BIZARRE EDGED CHARACTERS BY AYA KAKEDA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Aya Kakeda was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. Now she draws and creates imaginative worlds in Brooklyn, NY. She has produced art for books, products, posters, magazines, and store installations from clients all over the world. Her sculptures and illustrations often depict cute characters with a bizarre edge to them.

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‘EGO ERECTUS’ BY MARIO MANKEY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Mario Mankey is a Spanish artist now living in Berlin who is challenging himself to study and learn from artists and culture to find his own distinctive voice. Combining elements of comics, animation, primitivism, deconstructed graffiti, abstraction, Miro, Picasso, and Basquiat, the energy powering his assembled exploration is a professed desire to learn from and to talk to an audience.

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In his new monumental installation, giant legs tear through the ceiling. Titled ‘Ego Erectus’, the sculpture takes the form of two enormous feet stomping through the roof of the Haus exhibition venue in Berlin. Standing in the middle of the room, the limbs engage with the architecture of the site, with pieces of the ceiling scattered across the floor.

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MIXED MEDIA ILLUSTRATIONS BY ALEJANDRINA HERRERA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Alejandrina Herrera (previously featured here) is an artist from Mexico. In her drawings and mixed media pieces she tells stories about people and animals in an ironic and melancholic way and how they interact with their surroundings. Also, the soft palette combined with the dark, intricate details of the drawings are spot on.

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FIGURATIVE PAINTINGS BY GREG BURAK

by Ariadna Zierold

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Queens, NY based Greg Burak (previously featured here) makes figurative paintings. He was born in the Hudson Valley Region of New York in 1986. He received his Associates Degree from the Delaware College of Art and Design in 2005, his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2007, and an MFA in Painting from Indiana University in 2015.

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Burak’s strange and unnerving paintings often “set” in the late 1970s or early 1980s (by his use of clothing and interior style), immediately recall coming-of-age movies of that era.

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WEIRD NARRATIVES BY INKEE WANG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Shanghai, China based Inkee Wang has a background studying graphic design at Central Saint Martins and latterly animation at the prestigious Royal College of Art in London. Inkee creates illustrations fizzing with weird and wonderful narratives.

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More recently, Inkee has been working with watercolors to add a textural representation to her characters. She is also working on improving her Cinema 4D skills, in an attempt to write a longer story and make an animation about it.

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PSYCHEDELIC AIRBRUSHING BY ROBERT BEATTY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Kentucky-based designer Robert Beatty’s succulent, technicolor, psychedelic-tinged, airbrush-like artworks can sometimes grace the covers of bands’ albums, thus making them cool, successful and lucky in love and good fortune forever. Robert’s magic touch is a unique style lifted from way back when life on earth was cooler, and from some cauldron of fluid in his brain from which he draws impressive draughtsmanship and weird ideas.

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INCREDIBLE LIFE LIKE SCULPTURES BY RUBEN OROZCO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Mexican hyperrealist sculptor Rubén Orozco has taken over the internet thanks to his talent in creating life-like figures of various characters that have attracted the glances of everybody due to their realism. Among his most important monuments are: the statue of Pope John Paul II in Guadalajara, Jalisco; The statue of Juan José Arreola in Ciudad Guzmán and in the Rotunda of the famous Jalisco people; and the statue of Goddess Themis at the Supreme Court of Justice of Jalisco, among many others.

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BACKWARD COMPOSITIONS BY CHRISTOPHER KUHN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Christopher Kuhn approaches his paintings backwards, meaning his compositions are often built in such a way that what appears to have been added last is often in fact the first layer. Looping gestural line work switches from positive to negative and back, revealing itself to be graphic. What appears to be thin multicolored graphic lines turn out to be silhouettes of gestural marks that were meticulously covered over, save for the edges. Kuhn asks the viewer to piece together the puzzle of his paintings and, in doing so, reassess how they perceive the world of images around us.

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‘NON EVENTS’ BY JONATHAN WATERIDGE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Jonathan Wateridge‘s paintings are elaborately crafted ‘non-events’ that have the trappings of a real occurrence but for the most part are entirely fabricated. A significant part of his work over recent years has been to reconfigure or re-make a given scenario or found image. This involves building full-scale sets and using performers to enact roles, within the context of the studio, in order to set up questions about the way we frame and understand notions of the real.

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The work employs painterly realism as a ‘default setting’ by which to view the world, curbing any excesses of expressive style to emphasise not only the often fleeting, banal and everyday quality of the scenes depicted but also the nature of their construction.

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‘IMPLOSION’ BY JOSH KEYES

by Ariadna Zierold

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Josh Keyes received his BFA in 1992 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA in 1998 from Yale University School of Art.  He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally and has work in private and public collections. Keyes currently lives and works in Portland Oregon with his wife and daughter.

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“Implosion”, his first exhibition in Los Angeles in over a decade, opens on Saturday at Thinkspace Gallery. The show features nine new works by the painter, each exploring a dystopian post-human world.

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