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The desire to belong to something is a fundamental part of human nature

August 16, 2017

Marias photographs are normally not planed. Wherever she goes she carries her camera with her. Her new photographs “State of Emergency” are however totally planned.

Maria spent a week alone in Iceland, with the intent to capture the Icelandic soul. Everyday she had to pass a corner with a sofa by the window to get to her room at her hostel. The light from the window changed the appearance of the corner during the cycles of day and night. The ever-changing light and the diverse landscape visible through the window in the corner, made her reflect on enormous impact the dramatic nature and the never ending unsettled land has on the icelandic inhabitants. Maria experienced that all Icelanders she spoke to threw long glances out at the surrounding nature while speaking like they totally fell out of the situation, to a place where she couldn’t reach them.

“The desire to belong to something is a fundamental part of human nature. Everyone needs to have interpersonal relationships in their lives. However, I have never felt the belongingness to nature in itself as strongly as I did through the people in Iceland. At the end of the week, I used a model by the window in the corner, trying to capture the beauty of this state”, Maria says.

Maria continues “The art work has been given the name ”State of Emergency”, inspired by Björk’s music piece “Jóga”, a sonic representation of the geographical beauty of her homeland. Björk calls it an ode to her native land and her best friend Jóga, with subtexts relating to emergency. A state that cannot be put into words, and which followed me wherever I went, both through Björk’s magic piece of music and from just being on the island”

photo art by Maria Prestmo, piqmo online gallery

State of Emergency by Maria Prestmo

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Lisa Swerling’s Glass Cathedrals housing miniatures figures

May 12, 2017

At the art fair in Hampstead London piQmo can see an obvious trend of small art boxes. Our neighboring stand is My life in art and they are exposing Lisa Swerling’s Glass Cathedrals comprise glass-fronted boxes housing with miniature figures.  We find them incredible entertaining and a big piece of humor in them. See a few of them below.

Lisa Swerling’s miniature figures.

Lisa Swerling’s Glass Cathedrals comprise glass-fronted boxes

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glass-fronted boxes housing miniature figures.

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Lisa Swerling’s Glass Cathedrals

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Lisa Swerling’s Glass Cathedrals

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insights from Affordable Art Fair London

May 11, 2017

This year piQmo choose to exhibit at the Affordable Art Fair in London. We´ll just give you some insights of whats being exhibited this time and of course give you the pieces that we feel are worth showing. And…Naturally piQmo is drawn to photography but we will also show other great pieces. The show contains lots of different art forms like sculpture, paintings, photographs and more.

The first photos you´ll meet here are from a greek artist, Aristotle Rouhanis. He has a fenomenal way of playing with light. You´ll find him art Arte Globale.

Photographer Aristotle Roufanis represented by Arte Globale

Photographer Aristotle Roufanis represented by Arte Globale

Anotehr interessting photographer we found was Andrea Torres who is represented by Galeria Miguel Alzueta from Barcelona. Such nice stand and lovely exhibited. I want to se more of this photographer. If you do too click in this link 

Affordable Art Fair Hampstead, artist Andrea Torres

Affordable Art Fair in Hampstead, London. artist Andrea Torres

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Grainy dukdalf from 1979 in Rotterdam Harbor

May 2, 2017

We are happy to introduce Peter de Ru´s photo series “Rotterdam harbor” shoot in 1979. The charming grainy effect, that modern photographers seek and try to create today, is of course an authentic element in all his analogue photos. 

Rotterdam Harbour photo series by Peter de Ru

Rotterdam Harbour photo series by Peter de Ru

 

The photo series shows us not only the rough life as worker in the harbor but they also take us in to intimate, authentic meetings between men and woman in the well known bar Black Swan at the harbor. The photos are all authentic as the feeling in them as there is a strong presence in all of Peter photos.

Black Swan bar at Rotterdam Harbor from 1979. Photography by Peter de Ru

Black Swan bar at Rotterdam Harbor from 1979. Photography by Peter de Ru

The photo “Compass Dukdalf”, below, are one of those photos you´ll just not be able take anymore. The reason is that the job as Dukdalf is no longer in practice due to that all ships have GPS today.

 

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Peter is born in the Netherlands and due to love he moved to Sweden in 1969. Not only was he a student at Christer Strömholms Photo School, now called Fotoskolan, in Stockholm but he was also lecturing in photography at Valands school of art in Gothenburg as well as Beckmans School of Arts in Stockholm. Peter has been working as a professional photographer since 1975 and has gained international knowledge with his photographic art works.

Enjoy his photos in our online gallery. 

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Art of Choice

April 3, 2017

Rebecca Malherbe This Art selection was picked by Rebecca Malherbe. A Berlin-based art history student that studied at Michaelis school of fine arts in Cape Town. She is an Art and photography enthusiast who has picked her favorite pieces from the piQmo Gallery and told us why.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anna Seifert
Soul
The image Soul depicts a human in a body of water that is covered by what seems like a pink cloud. I particularly like this image as it reflects my own imaginative view of what the soul could embody. There is no true form to what our souls look like, Anna Seifert captures an essence of what could be. The image is calming through the presence of the pink cloud and the water surrounding the person. As the viewer, I am able to get lost in my thoughts of our formless soul.

Soul / Anna Seifert

Soul / Anna Seifert

 

Marcus Nyberg
Old Lover
Old Lover, caught my attention due to the movement of the image. Even though the people in the photograph are sitting, Nyberg was able to create a dynamic atmosphere. The man who stares at the viewer enables one to immediately connect with the image as if one were standing in the room with him. The soft hue creates a sense of warmness, enhancing the feeling of the viewer’s presence.
a perfect mixture of being part of the image and being an observer is created.

Old Lover / Marcus Nyberg

Old Lover / Marcus Nyberg

 

Beata Rydén
Hypnagogia
The dreamlike state that Rydén seeks to portray is strongly felt in this image. There is a definitive sense of disrupting reality. As the viewer, I feel taken away by the icy blue yet pulled back in by the human figure. Rydén has captured what seems to be an image out of a dream. The darkness that nearly engulfs the image reminds one of sleepy half closed eyes, drifting off or slowly waking up. She leaves the viewer to decide which one it is.

Hypnagogia / Beata Rydén

Hypnagogia / Beata Rydén

 

Andreas von Gegerfelt
Folkrace
This black and white image speaks to me because of the composition. It seems as if the photograph were taken whilst quickly walking by, capturing the woman’s face expression and her surroundings just as they were. Due to these factors, I feel that the image is true and not tampered with. It portrays a single moment in time that Gegerfelt witnessed. The photograph reminds me of photos taken by Dorothea Lange, who captured people’s facial expressions with an essence of truth.

Folkrace / Andreas von Gegerfelt

Folkrace / Andreas von Gegerfelt

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Spare no icing!

February 20, 2017
White Discharger by KANEUJI Teppei.

White Discharge by KANEUJI Teppei.

Like a childhood dream, a merry-go-round with icing on top! (Note for later answer; who’s childhood?)

I couldn’t stop thinking about the ginger bread houses that we Swedes indulge ourselves in making as part of Christmas preps. Never go easy on the icing. The more the merrier and this will be our inspiration and guidance!

 

KANEUJI  Teppei   |   White Discharge  ( Public  Garden )

 

Like a word association game in which everything has a meaning, each item assumes a relationship to the others which transforms the whole thing into a spectacular work of art.

White Discharge is created as an interpretation of the theme Multiple Future. Behind the amusing and humoristic foreground there is of course a darker and more critical meaning, as often when exhibiting eye-catching art. As children’s play has undergone a paradigm shift towards the digital world, the IRL amusement parks are in decline worldwide. However, the laughter, the thrill and the instant gratification is here to stay!

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White Discharge with Tokyo backdrop.

White Discharge with Tokyo backdrop.

 

In front of the kiss of all kisses, covering the fasade. Robert Doisneau's Le baiser de l'hotel de ville.

In front of the kiss of all kisses, covering the fasade. Robert Doisneau’s Le baiser de l’hotel de ville.

PS. Public Art is art (in any media) that has been planned and executed with the intention of being staged in a public place. Usually this is outside or in accessible buildings where the art is to be available and enjoyed by everybody.

 

piQmo goes Tokyo w/ Anna

 

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Gallery Hopping in Tokyo

February 16, 2017
Yoshihiko Ito

Yoshihiko Ito

 

In  the  Box   |   Yoshihiko  Ito   |   PGI  Photo  Gallery  International

The pictures were relaxing and calm. The repetitive set up (cut out strips, put back together) of the image was just the little anomaly that was needed to find it really interesting. However it was the artist text that got me thinking all night.

(Quote, from text by Yoshihiko Ito.)

