific. We’ve selected a few of our favorite artworks here – this is definitely a must see exhibition!