Extract - Come closer-Don’t be shy, closer still or you’ll miss it! Bon’s new Arts Editor, Freire Barnes introduces seven up and coming artists whose work should come with a magnifying glass this year. Art is all about deception and details.
You could be forgiven for misreading the artworks over the next few pages. They might look at home in the pages of a botanical review, a hardware store catalogue, even a science journal. But what you are actually seeing are the works of seven up ‘n’ coming international artists who deal in the clever art of deception through great attention to detail.
Curiously, adopting labour-intensive techniques is how they like to wile away their days. Unlike the factory production of artwork in many contemporary artists’ studios, they wish to put their touch on the work, and be involved at every level from inception to realisation.
These fascinating illusionists cunningly trick us into a false sense of security with their consideration to the minutest detail. Only on closer inspection do you begin to realise they have subverted everyday objects and images to make the insignificant, significant. From embroidery thread to cardboard, from mud and straw to pornographic magazines, these artists go against the grain by creating masterpieces of prodigious proportions to challenge our eye.