Monday, April 27, 2009
Name: Kareem Rizk
Location: Melbourne, Australia
1. What kind of art do you make?
I make collage art - both handmade and digital. The majority however is handmade. My digital work started out as an experimentation in trying to mimic the tactile qualities of handmade work (scratches, creases, stains etc.).
Collage is my sole technique but I use a variety of mixed mediums including acrylic, oil pastel, pencil, letter press, acrylic transfers and solvent transfers. I work mostly on paper and canvas. I ’ve also applied my technique to working on sneakers.
Links to my work:
2. What do you enjoy most about working in this medium?
The medium of collage is very versatile. The technique can be applied to many different surfaces and the sources for imagery and graphic elements are almost endless. Everything that I need to make a composition already exists in the form of press images and printed material. All I need to do is find the right elements to construct the desired composition.
As a basis for a composition starts to develop, there is still often a great sense of mystery in not knowing how a work in progress will look in the end. I enjoy the fact that often the final composition cannot be foreseen and so the work evolves as it is put together bit by bit.
I also enjoy the openness to viewer interpretation that the technique of collage can create. As my work comes from a surrealist motivation, the work can be read in many different ways. In the majority of my work there is often no clear-cut message or distinct concept. And so the work is often very open to varied interpretation. - the viewer more often has the privilege of creating their own story from the work.
3. What challenges have you found in your work?
As my main medium is collage, I source a lot of imagery from old magazines, books and brochures. It can sometimes be a bit challenging when I can’t find the right image or element to fit a certain piece of work e.g. when I’m working on an illustration job or making new gallery work. But it’s a rare occurrence as I have a fairly extensive collection of vintage publications and ephemera.
4. Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration in the work of many other collage artists. But I also draw inspiration from the world around me and often from memories. Also I have somewhat of an obsession with retro nostalgia and so I often get inspiration from simple things like dynamic black and white images in vintage magazines, 60 & 70’s graphic elements and typography and also the fashion, cars and culture of these eras.
5. What are your favorite artists, designer or blogs.
Biography of Kareem Rizk
Kareem Rizk is a Melbourne based Australian collage artist who graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor in Graphic Design. This course encouraged a rich influence of mixed media techniques within the field of graphic design, which has always been evident in his work. Rizk’s initial ambition was to forge a career as a Graphic Designer. However, it was a short time after the completion of the university course that a more prominent interest in fine art became the focus of his endeavours. Previous work includes a position as a Graphic Designer for Melbourne‘s No.1 selling newspaper, The Herald Sun, as well as freelance graphic design for various large and small clients. Working mediums include collage, acrylic, oil pastel, pencil, solvent transfers and acrylic transfers. The work is highly textured and often multi-layered with a nostalgic and weathered quality. Rizk's works can often be vibrant with colour, while others display a very refined or minimal palette. Rizk's working methods also extend to digital collage with a very gritty and realistic display of texture and layering. The digital work is very much an experimentation in blurring the line between handmade work and digital work. Rizk's work has been published in numerous magazines and books including Art Review, Empty magazine, Trip magazine, Advanced Photoshop, Rojo magazine, Semi-Permanent Book 2007 & 2009, Computer Arts, Don’t Panic magazine and Desktop magazine.
UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS: 2009 Art Whino Gallery: ‘Trapped In Paradise’ - Solo Exhibition National Harbor, Maryland, USA (May 1st - 31st) Gallery KG5: ‘Cut & Paste’ - Group show Stockholm, Sweden (September 17th - October 10th) PREVIOUS EXHIBITIONS: 2009 ROJO Artspace: ‘OCHO’ - International Group Exhibitions Barcelona, Spain & Milan, Italy
Gallery 696: 2nd Birthday Group Show
Adidas Anniversary - Group show In association with the Art Whino Gallery Arlington, USA 2008 Art Whino Gallery: ‘Inked Souls’ - Group show National Harbor, Maryland, USA The Artery: Grand Opening - Group show Sydney, Australia The Shoplift Gallery: ‘What We Are’ - Group show In association with The MacBeth Gallery London, UK Phone Booth Gallery: ‘Pulp Fiction’ - Solo exhibition Los Angeles, USA Gallery 696: ‘1st Birthday’ - Group show Melbourne, Australia Sydney Airport: ‘Wellbeing’ - Group show In association with Australian Unity Sydney, Australia
Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Dont forget the Black and White show this Saturday........
If you want to buy something in the meantime. Here is a lovely portrait of Michael Jackson dressed as a king, by Norman Oak (1995)
Can be found in the auction that never was............ http://www.artinfo.com/news/story/31180/the-greatest-auction-that-never-was/
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
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Monday, April 13, 2009
My name is Irina Chepilevskaya, I am a member of a project group in the student organization Students in Free Enterprise George Washington University (SIFE GWU). SIFE GWU is a student driven organization that strives to make a difference in the local and global community through stimulating, implementing, and teaching the principles of free enterprise. It is a chapter of the international organization Students In Free Enterprise that is active in 40 countries. We are contacting you as we felt you might be interested in cooperating with us, and such cooperation will be of a mutual interest and benefit.
Currently, we have a project under development that is concerned with art marketing. Under that project the members of SIFE – GWU will be helping local artists from underprivileged areas of the DC metro area to build upon their business skills in order to successfully market their art works and thus consistently provide themselves with means for a better life. Thus, the project is aimed, above all, at helping low-level income members of local communities, and thus improving the social situation in the respective areas. In order to ensure project sustainability, we will also be focusing on the artists’ ability to transfer the knowledge and skills to their peers who did not participate in the initial project.
Right now we are starting project activities, the first of which is a charity auction to be held in late April – early May, where artists of various backgrounds will have an opportunity to sell their work.
Please, if you think you might have an interest in cooperating with us in any form, do not hesitate to contact me. I will be looking forward to our possible fruitful cooperation.
M.A. Candidate in International Trade and Investment Policy, May 2010
Elliott School of International Affairs
The George Washington University
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
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Equal Footing (Teach-In/Concert Rally)
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