AN OPERATIONAL MACHINE BY SANTISSIMI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Santissimi‘s work (Antonello Serra and Sara Renzetti) looks at the art as an operational machine in which the forms are comfortably reflected in the definition of “philosophical empiricism in the art”. Philosophical empiricism means putting into practice the knowledge, to perform an operation of thought, or to be more precise translate into visual terms, linguistic and conceptual thinking in scientific and philosophical matters.

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SCIENCE FICTION BY VIRGIL FINLAY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Virgil Finlay was an American pulp fantasy, science fiction and horror illustrator. He has been called “part of the pulp magazine history … one of the foremost contributors of original and imaginative art work for the most memorable science fiction and fantasy publications of our time.” 

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While he worked in a range of media, from gouacheto oils, Finlay specialized in, and became famous for, detailed pen-and-ink drawings accomplished with abundant stippling, cross-hatching, and scratchboard techniques. He produced wild and fantastic images of monsters, aliens, demons, robots, spacemen, spaceships, bizarre experiments, psychological horror, fantastic landscapes, and women.

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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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ODD CHARACTERS BY JONATHAN DALTON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Barcelona-based artist Jonathan Dalton creates amazing oil paintings of odd characters or bizarre stories and sceneries. Most of his paintings convey a mysterious dark mood.

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Dark tinted characters and scenes vanish in even darker surroundings, telling bizarre stories while none of the visuals provide hints for the viewer to resolve the mystery.

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BIZARRE PERSPECTIVES BY GUY BILLOUT

by Ariadna Zierold

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French surrealist Guy Billout‘s universe of ironic illustrations has a tendency to magnify one’s anxieties, whilst offering humor and a look into a bizarro version of society.

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Billout’s aesthetic style is clean and spare, sometimes incorporating some ironic element. His work is overall minimal, but the subject in each piece offers scenarios that makes you think of countless outcomes and possibilities.

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STRANGE AND UNSETTLING PAINTINGS BY DUSTY RAY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Dusty Ray is a Colorado native who has wandered through life reading, writing, drawing, and playing music. He says he soaks up anything weird, strange, or unsettling that he comes across.

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A painting contractor by day and a self-proclaimed artist by night, Dusty’s life is paint. Having earned his degree in English Literature from Colorado State University, he says his days as a writer bleed into the small narrative he creates with paint. Dusty’s subject matter mainly consists of the animal wildlife found in his beautiful home of Fort Collins, Colorado.

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Dusty works mostly in gouache, watercolor, and Micron pen. He says, “The strange mutants I paint come from my perception of the animals around me and the way my mind interprets their sacred, extra-sensory position in the natural world”.

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HYPERDIMENSIONAL MACHINE BY DIMITRI DRJUCHIN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Dimitri Drjuchin is an artist/musician who was born in Moscow, but grew up making images and sounds in New York City. Wielding the culmination of human potential wrought from the depths of the bicameral mind, Drjuchin’s art is a hyperdimensional machine that invokes creatures who come bounding forward with affection and recklessness.

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These are not the Icons of the Byzantine Church—they are the new Incarnated Symbols of the Multiverse. Drjuchin allows us a glimpse into a fractulated moment of cultural hypnagogic modality and an opportunity to alter our perspectives of reality.

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BIZARRE POP CULTURE BY CHLOE BENNETT

by Ariadna Zierold

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Queensland based artist Chloe Bennett is an Australian illustrator who studied Visual Arts in the Northern Territory and on the North Coast of Australia.

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Bennett works across a range of mediums focusing on the juxtaposition of the natural/bizarre and has an unhealthy obsession with popular culture. Her work sees the pairing of these two concepts, along with the study of the color to create strange, aesthetically pleasing works.

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VINTAGE PHOTORREALISTIC PAINTINGS BY ANNA DI MEZZA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Australian artist Anna di Mezza creates photorealistic paintings based on found vintage photos removed from their original context. Combined to unexpected landscapes, she describes the result as bizarre visual narratives. Her body of work is influenced by found vintage photos, and films, superimposing images on unrelated and unexpected backgrounds to create a visual narrative.

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Her paintings are of a mostly monochromatic palette with occasional pops of color. They invite the viewer to make up the plot in their own mind as if the images were taken from a surreal film frame. The inspiration for the concept of her work is the beauty and culture of the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s, the artists Magritte and Giorgio De Chirico as well as the film makers Hitchcock, Kubrick and David Lynch.

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PSYCHEDELIC NIGHTMARES BY SKINNER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Skinner is a self-taught artist living in Oakland, California who has meticulously crafted a balance of extraordinary mural work and bizarre and antagonistic installations, while maintaing a prolific commercial career. Influenced by 80’s pop culture, human struggle, myths and violence, dungeons and dragons and the heavy metal gods, Skinner’s mind is one of psycho social mayhem fueled by a calculated chaos.

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