Les Artistes

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de Gottal, Hélène
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013

Born in 1963 in Belgium. Lives and works in Lasne.

Hélène de Gottal creates ethereal artworks that are referring to still life and Vanitas by way of questioning the human condition and the finiteness of life. Whether they are ephemeral or lasting, her works explore topics of memory and recollection, particularly regarding death. Her searching process starts with drawing, then with the gathering of hair, rubber bands, hairpins and, finally with the creation of objects. De Gottal uses various techniques, from traditional bobbin lace or crochet to modern practices such as felt or video.

 


 
Gabellone, Giuseppe
"La Gioia" october - december 2014 

Born in 1973 in Italy. Lives and works in Paris.

“My work starts with an idea. The effort to overcome the material until the conceived form is reached determines the rest.” Giuseppe Gabellone is first and foremost a sculptor; his artistic research is directed to sculptural elements, even in his two-dimensional works. He stretches the conventions and possibilities of the media he works with. Gabellone is interested in how viewers perceive objects and images in art; he twists our perception, creating stationary objects that move or static images of moving objects.

 


 
Galvani, Andrea
 "La Gioia" october - december 2014

Born in 1973 in Italy. Lives and works in New York and Mexico City.

Andrea Galvani’s practice pushes back the limits of the photographic medium. Fascinated by science and its models of representation, he frequently tries to deconstruct the reality captured in his images through a scientific approach. “Very often I think my work is much more like that of a hunter. I wait, map out routes, take notes, sleep in my car or in a tent for weeks, set traps, work out how to get close to my prey and then, maybe, I shoot. Photography has taught me to always be vigilant while waiting. For me, it presupposes premeditation, patience, speed, and intuition,” explains the artist. For the last years, the artist has been working on landscape, unfolding and altering the physical perception of the space by the use of things such as mirrors, balloons, solar panels, and smoke.

 

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Garcia Merino, Pilar
"Everybody is crazy, but me" April - July 2016

Born in Madrid in 1976, where she lives and works.

On finishing her degree in Science of Audiovisual Communication, García Merino started her career as a photographer, wanting to build realities and create environments that respond to a particular mood. Her universes are inhabited by antagonistic components as reality and fantasy. García Merino describes herself as demiurge, both subject and creator, who organizes and perfects a space to be photographed. Through her lens, common things such as scarves, cotton wool and branches become seas, clouds and lush jungles thus creating a magical reality where objects come to life. García Merino has received numerous important Awards. Her photographs have traveled to several cities in both solo and group exhibitions and are present in public and private collections ”

 

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Garouste, Elizabeth
"Obsession" january - march 2015 

Born in France in 1949, she lives and works in Paris.

Elizabeth Garouste studied interior architecture in Paris. Active in many various disciplines (costume design, set design, fashion design, and furniture design), she refers to herself as a creator instead of designer. Garouste creates colorful and poetic pieces of furniture that show the designer’s passion for hand made, imaginative furniture, in reaction to the ever-growing standardization of furniture design. She works with a wide array of materials like wood, bronze, wrought iron, sandstone, ceramics, glass and resin to create pieces which have often been described as baroque. Garouste’s designs, which are inspired by primitive art, art brut, as well as the world of fairytales, offer a perfect combination of imagination and function.



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Garouste, Gérard

"Everybody is crazy, but me" April - July 2016,
"Obsession" January - March 2015,
"States of Mind" January - March 2014,
"Red" September - December 2012


Born in Paris in 1946, he lives and works in France.

Between collective myth and individual story, painter and sculptor Gérard Garouste has constructed a complex body of work that encompasses multiple themes and subjects. Religious scenes and motifs play an important role, but he is also known to make references to Tintin, La Fontaine's Fables or Don Quichotte. His creations are a reflection on the universal and the timeless, on love, death, wisdom and madness. The artist’s only concern “is to question the finality of painting, the status of the artwork as image, and its perception by the viewer.”


 

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Garutti, Alberto
 "La Gioia" october - december 2014

Born in 1948 in Italy. Lives and works in Milan.

Alberto Garutti defines his own practice as public art. “My goal is to leave the rhetorical pedestal that the system of art creates for an artist,” he explains. His creations engage in dialogue with the space and emphasize the viewer’s importance in producing meaning. Garutti explores the narrative and immaterial dimension of a work of art. His public projects, realized in different European countries, stimulate not only the spectators’ participation, but are also in conversation with the city’s social and political institutions. Therefore, his works urge us to examine the relationship between art, politics and civil society.

 

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Gaskell, Anna
 "La Gioia" october - december 2014

Born in 1969 in the USA. Lives and works in New York.

