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ISSUE 44 • June • 2018
The Children of Mars by William Mokrynski is a series that stares back at you. The empty circle where a face should be is blank, white, and open to interpretation. Who were these children? At one point in time they sat for a portrait, maybe they smiled, and maybe they didn’t but the negatives Mokrynski works with proves one thing, they were here. The resulting images are a reminder of how mortality is ever present; and how art can blend the past and the present into the new now.
My essay To Share or Not to Share explores the idea of artistic collaborations. It is a discussion that weaves in how artistic collaboration can elevate a cause, a purpose and an artist’s work to a new reach that wouldn’t have existed had not two or more come to work together.
Chuck Beard, in his series, The Years Have Not Been Kind to Me, showcases clothing that has been long discarded and worn out. Dresses hang, coats dance, and shoes wait for a new set of feet, as Beard’s photos resurrect a keen interest in the forgotten.
Max Juhasz, in his series Nighthawk, takes us on a journey of slick night streets. Swimming pools light up, casino’s shine and the road is open for those that fall into, as we all sometimes do, the shadow self.
Thomas Bichler’s, From Mountains to Lakes, is a symphony of beauty. One can hear the waterfalls rush and the snow crackle softly and contentedly on the peaks of mountains. These are juxtaposed with the human-made structures, houses, and churches, at the edge of the sea and the bottom of the mountain, the artist is always willing to go to the edge of everywhere.In her series Dark, Samanta Krivec builds stories from abandoned and broken-down spaces. Her photos take us to the broken places inside of us where we revisit again and again as we know this is where we need to begin. In Dark, Krivec looks for the light. A person lays, half dressed, reaching for the light; it comes in streaming from the outside, through the bars leaves are visible, and perhaps this person knows there is a way out.
Merethe Wessel-Berg’s series Rain, Oslo, is a testament and ode to Wessel-Berg’s love of the rain. She says she can claim herself a “pluviophile”––a lover of rain, “someone who finds joy and peace during rainy days.” The raindrops are captured in their moment, they may look similar at first glance, but each photo is quite different, as each of our rainy days are. Some bring us more peace than others.
Sandra Djak Kovacs