Australian artist Ben Thomas (b. 1981) focuses on urban spaces. Having experimented in his earlier practice with techniques including tilt-shift and kaleidoscopes, the featured series Chroma I (2015) and Chroma II (2016) decode cities, highlighting colour and tonal flatness. Locations including Melbourne, New York, London and Florence are depicted within a surreal plane wherein everyday palettes are enhanced into ostensible brilliance. Block colours and smoothed shadows transpose the recognisable environments of contemporary society into artifice, whilst luminous aquamarine skies and pastel yellow concrete introduce the shapes of buildings into plastic worlds. By intensifying colours and distorting the boundaries between reality and abstraction, Thomas poses questions about how society defines the places in which we live: how far do we have to digitalise our surroundings until they are noticeably unnatural? www.benthomas.net.au.
A new anthology, edited by Fiona Rogers and Max Houghton, champions the works of emerging female photographers and offers unforeseen points of view.
Whitney Hayes is a photographer passionate about capturing the defining moments of humanity – driven by mood as a compositional element.
Aesthetica Art Prize Talks: James Boaden, Lecturer in History of Art at the University of York
The third in the series of free lunchtime talks taking place as part of the Aesthetica Art Prize is led by University of York Lecturer and Art Historian, James Boaden. Join Boaden at York St Mary’s as he talks about the evolution of film.