Christophe Dessaigne – Midnight Digital

Tormented dreamscapes, desert and silent plains, all invitations to remote and chimeric territories… Christophe Dessaigne’s creations are open doors on fantastic and dreamy horizons where digital photography serves the fanciful imagery of surrealist photomontages.

“The more I was learning about photography, the more I realized how frustrating it could be,” he explains, “most photographers are usually after outstanding natural landscapes and rule out, maybe out of snobbery, digital tools. I consider digital photography as an extraordinary way to alter and experiment with the image, and ultimately bring it to something fantastic, in the literal meaning of the word.”
Driven by this creative urge, now unhindered by the sacrosanct rules of photography, Christophe threw himself into editing. “The possibilities offered by Lightroom and Photoshop combined are unlimited. My work mainly revolves around two axes and depends on my mood. I can take “simple pictures” with few editing or get lost in sophisticated photomontages.”

Even if he readily admits enjoying photomontage, photography still takes up half of his creation work: “I think that the success of a complex photomontage resides in the story it has to tell. Technique is secondary though still necessary. To evoke a feeling, an image has to tell something, it has to carry the viewer in a different world, besides having a solid composition. Most of the time I know exactly what I want in the end. I visualize the final image before I start editing it. I even often sketch it.”

Christophe was the very first featured artist here on Aves Noir, and we felt he deserved a repost to show off some of his recent work.  If you love what he does, you can visit his shop here.

Claire Morgan – Visual Artist

Claire Morgan is an irish visual artist best known for her geometric 3-d nature installations.  She creates surreal moments frozen in time by using thread,each piece conveying a natural statement within the confines of its wholly unnatural shape.

Claire has appeared in over a hundred printed and online magazines and several galleries across the globe. Beginning April 27th, those of you in the states can enjoy her On Top of the World installation as part of the Dead or Alive show at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York.   For more information click here

Among her most compelling pieces are those in which she depicts the plight, existence, accidental quandary, or ephemeral quality of her subjects. Below are selections featuring jackdaws, crows, or rooks.

Ali Herrmann – Fauvist

Encaustic painting is a technique, most notably used by the ancient Egyptians, in which pigments are added to hot beeswax and then formed into the artist’s vision upon whichever medium he or she favors. It is also a technique which frequents the whimsical nature-inspired art of Ali Herrmann, mixed into the fragile textures of seed pods and mica.  Each piece presents us with a tangible quality unlike many modern Fauvists.

Living in upstate NY (USA) for nearly five years now, Ali observes a group of crows/ravens that gather out front, make noise, scour the lawn, and then suddenly drift off.  She says.”They seem to have a circuit that they travel around town, because I notice them on my walks too, traveling in their pack.”

“I used to feel that passing crows and ravens, while driving, was some sort of ominous sign of something about to happen in the near future. A little internet research into the symbolism of these birds guided me to believe that they represented/symbolized past spirits, souls of people that inhabited certain areas….so after watching them, since these birds seem to have such a local, tight traveling group and seem to ‘keep a schedule’, I have come to believe that perhaps these are ‘souls’ in another form of the people that lived here, some family members of generations past, and some friends.  The way they ended up in my artwork was simply a natural extension of how I create work…I talk walks, observe and gather seeds/pods/elements from nature, paint studies and larger works of what I see.  The fact that I see these birds everyday also, seemed like a natural metamorphosis of merging them into my work.”

Ali currently offers only her original pieces for sale, and what precious things they are!  To view her shop, click here

You can also catch” The Messengers of Fortune II” on display as part of The Black and White Show at the Columbia County Arts Council Gallery. The show features a variety of the NY region’s most talented emerging artists. For more information, visit www.aliherrmann.com

Emily Valentine

Feathers are never far away in the work of Emily Valentine. What was a readily available material for the artist in her early career as a costume maker and jeweler has evolved to become an ongoing commentary about the status of birds in mankind’s insistent hierarchical categorization of life around us.

Many varieties of bird life are represented: some exotic, some native and some famously despised, in the form of the Indian Myna Bird. Some of the feathers have been obtained commercially by Valentine – dyed in brilliant but unnatural hues. Others have been painstakingly collected from creatures who have met with accidental deaths, and the Myna Bird feathers have been harvested by Valentine herself. A specialized trap, set in a friend’s large native garden, produced 130 birds in one year alone – a testament to the virile nature of this registered pest.

