STEPHEN CRAIG ROWE
YELLOW PALM SEED POD by Robert Neff
Yellow Palm Seed Pod is the work of Robert Neff, a photographic artist whose contemporary images transcend traditional photography and cause the viewer to experience the relationship of art and design in a manner that is most pleasing.
The initial visual impact of Neff's art is stunning. One is drawn into the piece to experience an elegant design connecting the eye and mind in perception. There, a rather poetic connection is made in a space between the words and the seemingly complex image, becoming a unique part of the whole.
Robert Neff employed a technique that he created, Kaleidoscopography, to produce this print. He is a photographer, contemporary artist and poet/writer located in St. Petersburg Florida.
STEPHEN CRAIG ROWE
There is something profoundly disorientating about Jock Hunter's photograph of Tossa de Mar, Spain. The slight blur and the shape of the trees give the scene an almost dizzying stilled movement. The piercing, overexposed dots of light not only dazzle but provide a light-source that gives the illusion that the entire piece is staged - perhaps even a miniature. And, with its Grimshaw-esque moonlit sky and its Cezanne-like tumble of abstracted buildings, one would be forgiven for mistaking the image for an oil painting. Even when considered in photographic terms, there is distinct uncertainty as to whether the piece is a snap taken on a hot Spanish evening or a carefully rendered sample of the unique and inspiring Spanish night. In summary, Hunter's photograph seems as urgently rendered as it is engineered and we, the viewers, cannot resist its spellbinding mystery.
I MADE THE RAIN by Penny Goring
“I make odd machines I call stories. I make odd machines I call pictures. I make odd machines I call sculptures. I make,” says Penny Goring – painter, sculptor, writer and creator of all sorts of everything.
This dedication to artistic expression is reminiscent of what the New York Times said of the poet John Ashbery: “[he] is a collector within his poems, assembling curiosities and profundities, jokes, confessions, tricks, inventories of objects, the names of small-time actors, the names of films, the names of flowers, and so on.” – a description that could very easily be applied to the last half-century of visual art.
Penny Goring is very much a part of that world – she is an artist whose work, and whose artistic philosophy, is firmly embedded in a willingness to let everything in. “Cinema usherette, deep-sea diver - I'm interested in how we think,” she remarked in a recent interview. I Made The Rain is a collage by someone whose thought process and expression is suited to the piecing together of life’s indiscriminate offerings. In the tradition of Schwitters, Hamilton, Blake and Rivers, Goring offers us another piece of her existence, made entirely of pieces of her existence.
Surely this is where the many branches of the arts become entangled? Whether with word or paint, paper or stone, we are expressing ourselves by cutting and sticking, no matter what "odd machine" we wind up building.
BARN DOOR by Stephen Craig Rowe
PENZAI by Francisco
Still a major branch of Chinese popular arts, the creation of miniature landscapes via the potting of dwarfed trees is now a familiar sight in the Western world. Penzai translates as ‘plant in a pot’ and in Francisco’s piece, entitled ‘Penzai’, the miniature tree is set against the light and shade of the deep purple background, creating in itself a vivid, abstract landscape.
The shape and detail of the plant, almost caught in a quiet explosion of earthy colour, crossing the threshold between the two contrasting shades of the background, is as expressive as Pollock’s approach to his canvas. The central form of the tree is reminiscent of Joan Mitchell’s brush work, as are the purples, reds and greens that give this piece its unique ambience. However, the ‘action’ in this work, the movement and the articulation is the work of nature itself – but a nature that is, thanks to the art of Penzai, a collaboration between man and the natural world.
Francisco, originally from Venezuela, is a resident of Asheville, North Carolina. Whether he's painting (oil, acrylic, etc.), sketching, designing a home, or taking photographs, he enjoys the creative process. His work can be seen and purchased at his blog, One A Day, where the goal is to produce and publish a unique piece daily.