Ars longa, vita brevis. In fact, I'd like to steal this painting.

_PhotoPlus Expo Rocks. Graham Nash sets the stage.

New York, NY – November 2016

NYC’s PDN PhotoPlus Expo Rocks. Keynote speaker Graham Nash sets the stage.

New York City is a fabulous place to be especially if you are a photo enthusiast. The recent PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo (October 19-22) offered an amazing, well-defined image-based agenda that captured the attention of shooters worldwide. Welcoming over 21,000 image-makers, the event, held yearly at NYC’s Javits Convention Center, did not disappoint. Those eager to set eyes on a never-ending assortment of new cameras and equipment, software and hardware, and a bevy of top-of-the line digital capture products ready for market, had the opportunity to participate in a series of talks and walks, workshops, product demonstrations, lectures and portfolio reviews _ all designed for the amateur as well as the pro.

A crowd pleaser for sure, was a “Keynote Conversation” featuring two icons in music and photography. Rock legend Graham Nash (Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young) revealed private thoughts and public commentaries on the music industry and his love of the photographic medium with Rolling Stone’s chief photographer, and musician himself, Mark Seliger. And with Seliger, can it get any better? The two, relaxed and unrehearsed, captured the audience’s attention with an impressive and spontaneous delivery of ideas and thoughts about both mediums. Nash, years before he garnered fame as a rock icon, held his first camera as a child and never lost interest. Storytelling was a big part of the conversation while his images were displayed on 2 large screens. They were poignant and deeply personal, and reflected the sensitivity of an artist with a soul deep and caring.

“It’s not the process. It’s the vision.” _ Graham Nash

2017 Dates: 26-28 October / Javits Conventions Center, NYC /

images 1_ copyright / renay elle morris

images 2, 3_ copyright / graham nash

“No standART”_ an exhibition

_my story / “self portrait” 
by U Gen Ben

As founder and publisher of Arstler, the web-based fine and applied art magazine, I am proud to share that Renay Elle Morris, our editor of photographic and fine art development, is a participant in the 1st International Contemporary Women’s Art Biennale 2018_“No standArt” to be held at the Gelgaudiskis Manor in Lithuania from 12 October – 30 November. This exhibition, follows the success of The APS Mdina Cathedral Contemporary Art Biennale in Malta in November of 2017, where Renay received a Grant for her photographic works based on the theme, “The Mediterranean: A Sea of Conflicting Spiritualties.”

Razvan Anton

by U Gen Ben, Nov2018

Born in 1980 in Romania, Răzvan Anton is an established artist based in Cluj, with MFAs from University of Art and Design Cluj-Napoca, and Master Degree in Drawing from Camberwell College London.  Since 2010 profesor at Universitatea de Artă și Design din Cluj, he also contributes to the ongoing research project of digital archiving the Minerva editorial photography collection. He is well represented by EASTWARDS PROSPECTUS a contemporary gallery in Bucharest, with major shows in well known art fairs around Europe. Miart 2017, and Art Brussels 2018 just to mention some.

Knowing him from his first solo show in Bucharest in 2015, I had the pleasure of meeting Răzvan in his studio at Fabrica de Pensule. After a casual cup of tea and the regular chit chat, I had a tour of his studio and insights into his daily practice routine. The large window openings are essential to the process of some of his current artworks, the solar prints, process which can take from days to weeks depending on the desired output and power of sunlight in the season. Drawing on the cultural heritage of the communist Romania and the importance of the past memory in shaping the future, his art stands out as an accomplished mastery of printing techniques employed in the service of creating the new momentum.

_lee friedlander at work / a slice of americana in bologna

/ Fondazione Del Monte –
Palazzo Paltroni / Bologna Italy 
by Renay Elle Morris / January 2018

Looking back on 2017, I was fortunate to engage in several photographic presentations that offered specific themes, albeit quite different. In particular, with an invitation to participate in the prestigious 2017-18 Mdina Cathedral Art Biennale in Malta’s The Mediterranean: A Sea of Conflicting Spiritualities, as an exhibiting photographer and the only American to receive this honor, I navigated with both intention, and agenda working in tandem to add Bologna Italy to my itinerary. I boarded planes, trains, buses and such for the 3rd edition of Foto/Industria in association with MAST Fondazione’s BIENNIAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY ON INDUSTRY AND WORK. It was for me, a tasting _a mixture of art and cuisine, as Bologna is Italy’s capital of food. And, I wasn’t disappointed on both counts.

in memoriam /abbas 1944 – 2018

© Reprinted from 08 April 1999 /
Picture magazine_ Abbas.
A State of Grace / Renay Elle Morris
by Renay Elle Morris

From the country of a thousand and one nights, one journalist’s ambitious reportage covering twenty nine countries in four continents.

