Simi Larisch

Deconstruction of film. The term "Mainstream" is often used with a negative connotation. In a more positive sense, it creates a collective memory and thus becomes, even decades later, a strong link between the individuals of a society.

Titanic 1997 - Original VHS tape (woven) 100 x 100 cm

From Germany, Simi Larisch has worked as a freelance artist and graphic designer out of her studio in Düsseldorf since 2005. 

 

Select Exhibitions

11/2022  Frauenmuseum | Bonn | 27th Art Fair

09/2022 Stadtmuseum | Düsseldorf | Da! Art Award

06/2022 Museum Kunst Palast | Düsseldorf | Die Grosse 

06/2022 FMDK e.V. | Munich | Kunstsalon SINE LOCO

 

Education

2019 Doctorate in Art History at HHU Düsseldorf (Dr. phil.)

2012 Sponsorship Award for Master's thesis: "Kunstpunkte - The visit to the studio. Between authenticity claim, voyeurism and commerce"

2011 M.A. art history HHU Düsseldorf

2005 B.A. art history and media science HHU Düsseldorf 

2003 Certificate study program at "Neue Kunstschule Zürich"

1999 State-certified designer for media and communication 

Love Actually 2003 - Print on canvas 50 x 300 cm
Jungle Book 1967 - Original VHS tape (woven) 100 x 100 cm
Fight Club 1999 - Print on canvas 50 x 300 cm
The Exorcist 1973 - Original VHS tape (woven) 100 x 100 cm

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Shan Ogdemli

"My work is inspired by light and color, patterns from biology, physics and geometry, by the Earth and Cosmos, by the interconnectedness of all things, by op art, pop art and the miracle of life."

Pink Moon - Acrylic & diatomaceous earth on canvas 37 x 48 in.

"I have been a working artist my entire life, wearing many hats that include fine artist, licensed artist, illustrator, product designer, graphic designer, creative director and entrepreneur. I've owned and co-owned several successful artistic business endeavors, including my graphic design and illustration studio, Ogdemli Feldman Design + Illustration; my art licensing business, Designs by Shan; and a worldwide licensed brand phenomenon called Pampered Girls. 

After many years working in the commercial art and design fields in Los Angeles, my husband and I have recently relocated to Santa Fe, New Mexico, and I have finally been able to make the necessary life changes to be able to focus full-time on my true passion of creating my fine art. 

I work in multiple styles and media that include large-scale paintings in acrylic mixed with diatomaceous earth, as well as in digital media. My acrylic paintings are heavily textured with expressive brush strokes that add movement and energy, with color harmonies meticulously built from several layers of translucent and opaque paint. 

My digital images are what I call "digital drawings" because they all start as pencil drawings on paper, which are then scanned and redrawn by hand in Illustrator, then meticulously colored using Illustrator and Photoshop in much the same way as my layered acrylic paintings. 

My subjects in both media include light and color, patterns from life, science and math, dots, spots, circles, particles, waves, energy, flowing lines, spirals, mandalas and abstract landscapes. 

Inspirations include Op Art of the '60s and 70's, Victor Vasarely, Yaakov Agam, Mark Rothko, Vincent Van Gogh, Emilio Pucci, Alan Turing, biology, geometry, astronomy, physics, quantum physics and metaphysics."

Sea Spots - Digital media, Giglée print on stretched canvas 28 x 28 in.
Moana Kala Kala - Digital media, Giglée print on stretched canvas 28 x 28 in.
Rose Nebula - Acrylic & diatomaceous earth on canvas 54 x 54 in.
Blue Sunflower - Acrylic & diatomaceous earth on canvas 60 x 60 in.

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Rita Merheb

Celebrating the beauty of Arab culture and hospitality, with an artistic twist to Kufi script, presented on different media.

The artist with her Kufi Plates - Porcelain 33 cm

"I have been a Graphic Design professor at the American University of Kuwait since 2009. Before I came to Kuwait, I taught Graphic Design in various universities in Lebanon. I hold an MFA in Graphic Design and an MA in Multimedia for Education. I worked in the field of Graphic Design in both Lebanon and Saudi Arabia before starting my teaching career.

As a Lebanese designer who was raised and lived most of my life in the Gulf, I was looking for an identity that is well rooted in Arab culture, while embracing the contemporary art movements around the world. Taking my prior understanding of the culture, my research, and the market needs into consideration; my aim was to create art pieces that are inspired by the culture, the generosity, the welcoming spirit and hospitality of the Arab people.

The "Moua'ayada Collection by Rita" is a set of ten plates with ten distinctive yet similar and cohesive designs. Each adorned with a different message, written in Kufi Style that fills the outer edge of each plate in a very stylish and innovative design. Hayyakom, Nawartoona and Bil Aafiah are just some of the statements on the beautiful porcelain dishes.

The design process of the plates required an ingenious and innovative technique through which I took the rigidity and straightness of Kufi and reproduced it in a perfectly proportionate rounded look to fit on the circular shape of the plates. A technique that is very time-consuming and requires a lot of patience and complicated calculations to get precise dimensions and proportions for the right design.

After the huge success of the plates, I decided to experiment with different media to create new products. I designed wooden trays, new clay plates, porcelain vases, wooden vases, and my latest project which I am currently working on is a beautiful set of rugs designed with welcoming messages with my rounded Kufi style."

 

Photo credits: Mohamad Magdy

Kufi Trays - Wood 38 cm
Portrait of the artist with the Nawartoona Rug - Textile D. 150 cm
Kufi Vase - Wood 38 cm
Kufi Vase - Porcelain 38 cm

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Nathan Neufeld

Born in: 1992, United States

Lives in: Kansas City, Kansas

Media: Sculpture, Digital Media, Performance, Installation, Mixed media, Ceramics, Jewelry

Describe your work in 3 words: Exploration - Discovery - Interaction

See More Work:  NathanNeufeld.com

Monolith

"Much of my work stems from a passion for exploration. Like the author of a book you can't put down, I strive to share this sense of exploration, discovery, and revelation with to viewer and user."

First and foremost a big Thank you to Circle foundation for continuing to provide these opportunities. I am honored to receive first place for this Artist of the Month competition.

One of the more exciting future projects I am working towards at the moment is the invention of a process. The process has 2 major parts, one a software that generates and develops ceramic formulations for clay bodies and surface treatments, such as glazes. The second is a robotic system that takes those recipes and distributes the necessary ingredients and amounts for each formulation from miniature silos. The first body of work I am envisioning to result from this process is a series of modular geometries that can come together in three dimensions, each module made of their own unique recipe. These would come together in formations that would echo the relationships between the recipes. For example, imagine the structure of a  spider web. From a central formulation -- we have hundreds of strains branching out, all related in diminishing degrees to their neighbors. Now imagine this in three dimensions.

Much of my work stems from a passion for exploration. Like the author of a book you can't put down, I strive to share this sense of exploration, discovery, and revelation with to viewer and user.

 

To join me in my Odyssey, check out NathanNeufeld.com and follow me on Instagram @neufelddesign. 

Onwards and upwards.

Cube
Rotate
Queen Bee Teaset
The Pit and the Pendulum
The Monarch Chandelier

 


Holly Wilmeth was selected for the 2nd Place Award in the CFA Artist of the Month April/May 2020. © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist