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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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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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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

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we discover several layers of ourselves

November 20, 2016

I wanted to read it over and over again. The text that Anna Seifert wrote that are linked to her new photo series “I see you”. It touches me! It effects me! It makes me think about how beautiful life is and how important it is to be true to yourself, dare going deep down in to your innermost and find more layers of yourself. 
Read it! Feel it! Enjoy. 
(*please note that the thoughts are written in Swedish so it might have other effects when translated to English)
I see you
Life is not for granted
We look for things that matter to us
We find security in the idea that there are several seekers
We move close to the edge
balance between everyday life and daydream
We are filled with moments and relationships
that matter to us
We let go
fall down through the surface
reaching deeper
we discover several layers of ourselves
Further into the core
We land, softly
The essence is here, maybe exactly where we stand
What we are looking for is meaning
dare to live for it.

/ Anna Seifert

"soul" is part of Anna Seiferts photo series "I see you"

“soul” is part of Anna Seiferts photo series “I see you”

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piQmo collaborates with EKPR

September 14, 2016

Vi are very happy to announce piQmo´s cooperation with EKPR & Kommunikation.

Why do we do this? Well, we are bad at letting the market know about our our concept and what piQmo is all about. The first couple of years has been great but we have done many improvements when it comes to quality, service and production.

What few people know is that we do all prints on fine art cotton paper, finest printing quality with a lifetime warranty, at Scandinavias best photo lab. Customers who chooses framing with us also gets the best quality possible. Our framing is done at one of Scandinavias best framer studio where some of Sweden’s most prominent galleries also does their frames.

Our goal is to maintain high quality while keeping prices down for – as our original idea always has been – lets make great, thoughtful photography accessible.

In addition to offering photo art online, making it easier for the modern buyer, we also offer personal service meaning coming to the office or making home visits to ease for our clients. At these visits we look at you, the interior, get a feeling for your personal taste and suggest photographic art works that we believe suits you.

These are among few things that we are bad at communicating. This is what EKPR will help us getting better at.

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Stuck between real life and virtual reality

September 13, 2016
Oleg Ponomarev, Checkpoint #1

Oleg Ponomarev, Checkpoint #1

piQmo being the first gallery in Europe exhibiting and selling his art, we proudly announce our latest contributor from Leningrad in Russia, Oleg Ponomarev.
With his photographic project ’Checkpoint’ we are given a slap reminder of our present society. Raising a very current subject and considering what’s happening in the world today, we believe it is important and refreshing to express this topic through art.
‘Checkpoint’ is a series of authentic images of x-ray security scans across the subway system in St Petersburg.

We find ourselves stuck between real life and virtual reality
…………..
Read more about the project Checkpoint.

 

Oleg Ponomarev, Checkpoint #6

Oleg Ponomarev, Checkpoint #6

Oleg Ponomarev, Checkpoint #9

Oleg Ponomarev, Checkpoint #9

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It might sting a little…

April 18, 2016
"Small leaf" av Saga Wendotte. Hela serien går under namnet "wallflowers"

“Small leaf” av Saga Wendotte. Hela serien går under namnet “wallflowers”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The photo series “Wallflowers” by Saga Wendotte is about what it´s like to be young, the first and the “true” love. At first glance you might think that the photographs only are beautiful or cute, but when looking closer to them you can find the flaws and they immediately become interesting.

The titles of the photo art works “It Might Sting A Little,” “Prince Charming” and “Wither” reveals that it just might not be so perfect after alla and they help us understand that everything might not be paradise. The series shows the vulnerability and our protagonist is dressed in innocent white with a floral wreath on her head . She is followed by the frog princes, forever blooming roses, wasps as a symbol of danger, vultures waiting for clouds and explosions in the distance. Pastel wallpaper and flowers contrasting against snails and insects. Cute and beautifully is mixed with worry, anxiety, anticipation and longing.

"it might sting a little" är en av fotografierna i fotoserien "Wallflowers" av Saga Wendotte

“it might sting a little” är en av fotografierna i fotoserien “Wallflowers” av Saga Wendotte

"Prins charming" is one of six from the photographic series "wallflowers" by Saga Wendotte

“Prins charming” is one of six from the photographic series “wallflowers” by Saga Wendotte

 

 

 

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photographer Maria Prestmo

March 30, 2016

 

Skjermbilde 2016-02-02 kl. 11.56.32Maria Presto, born 1976, is a Bergen-based photographer whose projects often reside in the realms between figuration and abstraction, between reality and dreams. In this regard her approach to photography is more similar to that of a painter. She also frequently collaborates with painter Marie Storaas as the artist duo “P.S”. Her passion for photography has followed her all the way through childhood, youth and her nine years of academic education. The camera has become her way of studying human behaviour and exploring different identities.

Her work has been exhibited in galleries and festivals; Banksmidja Galleri (Voss), Hydrogenfabrikken Kunsthall (Fredrikstad), Hardanger Musikkfest (Lofthus), B-Open (Bergen) and the old Astrup Fearnley Museet (Oslo) among others. March 2016 she is having her first solo show at Galleri Ramfjord (Oslo).