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rainstorm. Other images he presented at the exhibition showed abstract patterns created by outdoor neon lights and some imaginative use of the camera. Dutch artist Peter van Stralen, who lives and works in Arnheim, is best known for his artistic black and white nude photography. The twists and turns of the contorted dancers he photographs are intended to highlight the design potential of the female nude. These staged photographs, in stark contrast to the degrading images common in female nude photography, portray the grace and power of athletic dancers who surprise us by focusing our attention on the geometric symmetries van Stralen summons forth by means of his “photographic choreography.” On his website, van Stralen states, “These images were not digitally remastered: everything you see here actually did happen in his studio.” This year, the International Art Festival jury awarded prizes for sculpture to Frank Somma and Emil Silberman, two men who revel in the depiction of extreme emotional states. Introspection, Frank Somma, Sculpture Somma, a graduate of the Florence Art entrenched in the Academy, employs “the anatomically precise techniques of the great 19th New York art scene. century masters to depict movements and attitudes “that are not possible Memorable moor probable in nature.” Somma’s work affirms the central importance of ments abounded as the human search for enlightenment. His work draws its power as much Odd Bodies, Peter van Stralen, Photography the artists met and from its mastery of Surrealist techniques as from the Italian academic greeted the large crowds that came to view their work at 25CPW. Many style he learned from his professors. In many of his works, Somma uses of these interactions were recorded for posterity by photographers Misun keys or additional body parts (extra hands, feet or heads) to represent the Jin and Anthony Liversidge, whose images may be viewed on the festiintense psychic struggle between competing options in life. val website. Most gratifying for all concerned is that the festival and its Silberman, who created his first works of sculpture at the ripe website proved to be great vehicles for selling and promoting the works age of three, is a practicing emergency room physician. In that capacthat were selected by the jury: artists reported that some of the works on ity, Silberman has had ample opportunity to observe raw emotions display had been sold before the exhibition; others were delighted when and the physical distortions caused by disease, pain and aging. Fire collectors bought their works at the show; and still others have been able in Our House, a powerful example of Silberman’s recent mixed media to sell work through IAF even months after the show ended. efforts, is a tour de force depicting the pain of a man inside a burnMargo Grant, the contemporary art collector, event organizer ing house and his anguished wife looking on helplessly as the house and serial entrepreneur who launched the competition, is thrilled with burns. It would be a mistake, however, to think of Silberman as an the success of this enterprise over the past two years. Margo is already artist who simply observes and chronicles pain. Silberman’s sculphard at work, together with her co-founders, website builder Emil tures and installations delight the viewer by the means of their innate Lansky and journalist Patrick Clark, to ensure that next year’s edition humor. His exaggerations, however true to life they are as depictions will be “bigger and better than ever.” Those who would like to enter of pathological states and emotions, have a satirical component that next year’s competition and want more information are encouraged to heightens their impact. register at newartfestival.com/nextevent.php.  The International Art Festival is now an idea that has become

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