Inside Issue 24 we plunge into the work of digital artist Ray Caesar and his realm of unapologetic grandeur, that represents a deeper exploration into human behaviour and self-perception, and learn how Erika Sanada creates her beautifully detailed and delicately coloured ceramic sculptures in this issue’s Path to Creation.
A sure working method for me is that I don’t think! I start drawing, relying on my gut and instinct. My gut knows things the other parts of my brain don’t, and I don’t need the rational part asking questions or the emotional part worrying nervously. I have an ability to go into a dreamworld very quickly and the outside world is lost and fragmentary.Ray Caesar
We also share in an intimate conversation between artist couple Soey Milk and Kent Williams, as they reveal what its like to live, love and create together, and we learn how Lee Price captures moments of secretive compulsive behaviour in her beautiful figurative oil paintings.
Your natural energy is the masculine. My natural energy is the feminine. And we’re both trying to get a little of the other to come into play, but it’s not that easy.Soey Milk
Kris Lewis shares how his art is rooted in his Latvian heritage, and how the resilience and strength of this cultural identity are the values he embodies in his muses. We also we touch base with 3rd Prize Winner of the 2018 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize, Olga Esther and her unwilling princesses. Olga shares her drive to create work that challenges the ideas of gender stereotypes and feminism.
As a woman, I have suffered and suffer every day the oppression of gender, but I do not only care about mine but that which all women suffer. I think that all people have the responsibility to try to do something to build a better world… I am a woman, I am a feminist and I am a painter.Olga Esther
In our exclusive in-depth interview with Olivia de Berardinis the artist reveals that body and sex positivity are at the core of her paintings, which allows her to express femininity in all of its varied forms – from femme fatales to wild ingénues and buxom Bettie Page. We also take a close look at Bella Kotak‘s fantasy photography and discover her unique worlds that invite the viewer to escape and lose themselves for a little while.
We feature CRAWW’s graphite drawings in stunning full page reproductions in Issue 24’s Lookbook, and delve into Esao Andrews’ paintings and his deliberate attempt to create a varied visual world for the viewer, a visual feast of many courses. Together we learn how the symbolism and living philosophies of Japan have become a part of Fuco Ueda‘s work.
Seven artists:Vipoo, Alexander Jansson, Lukifer Aurelius, Justin O’Neal, Jon Ching, and Amy Rose Haslehurst, working across styles and mediums respond to the same quick questions:
- What ideas are you currently exploring in your work?
- How does contemporary “always plugged in” culture influence your work?
- What are the things you wish you knew when you started out?
- Tell us about an important life moment that influenced the direction of your work, and how.
While our editor-in-chief talks about Artists being societies visionaries whom inspire thought, discussion and a deeper connection with the earth, the director of Haven Gallery, Erica Berkowitz, shares what artwork she would like to add to her personal collection.
All this and so much more inside Issue 24 // March 2019, which showcases some of the best and most inspiring emerging and mid-career artists of our time.
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