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  Winter issue out now

Embracing a balance between the old and new has led to many of the artists in this issue pushing the boundaries of contemporary art both visually and through their choice of subject matter, and through their techniques, process and mediums too.

Cover artist Iva Troj draws on Flemish painting methods to create her intricate paintings, layering thin veneers of paint between layers of varnish; a technique which she has used throughout her training and career, combining her established approach with modern motifs.

Meanwhile Kuniko Maeda is trained in traditional Japanese wood-carving techniques, and while this gives her sculptural pieces a solid base and sense of history, it is her use of cutting-edge technology that brings a freshness and sophistication to the aesthetics of her work.

Of course there will always be a place for the tradition and history in the art world, but it is exciting to ponder where the future of technology will take us.

   
Exhibitions
 

  Worthing Museum and Art Gallery

Funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund this year has helped Worthing Museum and Art Gallery unveil an exciting programme of exhibitions and events for the coming months.

The grant has helped the West Sussex museum to celebrate its extensive costume collection - which is the third biggest in the country - with a trail currently taking place across the town. The state-of-the-art showcase of historic clothing will be hosted by businesses across Worthing, and will allow the public to view items chosen from WMA's 30,000 pieces. The trail of costumes will show how changes and trends in fashion can be linked with the history of Worthing, creating a visual reminder of the people who lived during various periods. The earliest item, a black work jacket, dates back to 1612. The Worthing Museum and Art Gallery Costume Trail runs until May 2018 across nine venues.

   

  FLUX
2 – 6 November | The Old Truman Brewery, London

The highly anticipated third edition of FLUX will bring a collection of the most dynamic painters, sculptors, performance artists and musicians to London’s Old Truman Brewery this November, presenting an alternative way to encounter today’s best new art.

The ground-breaking event blurs the lines between art fair and exhibition, and FLUX has established itself as an important annual platform for contemporary artists to be discovered and to be part of an exceptional, unconventional art event.

   

  Society of Equestrian Artists

The Society of Equestrian Artists (SEA) was founded in 1979 to promote the practice of equestrian painting and sculpture and to advance public education and appreciation of this art. Throughout the year they arrange public exhibitions and workshops and encourage, through mutual criticism, discussion and example, the highest levels of artistic competence, showcasing members' works through their website. This September the Munnings Art Museum in Essex is host to the 'Painting Horses from Life' workshop, with SEA member Jennifer Bell, which will see attendees improving their equestrian painting, while working with live heavy horse models in the grounds of the museum. In October SEA member Martin Yeoman leads the Wiltshire Art Masterclass, with a focus on the art, subjects and painting style of Lionel Edwards, famed for his paintings of horses and country life. This workshop will take place at Cools Farm in Wiltshire, home to Edwards' grandson.

   

Artists
 

  Iva Troj interview

Iva Troj is an award winning mixed media artist based in East Sussex. Her richly detailed Renaissance-style works challenge the notion of societal conformity, seamlessly combining her traditional painting techniques with contemporary motifs. Troj has long been inspired by Japanese art and culture, and stories of beautiful imperfection passed down by her grandmother. Collaborations have recently made up a portion of her work, creating pieces with artists whose disciplines vary from her own. An ongoing partnership with Friendship Shoes has seen her work exhibited exclusively in their London store.

   

  Alex Voinea interview

Alex Voinea is a Romanian artist, currently based in Barcelona where he works and exhibits. His paintings are slick, vibrant abstract expressions of saturated and fluorescent colour full of movement and fluidity. Through experiments with paint poured over vibrating surfaces such as speakers at full volume, the artist creates streams of colour in space, freezing drips and motion in an instant of time. He has shown his work in various European cities; most recently in Paris, at the Accessible Art Fair in Brussels, and The Other Art Fair in London.

   

  Kuniko Maeda interview

Kuniko Maeda studied traditional Japanese craft wood caving in Kyoto, Japan before gaining her BA and MA in textile design at the Chelsea College of Arts, London. Her works, which take the form of undefined, twisting shapes in space, question ideas of consumption and the value we place on everyday commodities, using a combination of classical techniques and modern technologies such as laser cutting, which played a significant part in her project 'The Landscape of Paper'.

   

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  Tomas Urbelionis

A sense of otherworldliness runs throughout Tomas Urbelionis' photographic works, which eschew the polished, sterile environments of a studio in favour of grimy surfaces and grainy imperfections, occultist subject matter and apocalyptic atmospheres.

While some of the photographer's compositions embrace the use of significant negative space, others appear collage-like, overcrowded with kitsch elements from the everyday; symbols of mass media, personal idols and fetishism. Traces of post-soviet brutality and imperfection are visible throughout his images, which range from anonymous voyeuristic street shots to inside views of grubby shrine-filled dwellings. Generally favouring film, the photographer describes his images as cinematographically 'Lynchian'; the sense of the absurd permeating the work.

   

  Miroslav Trubac

Sculptural representations of domesticity make up the main body of Miroslav Trubač's work, albeit with an extra dose of parody, irony and the occasional touch of sarcastic humour. Drawing on his own memories and shared experiences, he considers the collective past and present, creating narratives from situations that he finds strange and unsolvable.

At the conceptual stage of his work, Trubač utilises many sculptural technologies such as computer modelling, 3D visualisations set in the virtual space and a 3D scanner. The finished pieces are sculpted in plaster before being painted with simple, representational tones.

   

  Hyun Kim

The work of South Korean artist Hyun Kim reflects strongly on his home country, using collage, video and performance to convey his experiences of life, death, faith and power.

The artist's recent work focuses a gaze on his views of the anti-communism ideology internally engraved in individuals by the South Korean government. Through the use of archival documentary images, collage and decoupage, he aims to question how the power of the state functions within each individual. The <Untitled> series approaches the topic from two perspectives; the individual as the receiver of oppression, and also the individual as the agent of the oppression.