Anna Gaskell started her career making self-portraits, but she soon began exploring narrative photography. She creates images based on well-known stories, fairy tales or literary works, where everything is carefully planed and staged. The artist approaches ideas such as doubt, faith, fear, loss and sacrifice. A linear thread, thus allowing multiple interpretations, does not tie Gaskel’s photographs together. Her work is influenced by cinema and other photographers like Cindy Sherman and Gregory Crewdson.

 

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Geelen, Guido
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 

Born in 1961 in the Netherlands. Lives and works in Tilburg.

By exploring both traditional and industrial techniques, Guido Geelen gives clay an unorthodox and innovative use. He creates images in which ceramics form an important element. These images are often constructed from ceramic reproductions of a wide variety of everyday objects. Geelen has, for example, created a ceramic sculpture composed of dogs, car tires, vacuum cleaners, televisions and computers, all made of red clay compacted together. He assembles them, often stacking one on top of the other like a ceramic “wall”, creating pieces that are messy and tidy at the same time. Essentially, Geelen’s sculptures are full of this kind of paradoxes: order and chaos, rigorous and baroque, artisanal and industrial, simple and complex. More recently he has also been working with bronze and aluminum.

 

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Geerinck, Manuel
"Origin(s)" may - june 2011

Born in 1961 in Belgium. Lives and works in New York.

With his series The Choreography of Pictorial Fetishes, Manuel Geerinck is in pursuit of something specific that cannot be achieved in another medium but only in photographs. Here, the painter reminds us that his work is not made to reproduce but rather to invent and to be a visionary. Whatever elements he has gathered - paper cut-outs, strings or wire – stuff - these appear to be arranged as still lives which are then animated or set into motion. That movement is captured photographically in an instant, a fraction of a second. The subject is hurtling through space or swinging on a pendulum; it seams to escape to another dimension just as the camera catches it. In the series’ name, ‘Fetish’ describes these markings, inanimate, but with religious or mystical qualities that engage and fascinate us; ‘Choreography’ speaks to their surprising and arresting dance.

 

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Geers, Kendell
"ta.bu" january - march 2016,
"Icon(s)" april - july 2015,
"Sex, Money and Power" january - march 2013,

"Struggle(s)" april - june 2012

Born in South Africa in 1968, he lives and works in Brussels.

Kendell Geers creates raw, confrontational art whose aim is to shake audiences out of their lethargy by questioning certainties. A strong visual language and the use of charged objects such as barbed wire, explosives and glass shards typify his work. Themes such as discrimination, political suppression, social inequality, sex, violence, and post-colonialism are raised. The artist wants to undermine the notion of the art gallery as a safe haven. Through his work, spectators can have a physical experience of violence. As far as Geers is concerned, it is not the work of art itself that is important, but the message behind it.

 

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Geluck, Philippe
"Origin(s)" may - june 2011

 Born in 1954 in Belgium.

Philippe Geluck's best-known work is the comic strip Le Cha». Published, for the first time in 1983, in the newspaper Le Soir, Le Chat became an instant success and the mascot of the newspaper. This anti-hero is a grey cat, with pointed ears, big nose and a mouth generally indistinguishable. He stands, is dressed like a man, has a typical human behavior and addresses directly to the reader. His humor is often based on puns.

 

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Gennari, Francesco
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 

Born in 1973 in Italy. Lives and works between Pessaro and Milan.

In Francesco Gennari’s work, noble materials such as marble and glass cohabit with mint syrup, flour, butterflies or snails. His creations reveal a vocation for the metaphysics with which he expresses his interest for the existential ideas, the life and the death. The constant, implacable movement of life and processes of transformation more particularly concern him. “The relationships between things always determine a geometry: the stars between themselves, the earth around the sun, the organic structure of an animal. I am interested in the works always holding a dialogue with the geometries of the universe around them,” explains the artist.

 


 
Ghenie, Adrian
"ta.bu" january - march 2016,
"States of Mind" january - march 2014


Born in Romania in 1977, he lives and works in Cluj, London and Berlin.

Adrian Ghenie’s paintings embody his perception of history, which blends objective data with subjective memory. He incorporates a multitude of references and source materials, arranging them into different compositions and allowing new symbolic meanings to emerge. “Nothing is really interesting in itself. It's the psychological tension and the contrast, created by the artistic intelligence, that generates the meaning,” he explains. Forgotten narratives, marginal events, seemingly insignificant details, nothing escapes his attention. Ghenie’s paintings investigate the possibilities of the medium, combining figurative and abstract images and emphasizing the textures of scraped, layered, and spilled paint. His creations are often characterized by dramatic atmospheric sets and a cinematic feeling, which reflects his interest in films, most specifically in the works of David Lynch and Alfred Hitchcock.

