ARTisSpectrum Vol. 31, May 2014 - page 20

ARTisSpectrum | Volume 31 |
n his digital photography, American artist
Boyd Prestidge
to capture those spiritual places that exist across the Earth, those
places that stir the soul. Each photo is dramatic and dynamic, full
of rich colors and unusual perspectives that add interest and a bit
of edginess to the overall composition. The level of detail captured
in each piece serves to transform the landscape and imbue it with
significance and meaning. It is this that makes his work so notable: his
ability to bring a multidimensional and multisensory experience to a
one-dimensional print.
Above all, Prestidge seeks to uncover the magic and mystery of the
natural world in an extraordinary level of detail, capturing all the
shadows and lights, smells, sounds, and even temperature fluctuations
within each tableau so that the viewer can be totally immersed in the
experience. As he explains, “My art, and my never-ending challenge,
is to somehow make up for these missing senses and convey to the
viewer the emotions and experience of the moment… to convey the
story where the words seem to fail me.”
Weather Digital Photography 30” x 20”
Boyd Prestidge
oki Morimoto
’s beautifully sparse paintings translate the
unknowable complexities of nature into a painterly dance.
Morimoto’s ongoing series, “The Memory of Seeds,” is an abstract
exploration of how things – ideas, lines on canvas, life itself – come
into being. Shapes start and stop and undulate into each other. Lines
are bold and firmly placed, but they easily twist up into knots, hide
behind one another, and sometimes simply fade away. Compositions
are based around one or two outsized, wonderfully organic curved
forms that draw the viewer in by being familiar, yet indefinable.
Morimoto paints in both acrylic and oil, and always in dynamic black
and white. His skill with technique allows him to create endless
textures, even with such a limited palette, which give the images
dimension and fluidity. Though the subjects are abstract, they exist in
tangible light and shadows. With shapes half-seen and space always
left ambiguous, Morimoto ponders the origins of light, form, and
Morimoto was born in Hiroshima, Japan, where he continues to
live today. He has exhibited all over Japan. He describes his work as
“abstract paintings that represent the inevitable.”
Koki Morimoto
Fruition4 Acrylic 39” x 28”
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