Monday 26th June 2017

Motoi Yamamoto – Salt Mazes

Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto creates incredibly intricate mazes made entirely out of – salt!

Yamamoto started down this path of salt installations as a sad and tragic one. He was a student at the Kanazawa College of Art in 1996 when his younger sister died at the young age of 24 — after being diagnosed with brain cancer. To ease his grief and to honor her memory, he starting working on these installations. Salt has a special place in the death rituals of Japan, and is often handed out to people at the end of funerals, so they can sprinkle it on themselves to ward off evil. Since 2001, he’s been creating these amazing floor installations by filling a plastic bottle, usually used for machine oil, with white salt and then sprinkling it on the floor.

“I draw with a wish that, through each line, I am led to a memory of my sister. That is always at the bottom of my work. Each cell-like part, to me, is a memory of her that I call up, like a tiff I had with her over a pudding cake she took from the fridge. My wish is to put such tiny episodes together.”

The Hakone installation (below) looks like a giant tree with vein-like branches. Working 14 hours a day, it took him two weeks to complete.

Jorge de la Garza

If New York is the lifeblood of the art world, recently eyes have been wondering further south of the US border where the contemporary art pulse seems to be firmly ticking in Mexico City. With the atmosphere of Berlin, before Soho House and cocktails came to stay, the Distrito Federal has been overtaken by a wave of creativity resulting in some promising new faces in town.

Jorge de la Garza is one such face. Recently returned from a five-year stint in London completing his Fine Arts studies at both Central Saint Martins and Chelsea College of Art, de la Garza works in the medium of collages and sculptural installations. His
time spent in his university library – and surreptitiously stealing pages from its books – has resulted in collages whose imagery is a seamless marriage of different time periods and yet whose final aesthetic is entirely one of today. De la Garza´s work speaks the language of the born in the 1980s¨ generation: a generation whose knowledge of the world is largely derived from media images of it, whilst simultaneously a generation who feels a distinct sense of melancholy for a previous time never personally known.

De la Garza´s sculptural installations are a three-dimensional extension of his collages and are just as thoughtfully assembled. Domestic interiors are mixed with images of outer space; that which we can understand vs. the incomprehensible. Gems and minerals become symbols for something at once frozen in time and yet impermanent in nature.

With shows in both Mexico and Europe coming up, de la Garza is certainly one to watch!

Marco Walker

I caught up with fellow half-Austrian; photographer Marco Walker about life and his wonderful work.

What do you do and how did you end up doing it? Both my father and my grandfather were passionate amateur photographers so I guess it’s in my genes, I picked up a camera at 4 and have hardly put one down since. I also think it helps having travelled a lot through my childhood and adolescence always has made me want to document interesting places I have been.

What are you working on at the moment? I’m working on a campaign for my great friend and jewellery designer Bex Rox which we will be shooting around locations in London. I’m also working on a special project in conjunction with the London Olympics.

Who are your favorite artists/designers at the moment? I have great admiration and respect for many different artists from many different fields. I recently saw a show of Jean- Paul Goude’s work in a retrospective show in Paris which definitely stands out from anything else i’ve seen recently.

How would the people who know you best describe you? A mixture of laid back (I am half Californian with Hawaiian ancestry) and part Austrian which is where the more conservative and old school traditional side comes from.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Lake Tahoe California is a pretty special place to be … I love the nature up there but I guess I would get a little stir crazy after a while.

What is the love of your life? My girlfriend, family, friends and good food .

What’s your favorite London hangout? The Groucho Club – always full of characters, especially late at night up in the snooker room.

What annoys you? Low cost airlines namely Sleezy jet.

What is the best advice you’ve received? Never Give Up.

What are your current obsessions?John Stezakers and his amazing collages.

What was your latest epiphany? Early mornings over late nights.

What emotions are you trying to portray through your photography? Photography is all about taking the viewer to a time and place, stimulating an emotion – I want the viewer to be involved on every level, to be there and to feel it.

What is your guilty pleasure? Last minute trips to exotic places, all in the name of research.

Who do you admire? William Eggleston for pioneering color photography.

Incidental patterns, Alex Maclean.

Whilst researching for a project looking at coincidental markings and traces left by our development I came across this photographer Alex Maclean. Working around the world he has photographed a huge array of different landscapes from above, often concentrating on the incidental patterns and interference our development has on the natural landscape.

An Architect, Pilot and Urban planner Maclean seems to understand his subject matter to an extent that the pictures become more than beautiful sometimes abstract compositions and allow an insight into our footprint on the world. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!



These architectural structures have always intrigued me, imposing, space-age, futuristic.. During the 60s and 70s in former Yugoslavia previous dictator Tito commissioned them to be built as memorials of the Second World War. Twenty years ago there were thousands of them many of which were destroyed in the 1990s. The ones that remain were either too large to knock down or too remote. Photographer Jan Kempenaers has travelled around the Balkans documenting them. These structures are incredibly beautiful and bold, showing the fine line between architecture and sculpture.


Flesh Love

This series of photographs by Photographer Hal are a surreal depiction of love, which manages to evoke both a morbid yet humorous response. Hal is “currently seeking new dimensions in portrait photography by challenging the majestic theme of mankind, defined through love.” His agenda as an artist is inspiring – no matter where we are in the world, no matter the company love what is in front of you. His subjects are from all walks of life, businessman, strippers, dancers, waiters etc. He will occasionally approach couples he see’s in underground bars that appear to have a chemistry that he would like to capture in order to negotiate with them and take there picture. “In my most recent project I have applied the use of the vacuum sealed package, used to store futon covers in everyday life, I found that the couple can be sealed in, with the appearance of being freshly wrapped I have called this event Fresh Love.”


To see more of Photographer Hal’s work go to his website. 



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