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Abstract State Magazine is a beacon of artistic collaboration based in the vibrant heart of New York City. At Abstract State, we believe in the transformative power of art to inspire, connect, and elevate the human experience.Within the pages of our magazine, you'll discover a curated tapestry of creativity woven by the hands of artists from around the world. Through stunning visuals, thought-provoking essays, and intimate interviews, we strive to illuminate the souls of creators and celebrate the diverse voices that shape our collective imagination.Our commitment to collaboration extends beyond the printed page. We actively engage with artists, curators, and enthusiasts to foster meaningful dialogue and forge lasting connections within the global art community. Through our ongoing series of interviews, we delve into the minds and processes of artists, uncovering the stories behind their work and inviting readers to journey deeper into the creative process.Abstract State Magazine is more than just a publication; it's a sanctuary where art finds its voice and where the boundaries of creativity are continuously challenged and redefined.Join us as we embark on this exhilarating exploration of the abstract state of the human spirit.Welcome to Abstract State Magazine—where the world of art comes alive.

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Interview with

Omur Ozkoyuncu

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Photo by Olga Gorodilina

Omur is a professional photographer based in the United Kingdom, with a global reach in providing editorial and editorial-style photography services to diverse media industries.Her work encompasses features, portraits, case studies, and documentary-style work. With academic credentials including a Master of Science (MSc) in Physician Associate Studies, as well as earlier degrees such as a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and a Master of Arts (MA).She brings a wealth of knowledge and a commitment to continuous learning to both healthcare and multimedia endeavors.

As a photographer, I am driven by a profound desire to capture the essence of the world, unveiling its hidden beauty and narratives. Photography serves as my universal language, transcending barriers and forging deep connections with people. I find endless fascination in the interplay of light, shadow, color and contrast, constantly seeking moments that evoke raw emotions and provoke contemplation.My visual narratives transport viewers into evocative scenes, inviting them to partake in shared emotions, experiences, and stories suspended in time. I embrace the technical and creative dimensions of photography, translating my artistic vision into tangible realities. Each of my works extends an invitation to explore and cherish the world anew. Through my lens, I hope not only to offer captivating images but also to evoke emotions, narrate stories, and enable viewers to find themselves within the frame. Thank you for embarking on this visual journey with me, celebrating the inherent beauty that envelops us.Light, shadow, color, and contrast are highlighted as elements you're fascinated by in your work. Can you discuss how you use these elements to evoke emotions and provoke thoughts in your photographs?

You mention that photography is your language, transcending boundaries and connecting deeply with people. How do you ensure your photographs effectively communicate your message and connect with viewers on a profound level?

For me, effective communication begins with a clear understanding of the emotions and stories I want to convey through my photographs. Before I even pick up my camera, I spend time reflecting on the themes and messages I want to explore. Once I'm in the field, I approach each scene with intentionality, carefully considering composition, lighting, and perspective to ensure that every element of the image contributes to the overall narrative.By infusing my photographs with authenticity and emotion,I aim to create images that resonate with viewers on a personal level, sparking a sense of connection and empathy.

Light, shadow, color, and contrast are highlighted as elements you're fascinated by in your work. Can you discuss how you use these elements to evoke emotions and provoke thoughts in your photographs?

Light, shadow, color, and contrast are powerful tools for evoking mood and atmosphere in photography. I often seek out scenes where these elements are particularly dramatic or dynamic, as they can add depth and visual interest to an image.

For example, I might wait for the golden hour to capture the warm, soft light of sunset casting long shadows across a landscape, or I might use bold color and high contrast to create a sense of drama and intensity. By carefully manipulating these elements, I'm able to imbue my photographs with a sense of emotion and intrigue, inviting viewers to linger and explore the hidden stories within each frame.

Your work spans various genres, including features, portraits, case studies, and documentary-style photography. How do you adapt your approach when working across these different genres?

My approach varies depending on the genre, but the core principles of storytelling and emotional connection remain constant. For features and portraits, I focus on capturing the personality and essence of the subject, often engaging in conversation to put them at ease and reveal their true selves. In case studies and documentary-style work, I immerse myself in the environment and observe closely, allowing the natural flow of events to guide my photography. Each genre requires a unique balance of preparation and spontaneity, ensuring that I can convey the authentic story of the subject or scene.

Given your extensive background in both healthcare and multimedia, how do these fields influence each other in your work?

