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For many artists the purpose of their practice is to explore the human condition and the seemingly infinite questions of existence that may plague us through our lifetime. To be able to convey these ideas visually is a gift to the viewer; offering a space to reflect on our connections with those around us and our environment.

The intricate mechanical structures created by cover artist Mark von Rosenstiel perform repetitive motions which project familiar social traits back to the viewer. We interviewed him about his work for this issue, and how removing a human presence allows us to each consider our own personal place within the sphere of life.

For other artists featured in this issue, it is human relationships which pin us together. Themes of language, family, love and physicality and experiences are all explored through their own individual visions.

   
Upcoming Exhibitions
 

  CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: EMERGENCY 2017

Aspex’s international open submission competition EMERGENCY is back for 2017 and currently taking submissions.

Artists working in all media are invited to apply, with a maximum of ten artists selected from submissions to take part in a group show which will open in December 2017. During this exhibition a winner will be chosen to receive a solo exhibition at Apex in 2018, as well as a fee of £1,000.

   

  Borde Hill Garden Sculpture Exhibition 2017
Until 2 October | Borde Hill Garden, Haywards Heath

Located in the heart of Sussex in 200 acres of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Borde Hill Garden is the perfect backdrop for the annual Sculpture Exhibition which is currently transforming the garden into a spectacular outdoor gallery. This year marks the 18th edition of the exhibition, with over 80 works by established and up-and-coming artists from across the South of England bringing an extra sparkle to the garden.

   

  British Glass Biennale
25 August - 9 September | Ruskin Glass Centre, Stourbridge

The British Glass Biennale is a cutting edge showcase of contemporary British based glass talent, with work by established artists and new talent on display; ranging from the small scale to large installations. The emphasis is on new work demonstrating the highest level of excellence in design, creative imagination and technical skill.

   

  New Artist Fair Summer Exhibition 2017
8 - 10 September | Old Truman Brewery, London

Returning to London's iconic Old Truman Brewery for the 7th consecutive year, the New Artist Fair Summer Exhibition will be showcasing 110 new emerging and recently established contemporary artists from the UK and around the world. This will be the largest New Artist Fair to date, with 20 re-exhibiting artists and 90 who are completely new to showing at the fair.

   

  FLUX Exhibition
12 - 16 July | Chelsea College of Arts, London

Ground-breaking art event FLUX presents an alternative way to encounter today's best new art, bringing together a collection of the most dynamic painters, sculptors and performance artists for a five-day interactive event which opens in July. Hosted by Chelsea College of Arts in London and curated by Lisa Gray, the founder of FLUX, the exhibition has established itself as a major platform for contemporary artists to be discovered while being part of an exceptional, unconventional event..

   
Artists
 

  Mark von Rosenstiel interview

Using feedback loops and technology to create internalized representations of the human experience, the innovative sculptural works of Mark von Rosenstiel explore the boundary between observation and participation. Informed by his background in mathematics, his intricately constructed mechanical structures perform these rhythmic interactions through repetitive motions; communicating with the viewer a new way of considering the emotional relationships we form to ourselves and our environment. Currently living and working between Seattle and Budapest, the artist's works have been exhibited in galleries across the world. His next solo exhibition is opening September 7th at Glassbox Gallery in Seattle.

   

  Zelko Nedic interview

A sense of decadence runs through many of photographer Zelko Nedic's works, depicting staged tableaux portraits which stare out in haunting monochrome while framed by the ghosts of developing chemicals. Preferring a collodion wet plate method over modern, digital equipment, there is a stylised juxtaposition of control and risk-taking in his images, as the grit of the technique is mixed with the glamour of his subjects. This is also evident in his image interventions, where gold is used to repair the cracks and scratches caused by the labour intensive process. Nedic's photographs have earned him many awards, and this year he was a finalist in the National Photographic Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra.

   

  Victoria Horkanl interview

Rich with texture and a fearless use of colour, Victoria Horkan's large-scale works in paint are a powerful tour-de-force of emotion; full of vigour, movement and buoyant expression. Through the use of mixed media and a sculptural technique combining photography and taxidermy with paint, Horkan's works have a three-dimensional quality, capturing the essence of her subject matter which extends across the canvas like the wings of a living butterfly. Having caught the attention of galleries across the UK and overseas, Horkan's works are regularly exhibited in both group and solo shows.

   

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