‘CURVES’ BY BAYNE PETERSON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Rhode Island-based artist Bayne Peterson‘s eye-popping dyed plywood sculptures are made in a process of digital fabrication and lost wax casting. Curves, give form to the artist’s ongoing exploration of traditional and digital processes in sculpture. Peterson mines the shared visual connections of both, as well as the different ways that hand carving and digital fabrication allow for the invention of form: either along the way or through distinct markers.

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He creates each plywood sculpture by joining together multiple cut triangular sections of plywood dyed in striations and then carving by hand.  The metal sculptures are instead created through digital design and fabrication, cast in an ancient lost-wax technique, and smoothed and tinted to a lustrous sheen.  Historical precedents such as biomorphic abstraction, Modernist sculpture, soft sculpture, and craft traditions inform the works.

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ANATOMIC EMBROIDERY BY JUANA GOMEZ

by Ariadna Zierold

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Santiago, Chile based artist Juana Gómez uses weaving and embroidery to explore themes of genealogy, mythology and biology in her own female lineage. She embroiders the central nervous system over faded photographs of the human body. After printing her photos on fabric, she goes in with a needle and thread and stitches veins, musculature, and neural pathways that flow together in a harmonious network.

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Through a profound process of performance which is born of her own appearance, she works through transfer, re-contextualizing its value. Through the interaction of different systems of appropriation and reinterpretation, her body changes from a translucent and directly visual experience into a philosophical reading. The final result resembles a subtle drawing or painting, because of the faint but accurate impression of her body in the raw weave of the fabric, but carries the accuracy of the inherent processes that characterize photography.

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BOLD SWEEPS BY SALMAN KHOSHROO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Salman Khoshroo’s paintings are the fruits of years of experimentation. In part, this is because his earliest and most impressionistic portraits often struggled to portray any positive emotions. Instead, they always managed to capture—wittingly or unwittingly—something of an existential angst in their predominance of whites, blues, pinks, browns, and blacks.

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Khoshroo creates large-scale figures and portraits that practically drip from the canvas. The scale on a computer or mobile screen can be quite deceiving, as most of these pieces are several feet tall, composed of enormously precise strokes that veer toward abstraction while eventually leading to a cohesive figure.

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Khoshroo began experimenting with a wider range of colors and styles and is now well-practiced in Impressionism, Cubism, and Futurism. Recently, he’s eschewed the facial detail of his earlier portraits in favor of bold sweeps of primary color that nonetheless conform to the outline of a portrait.

ELEMENTS BY MAXIM ZHESTKOV

by Ariadna Zierold

Elements is an experimental art film by Maxim Zhestkov about nature, physics, art and love. More than 2 billion elements/particles governed by tensions and forces of nature were used to tell stories and show emotions through the motion of collective behavior.

The film is a trial to explore the idea that everything around us and inside us is made from simple elements/blocks which can be arranged in complex relationships and become compound structures. We could project this idea into emotions, behaviors, thought processes, relationships, life, planets and the universe.

HIGH SPIRITUAL COLLAGES BY BAREFOOTONSLUGS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Santiago, Chile based artist Ignacio Paredes aka BAREFOOTONSLUGS mixes analogue techniques with digital in his work that is mostly focused on collages. His art is inspired in his 12 year old self -a mixture of grotesque, morbid and spiritual thoughts- all compressed into his artwork.

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Paredes is also influenced by shamanism, indigenous cultures, high spiritual states, nature, geography, the universe, punk and trash. He has edited 2 different zines in Argentina and Chile and has collaborated with surf and skate brands in South America.

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SURREALIST PAINTINGS BY JINDRICH STYRSKY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Jindřich Štyrský was a Czech Surrealist painter, poet, editor, photographer, and graphic artist. His outstanding and varied oeuvre included numerous book covers and illustrations. He also wrote studies of both Arthur Rimbaud and Marquis de Sade. Along with his artistic partner Toyen (Marie Čermínová), he became a member of Devětsil in 1923, participating in their group exhibitions. He and Toyen also exhibited in Paris in the late 1920s, where they founded their own movement, Artificialism.

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Between 1928 and 1929 he was designer for the group’s drama wing, the Osvobozené divadlo, where he collaborated with Vítězslav Nezval and others. Štyrský was also an active editor. In addition to his Edition 69 series, he edited the Erotická revue, which he launched in 1930, and Odeon, where many of his shorter texts appeared. He was a founding member of The Surrealist Group of Czechoslovakia.

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VISUAL CULTURE BY DAN LYDERSEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Dan Lydersen‘s recent paintings are a reconciliation between past and present, particularly in regard to Western culture’s notions of spirituality and the relationship between society and nature. Drawing from a variety of contemporary and historical sources, from the Renaissance to modern cinema, literature and popular culture, the paintings are an attempt to come to terms with the present through the immediate marriage of today’s visual culture with that of the past. In his work, the beautiful and the gory, the pop and the Neoclassical,  the fictional and the real all come to interplay – somewhat forming a utopia where all these elements live in harmony.

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Both theatrical and satirical, comical and somber, the paintings pose a view of humanity that is steeped in the existential turmoil that lies between materiality and spirituality, where society trudges persistently forward into the future while the human search for meaning and purpose as mortal animals remains unresolved.

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TRADITIONAL MODERNISM BY FUTARO MITSUKI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Japanese artist Futaro Mitsuki uses a variety of tools such as pencil, colored pencil, acrylic on paper and panel. He was born in Tokyo in 1970 and in 1998  Graduated from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. He managed to combine traditional Japanese motifs with tattoo art, along with Victorian and Medieval ages elements.

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NEW WORK BY ERIK JONES

by Ariadna Zierold

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Erik Jones (previously featured here) received a bachelor’s degree from Ringling College of Art and Design in 2007. Out of college, working primarily in cover illustration, Erik toured the US, showing at different pop culture and art conventions. He gradually made his way to Brooklyn, New York, in 2009, where he now resides. Erik now focuses on painting primarly for, but not limited to, galleries.

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Erik’s work is vibrant and colorful, expressing a heightened sense of realism captured in his female subjects, juxtaposed with sporadic mark making and non-representational forms that could be said to mimic geometric high-end fashion. This effect is achieved by using multiple mediums such as watercolor, colored pencil, acrylic, water-soluble wax pastel and water-soluble oil on paper.

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SCULPTURES BY DOUBLEPARLOUR

by Ariadna Zierold

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Doubleparlour is Ernie and Cassandra Velasco. They are a husband and wife artistic duo living in San Francisco, CA. Cassandra has a B.A. in Fine Art from Humboldt State and Ernie is a self taught artist. Doubleparlour’s work includes  solo and collaborative pieces in a variety of mediums and materials. They strive to produce well-crafted artwork with an emphasis on peculiar, humorous, and melacholy characters.

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