2015 Spotlight Artists

James Paterson – Saskatchewan, Canada

James was born in Saskatchewan, Canada, and grew up in the Kensington Market neighborhood of Toronto, Ontario. His approach to his art is one of a simple sense of wonder, his aim being to create art that is redemptive, revealing the reality of God in the world in such a manner as to give expression to mystery. James uses materials in a simple way, often incorporating moving parts that viewers can play with.

He calls his creations Prayer Machines. Inspired by a video clip that showed the Wright Brothers in their flight at Kitty Hawk, Paterson began thinking of all the inventions that, with a minimum of complexity, do the one thing they are required and designed to do. Finding it difficult at a certain point in his life to put words to prayer, Paterson considered, “As an artist, what would my prayers be like if I used a visual medium instead of a verbal one to express my thoughts, desires, and love to God?” So began his adventure of bending and twisting wire; creating lyrical, ephemeral objects with movement and whimsical dimensions; and attempting to give expression to mystery.

“These Prayer Machines are not my actual prayers,” Paterson explains, “rather they serve as metaphors attempting to capture those elusive moments when I inhabit the thin places between the temporal seen and the eternal unseen. They are simple machines, and beautiful, that … remind me that by His great compassion for me as His child, I am being carried forward, even lifted off the ground, while being borne along in His arms. How simple I think it is all meant to be.”

James Patterson
James Paterson | IT’S THE GRAVITY OF YOUR LIGHT THAT FILLS MY SAILS – A Prayer Machine

Max Zorn, Netherlands

Max Zorn is a Dutch street artist who uses ordinary brown packing tape as his medium and a scalpel as his brush. Zorn shapes layers upon layers of tape on acrylic glass that, when illuminated from behind, reveal contrasts and depth from sepia-toned creations, straight lines, and sharp subjects. His work ranges from depictions of shimmering skyscrapers to grandiose displays of European decadence and disillusion. In just four years, his solo exhibitions and international resume have grown, spanning across innovative projects, global representation, and a celebrity clientele.

His works have been showcased from Art Basel Hong Kong to Miami, and Max Zorn has been featured on CNN, BBC, TED Talks, and HuffPost. Online, Max Zorn’s network boasts over 50 thousand followers and more than 2 million YouTube viewers. See Zorn in action here.

For Spectrum Miami 2015, Max Zorn will create his tape art live at the Stick Together booth, located in Booth 713. Stick Together exhibits a new series of fresh work inspired by scenes from the United States and a dreamy nostalgia of mood, color, and timeless subjects. Zorn’s latest works show progression in technique, detail and depth, and incorporate dreamy film noir effects with the addition of subtle hints of red, blue and green tape. Zorn is also experimenting with lightbox frames, incorporating his warm LED lighting into antique suitcases, vintage photo cameras, and brass boxes from the 1930s.

Max Zorn
Max Zorn | Ivory Sky

Nicole Furman, Bogota, Colombia

Nicole Furman is a multimedia artist, body painter, and photographer from Bogota, Colombia. Having studied a range of art practices, from body painting and performance to art history and photography, Furman provocatively explores roles and identities in works such as her Disney Fantasy and Hommage Series. Drawing from characters and figures from institutions like Disney (the epitome of supposed pure innocence and childhood) and masterpieces of Western art history, her works craft recognizable visuals into intriguing tableaus that are at turns amusing and disturbing.

A lifelong fascination with painting, body painting, performances, installations, and photography shapes her work. Using the nude body as a canvas and photography as a medium, Furman elicits strong reactions from viewers and challenges societal preconceptions with a bold use of color, unexpected poses, and familiar images. Furman’s works have been displayed internationally in art fairs and galleries, including at The Other Art Fair in London, United Kingdom; Feria de Arte Odeon in Bogota, Colombia; Preview Berlin Art Fair in Berlin, Germany; Spectrum Miami in Miami, United States; ArtLima in Lima, Peru; and Galeria La Cometa in Bogota, Colombia.

Nicole Furman
Max Zorn | Ivory Sky

Jeanne Bessette, Massachusetts

Nicole Furman is a multimedia artist, body painter, and photographer from Bogota, Colombia. Having studied a range of art practices, from body painting and performance to art history and photography, Furman provocatively explores roles and identities in works such as her Disney Fantasy and Hommage Series. Drawing from characters and figures from institutions like Disney (the epitome of supposed pure innocence and childhood) and masterpieces of Western art history, her works craft recognizable visuals into intriguing tableaus that are at turns amusing and disturbing.

A lifelong fascination with painting, body painting, performances, installations, and photography shapes her work. Using the nude body as a canvas and photography as a medium, Furman elicits strong reactions from viewers and challenges societal preconceptions with a bold use of color, unexpected poses, and familiar images. Furman’s works have been displayed internationally in art fairs and galleries, including at The Other Art Fair in London, United Kingdom; Feria de Arte Odeon in Bogota, Colombia; Preview Berlin Art Fair in Berlin, Germany; Spectrum Miami in Miami, United States; ArtLima in Lima, Peru; and Galeria La Cometa in Bogota, Colombia.

Jeanne Bessette
Jeanne Bessette | Mercy | Bessette Studios

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