 


 
Ghysels, Jean-Pierre
"States of Mind" january - march 2014

Born in 1932 in Belgium. Lives and works in Lasne.

Jean-Pierre Ghysels’ sculptural work gradually evolved from figurative to abstract. He works primarily with metal, either copper, bronze or steel. His creations are characterized by a dialogue between light and shadow, as well as by the contrast between the softness of the polished material and the severity of the parts left rough. The conception of his sculptures is long and complex. Rarely working with preliminary drawings, Ghysels starts with an initial draft in clay, in order to estimate the volume. When the final appearance of the sculpture is determined, he realizes it in plaster. This version is used to make the mold into which the molten metal will be poured. The sculpture is then polished and subjected to finishing touches.

 


 
Giacomelli, Mario
 "La Gioia" october - december 2014

Born in 1925 in Italy and died in 2000.

Self-taught in photography, Mario Giacomelli bought his first camera in 1954. He specialized in landscapes, rural townscapes, street scenes, still life and portraits of everyday Italian life. Influenced by Neo-Realism cinema, he developed his own style, characterized by the use of black and white, bold compositions and high contrasts. He printed his photographs himself, relying on his experience in a print shop as a young man. As he grew older Giacomelli preferred to allow his images "to surface from unconscious to conscious life" and, his focus came ever closer. In latter years, he would work to capture the grain of the wood, the texture of the soil. He also believed that the occasion on which the photograph was taken was not necessarily close to the time when it should be seen and sometimes he deliberately withheld images from enlargement or publication.

 

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Gimel, Patrick
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013

Born in 1952 in France. Lives and works in Grenoble.

Patrick Gimel started creating ‘home made’ cartoons when he was 15; finding there an escape to his health problems that had forced him to remain isolated from the world. Later, he began drawing, improvising on the paper with Indian ink and felt-tipped pens. His large-format works, with series of twelve, combine architectural features, decorative motifs and vegetal or organic forms. At the same time, since 1998, Gimmel has accumulated more than two thousand post card sized drawings, all dated and numbered: a daily basis writing for this image passionate. That way, he mentally escapes the small perimeter within he lives enclosed in the company of his mother since he is five years old.

 


 
Gligorov, Robert
"Sex, Money and Power" janvier - mars 2013, "Red" september - december 2012

Born in 1960 in Macedonia. Lives and works in Milan.

Robert Gligorov's photographic work seeks to shock the viewer. Each image is a provocation to the imagination, an attempt to awake the viewer’s feelings from its state of lethargy. Confronting a society accustomed to sophisticated and extreme forms of visual communication, the artist amplifies the shock value of his work in order to compete with the torrent of images that cloud our visual field. Gligorov’s photographs use unexpected combinations of human, animal and vegetal life to explore controversial issues like religion, violence and sexuality.

 


 
Goergen, Julie
"Youth: portraits of artists, between freedom and fight" september 2014 

Born in 1986 in Luxembourg. Lives and works between Brussels and Luxembourg.
Studied at ERG.


 

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Goetzinger, Annie
"Icon(s)" april - july 2015

Born in France in 1951, she lives and works in Paris.

Annie Goetzinger studied fashion design at the School of Applied Arts in Paris to become a costume designer. While at school, she took some classes with comics author Georges Prichard and started drawing comics. She became one of the first women to break through in the art of comics. Her first album, Casque d’Or (1975), received two prizes at the Angoulême International Comics Festival. She published comics in famous magazines like Fluide glacial, Pilote or L’Echo des savanes, as well as in Le Monde. In her comics, Goetzinger often tackles historic subjects like the Second World War, and has published illustrated biographies of famous women like Marie-Antoinette and George Sand. She is currently working on an illustrated biography of the French writer Colette.


 

 
Goldin, Nan
"States of Mind" january - march 2014, "Sex, Money and Power" january - march 2013

Born in 1953 in the USA. Lives and works in New York and Paris.

Nan Goldin has been taking intimate, personal and spontaneous photographs of her family, acquaintances, friends and lovers for more than 40 years. During her first experiments as a photographer, when still a teenager, her images focused on drag queens as community, in a celebration of their subcultural lifestyle. Since then, she has documented other subcultures, music scenes and has addressed the themes of sexuality, drugs use, AIDS, violence, obsession, and suicide. Goldin’s richly colored snapshot-like images are often motivated by her personal experiences and her relationship with the photographed ones. At the end of the 1970’s she began displaying her work in the format of slide show, accompanied by a soundtrack. The first one, shown in a New York nightclub, was a constantly evolving project named The Balad of Sexual Dependency, which would grow to hundreds of images without a restricted but yet meaningful thematic structure.

