Exhibitions - Page 3 of 6

JOHNNY MAHER

I am a photography student living in Dublin, Ireland who is currently studying for a B.A in Photography at D.I.T in Temple Bar. I have been photographing for 3 years now, using traditional methods for my work. I use old nikon slrs and small rangefinders for my street and documentary work and tend to shoot mainly on monochrome films.

I have had a small flirtation with digital, but for my personal work i found it lifeless and sterile. For paid jobs however it is the perfect tool for todays needs. My inspiration comes from all street, documentary and photojournalistic photographers, both classical and contemporary. Capturing the sublte quirks of everyday life on Dublins city streets is what leads me to carry a camera everyday, no matter where i go. Currently i am undertaking a documentary project within a flats complex in Dublin's city center, and hope to carry on documenting many different issues, in many parts of the world for years to come.

The images shown here are some of my most recent street works dating from mid 2006.

TOMASZ SOBIERAJ

I'm a geographer and hydrologist, but art is and always was my passion, both in theory and in practice. Five years ago I decided to concentrate my energy on photography, so I quit my good but slavish job, and started professionally do what I always wanted, and what I did as amateur.

I taught myself rudiments of photography years before this decision, so I had no problems with technical and aesthetical aspects of photography, but I used my camera primarily as a tool for capturing reality, not as a creative tool for visualization of metaphysical questions. Nowadays I'm going through the changes, some conceptual photographs and still lifes appears, but life, humans, body, landscape, are still the main subject, content and essence of my pictures, equally important as their composition and technique. I don't like too much philosophy hidden behind the work of art - it's often only a necessary evil, especially when art is technically and aesthetically poor. Maybe I'm a backward, but I still would like to have Donatellos David, not Manzoni's Artist's shit in my living room (does anybody know, who is Manzoni?)

Though I'm a commercial photographer, I don't have a studio or other trappings associated with being a professional. I work mainly in my basement, use window or artificial continuous light, but many of my commercial works were made in the cityscape, with natural lighting. I use different cameras, from pinhole to digital, but black and white film in medium format camera is what I like the best.

I respect commercial work, but my fundamental concern is fine art photography. My works are in private collections in the USA, Israel, Austria, Spain, Germany and Poland. If you would like to know more about my work, please visit my web site, or send me a mail.

ERIK ABEL

Erik Abel has given New Chemical History a very rare glimpse into his sketch books. He looks forward to using this forum to show how his process for creating art is one of constant evolution. Abel is driven by a fascination with seeing small, foggy ideas worked out on paper and transforming into fantastic revelations and insights for creating a new painting, series of paintings, or an entirely new direction in his art. Explore the gallery of sketches, ideas, and notes that Abel has chosen to share, along with a few selections of completed works from his portfolio, and discover how he combines the many different elements in his sketches into the creation of a final piece. Contact information as well as more of Erik Abel's work can be found at www.abelarts.com.

Bio ::
After several years spent absorbing life in the Northwest while he lived in and around Portland, Oregon, Erik Abel decided in 2005 to return to Southern California to take part in the area's swelling art scene.

Being heavily influenced by and involved in the surf/skate/snow industry, and working as a freelance graphic designer for over 10 years, Abel's method of bold, graphical imagery fused with his loose brush and pen work seems to find a corner of its own in the art world. When asked what keeps him going, he answered honestly, "The evolution of my art is what really has me intrigued. Every piece builds on the knowledge gained from creating the last; and the fact that I will paint for the rest of my life and still never reach 'an end' is as fulfilling as it is frustrating. It's got me hooked; I never know what's gonna come out of my head next." Abel is infatuated with creating an aesthetically pleasing experience through his artistic process. "That's why I paint, so I can search for a balance, evoke a mood, remember things, and spawn new thoughts. For me, painting is self-therapy; if it happens to help other people in some way as well, that's even better." Elements from inspirations such as ancient civilizations, cycles of nature, plants, symbols, icons, and politics systematically weave their way throughout Abel's work. Unique imagery combined with a natural eye for visual harmony gifts Abel's work with an easily recognizable and fresh style.

KIM WINDERMAN

Kim Winderman lives in Southern California working as a Graphic Designer/ Photographer. She is currently pursuing her BFA at CSULB. Her work can be described as painterly, considering herself a painter with a "much more sophisticated brush". Using her camera, she mirrors the transient of the every-day, while keeping an honest perspective on the delicate realities surrounding. Her influences stem from the unsuspecting patterns in nature, to the unpredictable behavior of all living things. She thanks her friends and family for the unsurpassed wealth of wisdom and inspiration.