It was the brilliance of Allah O Akbar: A Journey Through Militant Islam (Phaidon 1994) that took my breath away. Its author, Abbas, has been described as one of the few photographers “who can raise photojournalism to an art form.” I met Abbas one rainy March afternoon in Magnum Photo’s Paris bureau. We spoke briefly; he was guarded and I was somewhat intimidated. I sipped black coffee while he questioned me, thinking that you’d have to be an armadillo to engage him in conversation–his dark piercing eyes, almost blinding if you are in his line of vision. Then in an instant, relief. He flashes a smile, and everything softens, a gentler Abbas appears. He cracks a joke, something about a journalist, a paparazzi, a tiger and a rat. I take in the humor, albeit dry and biting, but humor, nonetheless.

'Seeing Ourselves Sensing' by Eastwards Prospectus

by U Gen Ben 2017-07-15
Tomorrow is the last day, but it’s worth to make an appointment and pay a visit to the gallery. The group show is also a statement by Raluca Soaita and Andrei Breahna. As I like to follow up with a few galleries, I have (Yahveh) to say go and see it!; it is a good one and it will please you to see a nice range of artists, from Razvan Anton, Pavel Braila, Radu Cioca, to Tania Mouraud, Karolina Bregula and Mircea Stanescu. Many thanks to Răzvan Băbiceanu who walked me through.

Elijah Burgher

photo by Eugen Berlo
by U Gen Ben

I had the pleasure of meeting and discussing with Elijah at his first show in Bucharest at IvanGallery the other day. Born in 1978, Kingston, NY, USA, he is an American artist in residency at Horton Gallery studio in Berlin, Germany. Burgher works with the language of mag­ic and the mystical seals and symbols to address sex­u­al­i­ty, the nude subject and its capacity to convey meaning. Most of his presented artworks are luscious prints on paper realized with handmade heavyweight paper stencils and printmaking techniques.

Highlights of the 2017-18 Mdina Cathedral Art Biennale

by Renay Elle Morris
© renay elle morris_ mdina, malta 2017

In the afterglow of the visual conversation “The Mediterranean: A Sea of Conflicting Spiritualities”_ the 2017-18 APS MdinaCathedral Contemporary Art Biennale held in the country of Malta, I am delighted to showcase a selection of interpretive works authored by an international network of artists and curated by a talented team, guided by artistic director Dr.Giuseppe Schembri-Bonaci and Nikki Petroni. It was a global triumph_ a narrative explored with diverse translations, creating a visual display in various mediums_ painting, sculpture, photography, and multimedia platforms_ artistic voices heard through the most personal of presentations.

In this 2nd edition, at the impressive the Mdina Cathedral Museum, over 30 works were presented throughout the treasury. The interplay of the works, installed on different landings, led the viewer on a spiritual traverse_ and to the cavernous underground passageway leveled below_ an ethereal space in itself.

With an invitation to participate, I delight in the bonds of friendship that were made through this distinctive and highly creative opportunity. Thus, I am proud to share this journey, and thank all the wonderful artists, academics, clergy and business entities, as well as visitors that have made this not only an exhibition, but a forum for its timely theme of conflicting spiritualities, an important one.

The Artists_ The Works

Savina Capecci (in art Savina Kapecci)_ lives in Pordenone Italy, and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice where she received her B.A. in Painting in 2014 and her Master Degree in 2016 with full marks. She worked as assistant to the professors in the classes of painting at the Free Academy of Fine Arts in Klagenfurt, Austria as well as participating in selected exhibitions.

Capecci has received several art awards with her work included in a variety of publications.
Premio Arte Cairo Mondadori Finalists exhibition, Palazzo Reale and Palazzo della Permanente, Milan
Transgenic Attack, Atelier der Stadt Klagenfurt, Austria solo exhibition
BV Sommerausstellung, BV Galerie, Klagenfurt, Austria
Memento Andy, Atelier 3+10, Venice
Fuori Uso, Avviso di garanzia, Ex Tribunal, Pescara
Premio Lilian Caraian, Museum of Modern Art Revoltella, Trieste
Incident III – Accident Czestochowa Museum, Poland

The works presented at the Mdina Biennale are titled “The PromiSSed land”. The painted images depict the human aspect of the current immigration crisis happening in the Mediterranean sea, and are expressive of the essence of the concept of “waiting” in all its forms and feelings that arise while sitting in a boat. The Promised land inevitably becomes a “pro-missed” land. / /

Courtesy of the artist_ The PromiSSed land


James Alec Hardy_ born – 1979 in Colchester, England. The essence of James Alec Hardy’s practice is a process concerned with the impact of technologies on our experience of life. Since 2002, he has focused on analogue video systems, manifesting ideas through performance, sculpture, installation and print. By using obsolete devices from a former analogue age to reproduce digital functions, Hardy’s practice is challenging and engaging_ranging from building sculptural totems of video monitors, to 3 month long shamanic residencies in fields with I-Cabin, to 3 day long noise and feedback performances at The Tate Modern.

