Portraits of Trees – Paintings by Pang Yun

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Pang Yun’s works of oil on canvas inspire quiet reflection and a sense of resolute control with detailed and technically precise brushstrokes. Her latest series Portrait of Trees is inspired by the natural order and structure of trees with their upward-reaching illimitable branches that stand still and tranquil against surrounding storms. At once earthly, grounded, and spiritually transcendent, her style of painting offers a freedom from tension based on the power and serenity of the natural world. With an atmosphere akin to meditation, Pang Yun layers canvases with an abundance of repetitive yet expressive strokes.
Find her work at Art + Shanghai Gallery

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Beautiful flowers encased in ice

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0˚C is a collection of ice-art created by artist Tharien Smith and photographer Bruce Boyd.
Featuring unique photographs of flowers, fynbos and natural objects encapsulated in ice, this collaboration  defines an exciting new aesthetic. Beyond the palpable beauty of these images lies a fascination with the strange qualities of ice as a medium: it has the ability to perfectly preserve something, however fragile, while at the same time enhancing or distorting its appearance to the viewer.

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Glitch collages by Giacomo Carmagnola

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Inspired by glitch art and writers like H.P. Lovecraft Giacomo Carmagnola uses photographs and figures from history with a good dose of Photoshop to create digital glitch art and surreal collages.

“I’m completely absorbed by glitch art. I’ve always been attracted to its aesthetics; I’m not talking about philosophy or higher concepts, but just its plain visual pleasure.” “I see these images as an alternative beauty. I find it extremely fascinating how the same image can change so much by keeping its original ‘skeleton’.”

All images © Giacomo Carmagnola
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Baroque paper wigs by Asya Kozina

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Asya Kozina‘s ‘baroque paper wigs’ reappropriate the wild hairstyles of victorian-era.  The artist creates her eccentric wigs from standard Whatman paper bought from an ordinary stationary shop. Work with white paper has become the artist’s signature mode of expression, and it is the only material with which she can experiment tirelessly. Kozina believes that white paper allows her to accent form and conceal secondary details. All of her works are created by hand, and none of the shapes or forms are repeated.
‘Historical wigs always fascinated me, especially the baroque era,’ Kozina says. ‘This is art for art’s sake, aesthetics for aesthetics — no practical sense, but they are beautiful. In this case, paper helps to highlight the main form and not to be obsessed with unnecessary details.’

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