BIZARRE AWKWARDNESS BY POLINA TERESHINA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Russian-born painter Polina Tereshina interprets her feeling of being between cultures, neither purely Russian nor American—a little of both. An abstract sense of statelessness is reflected in characters that move and interact within a fantastical geometric playground that is detailed yet vague.

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She has a love for the awkward and bizarre aspects of our daily lives, so much so that she interprets them through her abstract, figurative paintings. Using acrylic, ink, and watercolor, she disassembles the body to arrive at a newly resolved aspect, one which speaks more clearly to the reality of our movements.

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The rigid lines of the geometric and lined backgrounds add a sense of control to the piece, one which the subject interacts around. This brings balance, along with the idea of limits and structure. Through this we can relate to the modified human. By simplifying the body to the elemental aspects of the figure, often just a silhouette, she draws the viewer into the exaggerated trait.

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THE AWKWARDNESS OF BEING ALIVE BY HARRISON FREEMAN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Portland based Harrison Freeman is a versatile, baseball-loving painter who captures the awkwardness of being alive.

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Freeman graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and has shown in solo and two-person shows at Ampersand and Giant Robot in Los Angeles. He has worked with Gary Baseman and Wayne White and has done graphic design and illustration work for Good magazine, The Playboy Jazz Festival, Discover Magazine and many other publications. His work has been featured in CMYK’s Top 100 New Creatives, 3×3’s annaul edtion and American Illustration.

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