Nicolas Bruno suffers from sleep paralysis, a state in which he’s unable to move and is haunted by nightmarish visions. “I have experienced bone chilling hallucinations and extreme terror during these dreams,” he says. “Faceless silhouetted figures, embraces from shadow-like hands, warping of reality around me – all while completely paralyzed.” Nicolas started recreating these terrifying hallucinations in his photos, overcoming his fear and discovering the creative power of conceptual photography.
New York based artist Laurie Simmons, known for her photographic work of miniature and live-size dolls, paper cut-outs, puppets and dummies, portraying them as ‘living objects’ in a highly conceptual manner. Simmons’ symoblic photographs conveyed a bittersweet nostalgia for the 1950s, at the same time exposing the social issues such as consumerism and feminism in the postwar American culture.
WALKING & LYING OBJECTS1987 – 1991
THE MUSIC OF REGRET1994
CAFE OF THE INNER MIND1994
LONG HOUSE2002 – 2004
THE LOVE DOLL2009 – 2011
Kigurumi, Dollers and How We See2014
“KIGURUMI AND DOLLERS”, an exhibition of Laurie Simmons’ latest work is now showing at the Wilkinson Gallery.
“I wanted not only that the painter moves, but also the painting“. – Alfons Schillings.
In the 1960’s, the Swiss born, Vienna based painter Schilling, influenced by American “action painting”, became one of the first artists interested in ‘Rotationsbilder’ (spin-paintings); paintings produced on large vertical discs, turning at speeds up to 3 times a second. This technique has been used since by many artists including Damien Hirst.