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Par Davies, Floto+Warner et Bruno Aveillan
Jeremy Floto & Cassandra Warner live in Brooklyn, NY
Floto+Warner are celebrated for their incisive rendering of modern architecture, industrial spaces and landscape photographs, offering fresh insights into the relation of place, figure and form.
Their photographs appear regularly in such publications as Dwell, Time, Fortune,W magazine, Vanity Fair and AD. Acknowledging their vigorous exploration of contemporary structure, Floto+warner’s clients include Volkswagen, Canon, Barclay’s, AT&T, OMA/Rem Koolhaas, and Prada.
Their fine art has been exhibited in the Carnegie Museum of Art, Walker Arts center and Yale University Art Gallery.
Jeremy Floto grew up in a small town in the Nevada desert where he was first captivated by the possibilities of describing expansive space.
Cassandra Warner was raised in upstate New York near Albany where her early fascination with architecture was inspired by rollerskating on the marble concourse of the futuristic Empire State Plaza.
The duo met while attending Rochester Institute of Technology where an attraction to similar subjects led them to form Floto+warner. They began working together immediately and created their vision together from the start.
Whether running multiple sets while directing motion spots and still ads for Volkswagen or starting on opposite ends of the map to cover a 675 mile yard sale for TIME magazine, the two share the same aesthetic sensibility that is unmistakably their own.
For their beautiful “Colourant” series, the artistic duo has chosen the barren landscape of northern nevada as their stage in which they have conducted floating sculptural events; capturing fleeting moments in which vibrantly pigmented liquid has been thrown into the air. The photos were shot at a speed of 1/3,500th of a second, transforming the non-discernible and ephemeral to the eternal. The essence of photography – immortalize the transitory.
The duo states: “There is no photoshop used in these images, we shoot these with a high-speed shutter to freeze the action. We are also conscious of the environment, the color is non-toxic, non-staining, water based and composed of 95% water.”
Ellie Davies (Born 1976) lives in London and works in the woods and forests of the UK. She gained her MA in Photography from London College of Communication in 2008.
She has been working in UK forests for the past eight years, making work which explores the complex interrelationship between the landscape and the individual. Our understanding of landscape can be seen as a construction in which layers of meaning that reflect our own cultural preoccupations and anxieties obscure the reality of the land, veiling it, and transforming the natural world into an idealisation.
UK forests have been shaped by human processes over thousands of years and include ancient woodlands, timber forestry, wildlife reserves and protected Areas of Outstanding Natural. As such, the forest represents the confluence of nature, culture, and human activity. Forests are potent symbols in folklore, fairy tale and myth, places of enchantment and magic as well as of danger and mystery. In more recent history they have come to be associated with psychological states relating to the unconscious.
Against this backdrop her work explores the ways in which identity is formed by the landscapes we live and grow up in. Making a variety of temporary and non-invasive interventions in the forest, her work places the viewer in the gap between reality and fantasy, creating spaces which encourage the viewer to re-evaluate the way in which their own relationship with the landscape is formed, the extent to which it is a product of cultural heritage or personal experience, and how this has been instrumental in their own identity.
Throughout her practice small acts of engagement respond to the landscape using a variety of strategies, such as making and building, creating pools of light, suspending smoke within the space, or using craft materials such as paint and pigment. The final images are the culmination of these interventions. The forest becomes a studio, forming a backdrop to contextualize the work, so that each piece draws on its location, a golden tree introduced into a thicket shimmers in the darkness, painted paths snake through the undergrowth, and strands of wool are woven between trees mirroring colours and formal elements within the space.
These altered landscapes operate on a number of levels. They are a reflection of her personal relationship with the forest, a meditation on universal themes relating to the psyche and call into question the concept of landscape as a social and cultural construct. Most importantly they draw the viewer into the forest space, asking them to consider how their own identity is shaped by the landscapes they live in.
Ellie Davies was recently awarded First Place in the 2014 Kontinent Awards in the Fine Art Projects Category, First Place in the 2014 Art Gemini Awards, and two Honourable Mentions in the Moscow International Photography Awards 2014
Her work is held in private collections in the UK, the US, Central and Eastern Europe, South Korea, Hong Kong, Russia and The United Arab Emirates.