Shaping the Future:
The June / July Issue

This issue captures the current zeitgeist, and is a reminder of how much the past forms part of the present. There are so many things that connect us as human beings, right now, here on planet Earth, as we shape the future amidst our rapidly changing surroundings. Here’s a preview of Aesthetica‘s latest print magazine:

Abstract Wonderland | Florian W. Mueller abstracts perceptions of the city, inspired by the intersecting lines and colours used by Expressionist painter Lyonel Feininger.

Journey Elsewhere | In the ethereal works of KangHee Kim, windows become invitations to the imagination, portals to sun-drenched locations just beyond our reach.

Worlds Under Threat | Florida is a complex place with many contrasting ideologies. Anastasia Samoylova investigates the inner-workings of this subtropical fever-dream.

Studies in Botany | Anne Mason-Hoerter celebrates the vivid colour and unique details of plant specimens, from valerian roots and blue thistles to wild garlic.

Distort and Reveal | Andrea Alkalay’s Landscape on Landscape series examines the radical act of observation through the poetic and political potential of photographs.

Beyond the Metaphysical | Hayward Gallery presents speculative futures where fantasy is at the forefront, and both creative and cultural liberation are brought into effect.

Breaking Convention | For over two decades, Hannah Starkey has honed and developed an attentive gaze, representing women with both candour and compassion.

Nod to Surrealism | Self-portraits by Spanish photographer Fares Micue – often looking skyward – are covered by bright blue balloons and flocks of paper birds.

Timeless Structures | The Rockies boast an expansive geography of dramatic alpine wilderness and diverse wildlife. Modernism has thrived there for over 100 years.

Into the Imaginary | Digital illustrator Adriana Mora constructs three- dimensional buildings within idyllic waterscapes. Brutalism is juxtaposed with seamless horizons.

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Image Credits:
1. Florian W. Mueller, Lyonel 2000, No. 6. Courtesy of the artist.
From Dreamer. Courtesy of KangHee Kim and Setanta Books.
3. From Dreamer. Courtesy of KangHee Kim and Setanta Books.
Anastasia Samoylova, Pink Arcade, Sarasota (2020). Courtesy of the artist.
Anne Mason-Hoerter, Heuschera. Courtesy of the artist.
6. Anne Mason-Hoerter, Purple Sage. Courtesy of the artist.
Andrea Alkalay, Landscape on Landscape: Cod # D5BE75(2021). Courtesy of the artist.
Lina Iris Viktor, Eleventh (2018). Pure 24 karat gold, acrylic, ink, copolymer resin, print on matte canvas 65 x 50 inches (165.1 x 127 cm) © 2018. Courtesy the artist.
Lina Iris Viktor, Sixth (2018). Pure 24 karat gold, acrylic, ink, gouache, copolymer resin, print on cotton rag paper, 52 x 40 inches (132.1 x 101.6 cm) © 2018. Courtesy the artist.
Hannah Starkey, Untitled, April 2006 (detail). Framed c-type print mounted on aluminium, 122 x 152 cm © Hannah Starkey, courtesy Maureen Paley, London.
Fares Micue, Conscious Choices (2021). Courtesy of the artist.
12. Fares Micue,Wherever You Take Me (2021). Courtesy of the artist.
Art Barn, Rowland+Broughton, Aspen, Colorado. Photo credit: Joshua McHugh.
Adriana Mora, Vitra Design Haus. Courtesy of the artist.
15. Adriana Mora, Muralla Roja. Courtesy of the artist.