“With the truth being understood as subjective, the video sculptures I create do not limit freedom of thought, but stimulate choice. I aim to avoid manipulating the viewer by presenting ‘video as truth’, my work allows the video to function ultimately as the meditative stage for the mind, which unravels its own truth.”

1999-2002: Camberwell College of Arts, London
Present: Warrior Studios, London Represented by Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery London

instagram @jamesalechardy /

Courtesy of the artist_“171111”


Robert Stokowy_ is a sound artist, composer and artistic researcher from Cologne, Germany. His work entails experimental compositions, text based interventions, audiovisual performances and installations. All projects are framed by an overarching artistic research process, focussing on topics of instability, sensory balance, as well as qualitative characteristics and potentiality of sound and place. Stokowy’s site-specific Sound Installations are based on phenomenological practices and consist of small sounds which hold very haptic and organic qualities. With his works the artist wants to explore the potentiality of his sonic surroundings and give recipients access to experience new perspectives on their environment.

Since Stokowy’s work is first and foremost based on sound, a recording of the installation is available on his website.

Instagram: robertstokowy /

Courtesy of the artist_ structures [mdina]


Anthony Catania_ is a visual artist specializing in myths and fables. Often on the threshold of grotesque figurative painting, his style attempts to capture subversively idiosyncratic portraits of legendary beings embedded in bizarrely anachronistic settings. His personal exhibitions; Selve Oscure, The Cave of Centaurs, The Piper’s Requiem, Spectre-Bark and Last Light, were held at the Malta Museum of Fine Arts, the Malta Maritime Museum and Heritage Malta. Catania is a PhD candidate at the University of Malta, where he also received his MFA in Digital Arts with a distinction. Catania also worked as a concept designer for indie games, poster designer for theatre productions and illustrator of academic book covers. He currently lectures on illustration, primitivism and sequential art at the University of Malta.

Wilting Annunciation depicts the typical scene where the angel Gabriel announces the birth of Christ and incarnation of God. The announcement is that of Christ’s passion endured for humanity’s redemption from the agony in the garden of Gethsemane until His death on Calvary. It also depicts the passion of a Mater Dolorosa who will cradle the corpse of her son through fertile/dead sunflower seeds. Death and life are depicted in an oxymoronic manner.

Courtesy of the artist_ Wilting Annunciation


Gor Chahal_ was born in Moscow in 1961 and is one of the most highly accomplished contemporary artists. His creative method synthesizes a scholastic approach with the elements of a ritual. Chahal is of a type rarely found in the Russian artistic community: a «universal master», with a diploma in science and applied mathematics, from the Moscow Engineering and Physics Institute, a contributor to numerous creative experiments undertaken in cooperation with groups of poets, musicians, and artists of Soviet-era Underground. But while the style of Chahal’s creations lie within the parameters of Actual Art, yet in substance they are at the other end of the spectrum. His themes often encompass faith and show a deep awareness that true art simply cannot exist without connection to tradition of the sacred, Christianity in this case.

Courtesy of the artist_ St. George strikes Cy Twombly, 2017


Michael von Cube_ Born – 1952, Cube lives and works in Munich, Lower-Bavaria and Malta.

The reality of the political situation in the Mediterranean surpasses the image of brutality by far, and so the picture remains what it should be and is – a helpless plea: art.

When Johann Wolfgang von Goethe set off on his travels to Italy, the Age of Enlightenment was of great significance in Europe. The education system and lifestyle of the ancient world was seen as the model for a civil society. Committed to ‚Goodness, Truth and Beauty‘ (Winckelmann), artists and romantics from all walks of like were drawn to the cradle of European culture: The Mediterranean. The painter Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein created the famous portrait of the German writer entitled „Goethe in the Roman Campagna“.

‘Europium‘ takes an ironic look at this idealistic approach or what is indeed left of it today: The princess of peace and her system of values surrounded by lemons symbolising a united Europe. It refers to the vision of the writer, Goethe, just like peace-game‘ does to the abolition of violence and war.

Courtesy of the artist_ Europium


Guy Ferrer_ is French, of Catalan and Italian descent. Over the past thirty years he has developed an international reputation as a painter and sculptor, with exhibitions in museums and galleries around the world. In addition to painting and sculpture his work also encompasses writing and architecture. Ferrer has worked in Paris, Los Angeles and other international cities, including New York, Caracas, Lima, Beijing and Johannesburg where he has created temporary studios. In 2012, the establishment of his studio in French Catalonia marked his return to the Mediterranean.

