DOROTHY BHAWL IS PHOTOGRAPHY SCULPTURE AND MORE ...
Dorothy Bhawl (nowhere, 1985) has always investigated the contradictions and aberrations of contemporary society, in particular on addiction to social networks, on racism, on ideological fanaticism and on discrimination in general; he does so by setting up his unmistakable photographic sets, with unreal, acid colors that define a grotesque sense of melancholy, but also through painting, sculpture on a particular paste of his own invention and engraving on glass to highlight human aberrations through monstrous reconstructions of
human anatomy, often mixed with tech objects and multinational logos.
Its themes are investigated by reconstructing a mystical and esoteric, fascinating and complex aology in a real context, in which multiple objects, multicolor trinkets, conceptual signs, combined with
the art of disguise are mixed following magical Neo-Pop style alchemy to generate symbols always new meanings, in stark contrast to the codified mass media language.
His expressive code lends itself to trying his hand at various fields: winner for two consecutive years of the contest for the Amnesty International “Walk on Rights” photographic campaign and of the
First Prize at the international visual arts competitions GlobalArt and A.M.A. Festival in 2012 and 2019. In 2015 the ~Cavellini foundation~ dedicates to him an impressive photographic installation called “New Babylon” located in Sirmione in the Maria Callas park, a manifestation of monumental installations in which Yoko Ono, Guglielmo also participate among the big names Achille Cavellini and Stefano Bombardieri .. In 2015 he won the Corpus
Hominis competition for the construction of the monumental altarpiece of the S. Agata Church in Brescia.
In 2017 he exhibited his installation in the context of the Venice Biennale, under
the Accademia Bridge and was chosen to create Wonderland Festival in Brescia, an important international contemporary theater festival; moreover, his sculptures Snails (snails), symbol of a spiritual development of humanity in a cosmic key, invade Rome, Paris, Barcelona, Lisbon, Ibiza, Korea, Tokyo, Moscow and New York, and finally become , selected by the
Graffik Gallery in London to appear next to Bansk’s works and be applied on the red helmets of the new wave band Devo. His research also extends to the theatrical and musical field with the creation of important album covers and portraits of international artists. In 2019, Bhawl’s works adorn the home and workshop of British designer Vivienne Westwood.
In 2019 he participates in the Incrine project, a comic created by over 70 selected Italian artists and is the creator of the photographic book Lei, Armando, (Morellini Editore), presented at the National Museum of Photography in Brescia and at the Macao in Milan. In the same year his hometown dedicates a personal exhibition to him at the MaCof Museum of Italian Photography"
realizing and putting his works on the cover of the first volume of the important center of Italian photography. In 2020 his images harp the event of the fashion week in Milan at the Vik Gallery, the first art hotel in Italy to contain the works of over 90 international artists. In the same year he was selected to be a permanent part of the works exhibited in another luxury Art Hotel this time in the Dolomites, the Paradiso Pure Living.
He has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Italy and abroad: in London, Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, New York and Hong Kong; is present at important exhibitions: Fuori Biennale di Venezia, Salone del mobile di Milano, International Biennial of Photography of Arezzo, The Blank Art Date, the Street Art Festival of San Gervasio (Bs), where he presents his works alongside Bansky, Parmiggiani , Villeglé and Christo, Artrooms Fai Junk Food in Rome, the Soncino Biennale. To Marco, ArtDate in Bergamo, ImageNation. International photographic exhibition of Paris and Arles. His works have been chosen as the covers of several novels published in the States for the Grindhouse press, Ohio. Recently, the Berlin Art Fanzine Magazine, Hystrio, Frattura Scomposta, Dentrocasa, MarieClaire, Rolling Stones, Vanity Fair and ImageMag and national newspapers have dedicated important contributions to him.
My name is Valera. I often go by the nickname Val. I’m a Fort Lauderdale based artist. I’m originally from New York. I do a range of work from photography and digital to painting and mixed media. Personally I’ve always approached art in a therapeutic sense first and everything else second. Whether the medium is digital or physical art has always helped me to express feelings and emotions that words tend to fail. It’s been a beautiful learning tool to process the world around me and my experiences.
My work often surrounds the subjects of sexuality, identity, the surfacing of subconscious feelings, the human form, and anxiety. The range of my work almost comes completely from the need to release this impulsive nature I carry. I am always trying to find structure to place what I feel is a whirlwind of emotions that pass through my head everyday. Hence why I look at my work as more therapeutic, and rely on it to sustain my well being.
The photographs I gravitate towards producing are exposures where the subject is very much so in their element. A picture of where they genuinely are at the moment. Raw and honest, whether beautiful or grotesque. Honesty is something I really strive for in photography. I don’t want to take a photograph that is staged. While I still involve creating environments for the photographs the main goal is to capture the subject as they truly are. Like a receipt of someone’s soul. Captured forever. Photography for me is also about reality and the conscious. You approach what’s in front of the lens and not a blank canvas like painting. So you have to use things that already exist to create the work.
Painting for me has been the flip side of that experience. Where before I had subjects in front of me now I have to fathom everything from my head onto the blank canvas in front of me. It’s very much so subconscious, internal, and solitary in comparison. I approach mark making in one of two ways. I either completely cover a piece with no direction or intention until a foundation surfaces that I can then interact and develop. Or I draw out the subjects of the piece and carefully cut them from paper and collage them into mixed media. From there I create subtle layers with acrylic, pastel, collage, spray paint, graphite, and charcoal. Balancing the push and pull of the surfacing image while working through the mediums until I am at a stage that I could not have fathomed. Very similar to how Willem De Kooning approached his paintings. It’s about how much I can put into a work.
I am compelled to both abstract expressionism and surrealism though I fear the claim of stating what type of artist I am is limiting to my ever expanding discovery of self. I am a jack of many trades, but an artist at best.