The sexy art works of Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh.

Today is Monday, it’s raining, it’s cold, trains were delayed this morning (again!), no time for breakfast, oyster cards top up machine were broken,… so in order to change our minds, let’s share the highly sexy works born of the collaboration of the artists Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh.

Cooperation between artists is already rather unusual in the art field, but here, works are travelling back and forth between their separated studio where they simultaneously reveal and conceal each other’s images.

In this fusion, we still recognise the sensibility and vision of each artist : Ghada already famous for exploring gender and female sexuality in her art, and Reza for the natural elements.

Plus, this mix of sexy female figures with cartoon characters, Hindu deities, passages of Arabic scripts (Ghada is born in Egypt and Reza in Iran), patterns of flowers… reveals also a superb intermingling between East and West.

Happy Monday ! 🙂

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Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh, El Amor de la Rosa Roja, 2012

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Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh, Die Leiden des jungen Werther, 2012

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Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh, Age of innocence, 2012

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Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh, Aphrodites and the White Rose, 2012

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Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh, The Sun is Sinking in the West, 2012

Images © Tina Kim Gallery, New York / © CHEIM & READ Gallery

The dreamlike worlds of Sonia Mehra Chawla

Sonia Mehra Chawla’s works are absolutely stunning.
This talented artist born in Kolkata (India), is mixing reality and fantasy to create a surreal and theatrical world, often colorful and with the nature omnipresent. Life and death, evolution and destruction are recurrent themes where biomorphic and hybrids forms stand along with human figures and chromosome and human cell -like are part of the landscape.
This is in my view, a very poetic and beautiful manner to say we are all connected to the nature.

Image Sources: © 10 Chancery Lane Gallery

Sonia Mehra Chawla, Encapsulate IV B, 2008

Sonia Mehra Chawla, Encapsulate IV B, 2008

Sonia Mehra Chawla, Hybrid Digressions I, 2008

Sonia Mehra Chawla, Hybrid Digressions I, 2008

Sonia Mehra Chawla, Hyperbloom Transitions I, 2012

Sonia Mehra Chawla, Hyperbloom Transitions I, 2012

Sonia Mehra Chawla, Transitory Shores & Biomorphic II, 2013

Sonia Mehra Chawla, Transitory Shores & Biomorphic II, 2013

Donald Baechler, Mint, 2007

Because today, it is super hot in London…

Donald Baechler, Mint, 2007
© McClain Gallery, Houston

Highly influenced by the naïve vocabulary of Jean Dubuffet, Donald Baechler’s art is full of childhood imagery, nostalgia and purposely cliché motifs. However, his ‘paintings-collages-drawings’ are not always innocent as it may seems.

Sometimes a real critique of the loss of innocence, he builds with accumulated layers, what he calls an “illusion of history”. He therefore implies that his works are about our perception of childhood as adults, more than our ‘original’ childhood itself.

Nevertheless, this is beautifully made.

Donald Baechler, Western expansion, 1996
© Cardi gallery

 

Donald Baechler, Colorful Ball, 2010
© Cheim & Read gallery, New York

 

Donald Baechler, Walking Figure, 2008
© Cheim & Read gallery, New York

 

Donald Baechler, The Blue Rose, 2015
© michael lisi/contemporary art

 

Donald Baechler, Virtues of obesity, 1990
© Lars Bohman Gallery, Stockholm

the stunning waterscapes of MaryBeth Thielhelm

I terribly miss the sea, its quiet rhythm, its sound, its horizon and its ever changing colour in accordance with the light…

The artist MaryBeth Thielhelm is one of the best to depict this unique and hypnotic atmosphere. Unlike the also talented Louise Lebourgeois who creates similar landscapes, her oil on panel are very large and less figurative which makes your mind wander even more and ready to meditate.

Plus, she also developed the technique of solarplate etchings: she takes first a photograph that she burns onto a light-sensitive plate using only water and sunlight. Therefore in addition to use a nontoxic and eco-friendly method, she is in total symbioses with the element that she depicts.

Inspiring!

Images © 2016 Sears-Peyton Gallery

Mary Beth Thielhelm, White 0111, 2011
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Mary Beth Thielhelm, Black Sea, 2014
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Mary Beth Thielhelm, Blue Sea, 2016
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Mary Beth Thielhelm, Deep Forest Sea, 2012
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Mary Beth Thielhelm, Salmon Rose, 2014
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Mary Beth Thielhelm, Solar Etching Installation, 2015