How to fall in love with new artists



I go through phases with art. Sometimes I'm all about what my colleague calls 'brown paintings' (the works of Constable and his traditional cohorts), and sometimes I want to find something new and exciting. Right now, I'm all about the latter. Last week, I looked at Kerry Brewer's weird world of God knows what; the week before it was Julien Spianti. Both artists are new to me, and I'm not stopping there.

I can spend hours blog surfing to find new artists that stand out to me, but lately I've been using Zealous (check it out here - it's basically an online library for the arts).

I'm really into some of the photography on there. I first saw a project called 'One Day in Paris' by Laurence Garcon on Zealous, which gives us a walk through this iconic city, all blurry-eye and love-drunk. The same shade of yellow dominates each picture, filling us with the warmth of new love. [Update: unfortunately the works aren't on Zealous anymore :(]

Laurence Garcon, One Day in Paris

Laurence Garcon, One Day in Paris

Laurence Garcon, One Day in Paris

Aside from Laurence Garcon, there are some really great photographers on Zealous - have a flick through the 'featured' list and let me know which ones you like (and which ones you don't, if you're wearing your critic's hat).

There's an artist who caught my eye on Zealous. Stefano Perrone's 'Wish Things Were Different' series looks like modern-day Futurism. For those who don't know, the Futurist artists were active in Italy between around 1910 and 1930. They loved speed, technology and violence, and saw that as the future. Perrone's images look like Futurism with a more literal aesthetic - his subjects are having their humanity replaced with machines.

Stefano Perrone, Wish Things Were Different 

Stefano Perrone, Wish Things Were Different 

I hear a lot of the Zealous artists will be showcasing their stuff at Zealous X, a free event on London's Southbank, from 28th November to 1st December. I really hope these two little gems will be among them.

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