Thomas Bienert is our next artist in the 'Think Outside the Walls' Series.
April 11, 2021
WHEN MEMORIES GET BLURRY
When my father died of dementia years ago, I was taken aback. I wanted to fight back this disease, but I'm not a doctor, I am an artist. I fight back with beauty. Therein lies the connection to my work in advertising. My work at L'Oréal is always about beauty, and that influenced me to search for a way to dramatize and depict the disease of dementia; focusing on the loss of beauty rather than the horror. So, I shot items out of focus, out of my father's world as someone with dementia. The blurriness splits the items into clouds of color. There is so much beauty in these details that you won't find by shooting the items in focus. When memories get blurry, they offer beauty in shapes and colors. If you lose the words and memories for items, you lose contact with the world. I see myself as a storyteller with a camera and computer. You may think that you've seen photos out of focus before, but not in this context, not as this strong idea.
Bienert's art website:
THE DAY BEFORE
"I work three days a week as a Creative Director for iBeauty by Publicis, a customized agency for L'Oréal Paris in Düsseldorf, Germany.
So, that leaves four days a week for my art. I've worked in advertising for more than 30 years and I have had the pleasure to work with great directors and photographers. To say that my work didn't influence my art would be a lie. But beneath the artificial life of advertising, I was always interested in the real life. This second life is my art."
Reenie Charrière is our next artist in the 'Think Outside the Walls' Series.
March 21, 2021
Everyday situations stir Reenie Charrière’s investigations of what lingers in the environment. Her practice involves collecting and transforming everyday materials, especially throwaways. As a mixed media artist Reenie playfully pushes materials in unexpected arrangements bringing a surprising beauty to what may be discarded. Her artwork also reveals and questions the abundance of waste in our consumer-dependent society.
Motivated by architecture, movement, and space, Reenie’s sculptural installations play upon the unpredictable juxtapositions of natural and synthetic matter.
"I am a teacher at Nueva School in Hillsborough, CA, a school for gifted children. I work as an art specialist, for grades 1-6. Many of my working hours are spent investigating and problem-solving with kids and other teachers. Since Covid-19 I have been teaching from my studio at home on Zoom. It's a little bit like having my students in my studio every day."
Philippe Regard is our next artist in the 'Think Outside the Walls' Series.
March 7, 2021
Lost in Triangulation
“While many were running in circles, I brushed with triangles”
Today, after years of capturing human subjects with his camera, Philippe explores a new medium: collage on canvas. He builds on previous work, using previous portraits that he cuts, deconstructs, and reassembles to create distinctive paintings. Whereas a younger Philippe may have been focused on painting an individual subject, a new layer is added: the artist interrogates his own process of representation.
A worldwide shakedown, like in 2008, was needed to push the artists' creative inspiration beyond the frontier of previous exploration. During months of lock down, Philippe Regard is locked down in his studio. He turns around in circles, or rather, in triangles.
Dont's miss Philippe's photography and painting website.
"I used to be a photographer for many years, but about 2018 I had to start a job as a barista/bartender in a lovely corner bistro in Brooklyn, NY. Covid 19 hit us and the bistro went down forever... and I got lost in Triangulation so I started to paint."
We are pleased to announce our first artist in the 'Think Outside the Walls' Series.
February 14 - March 7, 2021
Jaleh Sadravi is a photographer and painter currently based in Seattle, Washington. As a multiracial woman in America, Jaleh strives to find a way to highlight and empower the voices and experiences of those often ignored. “As an artist, I am interested in discovering ways to share the stories of people of color whose voice and story are often silenced.”
Through her abstract paintings, Jaleh conveys themes of community, unity, and love. Jaleh creates pieces that express her own life experiences – being surrounded by a trusting community, holding hands with family and friends, witnessing a baptism. Jaleh hopes that when people view her paintings, they experience a feeling of hope and are reminded that they are loved.
More details about Jaleh's art are available on her website.
Jaleh works as a Marketing Director for an early learning children's show called Look, Listen and Learn.
LL&L produces children’s television to bridge the achievement gap in Washington so that BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) kids enter school ready to learn and able to succeed.
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