Sometimes we have that eureka moment – when the stars align, and we think about something in a completely new way. The way to spark ideas is to immerse yourself in as many varied things as possible. This issue foregrounds innovative artists who play with form and subject matter in ways that redefine our relationship with material. Here is a preview:
Beyond Storytelling | Nhu Xuan Hua’s images move beyond fashion editorials, transforming the body into something less individualistic – and much more sculptural.
Visual Composite | Anastasia Samoylova’s 3D tableaux turn copyright-free images into collages, questioning how we understand nature through the internet realm.
Curious Arrangement | Basque photographer Andoni Beristain’s bold still lifes inject a sense of narrative into the everyday, finding moments of comedy, satire and beauty with familiar items.
Spatial Investigation | Turner Prize-wining Forensic Architecture harness design to investigate human rights violations, from terror attacks to ecocide.
Ethereal Illumination | In Reuben Wu’s visual geometries, or “aeroglyphs”, glowing halos and lines float on the horizon like doorways, portals or pathfinders, illuminating remote geographies.
Design As Experience | Jason Bruges Studio are pioneering in the field of experiential art. Jason Bruges uses interactive installations to encourage audience participation in exhibitions and events.
Playing With Tension | Omar Torres’ Essays on Collapse symbolise an attempt to reach equilibrium. Everyday objects are arranged in balancing acts, caught on the brink of catastrophe.
Urban Backdrops | Anna Devís and Daniel Rueda use the urban landscape as a backdrop for playful and creative compositions whilst tapping into the pillars of architectural tourism.
Collective Reflections | Mirrors act as portals to explore the complexity of Afrodiasporic identities alongside Europe’s colonialist histories in Mónica de Miranda’s The Island.
Fleeting Moments | Neal Grundy’s Transient Sculptures series focuses on the overriding concepts of change and motion, depicting the beauty of fabric forms billowing in “mid-flight.”
1. Anna Devís and Daniel Rueda, Valencia, Spain (2022).
2. Nhu Xuan Hua, from the series Velvet (2016). Courtesy of the artist.
3. Nhu Xuan Hua, from the series Velvet (2016). Courtesy of the artist.
4. Anastasia Samoylova, Forests (2014). Courtesy of the artist.
5. Andoni Beristain, Anxiety, (2021). Courtesy of the artist.
6. Andoni Beristain, 90 x 60 x 90, (2021). Courtesy of the artist.
7. Forensic Architecture, The Bombing of Rafah, 2014 – Multiple images and reconstructed bomb clouds are arranged within a 3D model of Rafah, Gaza.
8. Reuben Wu, Aeroglyph Variations #04 (2019). Courtesy of the artist.
9. Reuben Wu, Rufus Du Sol (2020), “Live at Joshua Tree” Artwork.
10. Shadow Wall (2019). Photo: James Medcraft courtesy of Jason bruges Studio.
11. Omar Torres, Bodies, (2019), from Essays on Collapse.
12. Anna Devís and Daniel Rueda, Doha, Quatar (2019).
13. Anna Devís and Daniel Rueda, Valencia, Spain (2017).
14. Mónica de Miranda, Whistle for the wind from The Island series (2022). Courtesy of the artist.
15. Neal Grundy, Firle Beacon, England, from Transient Sculptures (2020).
16. Neal Grundy, Beachy Head, England, from Transient Sculptures (2020).