Josh Byer is an artist residing in Vancouver, Canada. Mr. Byer’s style, called Faux Fauvism, is inspired by Matisse. He states, “The goal of my work is to pinpoint the moment in cognition when pattern recognition occurs.” While we will share more about Josh in the fall/winter 2017 issue when he will mount a portfolio of his work as an exhibition, you should know that his licensed artwork appears on thousands of products available from Walmart, Overstock.com, Art.com, Shop.com, and Amazon.
Stephen Mead is a resident of New York based in Albany. He is a published artist, writer, maker of short-collage films and sound-collage downloads. His latest P.O.D. amazon release is an art-text hybrid, “According to the Order of Nature (We too are Cosmos Made,)” a work which takes to task the words which have been used against LGBT folks from time immemorial. In 2014, he began a webpage to gather links of his poetry being published in such zines as “Great Works,” “Unlikely Stories,” “Quill & Parchment,” etc., in one place: Poetry on the Line, Stephen Mead. In this issue, his images are 8 x 10 inch montages from a series-in-progress since 2015: “From Nostalgia, Through Now & Beyond”, an homage to the international civil rights LGBT Movement.
Amy Bassin’s photographic visions are haunting, subtle, alluring, and intellectually provocative. She works with Mark Blinkley to create text based art collaborations and videos. Numerous excerpts from their Dream Streams art installation have been published including in the Columbia Journal of Literature and Art. Their video, Speaking In Bootongue, was recently selected for the London Experimental Film Festival.
Allen Forrest is a Canadian writer and graphic artist for literary publications who resides in British Columbia. Mr. Forrest is the winner of the Leslie Jacoby Honor for Art at San Jose State University’s Reed Magazine, and whose “Bel Red” landscape paintings are part of the Bellevue College Foundation’s permanent art collection. Allen is a previous contributor to aaduna where his work is always welcome.
Mark Blickley matched quotes from history’s most tyrannical men to photographer Amy Bassin’s funereal sculptural portraits to produce Trump surrogates from Genghis Khan to Charles Mason in the exhibition “Weathered Reports: Trump Surrogate Quotes From the Underground.” Each quote (report) echoes a distinct Trumpian thought, issued forth from the weathered patinas of outdoor cemetery sculptures. Mr. Blickley and Ms. Bassin’s text based art collaboration, “Dream Streams,” was featured as an art installation at the 5th Annual NYC Poetry Festival held at Governors Island and exhibited in several galleries.