|AleatoricArt Gallery co-founder Alex Volborth’s interest in art history, world cultures and spiritualism
played a major role in his particular brand of found art photography, which seamlessly blends decaying objects
with geological formations. To call his work simply ‘found art’ doesn’t suffice—'found artifacts' or 'undiscovered
art' would describe it better, as his photos may include anything from a rock formation bearing a resemblance to
the Edvard Munch painting, “The Scream,” to a small skeleton of an unknown animal perfectly silhouetted in red
sandstone. But whether it's a rusty piece of a broken bicycle or an old Sicilian ash tray, Volborth shows us more
than that with his uncanny ability to recognize the art in the mundane, and create the sense that he is
uncovering a secret by revealing for the first time what has been there all along.
Alex, a beloved husband and father, passed away in late 2009, but his spirit lives on in all of the hearts that he
touched in his long rich life, and also in his beautiful photographs. Although his accomplishments in his chosen
field of geology would be known throughout the world, his love of art was his passion from the time he was in
short pants. He attended every gallery and museum he had ever heard of and the works of the great artists of
all time were etched into his retinas. While pursuing his love of photography, the geological formations that
were his muses suddenly and magically started to reveal art in the most purest form. From there, obsessed
with the astounding initial results, he spent his golden years in search of the great works of nature. Aleksi's
spirit lives on in this collective, in his remarkable achievements in the field of geology, and in all of the hearts
and minds that he touched in his 85 years on this side of life. He is greatly missed and will never be forgotten.
Stefan Beyst is a Belgium based retired lecturer in the philosophy of art and modern art history.
Many of his often controversial texts on art and modern artists are to be read on his website.
I like pictures that are strong: revelatory and fascinating. That is why I am not feeling at home, neither in the recent
development of painting, nor in that of photography, where such images seem to become increasingly more scarce.
Both branches of the image production are trapped in a hopeless trench war, in which they take opposite positions that
cannot but drive them into ever new dead ends: whereas painting threatens to degenerate into staged reality, design,
cheap philosophy or empty revolutionary gesture, photography seems to become increasingly mesmerised by
documenting or reduplicating the existent - however interesting -if it does not altogether lose itself in the solving of all
the technical difficulties in rendering the real world. Precisely, the digital revolution opens hitherto unknown
perspectives to overcome photography's much scorned dependency of the given and to freely transform the existent
world in a self-created, self-contained reality of a higher order: the world of art. That is why I opted for the digital
camera and digital manipulation, and above all for the immaterial digital screen, lighted from within, that only
completes the digital production of the image - in the hope that a further development of the technology of the screen
will free the digital image from its hitherto obligatory transformation into a printed reflecting surface.
|If you loved the Dadaists and their close friends, the Surrealists, the way AleatoricArt does, you will be pleased to
know that Max Ernst and some of his pals have been found alive and well, inhabiting the mind and body of the
uber-talented Eastern European painter
Born in Belgrade/Serbia in 1950, Zugic earned his degree at Ecole Nationale Superieure Des Beaux- Arts in Paris
France, where he graduated in 1979. His many solo and group exhibitions have taken him all over the world, with
successful showings in the best galleries of Paris, Denmark, New York City, Boston, and in many parts of Eastern
Europe from 1986 until present.
Go to the artist's WEBSITE to see more, and check out the interesting "Parallel Gallery" featuring his wife, Vlatka,
also a talented abstract painter. You won't find much information about Zoran at his website, but AleatoricArt will be
conducting an interview in the near future... stay tuned!
"Using polarized light and birefringent materials, Courtney Hoskins creates alien landscapes out of mundane
household items. By placing objects such as candy wrappers and melted plastic cutlery in front of her modified lens,
she offers a different take on the objects that we would normally discard in our world. Her work is photographic in
nature- the colors seen in her work have not been digitally altered, despite their foreign appearance.
"Courtney has also been making films since she was fourteen years old and dreaming about movies most of her life.
