ARTIST STATEMENT - SEVEN
The rise of internet use worldwide has allowed for humans to have an insight on all cultures across all corners of the earth through a touch of a button and an LCD screen. The ever-growing aviation and transport industry and its accessibility has encouraged cross-border travel and migration as the norm. Thus, a rise in multinationalism within a single individual is a growing result.
@MCRT.Studio looks within their own artists as examples. New Zealand born sculpture artist and photographer, Rozelle Tan, is part Filipino, part Singaporean. At age 10, her and her family migrated to Australia. Not stopping there, she was presented the opportunity to study in England and lived in the UK for 5 years before returning home to Australia with fellow artist, Maxim Chikanchi, a Russian born Brit who now lives in Australia.
As to what percentage or culture one leans to more so or wholly identifies to is an exploration broken down into a photographic series. A consideration worth pursuing to gain insights as artists’ and pin point certain influences and inspiration when creating works. The journey starts at Rozelle’s roots in the North Island of New Zealand. An embarkment to the infamous Tongariro Alpine Crossing, this SEVEN-hour trek through pain, confrontation to peace. A strong appreciation to the changing landscapes was captured and exhibited late 2018 in Side Gallery through SEVEN curated photographs. A photo diary, to start a series of investigation within self-culture and reflection.
ARTIST STATEMENT - THROUGH THE STARS
THROUGH THE STARS aims to celebrate life’s authentic relationships by visually portraying the fault in our perception of digital connections with prominent figures. The artworks spotlight the developments in digital, social and reality media, which have created a direct channel for users to engage with celebrity personas. The collection aims to highlight the affinity felt towards these ‘stars’ as a skewed perception of relationships.
@MCRT.Studio reflects the distance to these human ‘stars’ in its’ work by implementing the use of texture sampling inspired by NASA satellite imagery of distant luminaries.
“Humanity has always been fascinated with looking at the beyond beauty of stars. We now possess the technology to see them closer than ever before. Seeing them through a telescope, however, does not physically bring us closer to them. The same semblance is found in regarding celebrities. Feeling proximity through seeing them does not physically bring us into their vicinity, and emotionally relating to them does not psychologically deliver us to the person portrayed.” - @MCRT.Studio
@MCRT.Studio uses photography and videography as a basis for its’ figure reference. The figure is then physically broken down into an assemblage of geometrical shapes, transcending skin to the muscle and bone. Referencing post-war British figurativism, the Studio creates paintings through the synthesis of sculptural accumulation of richly worked layers of pigment, paired with a highly-wrought drawing technique. Implementing the faux-bois approach and working with oil and enamel paints, gold and silver leafs, as well as photography and glass sculptures, @MCRT.Studio desires to deliver the powerful beauty of the universe to the buyers’ own environment.
The art prints for THROUGH THE STARS collection derived through digital manipulation by the artist of the original paintings.
ARTIST STATEMENT - FLORALS
FLORALS is the first body of work by the artist Maxim Chikanchi for @MCRT.Studio. This is a collection of five photorealistic oil paintings. Each features an individual flower, which has been painted on framed glass, ready to inject some natural beauty into any room.
“@MCRT.Studio’s art pieces are here to inject some natural beauty into your home” - Maeve Kerr-Crowley for Fashion Journal
The oil paintings are coupled with a collection of corresponding collages. The artist uses patterns found in natural formation of rocks to compliment the delicate colours of the painted flowers.
The art prints for FLORALS collection derived through digital manipulation by the artist of the original paintings.