BALAZS BOROCZ

I am a Hungarian photographer living and working in Budapest Hungary. I started making self portraits in 2004.

My self portrait portfolio has influences from urban photography and subjective documentarism. In my work I place a lot of emphasis on evoking impressions and associations. I prefer the traditional methods, all of my prints are toned silver gelatin made by me in my darkroom.

Beside self portraits I am currently working on urban portfolios and portraits. My personal mission is to create things which can be loved. There are images to see, to illustrate, to throw out, to enjoy, and images to love. And if something can evoke love in people, then that eliminates some of the evil things in the world.

MARTA VALUJEVA

My name is Marta Valujeva. I was born in Latvia in 1985, where I found myself like photography and artist. My first introduction to photography was at Daugavpils University, where I started to learn this subject.

I think that photography for me, at this moment, the better way make a life my ideas, it helps to develop my artistic personality.

I present a series of self portraits. I have photographed myself in lots variations, and styles. When I was looking at all these photos, I was asking myself only one question "Is that me"?

Every day that same question about "the me", about the myself of existence. The main idea is to be honest to yourself, and to have a possibility to see the diamond view of yourself, like through mirror. I still continue doing self portraits, because its a moment in time which you can return back to. The self portraits photography series is like a sort of diary, a journal of my emotional life.

MATT CHEETHAM

I have been working as a photographer for just under 5 years now. I was in Japan when I started photography on an unplanned journey around the world with no intention of returning to my native country, (UK), and thought I should get a nice camera to record my journey. Music has always been a passion for me and so naturally this is one of the first areas I started taking pictures. An exhibition of my work at the British Council in Tokyo led to commercial work at music magazines and websites in Japan and abroad. The main reason for travelling was apathy after leaving university with no idea of what I wanted to do with my life, I figured better to go and find what I wanted to do rather than wait for it to come to me while doing some dead-end job in the UK, so when I found photography the desire to travel took second place while I learnt the skills to establish myself as a photographer . I am currently back in London working as a photographer as well as music programming an internet radio station.

This exhibition is a collection of images from my latest (hopefully not last) journey after leaving Japan when I travelled on the Indian Sub-continent for 3 months.

BRIAN PONT

So what should I say about myself? should I write that I'm 25 years old? That I live in Vancouver, British Columbia? How about the fact that I like all kinds of films and music... hmmm, I wonder if that is relevant?

Oh... photography... I can write about that. I can tell you about the cameras that I use, the old 1969 Miranda Sensomat SLR that I love to death, the one that I've been using throughout my photographic career. Or the Lomo LC-A 35mm and Holga Medium Format camera that I recently discovered. Would anyone be interested in that kind of information? What about film. I always shoot with film. I love AGFA Slide film. It's great when cross-processed. Perhaps that?s being a bit too technical.

How about the fact that I'm inspired by the work of Robert Frank and William Eggleston, great photographers and artists. I'm inspired by the city where I live. The street lights and power lines that most people walk past everyday but never stop to think about. I'm inspired by age and its long-lost forgotten possessions. I?m inspired by the night-time sky. I shouldn't forget about the night sky. Well, I guess I should just say that I'm a photographer; I love viewing our world through the camera lens and I love clicking down the shutter.

GROUP SHOW 2005

This is the second End of Year Group show on New Chemical History. A big thanks to all the artists who have generously contributed to this show. Painting, Illustration, Photography all present, enjoy!

ENZO MARRA

Having studied at the University of Reading(for his BA degree) and at Brighton University(for his MA), Enzo Marra is still based in Brighton concentrating on producing evocative expressions of the human condition. Ranging from the sweet and wholesome all the way to the troublesome and vitriolic, they all share an elation in what it means to be alive. Even when the subject seems almost too brutal to view, the human drive to act as voyeur ensures that they become etched within the viewers consciousness.

Executed on canvas with largely undiluted oils, they follow the traditions of german expressionism and the London school, whilst also being very much of today. Within a world where violence and conflict sit neatly next to the most user-friendly pleasures of the pre-watershed, Enzo Marra is actively attempting to record what it means to be on this earth in a time of hidden realities and prescribed ignorance.