Her passion for the cinematic medium and intense curiosity about the world around her have lead her down many
different paths in life. She's studied French, meteorology and astronomy, traveled around the world, and has made a
living as a makeup counter artist, a volcanic ash image analyzer, a web designer, a visual effects artist, and has
recently delved into the world of 3D animation, teaching herself Maya along the way. Her works have spanned an
equally broad range: from still photography and experimental films to animation and live-action narrative shorts. The
experience and skills she has gathered on her wandering path have combined to form a unique vision of the world
that she hopes to instill in her artwork and share with whomever will listen."
|Stoffel De Roover
The talented man at right is, at this point in time, floating in a creative haze... One look at this artist's
beautiful abstract prints will definitely put you under the influence of his unique imagination.
In 2007, Stoffel was taken by surprise by a simple wisp of smoke he had just photographed... There in the
fog was the outline of a woman, the first breathtaking image (and the catalyst) of the resulting onslaught of
his superbly crafted series of aleatoric artwork. Addicted to his newfound palette of ever changing and never
ending content, the artist lit up the incense and snapped away, as nature herself composed with a free
hand. A true aleatoric artist never knows what his next piece will be, and with subject matter ranging from
beautiful goddesses to scary creatures, this series is an incredible collection of chance art that must be seen!
De Roover was born in Leuven, Belgium, where he began his studies. He moved around, first to the
Netherlands, then to the United States and on to France where he lived for about 7 years, earning his MSc,
before moving with his wife and two children to Montreal in 2006, where he now resides. Since he unveiled
his Smoke Photography in 2007, De Roover's work has been featured in SNAP Magazine, UK, a NYC
restaurant, on Southern Rock band Widespread Panic's T-shirts, and on LifeInTheFastLane.com, where we
at AleatoricArt found him. Learn more about this smokin' hot artist at his website and blog by clicking HERE.
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|AleatoricArt Curator Allan Rodewald
"Creating to me is to take a developed style no matter what form or classification
and becoming the best at that certain style. To create interesting, thought provoking
pieces that are unique and individual to the artist is my passion. My personal
challenge is to create anew. Feeling safe with a painting is comforting but can to me
become mundane and un-fulfilling after a while.
I sometimes while working on a painting wonder what if I applied a radical technique
to a piece and how would that look. Or in the same mode what if I ruin the painting
and all the work so far will be wasted? I then try to act with the thoughts of "well
Allan you won't know if you don't try", and yes many times ruining the piece, many
times inventing a new alternative but always opening a door to new light. People
often comment on titles of paintings. My painting teacher in College felt titles can
give the viewer of abstract piece a preconceived idea about the piece. I believe in
this form of thought and don't put too much importance into the titling of my pieces
for the most part."
|Mike Bloom is a self-represented Houston artist and received his B.S. Degree from Stephen F. Austin State did
a year of Graduate studies at the University of Southern California, followed by two tours of service in the U.S. Army.
Mike became a member of the Society of Graphic Communicators and had his first solo show in 1974. Mike has
worked in numerous mediums and styles throughout his life, arriving at his current creative style focusing on
traditional and nontraditional acrylic, enamel and mixed media paintings. Mike's use of vibrant colors, taking many
shapes, make his paintings come to life with a dramatic burst of intensity.
|Through the influence of both eastern and western cultures, philosophies, and practices, Ted Lincoln creates paintings
that explore the transitory nature of landscape. Drawing from his background and experience in eastern culture he uses
industrial materials such as steel, aluminum, acids, and automotive enamel to create landscapes that simultaneously feel
strong and illusive. The austere nature of his materials are softened and rendered into contemplative spaces.
Using sumi ink and rice paper each piece is begun employing a chance driven process based on a traditional style of Chinese
landscape painting. The monk Wong Mo pioneered this method (the Pomo method) during the T'iang dynasty (618- 906 AD).
To this foundation he adds various combinations of painting methods that include, but are not limited to, the use of acrylic
paint, epoxy glazes and automotive paint to create a hybrid of Eastern and Western techniques. With the addition of other
elements such as the bar codes, binary codes and geometric shapes, the modern is persuaded to co-exist with the ancient.
The combination of the abstract organic spaces created by the ink, and the more formal modern elements, helps coerce a visual
dialogue between nature and its filtration through technology. In doing so, Ted dissects ideas of censorship, diversion, and
manipulation, which are themes that he continues to explore.This work manifested after an intensive study of landscape
painting in China in 2000.
A graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute, Ted lives in Gainesville, and when not in his studio he can be found riding or fixing
his bikes and small engine vehicles.
|Anne Brawer Schwartz earned her Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design
from the University of Oregon, and attended the Gemological Institute of America, studying
jewelry design and gemology. This led Anne to a long and successful career as a custom
jewelry designer with creations showcased throughout the country by prominent retailers.
When Anne became a mother, she decided to leave the world of jewelry design, but her
creative and artistic nature led her to pursue other forms of expression. Eventually, she found
painting. Anne's paintings are done in oil on canvas and other forms of mixed media on paper
"My newest collections, entitled Crystal Auras, Zoom and A Journey Through Infinity, reflect my
artistic exploration of the infinite cosmic history. I am known for pushing my palette of vibrant,
and often translucent, colors to the limit, drawing out the vivid hues of nature. My paintings
draw upon the earth's energy in a dangerous and imaginative drama... " READ MORE
|The Fantastic Realism art of Robert Venosa has been exhibited worldwide and is represented in major
collections, including those of noted museums, rock stars and European aristocracy. In addition to painting,
sculpting and film design (pre-sketches and conceptual design for the movie Dune, and Fire in the Sky for Paramount
Pictures, and Race for Atlantis for IMAX), he has recently added computer art to his creative menu. His work has
been the subject of three books, as well as being featured in numerous publications - most notably OMNI magazine
- and on a number of CD covers, including those of Santana and Kitaro.
Perhaps the best description of Venosa's art comes from those who are respected masters themselves. Timothy
Leary said, "Robert Venosa creates mythical mindscapes that fascinate and illuminate. His tableaux are windows into
timeless vistas of the inner realities." The great Carlos Santana reveled in Venosa's work, noting "Robert Venosa's art
truly captures the imprint of a spiritual force, each painting so alive, seeming to breathe, pulsate and stare back at you,
challenging the viewer to also reach their highest potential." And the great Salvatore Dali wrote "Bravo Venosa! Dali is
pleased to see spiritual madness painted with such a fine technique."
Around the center of the periodic table, JB Bond finds the elements that inspire his heavy metal urges- the hard metallic
substrates he uses extreme temperatures and immense force to manipulate in the creation of his stately and graceful artwork,
which appears both ancient yet timeless in form and finish. A contemporary fine art blacksmith/metallurgist, Bond uses recycled
scraps of anything from bronze, copper, and aluminum to stainless, carbon, and mild steels, heats them to white-hot and
power-hammers them into submission before plunging them into ice water to contrast hand-forged, organic-looking finishes
within the geometrically precise and elegantly orthogonal designs of his wall hangings and floor sculptures. This earthy, hand
forged, almost medieval quality that characterizes his work is more of what galvanizes his place in this gallery.
|Just when you thought you had chaos neatly organized and under control someone comes up with a new way of throwing a
monkey wrench. Mark Stock’s work is to aleatoric art what virtual reality is to, well, reality. Extremely complex fluid
dynamics simulation software capable of generating algorithms for multilayered patterns of interaction between physical forces
allows Stock to create startling images of the surprisingly organic yet surreal quality which characterizes his unique brand of
aleatoric art. The appearance of water boiling, for example, is a result of the effects of viscosity, inertia, baroclinicity,
combustion, heat transfer, surface tension, reflection, and refraction, among others, all engaged in an elaborate ballet of
interaction. Mark Stock choreographs these physical forces in simulation, often experimenting with combinations that could not
occur in the physical universe. By digitally imaging the resultant patterns Stock shows us forms that appear natural, yet we
would otherwise never encounter in a million years of observation.
|“Newel Hunter’s monochrome paintings have been all about gesture for some time. His swirls, drips and bleeds of
fluid black acrylic whirl like dervishes against the blank page. Yet, while the artist’s gestures stand only for themselves, his
collaboration with the laws of chance results in ambiguous fields of positive and negative space that invite interpretation
like the blots of a Rorschach test ...Hunter moves around his studio with astonishing animation, enlisting paint, raw
pigment, dust, detritus and some remarkable tools to embue his surfaces with a highly personal, unconventional character.
The result is art impossible to ignore – abstract expressionism that is contemporary, uncontrived … and beautiful."
