New Artists: April 2018

A selection of practitioners translates both manmade and natural environments through an idealistic and retrospective lens, building upon everyday forms. Showcasing the breath of developments in digital photography, the images create a tapestry of liminal and subjective perspectives.

Eva Ostrowska ( @ost_rov)

French-Ukrainian photographer Ostrowska lives and works in Paris. Nearly seven years ago, she abandoned a routine lifestyle, moving more frequently from place to place. Her new identity as a nomad translates into a peripatetic practice, which examines different landscapes through a keen and reflective lens. Halcyon (2018) looks into the detail of natural caves, rendering rugged caves into illuminated and almost jewel-lie interiors.

Francois Ollivier (@francoisollivier)

Ollivier is a self-taught photographer who has lived and worked in Montreal since 2011. His approach is based on wandering and accepting the impromptu, magnifying the most common things into the poignant or magnificent, using patience and providence as artistic tools. He finds  liminal spaces in the organic and the manmade landscape, highlighting points of interest, exit or entrance – the results are compelling and sometimes foreboding compositions that promote a sense of considered grandeur.

Matthew Portch  (@matt_portch) 

Portch was spurred into pursuing photography due to the digital revolution that spawned from the millennium. Despite this, the large format colour photographers from the 1960s and 1970s is what granted the artist his main inspiration – fascinated by the seemingly ordinary street scenes and vistas that were captured with fastidious detail. The images have an austere quality – never allowing cropping or changing focus. The practice is a nod back to the nostalgia of large format photography in the online age.

Sam Johnson (@samjsn)

Johnson finds satisfaction in creating beauty through perceivable mundanity. Capturing people’s attention and introducing them to alternate realities is part of a wider transformative practice, looking Jungian landscapes.  The minimalist compositions adhere to a rising interest in the globalised world; road signs, pavements and manmade placements consider how humanity is translating nature. Clouds seem intentionally placed in centre focus, whilst concrete becomes a character of its own.

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