Following a packed video premiere screening and performance at the respected Flux Screening Series at UCLA’s Hammer Museum last week, the enigmatic artist known as IAMEVE releases her latest single “Starman”.
IAMEVE is a spell-binding storyteller who merges electronic music textures and visual dreamscapes. “Starman” was co-produced with David Christophere of the classic electronic music outfit Rabbit In The Moon, and the video was directed by Thor Freudenthal (Percy Jackson, Diary of A Wimpy Kid). The video’s Starman is played by Keon Alexander, beloved on FX’s Tyrant. The surrealistic love story is told in this mesmerizing music video, with IAMEVE painted in sacred geometry by body artist Michael Rosner.
Carmen is a contemporary artist and designer with her studio in the capital of Canada, Ottawa.
As an artist, she paints on traditional canvas, but her style is distinctive and innovative in the world of art, as she embeds natural elements into her paintings. These elements bring a third dimension to her artwork, which together with vivid paint colors,help her in celebrating the many facets of creation and nature.
Her paintings are all unique in their dynamism, flow, and brightness and are painted in an abstract style. Like each creation in nature, they belong to a bigger scheme. Therefore, her artwork is meant to add to the stability of the environment they occupy, creating unique atmospheres.
Carmen was born in Wolfhagen, Germany, and grew up outside of Kassel in central Germany. With her love for art and design, she has always been passionate about colours, forms, styles and rhythms. While being inspired by music and nature, she started painting at a very young age.
Carmen received her Interior Architecture Degree from the University of Applied Science in Mainz/Germany. Her studies included drawing and sculpture, colour theory, art history, interior and furniture design, construction development, material-technology, as well as theoretical architectural positions.
During her studies, she has had the pleasure of being taught by great artists, such as Prof. Gehard Meerwein, Prof. Eberhard Linke,and Prof. Steffen Huth. All of these renowned men have influenced her style and thinking as an artist. Since her university days, Carmen has lived an active life as an artist and designer.
Her artwork includes creating sketches, paintings, banners, stage designs. As a designer she has helped customers in Europe and Canada to achieve vibrant living and working environments on various projects including, private residences, community centers, churches and commercial offices.
“I have always loved color and its different shades. Looking at the same color at different times of the day, or in a different environment, and seeing how it changes, is just captivating for me.
I wanted to express these fascinating effects in my art; therefore, I experimented with implanting natural elements into my flat canvas paintings to bring different shades/ shadows into the work and, therefore, a 3-dimensional feel.
The natural elements bring the picture to life; they stick out and shine or disappear, blending into the painting with all its other colors depending on the light angle shining on the painting.
If you look at my paintings, you will notice that these elements, for example the leaf skeletons, are very visible from one angle or blend in from another angle.
I implant just as much of one element into the painting as is needed to keep the whole painting in balance. As it is in nature, the beauty lies in the overall harmony or disharmony of all things.
With my art, I want to invite you to celebrate the beauty of God’s creation of light and nature with me."
Celebrated worldwide for his emotional paintings and sculptures, Canadian artist James Picard brings his unique live painting and immersive art experience The Dark & The Wounded to San Francisco Bay’s legendary Alcatraz on May 5, 2015.
Journeying into some of the bleakest locations known including decommissioned psychiatric hospitals and disused prisons, Picard’s sensitive energies tap into the well of emotional injuries that haunt the somber corridors of these empty edifices to produce deeply moving and sometimes disturbing work. Exhibition attendees not only experience Picard’s work, but also the setting that inspired the work and are forced to face the darkness and wounds in their own hearts and souls.
The Dark & The Wounded has appeared at numerous notable locations since debuting at the Riverview Psychiatric Hospital in Vancouver in 2012. Other locations have included the Lincoln Heights Jail and Linda Vista Hospital in Los Angeles, the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, the Rolling Hills Asylum in New York, and Berkeley Church in Toronto. Future locations include Sacramento’s Preston Castle on May 7, France’s WWII destroyed town Oradour-sur-Glane, the Paris Catacombs, the Berlin Bunkers, a Polish concentration camp and others.
In addition to the incredible locations and work, attendees are also immersed into the experience through a musical soundscape created for The Dark & The Wounded by noted film score composer Jeff Danna (Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Lakeview Terrace, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus).
Picard has exhibited extensively in over one hundred art shows throughout North America and Europe. He had the rare privilege of painting live with renowned composer George Blondheim and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. His work, prized by an ever growing number of collectors including can be seen in both public and private collections across Canada, the United States, London, Paris, Japan, Germany, Spain, and Australia. Picard’s work has been exhibited next to art legends such as Picasso, Matisse, Miro, and Warhol in top Canadian Art Museums, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and gallery collections including London’s Westbrook Gallery, and New York’s RM Fine Art.
James Picard is absolutely in love with art. Keenly aware that every minute counts, James works feverishly, seizing every opportunity to create the vivid and striking images his mind conjures up.
In “James Picard: Off the Canvas,” a documentary film about the artist, Picard describes how, as a young boy, he often drew on the backs of cupboard doors or under the sheets by flashlight in order to hide his compulsion for creating, as he grew up with little support for his talent. Despite that fact, he knew from a young age that art would be his path. At the age of eighteen, his tenacity and talents drew him to prestigious art schools such as Sheridan College and the Ontario College of Art where he began formal studies to develop his raw artistic talent.
Eager to continue further artistic development after art school, he began to associate with artists such as William Ronald, Joyce Weiland, and Jack Shadbolt. He apprenticed for Cuban artist Ramon Amor, Canadian sculptor Thaddeus Szpelowitz, and the notable Canadian artist Harold Town. Town commented that Picard’s talent is “rare in the art world”. Through the support of his teachers, Picard learned how to convey his messages and visions into any art form. His talents flourished.
When James Picard is not painting, he is teaching others how to paint. Whether it is in Vancouver or New York, his talents for teaching painting, drawing, and sculpting are recognized and well respected. He has received many awards and accolades for his work and for his contributions to communities and charities throughout North America. He has been commended for his work with both hospitalized and inner city kids and for starting up the first sculpture class in the province of British Columbia for visually impaired students. Picard is an extraordinarily talented artist with a big heart whose passion enriches our world.
Drawing is first and most basic fundamental skill an artist learns. It is a medium steeped in tradition and transcendent of those traditions. It is a skill that has moved beyond the pencil and paper yet no matter what, it is still the first and most central element of all two dimensional art works. This exhibition is an exploration and celebration of drawing.
All drawing mediums and materials are eligible. All subject matter from landscape to abstraction is eligible. Two dimensional mixed media works will be considered as long as drawing is one of the main artistic components of the work. No photography, video, digital works or new media is eligible. No digital elements are allowed.
Juror : Aron Packer
Exhibition dates : June 24, 2015 - July 18, 2015 Deadline for Submission : May 8, 2015 Notification : May 30, 2015 Delivery : June 17-20, 2015 between 12-6pm only (gallery hours) Opening Reception : June 26, 2015 6-9 pm Pick-Up : July 18, 2015 4:30-8pm and July 19, 2015 12-4pm Shipped Work : Pre-Paid FedEx or UPS is required. Return Date : July 23, 2015 12-6pm
ARC GALLERY AND EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION is a non-profit, woman-run cooperative gallery dedicated to providing alternative space exhibition opportunities for innovative artists outside the commercial gallery system. Since 1973, ARC has given exposure and support to both men and women artists, providing an atmosphere for the continued development of artistic potential and experimentation.