Jake Seniuk, Executive Director, Port Angeles Fine Arts Center
|sculptures using found objects, collected from backyards, junk yards, and railroads. Their primary existence may
have been as a piece of metal on a car, a spray can, a handle of a shovel. After its existence was seemingly
served, it was discarded to rust or decay away and return to the earth. Weber has re-instituted these discarded
objects into another existence deviating from their original function. They now serve as crosses and other
abstract forms. These objects, which are about a confluence of spirituality and hope, become the subjects of
Weber received his B.F.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and his M.F.A. degree from
Washington University in St. Louis. He has participated in 22 solo exhibitions and over 50 group exhibitions. His
work is in numerous public and private collections including the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, Ralston
Purina, Southwestern Bell, and Hunan Normal University in Changsa, China. Weber served as Professor and Chair
of the Department of Art at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park for thirteen years prior to his current position
as Professor is the Visual and Performing Arts Department Chair at St. Louis Community College-Wildwood
READ MARK'S SABBATICAL LEAVE REPORT HERE
|Victoire is a trained digital artist who has turned to a form of free, creative art and has produced a series of digital
artwork illustrating the earth's live forces, the elements, matter and parallel dimensions. Born in Brittany, she draws
her inspiration from this untamed, highly magical region. A member of the French Photographical Federation's jury for
competition examinations, she throws a new light on contemporary photography. "We are directly linked to nature,
marked with its mythical legends, firing one's imagination.", says Victoire. Her conception of her artwork is elaborated
from digital picture conception tools, photography, 3D modeling and vector design software. She explores means of
artistic expression offered by this modern technology. Her oneiric and surrealistic work is conceived by using a mixture
of gems, water, metals and chaotic landscapes inhabited by creatures from outer dimensions....For more information
|Malena Assing "For me my photography is a way to present my realities. We all see the world with different
eyes; we experience the world in different ways, because of our own background or because of our own singular
experiences. I define myself as a positive soul living in a world where many people describe it as tragic. I envision the
world from another perspective. I see light behind every shadow. I want to give the world some vibrancy of the life we
live in through the intensity of the colors. This is why I use colors that are so vivid, for me they represent Life... being
Alive… Energy, and in the series, you can see that everything moves, nothing stays the same."
|"This exhibition of Tsvetan Chetashki's work surprises us again and again. The photographer, whose work we
relate to a series of marvelous landscapes around the country, to the black and white nude photography or to the
advertisement billboards, surprises us by another predilection - the discovery of fantastic worlds which nature has locked
between the stone layers. One more splendid lesson on daydreaming" , on the opportunities which some authors offer
us by opening the doors to the world of the esthetic conventions."
- Marin Dobrev
|Veron Ennis is a Fort Myers based painter, curator and art critic. At the crux of her
artistic foundation is painting. Stemming from this core and in the broadest sense, all things art
engage her interest. Immersing herself into the vast contemporary art world provides an
energetic drive, inspiration, and a constant flow of challenges beyond the private,
contemplative life of painting in her studio.
As a painter, Veron’s works take on unique manifestations weaved together by an underlying
stream of consciousness. Each painting presents a new mission, a new discovery, a new vision
for expression, all connected by the golden thread of her distinct style. Veron applies an
assortment of media in her paintings. She loves to experiment with water-based paints, oils,
polymer-based grounds, cotton rag paper and raw canvas. Her toolboxes consist of brushes,
archival pens, charcoal, rags, trowels, knives, saws, drills, rulers, squares, buckets full of jar
lids, scrap canisters, odd metal shapes, various widths of tape, razors, a hand sander…and a
Veron’s pursuits, beyond her painting, enable her to examine a diverse range of theories and
constructs in the art world. Veron served as the curator for the Ferrari Gallery in Cape Coral,
where she designed shows by noted artists including David Hatchett, Uri Berger and Jeffrey
Scott Lewis. Her writings in art theory and criticism have appeared in Art Districts, Times of the
Islands, RSW Living, Bonita Living, and Gulf and Main.
|The Dutch television shows Het Klokhuis, Backstage, Special Report, and Rok&Rol have broadcasted specials portraying the work
of Ellen Schippers. Her works have appeared on Dutch television as well as abroad: Tineke, Catherine, Spijkers,
Breakfast, TV Club, Firma Onrust (VPRO), Studio NL, Union Libre (France 2), German Nightshow, NDR 3 and Klim Op (BRT).
