Martin Morante | Becca Mulenburg| John Riepenhoff

MartinMartin Morante

INTERNAL EXTERIORS
"You do not see the world the way it is, you see the world the way you are."
– Urs Eberle, 1954-

What is recorded with my camera becomes an image of me at the same time, and so for this reason, I consider these images self-portraits. By sharing these images, the viewer has their own opinions and ways of seeing them, transcending my own portrait and becoming their portrait as well.

The diptychs are titled "Internal Exteriors". They are the results of a constant search and at the same time the excuse to keep searching, as a photographer, as an artist and above all as a person. They collect moments which through time I have not only witnessed but moments that also act as a reflection of myself and how I see, feel and relate to the world surrounding me, creating a game of internalizing exterior factors which then are exteriorized by assembling, printing and sharing them.

These are simple visual metaphors that invite multiple interpretations. Sharing them makes them richer in meaning because the viewer brings their own interpretation and stories to the image, making it their image as well. I hope you enjoy the portraits and are able to see a little of yourself in them. – Flavio Martín Morante

Visit my website at www.picartonline.com

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Also contributed to:
"Food for Thought: Tastes and Texts"
"Kiss of Indulgence"

Becca Mulenburg

Becca Mulenburg will be debuting her release of Little Faces, Big Expressions – an artwork containing 100 miniature portraits. Becca has been working on the piece since October, 2010. Each portrait is an expression of the human spirit captured in a fleeting moment. Together, the artwork symbolizes our interconnectedness as a people, and our individuality in expression. As the artwork evolved over time, so did Becca’s brushstroke, which gained excessive care in the consideration of details. Exploration of the piece involves time, a side-effect that intrigues the artist, because so many people seem to have so little of it. Fearing we are losing our emotional connection to one another on account of technology, Becca hopes the viewer is able to examine the voice of the artwork and what it might be saying to you.

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John Riepenhoff

Statement about the series People Drawing John Riepenhoff by John Riepenhoff
I'm interested in framing, though I'm not a framer. My drawings are rudimentary despite the achievements that allow me to hold a degree in this field. Perhaps the casualness is permissible if I acknowledge these objects as simple records of characters I admire, perceiving me, documenting them. I'm collecting to illuminate a vague trend. Some are paintings or drawings, others are songs. All are framed in a way to help me better identify what is permissible as art now and to honor my influences. We only know what art is through learning about what it's meant to others and by examining our impulses toward shifting it to serve people in our lives today.

About the artist
John Riepenhoff is an artist, curator, gallery director, art fair co-organizer and inventor of artistic platforms for the expression of others. Riepenhoff opened The Green Gallery while still an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His first solo show, Group Show, took place in 2010 at the Jackpot Gallery in Milwaukee, and his work and projects have been presented at the Tate Modern and Frieze Art Fair (London); Gavin Brown’s Enterprise and the Swiss Institute (New York); Angstrom Gallery and Ooga Booga (Los Angeles); Tokyo 101 Art Fair (Tokyo); Kölnischer Kunstverein (Cologne); Karma International (Zurich); Fredric Snitzer Gallery (Miami); The Suburban (Oak Park, Illinois); Sullivan Galleries, School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Western Exhibitions (Chicago); Madison Museum of Contemporary Art; Milwaukee Art Museum, Inova, Lynden Sculpture Garden, Dean Jensen Gallery, Small Space, nAbr gallery (Milwaukee). Most recently, he opened a meta-gallery at Pepin Moore in Los Angeles, where he is regularly programming a John Riepenhoff Experience and staged two simultaneous shows at Western Exhibitions in Chicago.

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