Research part 004, inspiration from contemporary art daily

Another website which I found very useful while doing my research was www.contemporaryartdaily.com. First of all, I had a possibility to look through the exhibitions and their short reviews from all around the world. Secondly, I had a chance to find new and interesting artists that I have never heard about before. I have made a list with artist names, the website article link and a picture so I can look through them later and maybe use this as an inspiration for my dissertation itself.

  1. Jonathan Meese / http://www.contemporaryartdaily.com/2014/03/jonathan-meese-at-bo-bjerggaard/  JME-13-004-270x180x43-473x700
  2. Victor Man/ http://www.contemporaryartdaily.com/2013/10/victor-man-at-galerie-neu-and-md72/ Victor-Man-The-Chandler-2013-oil-on-cardboard-101-x-72-cm-Courtesy-the-artist-and-Galerie-Neu-Berlin-600x842
  3. gilbert and george/ http://www.contemporaryartdaily.com/2008/11/gilbert-george-at-the-brooklyn-museum/ life-600x1013

Research part 03 , ”Gothic” by Contemporary art society, 2009

While in search for some contemporary artist’s in the library, I came across this book which at first did not seem related to my dissertation topic. However, after having a quick look through the book, I found many artists’ works that have symbols and archetypes hidden in their images. Together with a short review on some of there works, this is a great inspiration book for my dissertation. I have made a list of the artists that inspired me the most and written down the short descriptions so I can use them later in my future research.

  1. James Aldridge

”… acclaimed for its classically Gothic repertoire of iconography including crows, thorns and skulls with each  element entangled, smothered by each other, fighting for space within a compressed, claustrophobic picture plane. Much of the music he listens to is also Scandinavian embracing imagery that deals with good and evil, elemental
forces, folklore, mythology and the strength of nature, and contains traces of a Nordic melancholy tapped from the same source as Ibsen, Munch and Stindberg. ”

james aldridge

2. Anna Bjerger

” Having built up a library of research material from out-of-date
reference books, travel journals and instruction manuals,
Bjerger works with images where the viewpoint appears
ambiguous and unsettling, forcing the viewer to become
the protagonist. Comparing her chosen scenes to pervasive scents,
Bjerger is a connoisseur of the lingering quality of images,
of their aftertaste, consuming photographs, old and
recent, personal and found, searching for captivating fault
lines, inexplicable awkwardness, destabilizing emotional
echoes and in doing so, registers the psychic imprints they
leave upon her.”

anna bjerger

3. Rachel Goodyear

” Her exquisite drawings or her manipulation of found objects present, in her words, ‘a mass of ambiguous truths and the blatantly invented, offering blurred boundaries of curiosity and torment, and the blessed and the cursed’. She looks for unlikely relationships in everything she encounters; an idea is just as likely to be sparked by a
peculiar happening that interrupts the mundane, as a major event that changes the way she lives, as a few words lifted from an advert for car insurance. From this constant everyday cross-referencing she creates carefully constructed coincidences that are delicate in their rendering and disturbing in their content.Most of her drawings suggest a scenario where the balance of power is tense and could at
any moment tip either way, and playful curiosity can just as easily become sadistic torment.”

rachel goodyear

4. Dorota Jurczak

” The quirky and surreal personalities that inhabit Jurczak’s macabre
world appear to reference folklore and myths but are, in fact, drawn from her imagination. An intriguing array of characters appear throughout her work, engaged in mysterious and sinister activities. Birds, spiders, maggots, snot and excrement are common motifs in these peculiar and disturbing settings in which people, animals, and inanimate objects are subject to surreal transformations. Whether in the form of sculpture, a painting or etching, the world of her imagination offers a uniquely grotesque carnival, whose dreamlike qualities give the impression of providing access to a psychological unconscious infected by a dark and twisted humour.”

dorota jurzack

5. Suzanne Treister

”Utilising various media, including video, the internet, interactive technologies,
photography, drawing and painting, Treister’s practice deals with notions of identity, history, power and the hallucinatory. Operating under her alter ago, Rosalind

Brodsky from the mid-1990s, Treister developed a body of work which aimed to link military technologies for psychological warfare to occult societies.  In 2007, Treister embarked on a new project where she created a series of works which transcribe front pages of international daily newspapers into alchemical drawings, reframing the world as a place animated by strange forces, powers and belief systems. These works redeploy the languages and intentions of alchemy: the transmutation of materials and essences and the revealed understanding of the world as a text, as a realm of powers and correspondences which, if properly understood, will allow man to take on transformative power.”


6. Masaki Yada

”Yada’s practice to date extends across a range of media including painting, photography and drawing often drawing on imagery from the media to comment
on broader social and political concerns. More recently his work has been more introspective, interrogating his interior psychology through dreams, fetishism, childhood memories and an exploration of ideas related to Freud’s notion of the ‘uncanny’ in order to articulate a sense of self, creating compelling dark images.”

masaki yada

More information: e-book available from http://www.contemporaryartsociety.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/CAS_Gothic_2009_Web.pdf


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