Yamamoto Masao

January 21, 2018By pablogtArtists, Blogt

Yamamoto Masao writes the following in Shizuka (Cleanse)

Living in the forest, I feel the presence of many “treasures” breathing quietly in nature.

I call this presence “Shizuka.”

“Shizuka” means cleansed, pure, clear, and untainted.

I walk around the forest and harvest my “Shizuka” treasures from soil. I try to catch the faint light radiated by these treasures with both my eyes and my camera.

In Tao Te Ching , an ancient Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu wrote , “A great presence is hard to see. A great sound is hard to hear. A great figure has no form.”

What he means is that the world is full of noises that we humans are not capable of hearing. For example, we cannot hear the noises created by the movement of the universe. Although these sounds exist, we ignore them altogether and act as if only what we can hear exists. Lao-tzu teaches us to humbly accept that we only play a small part in the grand scheme of the universe.

I feel connected to his words. I have always sensed that there is something precious in nature. I have an impression that something very vague and large might exist beyond the small things I can feel. This is why I started collecting “Shizuka” treasures.

“Shizuka” transmits itself through the delicate movement of air, the smell of the earth, the faint noises of the environment, and rays of light. “Shizuka” sends messages to all five of my senses.

Capturing light is the essence of photography. I am convinced more than ever that photography was created when humans wished to capture light.

I hope you will enjoy “Shizuka”, the treasures of the forest, through my photographs.

See more artworks by Yamamoto Masao here

Hiroshi Sugimoto

November 14, 2017By pablogtArtists, Blogt

Photography is dead. That news may come as a surprise, since obituaries about art tend to be written about painting. Invented in the 1830s, photo-graphy is still in its infancy as an art form compared to the centuries-old medium of painting. Despite inventions like portable paint tubes and fast-drying acrylic, painting has not undergone the transformations that digitalization is bringing to the medium of photography. Of course, I’m speaking about the death of film photography. Happy to save on the cost of film and the time taken to develop it, consumers embraced digitalization with such gusto that a whole industry is dying. – Jennifer Allen

Hiroshi Sugimoto, N. Pacific Ocean, Ohkurosaki, 2013, Gelatin silver print, Neg. #582, Image: 47 x 58 3/4 in. (119.4 x 149.2 cm), Frame: 60 11/16 x 71 3/4 in. (154.2 x 182.2 cm), Edition of 5
Hiroshi Sugimoto, N. Pacific Ocean, Ohkurosaki, 2013, Gelatin silver print, Neg. #582, Image: 47 x 58 3/4 in. (119.4 x 149.2 cm), Frame: 60 11/16 x 71 3/4 in. (154.2 x 182.2 cm), Edition of 5

Surface Tension is all about silver (argentique), air and water.


Water and air. So very commonplace are these substances, they hardly attract attention―and yet they vouchsafe our very existence. The beginnings of life are shrouded in myth: Let there water and air. Living phenomena spontaneously generated from water and air in the presence of light, though that could just as easily suggest random coincidence as a Deity. Let’s just say that there happened to be a planet with water and air in our solar system, and moreover at precisely the right distance from the sun for the temperatures required to coax forth life. While hardly inconceivable that at least one such planet should exist in the vast reaches of universe, we search in vain for another similar example. Mystery of mysteries, water and air are right there before us in the sea. Every time I view the sea, I feel a calming sense of security, as if visiting my ancestral home; I embark on a voyage of seeing. – Hiroshi Sugimoto

Stéfane Perraud

March 31, 2016By pablogtArtists, Blogt
Stéphane Perraud, Pierre, 2016, 30 x 40 cm, tirage numérique sur papier, gravure laser, aluminium.
Stéphane Perraud, Pierre, 2016, 30 x 40 cm, tirage numérique sur papier, gravure laser, aluminium.

Stéfane Perraud is doing some geometric laser art defacing. See more artworks by Stéfane Perraud here.

Viviane Sassen

March 28, 2015By pablogtArtists, Blogt

Viviane Sassen, Kathleen

in Sassen’s exhibition, the interplay between style and genre becomes something both conceptual and downright physical. Thus the formal galleries help to immediately assert what the exhibition text refers to a ‘museuological touch’ to Sassen’s depiction of a ‘fleeting fashion world’ – Annie Goodner

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David Claerbout

November 6, 2014By pablogtArtists, Blogt
David Claerbout, Mist Over a Landscape III
David Claerbout, Mist Over a Landscape III

In a not-so-secluded, but unforgiving room on the fourth floor of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, three of David Claerbout’s videos formed a claustrophobic horseshoe of exuberance and brutality – Eugenia Bell

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Anna Gaskell

November 6, 2014By pablogtArtists, Blogt 1 Comment

Anna Gaskell

Consider the suggestive confusion between wonder and wander – as if getting lost and digression were at the root of amazement, of change, even of knowledge – Casey Kaplan

See more artworks by Anna Gaskell here.

Matt Botwood

September 19, 2014By pablogtArtists, Blogt
Travels in a Strange Land : Dark Spaces #73
Travels in a Strange Land : Dark Spaces #73

I have visited a strange and beautiful place, a land containing creatures and locations that are fantastical but somehow familiar. A negative world. A landscape unknown. So close, but as yet undiscovered.

While some people may think that most of their local landscapes have been discovered and photographed ad-nauseum, I have sought out the landscapes of my imagination. However, these are not photoshop creations but real places. Illuminating the dark spaces beneath rocks and trees by viewing them in negative I have unearthed a landscape previously unknown to me. What you see in them is only limited by your imagination. This journey is ongoing.

Matt Botwood

See more artworks by Matt Botwood here.

Erwan Venn

June 19, 2014By pablogtArtists, Blogt No Comments
1921, impression numérique, 110 x 80 cm, 2014. © Erwan Venn
1921, impression numérique, 110 x 80 cm, 2014. © Erwan Venn

Erwan Venn is doing some art defacing digital photography. See more artworks from Erwan Venn here.

Maciek Jasik

March 7, 2014By pablogtArtists, Blogt No Comments


Maciek Jasik is doing a soulful chromatically art defacing photography. See more of his artworks here.

“In reality however, every ego, so far from being a unity is in the highest degree a manifold world, a constellated heaven, a chaos of forms, of states and stages, of inheritances and potentialities. It appears to be a necessity as imperative as eating and breathing for everyone to be forced to regard this chaos as a unity and to speak of his ego as though it were a one-fold and clearly detached and fixed phenomenon. Even the best of us shares the delusion.”

– Herman Hesse (The Steppenwolf)