BREAKING THE MONOTONY BY MARTIN GORDOPELOTA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Martin Gordopelota currently lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Gordopelota breaks the monotony by shifting our gaze to the brilliant idiosyncrasies of his neighborhood futbol. On canvases and walls all over Buenos Aires, he glorifies the longstanding traditions around local five-a-side: copious beers, halftime cigarettes, post-match asado, and occasional showcases of actual skill. Gordopelota is a talent with the ability to depict the trials and tribulations that the game brings. From those boozy kick-abouts to the joys of shirted fandom. His cartoon style personifies a beautiful spirt of the game with the finer detail being looked after at every crossing. You’ll spot bucket hats, pub snacks and kits from all over re-imagined in painted form. Trefoils too, there’s a fitting nod to those brands that swoosh, stripe and serenade our kit thread, loving souls.

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NATURALISTIC ILLUSTRATION BY SADDO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Romanian artist, illustrator and muralist, Saddo started his artistic career as founder of one of the first Romanian street art collectives, The Playground, in a time when a freshly graduated artist didn’t have other possibilities than to be a graphic designer or a teacher. But his street art activity brought a fresh fun vibe to his way of perceiving art and the world, and opened doors to many different projects, commissions for advertising agencies, collaborations with galleries in Bucharest, Vienna, Berlin, Copenhagen, Stockholm, New York, Los Angeles, Montreal, Glasgow, Salvador, etc.

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Going through many different phases and influences, from horror movie posters, street art, comics, Saddo has recently developed his style into more elaborate shapes, with many different influences from old masters of 15th – 17th century, Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Bosch, Brueghel, Walton Ford, naturalistic illustration, pop surrealism, religion, mythology.

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MONUMENTAL NOBODIES BY MATTHEW QUICK

by Ariadna Zierold

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Matthew Quick (previously featured here) is an Australian artist. His paintings & sculpture use narrative realism to provoke & tell stories. He’s painted since his teens but was distracted by other careers – working variously as a university lecturer, photographer, salesman, art director, copywriter & interior designer. Until returning full time to painting, he was the founder and Creative Director of his own advertising agency, Q&A.

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Quick is an artist who masterfully layers meaning—not only are the works a unique amalgamation of the tradition of landscape painting and surrealism, they are imbued with metaphors and stories. He tells stories and makes quirky observations of the world around us. With the combination of title and image, deeper meanings emerge, triggering the unfolding of chapters in an endless array of stories the viewer is invited to create.

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PHANTASMAGORICAL ILLUSTRATIONS BY JON MACNAIR

by Ariadna Zierold

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Austin, Texas based Jon MacNair (previously featured here) was born in Seoul, South Korea and grew up in the suburbs of southeast Michigan near Detroit. He graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2005, where he earned a BFA in Illustration. His commercial work has appeared in editorial publications and mainly been used for apparel and package design.

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With pen in hand, MacNair creates phantasmagoric images that reveal stories of parallel worlds observed by giant eyes. Chimeric creatures captive from a dark innocence invade the hallucinatory universes of this work.

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PSYCHEDELIC DREAMSCAPES BY RAM HAN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Ram Han’s dreamscapes show a psychedelic and surreal world where faces can be replaced by swirling galaxies, teacups weep over spilled pills, and a Furby can be surgically dismantled to reveal a tiny Furby heart and brain. Han’s work revolves around nostalgia, memories real and imagined. Formally trained in animation, Han shifted her focus to illustration.

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CLAY 3D PRINTED WORKS BY MATTHEW ANGELO HARRISON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Detroit-based artist Matthew Angelo Harrison investigates analog and digital technologies to explore origins of all kinds. He makes low-resolution 3D printers and uses them to reproduce authentic African artifacts. Harrison plays havoc with the usual hierarchy of objects by literally elevating the new clay 3D printed works above the wood originals. Appearing at once earthy and other-worldly, the new clay sculptures are symbolic of many African-Americans’ relationship to their own African origins.

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His artwork is often created by machines that he designs and builds from scratch. Matthew is interested in aspects of manufacturing, specifically its hidden performative aspect. He received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has shown his work at MOCAD and the Jewish Museum (NYC), and has a forthcoming solo exhibition at Atlanta Contemporary.

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SPOOKY ILLUSTRATIONS BY TRAVIS LAMPE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Chicago based Travis Lampe grew up in a small town in Kansas. After earning a degree in Graphic Design, he took a job in advertising as an art director in Chicago. While making ads for breakfast cereals and well known purveyors of inexpensive furniture over a period of several years, he secretly began “developing his illustration style,” which is not the same thing as “procrastinating.” Finally, when he felt the world was ready, he began his slow explosion onto the art and illustration scene, as it were.

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BRIGHT SKELETONS BY CHARLIE IMMER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Maryland based Charlie Immer (previously featured here) is a fine artist and an illustrator. Charlie holds a BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design. Drawing inspiration from horror films, cartoons, nature, candy, and video games, Charlie enjoys dissecting his subjects which creates a contrast between colorful simple characters and the complex beauty of the anatomy within them.

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THE IMAGERY OF FRANK GONZALES

by Ariadna Zierold

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Frank Gonzales‘ work is about taking reference from various sources including books, the net and photos to comprise and create his own imagery. By creating his paintings through reference or made up elements, there becomes a play between artificiality and realism. He likes to combine elements that may seem believable picture wise, but wouldn’t normally thrive in real life. Frank’s compositions are never thought out much beforehand. He likes the spontaneity of starting with a background color or single image as a jump off point for the rest of the painting. One image will spark another and the process takes shape from there. He finds this way of working to be both exciting and uncertain. Various marks and color glitches mimic this uncertainty resulting in visual stillness and movement.

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