My background in healthcare has profoundly influenced my photographic practice by heightening my sensitivity to human experiences and stories. The empathy and observational skills developed in healthcare enable me to connect more deeply with my subjects, especially in documentary and portrait work. Conversely, my work in multimedia enriches my approach to healthcare, fostering creativity and innovative thinking in patient care and education. The interplay between these fields allows me to bring a unique perspective to each, enhancing my ability to communicate complex narratives effectively.

Can you share a specific project or photograph that had a significant impact on you and why?

One project that stands out is a documentary series I worked on about the lives of refugees in Europe. This project was emotionally challenging yet incredibly rewarding. I spent time with families, listening to their stories of hardship and resilience, and capturing moments of both sorrow and hope. One particular photograph of a young child playing amidst the ruins of a refugee camp profoundly impacted me. It encapsulated the stark contrast between innocence and the harsh realities of displacement. This project reinforced my belief in the power of photography to raise awareness and evoke empathy, motivating me to continue using my craft for social impact.

What advice would you give to aspiring photographers who are looking to develop their own style and voice in the field?

To aspiring photographers, I would say: immerse yourself in the world around you and remain curious. Developing your style and voice takes time and experimentation. Don’t be afraid to explore different genres and techniques to discover what resonates with you. Study the work of photographers you admire, but also look for inspiration outside of photography in literature, art, nature, and everyday life. Most importantly, practice regularly and be open to feedback. Your unique perspective is your greatest asset, so embrace it and let it shine through your work. Remember, authenticity and passion are key to creating compelling and meaningful photographs.

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Interview with

Mathias Kiss

Mathias Kiss is a contemporary French artist known for his work in the fields of sculpture, painting, and installation. He is particularly recognized for his artistic creations that play with notions of space, perspective, and trompe-l'œil. His often monumental works frequently incorporate architectural and decorative elements, exploring the boundaries between art and architecture. Kiss is also famous for his interventions in historical places, transforming spaces with a bold and innovative approach.

Mathias Kiss has a very unique approach to the sky in his artistic work. He often explores the representation of the sky through installations, paintings, and sculptures that defy traditional expectations and perceptions. Here are some aspects of his approach to the sky:
Perspective and trompe-l'œil: Kiss frequently uses perspective and trompe-l'œil techniques to create the illusion of an infinite or expanding sky. He plays with dimensions and angles to give the impression that the sky unfolds beyond its physical limits.
Unusual materials and mediums: He experiments with a variety of materials and mediums to represent the sky in unexpected ways. For example, he might use mirrors, transparent fabrics, threads, or other reflective materials to capture the brightness and depth of the sky.
Integration into architecture: Kiss is also known for his artistic interventions in architectural spaces, where he transforms ceilings or existing structures to evoke the sky. These installations can create an immersive experience where viewers feel enveloped by the sky.

Can you define us your artistic style and influences?

My artistic style is a bold fusion of classical and contemporary, where the boundaries between the two blur to create something new and captivating. My main influences come from classical architecture, modern and contemporary art, as well as nature itself. I draw inspiration from the elegant symmetry of ancient palaces as much as from the organic complexity of natural forms.

Can you provide examples of innovative uses for gold leaf?

Gold leaf is a fascinating material that offers a unique visual and symbolic richness. My choice to use it in my works stems from my fascination with its brightness and its ability to transform the most ordinary surfaces into something truly extraordinary. My creative process with gold leaf involves a combination of traditional techniques and contemporary concepts, thus creating pieces that capture both the light and the viewer's imagination.

How can traditional and contemporary art be fused together innovatively?

Integrating traditional and contemporary art into my works is essential to me because it allows me to explore the links between the past and the present, between familiarity and innovation. I believe that it is at this intersection that the most powerful and inspiring ideas are born. By merging these two aspects, I aim to create works that transcend the boundaries of time and aesthetics.

What impact has the training with the companions had on you?

My training with the companions has deeply influenced my artistic approach by providing me with a solid foundation in craftsmanship and tradition while encouraging me to push the boundaries of creativity. The emphasis on meticulous work and mastery of artisanal techniques has allowed me to approach my art with a level of attention to detail and precision that characterizes my work today.

How does your art interact with the environment?

My installations in public spaces aim to create an emotional connection between art and its environment. I firmly believe that art has the power to transform spaces and evoke reactions and reflections in those who encounter it. By integrating my works into various contexts, I seek to create immersive experiences that invite the public to interact with their environment in new and meaningful ways.

What roles do aesthetics and the messages behind your works play?

Aesthetics play a central role in my work, but they also carry emotional and conceptual depth. My works are not only beautiful to look at; they tell stories, evoke emotions, and invite reflection. Through my artistic provocations, I seek to challenge expectations and conventions, prompting the audience to question their perceptions and explore new perspectives on the world around us.