 


 
Gómez Canle, Max
"Lightness?" january - march 2012

Born in 1972 in Argentina.

In Max Gómez Canle's works there is a dialogue between traditional landscape paintings with geometric elements, that the digital age has made familiar. Pieces of Tetris are constantly used in his creations, punctuating forests and rocky mountains with futuristic touches. Tetris is a video game invented in 1985 by a Russian named Alexei Pazhitov. There are different versions of the game.

 

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Gómez González, Germán
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013

Born in 1972 in Spain. Lives and works in Madrid.

Germán Gómez González works essentially with photography, incorporating many conceptual elements in his creations. He deals with subject matters related to human nature and identity. His interest for the human figure has always been an important part in his works, especially in the sculptural portraits made with fragments of bodies. “I can not conceive the photography without being autobiographical”, explains the artist. “I photograph as if I was writing a diary, and my language has always been the portrait.”

 

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González, Maximo
"Sex, Money and Power" january - march 2013

Born in 1971 in Argentina. Lives and works in Mexico City.

Maximo González is best known for his creative use of devalued currencies in his intricate murals and collages. His works deal with ideas of re-usability and recycling; the artist wants the viewers to grasp and think more deeply about objects created and later discarded by humans. His use of a politically charged medium such as money paper adds an extra layer of meaning to González’ creations, stressing his environmental and political preoccupation.

 

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Goodman, Frances
"States of Mind" january - march 2014 

Born in 1975 in South Africa. Lives and works in Johannesburg.

“The mundane, the ordinary and the trivial have always been of interest to me, as I believe they all obscure dark places – issues and emotions that people do not wish to confront.” With this statement, Frances Goodman perfectly summarizes her artistic practice. Working with photography, sculpture, installation, and sound pieces, she explores middle class’ neuroses and superficial behaviors. Issues such as beauty stereotypes, fitness fanaticism and the conventions of marriage have been approached by her. Goodman is particularly interested in the fine line between daily routine and obsession, when a habit becomes harmful or socially unacceptable.

 

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Gordon, Douglas
"Icon(s)" april - july 2015,
"Sex, Money and Power" january - march 2013


Born in Scotland in 1966, he lives and works in Berlin and Glasgow.

Douglas Gordon’s diverse body of work encompasses video, photography, sculpture, text, and installation. His creations deal with collective memory and are inspired by elements of popular culture such as Hollywood films, football, and photographs of rock and movie stars. Gordon has become best known for works made with existing film footage – both documentary and fictional – which were altered in pace, context or scale. Dualities such as darkness and light, positive and negative, and the tensions between good and evil are a constant in his work.

 


 
Gormley, Antony
"From here to eternity" October 2016 - April 2017,
"Origin(s)" May - June 2011


Born in 1950 in London, where he lives and works.

Over the last 25 years Antony Gormley has revitalized the human image in sculpture through a radical investigation of the body as a place of memory and transformation, using his own body as subject, tool and material. Since 1990 he has expanded his concern with the human condition to explore the collective body and the relationship between self and other in large-scale installations. His recent work increasingly engages with energy systems, fields and vectors, rather than mass and defined volume. Gormley was awarded the Turner Prize in 1994, and he was knighted in the 2014 for his services to the arts. He also won the Laurence Oliver Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance for the set design for Babel (Words).

 

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Goude, Jean-Paul
"Icon(s)" april - july 2015,
"Lightness?" january - march 2012,
"Femininity 0.1" september - december 2011


Born in France in 1940, he lives and works in the USA.

Jean-Paul Goude is an illustrator, graphic designer and photographer who studied at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Goude left his mark in advertising creation from the end of the 20th century, with his very personal universe and the use of bright colors. He worked for the magazine Esquire in New York and produced commercials, among others for Kodak, Chanel and Perrier. Having shot different muses along the years, Goude adopted a particular approach, showing what he considers their real beauty and not the one directly visible. “I was an illustrator, who illustrated the fantasies of others, I became naturally a creator of images” – Jean Paul Goude

 

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Grannan, Katy
 "Pair(s)" september - december 2015

Born in the USA in 1969, she lives and works in California and Nex York.

American photographer Katy Grannan is especially famous as a portrait photographer. She takes pictures of strangers she meets either by accident or through ads she places in the papers, looking for “people for portraits.” After starting her career in the East of the USA, she moved to California in 2006. Her series The Westerns shows people who moved to California in search of the American Dream, or, more accurately, the American Myth. Influenced by Diane Arbus and Nan Goldin, Grannan photographs people who are marginalized, living on the borders of society. She is currently working on a film titled The Nine, about a community of people living on the streets of California.

