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February 2012

Doug Rickard

Doug rickardDoug Rickard's series, A New American Picture, depicts anonymous inner-city and suburban streets across the United States. In the tradition of street photographers such as Walker Evans and Stephen Shore, the images reflect the urban and rural decay of overlooked communities in contemporary life. The artist explores locations via Google Street View, the online archive of panoramic photographs that visually map America's streetscape. He carefully selects images and photographs the computer screen, complete with blurred faces and signage that characterize the source images and emphasize the anonymity and desolation of the subjects.

 

Doug Rickard is currently featured in the New Photography 2011 exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photographs from A New American Picture have been exhibited at Le Bal in Paris, the 2011 Les Rencontres d'Arles, and is currently on view at Pier 24 in San Francisco. A limited edition monograph of A New American Picture was published by White Press/Schaden and was named a best book of 2010 by Photo-Eye Magazine and at this year's Kassels Photobook Festival. The trade edition of the publication is planned for release in 2012. Doug Rickard was born in 1968 in San Jose, California, received his BA in U.S. History and Sociology at UC San Diego, and currently lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.


George Condo

Couple-on-blue-striped-chair-by-george-condo-photo-by-susan-m-kirschbaumSince the early 1980s, George Condo has used traditional artistic methods and materials to depict unexpected, grotesque, and comic subjects. In The Butcher and His Wife, what appears at first glance to be a classical bronze sculpture of embracing figures is, in fact, a couple interrupted in the middle of a sexual encounter. Their startled expressions lend a comic sensibility which is immediately contradicted by the violence of the cleaver in the male figure’s head.

Beyond a critique of art historical convention common to his contemporaries, Condo engages in a deeper exploration of the sexuality and violence, comedy and tragedy inherent to human nature. The rough texture of the sculpture reveals the materiality of the clay from which the bronze was cast and renders ambiguous whether the figures are emerging from amorphous matter or disintegrating back into it.


Stan Ragets

Stan Ragets could almost be considered a "new age" or metaphysical artist. That is because his work is mezmerizing and mysterious, using fractiles with almost a mathematical bent.

 

Fractal artwork in the “fine art” sense is relatively unheard of at the current time, and Ragets' goal to eventually make it a household term. Of course, for those who enjoy Escher, Raget's work will resonate. 

He says, "Art is something that I've always enjoyed; not just the creative process, but also viewing the final results. I strive to create artwork that you can 'get lost in', pieces that can be viewed over and over again, always finding something new. I want to create engaging artwork that pulls you into the image.

My computer programming background allows me to design my own custom parameters that give me a unique edge among fractal artists. I constantly strive to push the limits of current technology and am always learning as new developments take place. As technology grows, so do I as an artist."