Alex MacLean



Shooting through an airplane window with a 35mm camera, Alex MacLean’s aerial views of housing in America effectively survey where and how Americans choose to live, and make a statement about both individual and collective values. Foremost among MacLean’s observations of urban and suburban housing developments is the tremendous lack of diversity with respect to design and architecture. Economic, regulatory, and commercial trends conspire to make new housing homogeneous and undifferentiated from one part of the country to the next.
  Pilot and photographer Alex MacLean has flown his plane over much of the United States documenting the landscape. Trained as an architect, he has portrayed the history and evolution of the land from vast agricultural patterns to city grids, recording changes brought about by human intervention and natural processes. His powerful and descriptive images provide clues to understanding the relationship between the natural and constructed environments.
   Alex MacLean earned a BA from Harvard College (1969) and a Master in Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design (1973). He began aerial photography as part of a graduate study on community planning, and obtained his commercial pilot license in 1975. He was awarded National Endowment for the Arts Design Grants in 1980 and 1990. Recent solo exhibitions of his work have been held at Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts; Kansas City Design Center, Missouri; and Les Rencontres d’Arles 33rd Annual International Photo Festival, Arles, France. He lives near Boston.



Andreas Gefeller

Andreas Gefeller is a German photographer who first received recognition with his Supervisions series (2004-2009). In this series, Gefeller takes several photographs of one perspective from high vantage points—sometimes up to six or seven meters above the ground with his camera aimed directly downward. He then digitally assembles the photographs into a single image, creating a surreal and almost inhuman view of the ground below. Gefeller eliminates perspective through this method of assemblage, and as a result, the photographs appear incredibly flat, sharing visual commonalities with architectural blueprints rather than with aerial photography.
The sites that Gefeller photographs in Supervisions— namely, artists’ studios and parking lots— gesture towards human interaction with different environments without every directly showing individual human characters.
Gefeller approaches this series unlike some of his German contemporaries, such as Andreas Gursky, whose work depicts similar subjects on a similarly grand scale. Whereas Gursky seamlessly reconstructs scenes using technology, Gefeller often purposefully makes the digital post-production evident to the viewer through formal characteristics of his work.
The Japan Series, Gefeller’s latest body of work, debuted at Hasted Kraeutler in New York this past April as a part of the European Eyes on Japan/Japan Photography Today project, which depicts the complex constructed power lines around major cities in Japan. Photographed against black or white skies, these nearly monochromatic pictures eliminate the context of their environment and enhance the minimalist aesthetic value of these man-made constructions.





Jan Valentin Saether

The artist Jan Valentin Saether was born in Oslo, Norway in 1944. A student at both the National College of Applied Arts and at the National Academy of Fine Arts in the 1960s and early '70s he received training in both sculpture and painting.

In 1973 Saether moved to Los Angeles, California with his first wife and two young daughters. He built a career as an artist there and established several schools; first in 1977 at the old firehouse in Venice together with Alan Katz and Martine Vaugel, and later, in the 1980s Bruchion, a legendary school for art and gnosis together with his second wife, Liv Anderson.

In 1995 Saether moved back home to his native country Norway where he worked as associate professor at the National Academy of Fine Art, Oslo for a year before accepting the chair of figurative painting at the same institution after the media duel of the year as the only two painters found competent to hold this position were Jan Valentin Saether and his old friend from the student years, Odd Nerdrum. Saether held the position until 2002.

He is currently working on new projects and shares his time between his homes in France and Norway.





Aki


Achi Sinauridze (better known by the pseudonym Aki) is Georgian Contemporary artist. His works include computer arts, abstract art and experimental photography. He worked on abstract art in several years, than he began creating computer arts. Now he takes photos and cultivates them without using any computer program, applied his camera possibilities only.
He is self-educated artist and had never learnt in any art school or college.
Born in 1988, February, 28.