One of my favorite things to do is to occasionally go onto Booooooom and look through the artists who submit work each month in the comments section. I scroll for a very long time looking for someone who has amazing work and is overlooked. This month I was browsing through and saw these amazing found photography works with text. I started reading the text and was mesmerized by the power of the phrases and statements juxtaposed with vintage photography.
The artist who constructs these intriguing works is, Emily Robards. She is a young artist living in Ireland. She works in many medias that include, photography, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and video. I’ve found these poetic photographic imagery and text the most compelling of her work. It really grabs you from the deepest part of your psyche and of others. This collection of work she lists on her website under poetry of which these texts very much align with poetry.
The particular works I am featuring are from the 1st collection of poems. Some of the poems give off an melancholic quality, “she had had nothing to show from her time Long after she had left her home had remained barren”, shown with an image of a woman; while others are whimsical, “inside her tiny lights and mirrors created a limitless, starry universe.” paired with a young child of which is often a representation of naiveté and imagination. The photo booth setting allows for the viewer to connect with the subject in the image more intimately, it’s almost as if you are hearing their secrets, a private moment of which you may not normally get to experience, which is similar in the film Amelie. Amelie collects photo booth images of people who have left them behind, the photos reveal people in their true selves, either happy, sad, angry, or silly, moments and personality traits people would normally shield from society for fear of humiliation.
Along with the in depth messages, the vintage photography itself is a found attributes to the work along with the poems themselves of which look found and altered to create a new narrative. The image and the poems work together to create the personalities and little glimpses of the lives the artist has recreated for them. We do not know who these people really are, but by connecting their image with a poem pertaining to a life experience brings back the humanity to the unknown people of the past.
Long After, Emily Robards
I Had To Recover, Emily Robards
Starry Universe, Emily Robards
She Was Alive, Emily Robards
Paradise, Emily Robards
King of the Common, Emily Robards
The Hallucinations, Emily Robards
Wake Up, Emily Robards
To see more of Emily Robards work, visit her website and Tumblr!
I first saw Andrea Nakhla’s work on Tumblr and was instantly captivated by her I Saw It In You paintings. The brush strokes and figures in everyday settings show a candid view of the people around her with a fluid yet rough strokes bringing out the quality of life. What I mean by “quality of life” is, life is not perfect and the brush strokes reflect this imperfection. The colors are bright and jump out at the viewer helping create excitement in the paintings.
The paintings in the Future You Zine also really captured my attention, they are a completely different approach to figure painting than I Saw It In You. Nakhla uses a limited color palette with this collection and a more cartoonish approach than a reflection of realism in the figures. The figures and situations are lively and have a sweet quality even when the subjects verge on intimidating.
Andrea Nakhla is a painter currently working in Los Angeles, CA.
You can see more of her work on her website and Tumblr,
Anjelica 24″ x 30″ Oil on Canvas. 2014 Andrea Nakhla
Bradley 24″ x 30″ Oil on Canvas. 2014 Andrea Nakhla
Anahi 24″ x 30″ Oil on Canvas. 2014 Andrea Nakhla
Joe 24″ x 30″ Oil on Canvas. 2014 Andrea Nakhla
Sharaya 24″ x 30″ Oil on Canvas. 2014 Andrea Nakhla
Future You Zine, 2014 Andrea Nakhla
Future You Zine, 2014 Andrea Nakhla
Future You Zine, 2014 Andrea Nakhla
Evgeny Granilshchikov was born 1985 in Moscow, Russia and still lives and works there. He holds a degree from the Institute of Journalism and Literature with a focus in Photojournalism in 2009. Granilshchikov also attended the Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia in 2013.
Granilshchikov currently works in the video art media. Video Art has always intrigued me because it can be interpreted so many different ways, there are many layers within this type of art and Granilshchikov’s approach is very human. He uses the camera to observe people and everyday life, it is not exploitative, it is matter of fact which ties into a journalistic style. His work is relational to the youth of today; he records young activists, the thoughts of youth, art and politics of Russia, relationships, and the everyday. Although the videos are in Russian, a person can still connect with the emotions shown in the videos (He does feature English subtitled versions). Language does not stop the allowance of relation. I often compare watching a video or film in a foreign language to a silent film. When you watch a silent film there are some excerpts of text dialogue to help viewers understand the plot, but mostly the story is left up to the visual and the viewers to determine what is happening within the film. This is how one would also approach a film in a foreign language, you see what is unfolding and these visuals are what guide the viewer to understand what is happening if subtitles are not given.
One video in particular that is translated to English, Method differs from the other films in that it is what the title states, “method”, which explores the methods of film making, characters, and how certain interactions are created. Not only does Granilshchikov create situations, but he also explores different ways to show these events with camera technology. For Example, he uses split screen in Positions, which features three screens with multiple people in multiple places. He films is both color and black and white. In Horizons, the inside of a plane is captured, showing a mundane feel of a flight, but also the many visual facets that can be exciting.
Here is a link to Evgeny Granilshchikov’s offical Vimeo where you can view all of his videos and even an interview.
Adrienne Stein captured my attention with her whimsical paintings, which has put her as today’s Emerging Artist. Stein is originally from Fort Lauderdale, Florida who now resides in York, PA. She is a recent 2013 MFA graduate from Boston University and holds a BFA from Laguna College of Art and Design (2007). She has also studied at various art schools throughout the United States as well.
Her paintings tie in the tradition of the old masters with a new contemporary twist. She uses mythical references, history, and nature influence the narrative of her paintings. The figures in her work appear etherial with elegance, they are as if Goddesses in their own realities. The women are dominant and sometimes reflect Proto-Renaissance diptychs and triptychs, but instead of religion being the focus it is instead the focus on the power of these mystical women. Stein continues to innovate not only with subject matter, but with materials too, for example in some paintings she uses lace.
What I personally love about her work is the narratives, there are a lot of artists who paint goddess-like women, but fail to put them in a narrative scene that means something. Stein creates environments that are mystifying and engaging, whereas other artists with this similar style just place women in a scene and fail to have her interact with it to engage something beyond the surface of beautiful looks. Also, Stein has great usage of color, she uses very rich colors enhancing the depth of her paintings. Her paintings are also very large, giving her work an even more grand feel.
“Nocturne”, 2013, 60″ x 48″, Oil & Lace On Canvas, Adrienne Stein
“Apparition”, 2013, 72″ x 48″, Oil & Lace On Canvas, Adrienne Stein
“Eve of St.John”, 2013, 60″ x 72″, Oil & Lace On Canvas. Adrienne Stein
“Pilgrimage”, 2013, 48″x72″, Oil On Canvas , Adrienne Stein
To see more of Adrienne Stein’s work visit her website and other social media networks,