Recent honours include a monumental bronze sculpture for the French embassy in Singapore and a large fresco for the French embassy in Bakou (Azerbaijan). The OECD commissioned and permanently displays a large triptych by Ferrer entitled Liberté-Egalité-Fraternité.

“T.O.L.E.R.A.N.C.E”, a major sculptural work created in 2007 in response to contemporary religious tensions, has been widely acclaimed and displayed in France, Germany, Poland and the United Arab Emirates.

Ferrer’s work is represented in private and corporate collections around the world. He has developed artistic partnerships with several companies including Lefranc & Bourgeois, Champagne Jacquart and Le Bon Marché in Paris where Ferrer’s monumental bronze, La Pourvoyeuse, is a permanent installation.

Atelier Guy Ferrer – France / Facebook

Courtesy of the artist_ Les Vigilants, 2007


Zita Vilutyte_ (Lithuania) is a painter, musician, and composer, as well as founder and artistic director of the Holistic Theatre of Movement “S”. In addition, she is a neuropsychoeducator, lecturer, curator and journalist. From 2013-2016, Vilutyte was Director of the International Art project ANIMA MUNDI, and as of 2016, President of the association.

Her career includes over 40 personal exhibitions as well as joint creative projects in various countries, including Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, India, Italy, Denmark, Holland, Croatia, Germany, Georgia, England and Macedonia. In 2011 she received a bronze award in Art from the Five Golden Stars Gallery, Netherlands.

Other activities and participations, include:
The release of 17 solo music albums
Music Composition for film and theatre
Musical and visual projects in coordination with the music group “VARTAI”
The production of 4 music CD’s in a joint musical project with Lithuanian musicians
Membership in the Ambient Music Association’s “Ambient Music Garden” (U.K.)

Courtesy of the artist_ Exist, No Exit


Ana Caterina Pereira_ believes that materials determine the way humanity operates and her work is centred on their composition and behaviour. She is also interested on the impact their existence have in our society, in particular architecture, politics and gender roles. Steel is Pereira’s material of choice – its chemical properties and reactions determine the subject of the work. She combines this metal with other materials in order to activate or counteract their intrinsic properties.

Pereira completed her Masters at Chelsea College of Arts in 2012, being awarded with Clifford Chance Prize the following year. In 2014, Pereira received the Royal British Society of Sculptors Bursary. The work shown at Mdina Biennal in 2015 represents the beginning of a new body of work that explored the rigidity that characterises steel.

Pereira’s work was selected for several listings and shown in a variety of occasions, including the Aesthetic Art Prize (2014), Signature Art Prize (2015), Anthology (2016) and First@108 (2017). This last experience opened her the desire to work outdoors, which was realised with “Now outside the doors of strange houses”. Based on the study of steel’s atomic structure, this sculpture is on show at Broomhill Sculpture Park till May 2018. /

Courtesy of the artist_ “not afraid of hot summer, nor of the frozen winter”


Genia Chef_ was born in Kazakstan, in the former Soviet Union where his father, a photographer, had been banished during Stalin’s regime. Chef grew up in Moscow and studied graphic arts at the Polygraphic Institute receiving a Master of Fine Arts degree. He was awarded with the First Prize for his diploma (1977). After relocating to West Germany in 1985, he studied painting at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts and was honoured with the Fueger Gold Prize (1993). He resides in Berlin.

Genia Chef is an author of theoretical works, including his “Manifesto of Post-Historicism”, and “Viva Canova”. Chef has participated in numerous museum exhibitions worldwide, including the F. Weisman Art Museum, Minnesota, Museum of Modern Art, Ostende, Belgium, Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany, Palazzo Forti, Verona, Italy, State Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg, Yeshiva Univ. Museum, New York, Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide, Australia, II Moscow Biennale, CUA Museum of the University of Colorado, Boulder, University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque, 55th and 56th Venice Biennale, Mdina Cathedral Biennale, Malta. /

Courtesy of the artist_ Red Square


Lena Lapschina_ graduated from State Stroganow University of Fine and Applied Arts in Moscow. She lives and works in Vienna and Lower Austria. Lapschina has won the Austrian State Grant for Video and Media Art and was awarded several prestigious residencies, including the Djerassi Residence Artists Program (Woodside, California), KuS (Heerlen, Netherlands), ORTung (Strobl, Austria), and Nordens Hus (Reykjavík, Iceland).

In Lapschina’s three-channel video installation “Runtime”, a character is moving with great haste. It does so for minutes, for hours, for days. There’s no aim in sight, not even a fata morgana. Synchronously a timepiece slowly but surely is wandering across the scene. While at first glance the character seems to be driven by customary stress and inner conflicts, it turns out that the piece is tackling the more sensitive issues of modern societies. If the attire of the character is any indication, it’s about civilization at large, which in the eyes of many people is at stake these days. Maybe the artist wants to remind us of two facts: 1. People on this planet have been running along the surface of the earth’s crust in search for paradise for ages. 2. It’s the Mediterranean, which once again is the arena of the world’s greatest conflicts.