Could you tell us about your most recent project and how you foresee the evolution of your work in the future?

A recent project that is particularly close to my heart is a series of installations exploring the theme of duality and balance. Inspired by the concepts of light and shadow, tradition and innovation, these works explore the tensions between opposites and the possibilities of harmonizing them. Looking to the future, I am excited about exploring new techniques and mediums, as well as the opportunity to collaborate with other artists and designers to create even bolder and more immersive artistic experiences.

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Interview with

Mide Placido

Mide Placido, born in 1957, is a visual artist based in Coimbra, Portugal. She works in the conceptual field, primarily through photography. She holds a degree in Painting from EUAC (Escola Universitária das Artes de Coimbra) and has studied as part of the Master's program in Contemporary Artistic Creation at the University of Aveiro.The body and its understanding are central themes in her work. Her most recent practice explores issues of the body in relation to changes over time, such as aging.Through her work, Mide Plácido aims to ignite discussions on the needs of all people and build visions that contribute to a fairer and more coherent society. She believes that artistic practice can create awareness. The experience of freedom intertwined with symbolic absurdity is the core of her scenarios and the starting point for her works.Since 1998, she has exhibited regularly in Portugal and abroad, participating in both individual and group shows.

Can you tell us about your journey as a visual artist and how you got to photography?

Until 2012, I painted in my studio and worked as an art teacher at a school for pre-teens. For years, I explored freedom through the plastic effect of pictorial materials, chance, and the body in fluid gestures. It was an elixir for my happiness. However, in 2012, my personal life changed, and I decided to change everything that could be changed. I stopped working and started dedicating myself to art full-time. I returned to university to update and expand my knowledge and to get involved in new experiences, though photography wasn't yet part of my journey.One day, I came across a collective mentoring program in photography entitled “She.” I felt simultaneously attracted to the title and uneasy about the photography aspect due to some preconceived notions. Nevertheless, I embraced the experience. Why not paint with light instead of paint? Today, my work has evolved. While the element of freedom remains, it has expanded in its purpose.

Does your background in painting influence your photography?

My background in painting is deeply influenced by my knowledge of art history. Regardless of the technology I use, I draw inspiration from it. For example, Pablo Picasso used his work to highlight the realities of his time and draw attention to existing problems. Similarly, I aim for my research to be committed to today's social realities, evoking what affects me and others within it.

What inspired you to address the marginalization of older people through your art?

As I am experiencing the aging process myself, I realize what it means to grow older. I see that a woman's aging process is different from a man's. Society often views aging as unacceptable, leading many older people, especially women, to become slaves to a forced youth in order to fit into the always-young pattern. This fear of aging stems from society's perception of older people as being incapacitated. We must be able to choose, without coercion, how to react and continue with the natural process of aging. After all, with luck, we will all grow old one day, right?

How do body, heat, ice, and time symbolize aging in your work?

Initially, I thought of these elements as natural signs of transformation, as basic as the thirst we all feel within ourselves. These elements are metaphorically strong for my work. I transitioned from depicting the mouth to depicting the hand, as signs of waiting. The title "Warming the Ice with the Body" remained, but the project is still ongoing.

How can art influence societal views on aging?

Art can play a crucial role as an agent of awareness and transformation in society. The artist's unique perspective can influence and change deep-rooted perceptions about our elders and other issues affecting us. People often feel distant from problems that don't directly impact their lives, such as the marginalization of older people. However, when these issues are highlighted artistically, they become more tangible and impactful, leading to reflection on the importance of combating this reality. This is my hope.

What role do freedom and symbolic absurdity play in 'Warming the Ice with the Body?

My work stems from a desire to investigate the lack of meaning in today's society. It is my small, free, and revolutionary act against the incongruous world we live in. Society, in my view, is a well of bizarre artistic works waiting to be created. Therefore, I invent alternative narratives and absurd constructions as an antidote to the absurdity contained within. Dadaism, for example, questioned traditional societal values through absurd artistic manifestations.

What has been the most memorable response to your work, either from an exhibition or an individual viewer?

In 2018, I exhibited a set of photographs from a project entitled "Grab Them by the Pussy" in two countries with very different cultural characteristics. These images of fetishized bodies, reminiscent of the feminine, showed reactions to the veiled violence implicit in double-meaning words that circulate around women's bodies. On the opening days of both exhibitions, I noticed that my work seemed to stop men in their tracks. Most women glanced at the images sideways and moved on. I haven't forgotten this because I am still trying to understand why.

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