Metamorfose was an item in the Dutch RTL news show and Seven Faces of Women embellished the cover of the Uitkrant.
In the past few years, Ellen Schippers has been interviewed by daily newspapers and monthlies such as Volkskrant, Parool, Trouw,
Nieuws van de Dag, Algemeen Dagblad, Spits and HP/De Tijd. Articles and photo reports have also appeared in magazines like
Uitkrant, Avantgarde, Cosmopolitan, Viva, Gaykrant, Oor and Roof. Italian Marie Claire, Donna and Dove, the English Skin and Two
and the American Mondo 2000 have featured Schippers’ work. Ellen has collaborated in projects with various artists such as Penck,
Mirko Krabbé and Peter Giele; the poets George Moorman and Arthur Lava; the composers Bo van de Graaf (I-Compani) and Hans
Asselbergs. Her work has been photographed by Erwin Olaf, Angèle Etoundi Essamba, Wim van de Hulst and Cindy Marler.
|Laura Nelson's work with organic materials is an exploration of the relationship between natural and
artistic processes. "I aim to unite both the literal and imaginative creative energy of plant and artist in the pieces
which incorporate the growth or movement of living things and the traces this leaves behind.
The intention is that these pieces become a representation of nature and a record of time as it operates in
nature and within our own lives. What traces and marks do we leave behind as we move through life? The key
themes become growth, change, fragmentation, repetition, waste and eventually death and decay.
Thematically, my mission is to engage key contradictory ideas about autonomy within the work as a further way
of challenging the integrated definitions of art process and natural process. There is a obscuring of deliberate
design and intention which comes as a result of employing unpredictable factors such as organic growth. To what
degree does this type of work function as an art object designed and made by an artist? To what extent does it
originate from and belong to nature? Where is the line drawn between artistic design and independent natural
growth, the deliberate and the accidental, the dependant and the autonomous?"
|Cory Hunter is a young and daring artist from Miami, Florida who works at the intersection of Art
and Science. He explains his main motivation as “capturing the creative moment”. Rather than creating an
image, the intent of the work is to translate the psychographic energy of the artist’s movements, while
allowing the physical properties of the medium to shape the resulting compositions. In this way, his work
can be explained as aleatoric, where a portion of the creative process is left to chance. However, with a
scientific understanding of chance, he contends there is room for technical expertise and experimentation.
Amongst his techniques the most notable is the utilization of high-voltage electricity to burn fractal
patterns into his canvas. These “Lichtenberg Figures” are the result of high-voltage coming into contact
with a non-conductive medium. Almost all organic forms can be explained through fractal geometry, and it
can be said that Cory’s art is an exploration of how spontaneity is at once random and uniform..
How color affects me is an important issue in my paintings. Certain color combinations can cause an immediate emotional
response. This might happen while looking at flowers, photographs in a magazine, or simply selecting colors of paint that
capture my attention at that moment. I create my paintings outdoors, under the California sun, where I have the freedom
to work physically, without restraint. There is an organic quality to the process, utilizing fluid color to create movement. I
never use brushes. Paint is applied to the canvas by dripping, pouring and splashing, with water sprayed onto the
surface. Painting for me is about capturing the physical and emotional energy that I experience while being completely
lost in the process. My paintings are open to interpretation. Each person will find their own meaning in the work.
"Abandonment of convention in the process of creating art is a wonderful step into the realization of one's
dreams on a higher plane. Energy is transduced and therefore a literal translation in the art is skipped over
as we go from" the seeing" and step into "the understanding" of volumes of information as though using
another language, which actually we are."
If there were a special camera or glasses to see people and things—not just their physical attributes, but
experiences, their troubles, their sicknesses, their connectedness or lack of to everything around them—I
think they would look very similar to my paintings. I do not draw what people look like; I draw maps of
their experiences, feelings, energy, and relationships among their physical, emotional and energetic
The work typically has two levels. From a distance, you see large images of faces, landscapes, buildings,
etc., but on closer examination, you see that each one is a composite of smaller images. I often create
one abstract, surreal world inside another. The piece becomes multi-dimensional and can be experienced
in many different ways, depending on how you look at it.