Courtesy of the artist_ Runtime / site-specific three-channel
video installation with sound; dimensions variable. 2017


Aleko Lomadze_ is a Georgian artist whose work is iconographic in nature. His icons are housed in different temples in Georgia – Tbilisi, Ozurgeti, Choxatauri, and Xobi, as well as Vienna, Austria in the Holy Mother Temple. For nearly 15 years he has worked and noted for his work with draw milled stones, which is quite a time-consuming process. He collects the stones from all parts of Georgia with the assistance of associates. In addition to other mediums, he uses marble rug_ known for its radiance, and its use in painting.

Lomadze participates in different art projects, exhibitions, festivals, art seminars and workshops in Georgia and other countries including Lithuania, Latvia and Portugal. Many of his works are in private collections and public institutions throughout Georgia and abroad. With the blessing of the Georgian Patriarchate several works are kept in the Patriarchate.

In 2015 he joined the ANIMA MUNDI project.

Courtesy of the artist_ Abstract 2


Nicola Arkell Reed_ is an artist and lecturer, with a BA and MA in Fine Art from Central St. Martins. Reed exhibited in the Cathedral Crypt at the Mdina Biennale in 2016 and prior to that had a solo show at the Rebecca Hossack Gallery, Mayfair, London. She won National Geographic Magazine’s photography competition and was published in their October 2016 issue. In addition, she has illustrated two published novels: Fox by Anthony Gardner and Tittle Tattle by Bill Keeling and has tutored Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art and the University of Gloucestershire as well as run drawing workshops at the University of Malta, Chelsea College of Art and The Idler Magazine.

Nicola Reed uses the medium of photography, film and printmaking in her work. For many years, and as a mother of six children, her work was focused on, and explored Mother Daughter Dynamics, using herself and her three daughters as the subjects for a body of work. As a supporter of the charity EthiopiAid, and visiting and photographing the people of Ethiopia since the late 1980s, Reed produced a series of photographic portraits focused on the dissipating tribes and cultures in Ethiopia with the intention to celebrate the individuality, unique style and personality that is so pertinent to the people of the Omo Valley in Southern Ethiopia. Her current project is inspired by her passion for bee-keeping and protecting bees from the current and serious threat to their existence. More examples of Nicola’s work can be found on her website.

Courtesy of the artist_ The in between


Merna Liddawi_ is an award winning British-Jordanian artist living in the UK. She is on a mission to capture the beauty of spiritual moments in our lives and deepen our connection with the Divine. Her unique technique of using traditional methods handed down from artisans, which she developed over many years, has caught the attention of art collectors, curators and art historians. Others have spoken of her work as “having an unexpected calming effect”.

After completing a science degree in Cairo, Liddawi moved to the UK where she taught Math for many years. She gained a BA in Fine Art and was awarded an MFA with distinction from West Dean College.

Liddawi’s work has been shown in several group exhibitions in London and had her solo show ‘Revelation’ at Asia House. She has exhibited internationally _ Venice and Portugal, and been selected for the Florence Biennale, Mdina Biennale in Malta as well as Artrooms London and Rome. She won the 2ndArtGemini Prize in Painting and Sculpture, and has been awarded the “Lorenzo il Magnifico” painting award in Florence. Liddawi is featured in several publications and has been nominated for the Edward James Foundation trustees award. Her paintings are housed in private collections in the Middle East, Europe, the USA and UK. /

Courtesy of the artist_ Uncreated Light


Aina Putnina_ born – 1962, graduated from the Art Academy of Latvia in 1992, and the Baltic International Academy in 2011 in Riga, Latvia. Since 1994 Putnina has participated in exhibitions, workshops, plain airs and other projects in Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, and Georgia. Putnina has been employed at the Art School for children and adults teaching painting and computer graphics since 1993.

Putnina’s creative interest are painting and digital graphic media, and uses expressive abstract and landscape elements, as well as ornaments for the emotional narrative of composition while combines traditional painting with technology applications and is noted for her expressive use of color and tonal contrasts. Her works are characterized as emotionally expressive_telling stories with the use of colors, lines and shapes. Putnina notes that the simple geometric shapes and forms are messages from long time ago, and they are the witnesses of our creation and abstract thinking processes. Her work is an interpretation of nature_ forms around us and are an expression everyday life.

Courtesy of the artist_ River and Rain


Renay Elle Morris_ a career in brief.

(USA – BFA_Graphic Design / Photography) Renay E. Morris is an internationally recognized writer, award-winning graphic designer and photographer. Pursing her education, she received her degree from the prestigious Krannert School of Art & Design at the University of Illinois, with further studies at New York University and the Parsons School of Design. Throughout her career as a creative director, she incorporates the use of design and photography for the development of media programs for private and public organizations which have included; Universal Pictures, Sony Music/CBS Records, CBS Publications, and TDS Time Warner. With CorporateIDeasWorldwide, and, she maintains a platform for visual communications for a global clientele.

