February Staff Recommendations

February Staff Recommendations

Mariko Ando, A Small Life, To The Sky

Mariko Ando's 'A Small Life, To The Sky'Recommended by Nikki (Fine Print Photographer & Content Publisher):
"Mariko Ando's fairytale realm personifies a rabbit's life that is seemingly quiet and small. With Ando's careful hand-coloring and delicate etching lines, set against perfectly executed chîne collé, she effectively weaves viewers into the inky lines of the silent rabbit, watching birds fly away from her arms into the open sky. Despite being shy and silent by nature, rabbits are fantastic communicators with their clear body language, eye contact, and behaviors. However, it is easier to notice chirping birds, flying about. Ando understands this and chooses to elevate the rabbit's quiet, but important, life into the sky to be noticed and to fill up space with the birds." 

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Tomiyuki Sakuta, Person 13

Tomiyuki Sakuta, Person 13

Recommended by Rebecca (Gallery Manager):
"With the stress we all are under, I feel like I am blowing away, losing myself, organically. Sakuta has captured that feeling of loss. A breeze is all that is needed."

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Rey Morimura, Senso, Ueno

Rey Morimura, Senso, Ueno

Recommended by Emma (Marketing & Communications Manager):
"This piece immediately caught my eye due to it's bold autumnal color palette and unique vertical format. I love the simple shapes and layers of texture in the hills and trees, and in spite of the bird's eye perspective I feel as if I'm transported right into this village. This piece is full of life."

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Arne Bendik Sjur, 1986 Portraits XLI

Arne Bendik Sjur's '1986 Portraits XLI'

Recommended by Sam (Owner & Director):
"This provocative portrait by the Norwegian artist is from a series drawn from patients at a mental hospital. Implied is the continued influence of the parent on the sitter - always in the background judging her decisions and choices. This delicate, detailed drypoint makes powerful representation of this relationship even in a small format."

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Karin Székessy, Joanne Modeling for Modelle Portfolio

Karin Székessy's black and white photograph of a nude woman leaning over a chair back, staring directly at the camera

Recommended by Paige (Collections Manager):
"Karin Székessy has been an influential photographer since the 1960s, making a variety of work from photojournalism to nude photography to collaborations with her husband, Paul Wunderlich. This piece showcases her talent as a female photographer directing a female model. Székessy avoids giving the female nude an aura of 'natural beauty' that lends itself to voyeurism. Instead, the model looks directly at the camera without even the hint of a smile, composed strikingly against the stark black and white background. The image is, to me, the perfect balance of hostility and beauty."

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