ZAK VAN BILJON
Apr 21-Jul 04, 2021
Virginia Joyce Fleming is of Swiss/British nationality, born in Japan and grew up in Switzerland, Singapore and the USA. She graduated with a BA(hons) in Surface Design from the University of the Arts London in 2015.
Virginia's work draws a lot of inspiration from her childhood memories, influenced by urban and rural environments. She is creatively stimulated by architecture, making geometric shapes, sharp lines, combined with organic forms found in nature, a vital part of her style.
Virginia's artwork varies from delicate fineliner illustrations to large scale murals in public spaces. She currently lives and creates most of her artwork in the beautiful Engadin valley, Switzerland.
ZAK VAN BILJON
Born in 1981 in South Africa, Zak van Biljon studied at the National College of Photography in Pretoria, before emigrating to Europe in 2004. Over the past two decades, van Biljon has made a name for himself in the art world working in the field of commercial photography while simultaneously consolidating his skills as a fine art photographer. Van Biljon’s work explores notions of reality and perception, nature and urbanity, through his signature style of infrared photography.
The infrared photography technique—originally developed for military surveillance and crop surveys—consists of a process, where infrared-sensitive photographic materials react to the near-infrared light that is naturally reflected by organic materials. As a result of this, van Biljon’s naturescapes photographs visually manifest themselves in vibrant red and pink colors.
The works included in the exhibition at Galerie 10 give insight into Zak van Biljon’s pivotal—yet continually evolving—imagery ranging from majestic infrared pictures of Swiss-local landscapes, through to detail-oriented nature studies and to photographic analyses of organic structures such as flower fields or branch wood.