As a journalist and member of the US and overseas press community, Morris was the international news editor for Picturemagazine_a nominee for the coveted “Lucie” award. In addition to various publications, and as of 2016, she is the editor_ photographic & fine art development/content of the online artist resource/gallery_

Currently, her primary direction is fine art photography presented in large-scale format. Morris participates in gallery exhibitions in the United States and abroad with representation. She resides in Manhattan, New York. / /

Courtesy of the artist_ Lo Smarrito / The Lost


Maria Kaleta_ as an artist, one always searches for meaning and morals that can be conveyed in their creations. For Maria, these lessons range from a whole host of different topics. She explores, for example, how, in an ever increasingly technological world, we can often lose sight of our identities. In turn, we observe how everything seems to revolve around the media and the trials of character that come with this, us now having to learn the difference between what can be useful and what can be dangerous, whether our sources of information can be trusted.

Having lived in London for well over a decade, Maria is also able to use this cultural hub as a rich source of inspiration for many of her works. Transposing the communities she observes there onto canvas or computer, Maria journeys through what it means to live in a multicultural society and all the highs and lows that come with it, living surrounded by vibrant peoples from a variety of origins.
With this in mind, she continues to investigate how persons can be drowned out by the sound of the city, what it means to lose your voice in the crowd and the effects this can have on your self.

With years of experience already behind her, the necessity for a togetherness between peoples seems a clear solution to some of such problems that Maria raises in her work. Art, however, cannot only be interpreted in one way or be deemed understood with but one solution. Instead, Maria's work allows for many morals and meanings to be open for the onlooker, with significance for many years to come. /

Courtesy of the artist_ Silence, 2017

Andrei Cădere

by U Gen Ben

André Cadere was born in Poland, grew up in Romania and died in Paris in 1978. He was best known for his handmade series of painted round wooden bars, challenging the boundaries between painting and sculpture. Cadere was one of the first artists to realize that objects were inseparable from market and institutional contexts: half of his focus was on the systems of distribution in the art world, as he introduced bars in galleries and retract them, usually carrying a bar like a staff. His bars could be positioned in all sorts of relations to their surroundings (on walls, floors, propped between the two, etc.), but he would also carry them around a number of outdoor locations and into other people’s shows and openings, even when not invited, which made him quite ”infamous” at the time. (He was nicknamed ”The Stick Man”.)

NYC’s PDN PhotoPlus Expo

New York, NY – November 2016 / Renay Elle Morris /
NYC’s PDN PhotoPlus Expo Rocks. Keynote speaker Graham Nash sets the stage.

New York City is a fabulous place to be especially if you are a photo enthusiast. The recent PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo (October 19-22) offered an amazing, well-defined image-based agenda that captured the attention of shooters worldwide. Welcoming over 21,000 image-makers, the event, held yearly at NYC’s Javits Convention Center, did not disappoint. Those eager to set eyes on a never-ending assortment of new cameras and equipment, software and hardware, and a bevy of top-of- the line digital capture products ready for market, had the opportunity to participate in a series of talks and walks, workshops, product demonstrations, lectures and portfolio reviews _ all designed for the amateur as well as the pro.

From Russia With Love

by Renay Elle Morris

As of this writing, I am pleased to present an on-going series, a Q&A dialogue with an outstanding selection of photographers whose work spans many genres and are established in the global sphere. Their powerfully strong and explosive imagery has captured the eyes of museum and gallery curators worldwide, as well as secured homes with private collectors. Stimulating artistic and thought provoking photographic imagery characterize these artists who have explored and broken boundaries within the photographic medium.

Sculpture at Ilana Goor Museum

Leaning Figure | Henry Moore 1974 Bronze 11x33x19
For the first time in Israel, you have the opportunity to admire works of art from the point of view of the artist/collector rather than as exhibits in a sterile academic environment.

The Ilana Goor Museum is located in an 18th century building surrounded by the breathtaking landscape of the shoreline of Tel Aviv and the Old Jaffa City. Fascinating historical events are ensconced within the Museum's walls dating back to 280 years ago, when the building served as the first Jewish Inn for pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem. The Museum was restored based on its original building and boasts over 500 Israeli, international and Ethnic Art alongside Ilana Goor's creations.