 

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Gray, Kevin Francis
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 

Born in 1972 in Northern Ireland. Lives and works in London.

Combining classicism with urban aesthetics, tradition with innovation, Kevin Francis Gray sculpts human figures in fiberglass, marble and bronze. He has generated bodies of work, which address the complex relationship between abstraction and figuration. In his early sculptures the subjects were dressed in street style and partially hidden behind veils. Decided to stop concealing them, the artist started creating pieces in which facial features and bodies are more pronounced and visible. “It wasn’t like these subjects wanted to hide themselves last time. I just didn’t have the confidence to sculpt their portraits back then. Now, it’s almost like I’m removing the veil — from the subjects, and myself as an artist,” explains Gray. People from his neighborhood in London are his models, randomly encountered out in the streets.

 

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Green, Gregory
 "Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 

Born in 1959 in the USA. Lives and works in Tampa.

Gregory Green is mostly known for his challenging work and the controversies it has spawned. Since the mid-1980’s he has created artworks and performances exploring the evolution of empowerment, which considers the use of violence, its alternatives and the accessibility to information and technology as vehicles for social or political change. Many of Green’s artistic investigations have focused on terrorism and the possibilities for sabotage of the physical infrastructure. He approaches the ease in which individuals, armed with readily available information, can endanger the status quo. His provocative works blur the boundaries between art and activism, culture and social commentary.

 

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Grupping, Liesbet
"Youth: portraits of artists, between freedom and fight" september 2014 

Born in 1984 in Belgium. Lives and works in Antwerp.
Studied at LUCA.


 

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Guagnini, Nicolas
"ta.bu" january - march 2016

Born in Argentina in 1966, he lives and works in New York.

Nicolás Guagnini is active in all the fields of contemporary art. As an artist, he creates sculptures, paintings, performances, video art and installations; yet he is also a curator, lecturer and writer. In his work, Guagnini touches upon the human body, politics and economics, always with a touch of humor and never without an underlying critique. One of his most famous works is September 11, 1973, in which he links Augusto Pinochet’s coup in Chile and the terrorist attacks of 2001 in New York. For Piramide Social, he hired engineers and architects to build a monumental house of cards; with this work, the artist reflects on the competitive climate in which artists live today. Guagnini is the cofounder of Orchard Gallery, in New York. He has published several books, and his texts appeared in Artforum, October and Mousse.

 

 
Guerrero Medina, José Maria
 "Red" september - december 2012

Born in 1942 in Spain. Lives and works in Catalonia.

José Maria Guerrero Medina’s body of work comprises oil paintings, drawings, engravings, and sculptures. He paints landscapes and figures that are a reflexion on his immediate environment and that explore the relationship between man and nature. Light and colour play a significant role in his creations.

 

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Gupta, Shilpa
 "States of Mind" januari - march 2014 

Born in 1976 in India. Lives and works in Mumbai.

Shilpa Gupta explores video, photography and performance to address themes like environmental degradation, globalization, terrorism, war, intolerance, gender politics, and human rights. Her artworks reflect her engagement and often make use of audience participation, challenging the viewers to extend or complete their meaning. Relying on this interactivity – explicit or not – she conveys complex issues in terms that can be assimilated by everyone. As explains art historian Leila Hasham, “Gupta blurs the boundary between art and the culture of everyday life, prompting questions about how we think and who we are.”

 

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Gursky, Andreas
 "Pair(s)" september - december 2015

Born in Germany in 1955, he lives and works in Düsseldorf.

Andreas Gursky studied photography first at the Folkwangschule in Essen, then at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, where he took classes with Bernd and Hilla Becher and where he now teaches himself. Gursky was highly influenced by the Bechers’ objective or documentary approach to photography, and, together with his fellow students Thomas Struth, Thomas Ruff and Candida Höfer, among others, is part of the Düsseldorf School of Photography. His pictures are always printed in big formats and all share the same themes: globalization, capitalist society, mass production, the homogenization of our lives, but also the immensity of our environment. Gursky retouches his pictures numerically to accentuate certain motifs or details he wants the spectator to see. He also creates pictures made of several pictures he brings together numerically, creating pictures that are, according to critic Peter Schjeldahl, “literally unbelievable.” His pictures encourage both a macroscopic approach (when seen from afar, his pictures seam abstract and almost symmetric) as well as a microscopic approach (the more you approach the picture, the more details appear).