In her most recent work avian mechanics have become the focus of Valentine’s attention. Interested in the way that human invention has stolen its technology from the genius of nature, Valentine has brought the design of aeroplanes and rockets back to the source of their inspiration, rejoining them with the forms of birds.

Central to Valentine’s practice is an awareness of humankind’s double standards when it comes to the forms of life with which we share the world. The subject of animals as ‘pests’ is particularly complex. Valentine is intrigued by the notion of that which does and doesn’t belong: one considered good and the other to be eradicated. Who decides that the Myna Bird is a public enemy, and therefore fare game for trapping? Questions such as ‘why is only some life precious’ and ‘when is it acceptable to kill another living creature’ are raised readily.

Says Emily,”In my work I wish to discuss how attitudes to wearing animals and birds parts have changed. Is this just because of fashion, or has society become more caring of animals? I wish to stimulate the viewer with the uncomfortable nature of the feather, to question our callousness treatment of animals and birds, and ask how we sub-consciously classify animals – pet or pest, valued or worthless, beautiful or plain and why.”

Emily recently concluded ‘Flying Flings’ at the Australian Coucil sponsored Craft Act

Buddha’s Ghost

The images in this featured gallery present a strong case that some people are born to be photographers. Buddha’s Ghost has a natural eye for composing stunning avian portraits, then taming his digital camera to record these wild and unpredictable subjects according to his vision.  From somber stillness to comic silliness, his collection is not only diverse, but one of the most delightfully expressive ones we’ve ever seen.

Visit the full gallery here.

Katherine Sanderson

In the words of Katherine Sanderson, “The Flickr community feels like an almost infinite set of performances – innovative, inspiring, awe-some, disturbing, volatile, exquisite, heartbreaking, laugh-out-loud-and-make-stuff-come-out-yer-nose funny… It displays the power of imagery and the people who make it to move us, one at a time!”

Flickr can be a truly bottomless font of talent and vision, although many over-estimate the value of their work and under-estimate the value of creation – the soul of which is to bring something forth into the world and have it be praised. Not so for Katherine, a retired choreographer and performer-turned amateur photo-artista.  Her images capture the refined beauty of years of practice, and of course, we love her subjects!

View here gallery here.

Cole Gerst

Cole Gerst’s new group of work Turf Wars focuses on the continued chaos we inflict upon wildlife and the world around us. As a kid, Cole enjoyed many of these artists’ fantastical stories about faraway lands, or conversations with Higher Powers. He was inspired by their ability to create art that revealed the world as only they saw it. Cole’s relationship with outsider art is evident within his work, which is spontaneous, whimsical and provides evidence of an imaginary dimension. Turf Wars opens April 3rd at Ghetto Gloss Gallery.


Via:   My Love For You..

Tiffany Bozic

If there is an artist alive today that shares the vision of this site so perfectly, it is Tiffany Bozic.  Her art is a divine marriage of science and haunting symbolism, provoking and sometimes Gigeresque. More wholesome influences such as John James Audubon and Ernst Haeckel are not lost on us however – each piece presents a delicate beauty wherein the macabre is seen by only the curious.

From her biography:

“Tiffany Bozic has spent the majority of her life living with and observing the intricacies of nature. Having grown up on a farm in Arkansas, she was inspired by the natural world at an early age. Blending her external observations with the internal world has led her to refine a distinct style. Her work often incorporates richly pigmented acrylic paint on solid maple wood panels. “

Below, “No Ones Fault But My Own” depicts three magpies perching upon some rather intestinal branches above a fallen dove. This and other works from her Bedtime Stories series were shown at the Kinsey/ DesForges Gallery in 2008.

Timothy Lantz

It was only a matter of time before we featured Timothy Lantz. Among my absolute favorit artists, his tragic romanicism and penchant for representing the essence of mythological symbolism inspires a lasting appreciation in anyone with like taste. Underpinning Lantz’s powerful aesthetic is long experience. His exacting technical abilities, which go far beyond the traditional skill set, combine with core strengths in color and composition to create art that reflects—and refracts—the essence of beauty.

………Timothy Lantz