Leonard Freed: Six Stories

Steven Kasher Gallery_Leonard Freed: Six Stories / Renay Elle Morris_ September 2017

Hassidics of Brooklyn, 1954
Harlem, 1963
Black in White America, 1963-65
Israel, 1962 and 1967
Italy, 1956-58
Germany, 1961-66

As fellow Magnum photographer Cornell Capa expressed in The Concerned Photographer, “… he (Leonard Freed) was a photographer of ordinary people going about their every day lives – at home, at work, and in the streets. He has a keen eye for social hierarchies and, in part because of his working class origins; he felt great solidarity with outsiders, and the oppressed.”

_ about face.

Valera Cherkashin_ a portrait.
Chosen for the advertising campaign
of FACE: 2.0_ an exhibition
Yekaterinburg, Russia
by renay elle morris

Having premiered in 2012 at XVII Encuentros Abiertos _ Festival De La Luz, Buenos Aires, Argentina, this compelling portrait of Valera Cherkashin, created by the artistic team (husband and wife) Natasha and Valera Cherkashin and noted above, is from the original series, entitled: “Vibrations,” created in 2011. After this successful presentation, a selection of images were chosen to be exhibited in 3 prominent Russian museum expositions known at FACE, which was on display from 2010 to 2015.

Now, in 2018, on view from 11 August – 02 September, and produced by the Yekaterinburg Museum of Fine Art, a new version of FACE, entitled, FACE: 2.0 will take place in Yekaterinburg, Russia, located at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. Continuing on with this theme, the Cherkashins, in concert with curator Andrey Martynov, along with the intense interest noted from a wide audience, has led to a revised collection_ a second incarnation. In addition, the Cherkashin’s have been invited to present a lecture sharing thoughts and ideas as well as introducing their own work on the subject of faces. Participants for FACE: 2.0 are a select group of international artists from Russia, the USA, Germany, Canada, Finland, Taiwan, South Korea, Italy, and Japan.

_the photography show. AIPAD 2018

© Nobuyoshi Araki
“Dead Reality”& Courtesy
Little Big Man Gallery, Los Angeles
Although the weather outside was troubling, inside_ The Pier at 94th in New York City lit up any dreary notions with its presentation of THE PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW PRESENTED BY AIPAD. (05-08 April 2018.) For the 2nd year at its new home, dockside the Hudson River, the 38th edition of the highly selective photographic expo once again proved to be a mecca for a worldwide audience of photo enthusiasts. AIPAD (Association of International Photography Art Dealers) presented a brilliant range of museum-quality work, including the genres of contemporary, modern, and 19th-century photographs, as well as photo-based art, video, and new media. The venue was complete with 96 of the world’s leading fine art photography galleries, over 30 book sellers, 15 AIPAD talks, three special exhibitions as well as host of engaging events. It is the longest-running and foremost exhibition dedicated to the photographic medium.

Georg Baselitz

© Georg Baselitz. Photo
© Jochen Littkemann
Courtesy White Cube
Brilliant, urgent and provocative, German artist Georg Baselitz is among the most celebrated artists of his time. His engagement with German national identity at a time when many artists were shying away from so difficult a subject was an extraordinary act of self-assertion. Much of his best work appears hideous, unsettling, and in some cases even crude. But there is far more to Baselitz’s paintings and art prints than first meets the eye, and their apparent coarseness camouflages their own astonishing levels of accomplishment.

Malta_The APS Mdina Cathedral Contemporary Art Biennale

by U Gen Ghen

As publisher of Arstler, the web-based fine and applied art magazine, I am pleased to announce that Renay Elle Morris, our editor of photographic and fine art development has been selected to exhibit her photographic images at The APS Mdina Cathedral Contemporary Art Biennale to be held in Malta. The theme “The Mediterranean: A Sea of Conflicting Spiritualties” will be on display in the magnificent baroque halls of Malta’s Mdina Cathedral_famed for its rich archive of paintings, sculptures, drawings and artifacts of the decorative arts, architectural fragments, and curios. The 2017-2018 edition is a large-scale contemporary art exhibition, and follows the success of 2015-2016 where it initiated a framework for artists, curators and researchers to work together to establish a creative space. With a global following, invitations have been sent to Maltese and international artists who have set in motion the development of new works that challenge artistic and political conventions.

The Cherkashin's. New drawings. A new chapter.

Renay Elle Morris / June 2017

For decades, Valera and Natasha Cherkashin have added layer upon layer of philosophical and political ideology to their masterful works of photographic genius. With exhibitions, lectures and talks on an international stage, the art of their images have recently been compiled into a 254 page publication entitled, Actions, Happenings and art performances 1962 – 2016 _ Night with a Pioneer Leader, which delves into a history of 2 artists_a husband and wife team, and the legacy of their talent. What inspires them may not offer an easy answer. Perhaps it is a fearless energy to defend beliefs, or a lifetime of a Soviet regime. Perhaps it was Perestroika, the political movement and the "openness"policy that led to the reforms of the Soviet political and economic system during the1980s that allowed for such ambitious work.

paci contemporary gallery / porto cervo, italy

Ensconced in the northern coastal jet-setting playground of Porto Cervo, Sardinia, famous for its jeweled-toned sea, sits another gem portside_not to be overlooked.