As I pull out a dusty box, I realize that I can’t recall what it contains.    …

You can loose your memories, but you can’t throw away the ones you don’t want anymore.   …

In this world we don’t get a message that lights up to tell us we have zero gigs of memory left. We can try throwing away what we don’t need into the trash. The trouble is that it doesn’t always disappear.

For fun I cut up some expired film into seven or eight centimetres strips, put them into a bottle with some water, sealed it up and put it on my desk. After some time, the water started getting cloudy. With a little more time, I looked inside to find that pieces of the film’s surface had peeled off and were floating around like jellyfish. Eventually these jellyfish dissolved. Imagining our memories following this same pattern is enough to give me nightmares.

The series began as an attempt to make emakimono (Japanese picture scrolls) out of photography. Using strands of light and time I’ve managed to stich these photographs into just that.

(End of quote.)

Yoshihiko Ito

Yoshihiko Ito

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Float Mounting Art by Yoshihito Ito @PGI Tokyo

Float Mounting
Art by Yoshihito Ito @PGI Tokyo

PS. Take an extra look at how the art piece to the right is mounted in the frame. It is called Float Mounting. It will show the entire art piece, including edges, and give you a good view of what paper the art is printed on. Conservational methods and materials are used for all Float Mounted frames and it is recommended for fine art prints. This method requires the most time as delicate techniques are used.

If you want to read more about Float mounting here is a link

xx // Anna

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Skies turn dark and the neon light will take advantage until dawn

February 14, 2017
with a smile on my face - check!

with a smile on my face – check!

Tokyo life is taking shape.

Settling in at the same time as the city is pulling you out from your comfort zone. 

Clear blue skies have hit me every morning behind the curtains, …for real?

Skies turn dark and the neon light will take advantage until dawn.

(Never ending) ‘to see’ list dominates the kitchen table.

A few checks are already there; multiple choices are confusing and eagerness is controlled.

Tradition meets politeness meets food bonanza meets lost in translation meets crazy costumes meets art en masse.

Northern light vs. neon light, time will tell.

I will share my honest impressions from the Tokyo art scene.

 

piQmo goes Tokyo w/ Anna

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icons in glas cubes by Alexandre Nicolas

January 25, 2017

piQmo saw this amazing contemporary French artist, Alexandre Nicolas, and his new artworks at Galerie Ariel Jakob in Paris.

We saw his latest art works in the series “inclusions” where he creates well known characters such as Jackie Kennedy, Yves Saint Lauren, Karl Lagerfeldt and many more in miniature and let them float in cubes. They are all fetuses as if it was predetermined that they would become icons already in their mothers belly. He makes them look static or frozen so that they give us viewers the status of contemporary icons already as fetuses. He wants the viewer to understand that these icons are products of our society.

His former Inclusions were super heroes from movies or comics such as Spiderman, Dart Wader, Batman and many more. Predetermined they are heroes already in the mothers belly, they are also destined to save or destroy the world.

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Icons in photo: Jackie Kennedy and Yves Saint Laurent

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Infusions by Alexandre Nicolas. Icon: Marc Jacobs

Infusions by Alexandre Nicolas. Icon: Marc Jacobs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Award winner photographer Mark Yashaev

January 13, 2017

Mark Yashaev was recently rewarded with The Lauren and Mitchell Presser Photography Award for young Isreali Artists. The exhibition, now exhibited at Tel Aviv Museum of Art, shows photos from his personal photographic archive with a mixture from the everyday life and the wondrous. 

His photography acknowledges the uncertainty of the photographic image. He undermines photography´s fundamental concept of a decisive, photographic moment. His work is twofold. Building an installation, taking photos of it, printing, installing the print in his studio and taking a photo of the photographed set, this time flattened.

So his first photo starts as two dimensional then becomes there dimensional and ends up as two dimensional again. “I wanted to raise more questions about creating, and searched for a rational, intellectual process that evolves to other practices such as sculpture and installation” Yashaev says in an interview about this work.

See more photos from Mark Yashhaev on his site here 

Only from this suddenness and on by Mark Yashaev

Only from this suddenness and on by Mark Yashaev

Only from this suddenness and on by Mark Yashaev

Only from this suddenness and on by Mark Yashaev

Only from this suddenness and on by Mark Yashaev

Only from this suddenness and on by Mark Yashaev

Only from this suddenness and on by Mark Yashaev

Only from this suddenness and on by Mark Yashaev