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T
he artistic process of Brazilian artist
Fernando
Braune
may begin with photographs, but the
work that goes into each piece involves much more
than conventional photography. Capturing each
shot — many of which portray street scenes from
Rio de Janeiro, where he is based — is only the
beginning; thereafter he creates black and white
prints of his images, which he transforms using
watercolors, crayons and pastels. He then digitizes
the resulting mixed media works, transforming and
tweaking them further, before printing the resulting
compositions on 100% cotton paper.
Braune’s images combine multiple photographs
and other visual elements for an effect that is
distinctly urban and contemporary, echoing his
multidisciplinary process. Overlaid fragments of photos superimpose street scenes, architectural details, portraits, and
more, to which his painted and pastel modifications add surprising bursts of color and bold chunks of text. The interactions
between these disparate elements are made all the more dramatic by Braune’s choice of palette, which varies radically
with black and white sections that approach a chiaroscuro effect evocative of film noir, while other areas glow with bright,
saturated tones. The finished works, hybrids of digital and analog, modern and traditional methods, are full of sharp
contrasts and disjointed formal elements, yet achieve an original and attractive balance.
Element Y Photograph on Hahnemühle Paper 20” x 28”
Fernando Braune
“G
etting the work to speak,”
Brady Steward
says, “you really have to take it to the edge
and then some.” Steward’s innovative art, which
encompasses glass sculptures and mixed media
works that incorporate wood and industrial
materials, provides vivid examples of his boundary-
breaking philosophy. His sculptures combine
elemental intensity with a freedom of approach,
delicacy of touch and a well-developed eye for color
and construction to create a highly original world. “I
like the sculpture to be fluid and abstract,” he notes,
though his abstractions have a strong physical
quality. His interest in water and fluidity is tied to the
physicality of the human body (“veins look like rivers
and arroyos,” he says), resulting in pieces that seem
to exist on several different levels at once.
Steward’s pieces in glass give that material an
unusual degree of weight and density by letting
dark colors dominate, with only occasional hints of light and transparency peeking through. He uses a wide variety of
techniques, including sculpture molds and cast glass as well as free-form and spontaneous blown glass. His mixed media
pieces deftly mix a variety of textures and shapes. But whatever technique or materials he uses, the artist exhibits a raw
power that takes him, and the viewer, into uncharted territory.
Net Series Mixed Media 32.5” x 32” x 24.5”
Brady Steward
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