While the buoyant glitterati ready yachts and great sailing vessels for adventures in paradise_ toasting to the magnificence surrounding the Bai of Sardinia, and the curious gather for celebrity sightings along the The Costa Smeralda, the Promenade du Port aka The Costa Smeralda Hub_ lies several meters inland from the mighty seafaring crafts. Designed as a “luxury space where people can gather day or night”, it is complete with international art galleries, high-end retailers, bars and fine dining establishments, and an array of events_ all with first class offerings.

Thomas Ruff

by U Gen Ghen

In 2003, Thomas Ruff published a photographic collection of "Nudes" with a text by the French author Michel Houellebecq. Ruff's images here are based on Internet pornography, which was digitally processed and obscured without any camera or traditional photographic device. In 2009, the aperture Foundation in New York published jpegs, a large-scale book dedicated exclusively to his monumental series of pixelated enlargements of internet-culled images, all compressed using the standard JPEG format which intentionally uses JPEG artifacts.

The Word Word

oil on canvas by Genu Berlo
by Nicolae Vasilescu, March 2017

Words are fascinating. They are around us. They are inside us. We take them in , we spread them out. Most of the time though we do not see them and we do not want to see them. We only care about their meaning. We only care about ourselves. Nevertheless, if we follow the currents of words, their swarming from one to another, we can see our own bodies made of words who are kept together by unspeakable forces of gravity.


Volumetrie permisivă Marian Gheorghe invitat Călin Vasilescu sculptură - Constantin Hostiuc critic 15.2.2017 - 13.3.2017 - Galeria Orizont - Uniunea Artiștilor Plastici - Filiala Arte Decorative

I was there for the opening of the show. The gallery is reminiscent of the old communist era, and the show is in plain sight, as one can watch through the windows of the gallery, and even though you have to enter strangely to the back door, once you are inside you get to warm up in the presence of the artworks. You start to recognize the spirit of subtle latin humor in Marian’s approach to his creation of E-Vapotarus, meaning repurposing of sensually tactile vintage objects and cleverly giving them a new life as intricate part of the new objects on display. On the other side against the wall you find yourself immersed into a grave deep lyric emotion of the “Wheels and Chakras” To me they are the definition of solid yet delicate, rustic yet pleasant, technically improbable yet archetypal.

by U Gen Ben, March 2017

Ion Țuculescu

 Ion Țuculescu s-a născut la 19 mai 1910 la Craiova, provenit dintr-o familie de intelectuali. Urmează cursurile Colegiului Național "Carol I" din Craiova, unde în orele de desen primește primele îndrumări de la profesorul său Eugen Ciolac, de la care a aflat o parte din tainele picturii. Prima expoziție la care a fost remarcată prezența "pictorului diletant Ion Țuculescu" - alături de a fratelui său Șerban - este cea organizată în 1925, în sala de recepții a Palatului Administrativ al județului Dolj. Deși apreciat pentru talentul său artistic, Țuculescu nu se va îndrepta către o școală superioară cu profil artistic, ci se înscrie la Facultatea de Științe Naturale a Universității din București, pe care o va absolvi în 1936. Paralel frecventează și Facultatea de Medicină, obținând doctoratul în 1939 cu calificativul magna cum laude. Deși se dedicase studiului, Ion Țuculescu continuă să picteze și are prima expoziție personală în 1938 în sala Ateneului Român din București.

Mark Wilkinson

Self-taught printmaker specialising in linocut based in rural Cumbria, England. Wilkinson was drawn to printmaking by its timeless quality, the deceptive simplicity of line and form it allows, and his lifelong love of the work of British and Irish wood engravers of the 1930s, such as Eric Ravilious, Eric Gill and Robert Gibbings.


Gorzo sau exorcismul formelor

by Paul Doru Mugur

Arta lui Gorzo este însă mult mai complexă decât suma unor tehnici.
Scopul artistului nu este de a crea totemuri vizuale, ba chiar dimpotrivă, putem argumenta că demersul lui artistic de fapt este exact opus acestei tendinţe. Obiectul totemic ne fascinează privirea şi ne atrage într-o capcană mentală din care Gorzo încearcă să ne elibereze prin surprize continue.
Într-o discuţie privată, Gorzo îmi mărturisea că dacă mulţi dintre artiştii contemporani şi-au transformat privirea într-un aparat de fotografiat, el are în privire un...topor! O preocupare constantă a lui Gorzo este crearea unei distanţe între obiectul privit şi privire. Toporul din privire la care se referă el, fracturează aşteptările privitorului, îl distanţează de previzibil, de anticipabil, creând interpretări insolite imaginilor.