Aesthetica Magazine – The Power to Unite:The August/September Issue

This is a place where ideas are born. The magazine is a way for readers to convene, imagine and make sense of the present moment, at this critical juncture in history. Art has the power to unite. Much of this issue is about ever-changing landscapes: in both physical and virtual realms. Here is a preview:

Looking to Nature | Gjert Rognli’s What Nature Knows is a journey into dense forests and across misty waterways, where surreal phenomena guide the viewer forwards.

Bold Social Commentary | Cape Town-based artist Tony Gum pushes the boundaries of selfie culture, exploring tradition and heritage as well as mass-commercialisation.

Stepping into Dreams | In Erik Johansson’s surreal compositions, figures jump off from ledges with only a single balloon in hand; escalators emerge from forest floors.

Formal Symmetry | Alexander Grombach’s images document patterns in urban and cultivated landscapes, concentrating on symmetry and the tenets of visual harmony.

Ambiguous Composition | Elina Brotherus’ self-portraits are playful, poised and open to interpretation, surveying the image of the Rückenfigur – a figure seen from the back.

Digital Playgrounds | The idea of ​​interplanetary travel continues to make headlines. Borja Alegre’s three-dimensional renders encourage us to imagine other worlds.

Dynamic Arrangement | Tekla Severin is known for seeking, and finding, complementary colors within her surroundings, offering carefully curated mises-en-scène.

Illusory Technologies | Six of the world’s most revered NFT artists come together in a physical exhibition, showcasing the best in digital renders and built environments.

Layers of Complexity | Alec Soth has become synonymous with the American landscape, traversing and capturing its diverse geography for over two decades.

Dramatic Alterations | Maciek Jasik’s series, The World With Usoverlays hyper-real color palettes onto rock formations, splicing, blurring and modifying the geography.


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Image Credits:
1. Photographer: Tekla Evelina Severin. Model: Sarah Baker for Bright volumes, (2016).
2. Gjert Rognli, What Nature Knows IV, (2020). Courtesy of the artist.
3. Tony Gum. Stylist: Kristi Vlok. Photographer: Hayden Phipps. Art Direction: Stefan Naude. Magazine: The Lake Magazine (2015).
4. Tony Gum. Stylist: Kristi Vlok. Photographer: Hayden Phipps. Art Direction: Stefan Naude. Magazine: The Lake Magazine (2015)
5. Erik Johansson, Above All, (2019). Courtesy of the artist.
6. Alexander Grombach, What Are Words Worth(2019). Courtesy of the artist.
7. Alexander Grombach, Something Fast(2018). Courtesy of the artist.
8. Elina Brotherus, Aften I Ny-Hellesund (båt) (2018). 90cm x 120cm, from Seabound. Courtesty of the artist, gb agency, Paris, and Martin Asbaek Gallery, Copenhagen.
9. Borja Alegre, Monolith 3 (2020). Courtesy of the artist.
10. Borja Alegre, Monolith 1 (2020). Courtesy of the artist.
11. The very simple teklan edition. Design, Set Design & Styling: Tekla Evelina Severin. Photo: Fredrik Bengtsson, (2021).
12. Six N. Five. The Red Spot.
13. Andrés Reisinger, More Understanding (2019). Courtesy of Reisinger Studio
14. Alec Soth. Springfield, Illinoisfrom A Pound of Pictures (MACK, 2022). Courtesy of the artist and MACK.
15. Maciek Jasik, White Pocket, Arizona (2019) from the series The World with Us. Courtesy of the artist.
16. Maciek Jasik, White Pocket, Arizona (2019) from the series The World with Us. Courtesy of the artist.

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