CONCEPTUAL ILLUSTRATION BY ERIK CARTER

by Ariadna Zierold

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New York City based Erik Carter’s work is both aesthetically provocative and conceptually driven. The graphic designer and art director graduated as a CD major in 2011 and has gone on to work for MTV, The New York Times, andThe Office of Paul Sahre. His book covers and illustrations have received notable recognition in the design world and beyond.

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CONSTANT CHANGES IN LIFE BY PO HSU HUANG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Po Hsu Huang was born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. After a series of trials and mistakes, Po Hsu Huang started his journey as an independent artist. His paintings focus on the relation between the surroundings and one self, with a significant, colorful and bright manner. The constant changes in life and the warm climate in Southern Taiwan may have had a great impact on the artist.

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ORGANIC GEOMETRICS BY JOSH SPERLING

by Ariadna Zierold

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Josh Sperling was born in 1984 in Oneonta, New York is a young contemporary artist currently living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Sperling’s works on canvas waver between wall sculptures and paintings. Building layered plywood structures by hand, the artist stretches canvas over these forms to create a subtle relief.

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The structures range from angular and geometric to organic reminiscent of fibers and cells. Light and shadow interact with the facets of the pieces, creating an enhanced illusion of depth. Adding to this, Sperling uses bold, monochromatic hues that play with bright contrast and unexpected color combinations that appeal and delight the visual senses. 

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BOYLE HEIGHTS’ ESTRADA COURTS MURALS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Murals became popular during the Chicano Movement of the 1970’s, when artists began telling their unique stories on walls throughout the Eastside. Chicanos at this time lacked representation in public life, with neither a strong voice in elections, nor elected representatives. Murals became a way to communicate community concerns about police brutality, immigration, drugs, gang violence and other difficulties of a life of poverty.

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At the Estrada Courts housing project in Boyle Heights, the walls are time capsules of the Chicano art movement. Mexican-American artists began emblazoning drab cinder-block and stucco walls with brightly colored murals, which represented the dreams, aspirations and cultural pride of a population that might have otherwise felt trapped in their environs.

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The streets of Boyle Heights are like an art gallery, with walls that act as canvases. Images of brown pride and indigenous symbols tell stories from the past, and the now faded colors of decades-old murals still brighten the community.

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NEON SPIDERWEBS BY ANTHONY MICHAEL SIMON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Chicago native Anthony Michael Simon first discovered the artistry of the silk-producing arachnids while trekking through a forest in Korea, where he is currently based, looking for a location for his next sculptural art installation. He came across a huge spiderweb and it somehow clicked in his mind that he could catch spiders and have them naturally spin their webs in his studio.

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The artist sprays a protective coating on the fragile webs, holding the network of fine threads together and adding color. The multihued netted structures are each held up by plastic rods, allowing the spectator to view the intricacies of each piece’s intersecting lines. The fluorescent colors also add an otherworldly pop.

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EYE-POPPING PAINTINGS BY ERIK PARKER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Brooklyn-based artist Erik Parker’s vibrantly colored, eye-popping figurative paintings might not be in lockstep with all the trends of contemporary art, but he couldn’t care less. Parker was born in Stuttgart, Germany but later moved to San Antonio, Texas. Parker attended the University of Texas at Austin with artist Peter Saul before receiving a master of fine art from Purchase College in New York.

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Erik is known for his precisely painted and organized worlds of chaos that exist within his brightly colored, intensely layered, highly saturated canvases. Parker’s work depicts unique, fantastical scenes of biomorphic subjects and unworldly landscapes. Parker methodically paints each composition to the optical extreme creating an intense visual experience. His work maintains a premeditated sense of order all the while suggesting an underlying madness through his use of bold and fragmented forms.

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BRIGHT AND ENIGMATIC ARTWORK BY MICHAEL OLIVO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Michael Olivo creates artwork over several surfaces of which are always brightly colored, enigmatic and entertaining. In the masses of colorful blobs, tubes, and twisted forms, characters and narratives peek through. Clearly recognizable monsters and animals are sometimes featured in Olivo’s color-saturated drawings. His comic influences are evident with his use of line-art and dynamic black-filled areas.

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HAIRY PORTRAITS BY ERIK MARK SANDBERG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles-based artist Erik Mark Sandberg’s work addresses issues such as globalization, gentrification, consumerism, and love in the modern day. His allegorical narratives incorporate an experimental mix of digital 3-D modeling, printmaking, photography, drawing, and collage. For Sandberg, the use of composite imagery symbolizes the disconnect that technology creates between man’s natural environment and the reality of the digital realm. Sandberg’s creatures conjure up images of yesteryear and when viewing them, you get a taste of long lost childhood. The portraits are lighthearted, familiar and recall the imaginative minds of children. The creatures seem every bit as alive as the spectator; with their big wet eyes and their fur resting lightly on their skin, revealing their human forms.

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GEOMETRIC STRUCTURES AND PATTERNS BY OKUDA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Okuda San Miguel was born in Santander and based in Madrid since 2000 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Complutense University of Madrid. Since its inception in 1997, his pieces on rail-roads and abandoned factories in his hometown were clearly recognizable. Parallel to his work in the street, Okuda also starts producing more intimate works in his studio, with which from 2009 evolves into a more personal way. In his work, multicolored geometric architectures blend with organic shapes, bodies without identity, headless animals, symbols that encourage reflexion, he uses a unique iconographic language.

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The multicolored geometric structures and patterns are joined with gray bodies and organic forms in artistic pieces that could be categorized as Pop Surrealism with a clear essence of street forms. His works often raise contradictions about existentialism, the Universe, the infinite, the meaning of life, the false freedom of capitalism, and show a clear conflict between modernity and our roots; ultimately, between man and himself.

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