TWISTING ECOSYSTEMS BY YELLENA JAMES

by Ariadna Zierold

yellena james, painting, paintings, painter, portland, oregon, abstract, forms, ecosystem, ecosystems, environment, acrylic, bright, colorful, abstract, upper playground

Yellena James grew up and attended art school in Sarajevo, BiH. At the age of 18 she moved to the U.S. After gaining her BA in painting and graphic design at UCF, she eventually made her way to Portland, OR. Preferring pens, inks, markers and acrylics, she combines complex abstract forms into dazzling images which take on lives of their own. Her colorful arrangements of organic shapes and tangled lines are at once floral and alien, organic and sci-fi. Each intimate world she creates seems to posses its own ethos and its own special ability to radiate emotion.

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“My latest works further explore the intricate and delicate forms of an imaginary ecosystem, twisting and floating together in an alluring environment. I attempt to create an ethereal place which is hypnotically familiar and yet hauntingly exotic, adding tiny little details in a sort of compulsive meditation, until a perfect balance is created. The intricacy and high detail, along with hints of existing organic shapes lend to the intimacy and believability of each new world.” Yellena James

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DIZZYING PAINTINGS BY ERIK PARKER

by Ariadna Zierold

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New York based German artist Erik Parker turned to eye-popping color and dizzying details in his recent paintings. Seemingly in constant motion, his paintings are composed of a myriad of tiny dots, paisleys, teardrops, squiggles, and drips, in a rainbow of bright colors. Parker creates bold, graphic compositions that riff on the traditional genres of portraiture and still-life. His visionary paintings draw their inspiration from diverse elements of American subculture—psychedelia, underground comic books, the Chicago Imagists, hip hop and heavy metal— as well as Picasso,  Francis Bacon and Roy Lichtenstein.

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BOLD AND REBELLIOUS ILLUSTRATIONS BY BONEFACE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Boneface is an illustrator that had a firm grip on what makes himself tick, and then developed his craft. The illustrations of Boneface are bold and rebellious — the nihilistic spittle of a fun-loving vagrant. Boneface’s drawings are bright and detailed in mischievous gore. The attitude of underground skate videos mixed with the winks and shock of an eighth-grader’s homemade comic book.

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COLORFUL PIECES BY TYLER SPANGLER

by Ariadna Zierold

tyler spangler, design, huntington beach, california, colorful, bright, digital, collage, vintage, modern, gif, gifs, upper playground

Tyler Spangler is a designer, visual artist and punk enthusiast from Huntington Beach, California. Through his work, he plays with color and animation, often interposing bright color with aged black and white photos— merging different worlds together and bringing old-fashioned two-dimension photography into the age of color and gifs. He describes his way of working as “a bit obsessive”, at one point creating as many as 2,000 pieces in one year and sharing them.

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ABSTRACTED LANDSCAPED BY JUSTIN MARGITICH

by Ariadna Zierold

justin margitich, santa rosa, california, watercolor, pencil, acrylic, anthropology, taxonomy, geology, alchemy, abstract, painting, paintings, texture, textures, bright, colorful, flowing, upper playground

Santa Rosa, CA based Justin Margitich works with watercolor, colored pencil, and acrylic on paper. Margitich draws from anthropology, taxonomy, geology, and alchemy creating abstract paintings that offer special depth and opposing textures that force the viewer to be engaged.

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In each work, brightly hued, organically flowing gradients are arranged in seemingly impossible configurations. Upon close observation, the inorganic plastic qualities of the artists’ materials become apparent to the viewer. Throughout the exhibition, these fluctuations between organic and inorganic are subtle reminders of where we find meaning in the order of our contemporary culture.

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CONCEPTUAL ILLUSTRATION BY ERIK CARTER

by Ariadna Zierold

erik carter, illustrator, illustration, illustrations, drawings, animation, gif, line, minimalistic, colorful, bright, upper playground, new york city

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

po hsu huang, illustration, painting, colorful, taiwan, bright, dreamy, surreal, upper playground

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

josh sperling, colorful, geometric, organic, lines, hues, pattern, plywood, painting, bold, bright, color, brooklyn, new york, upper playground

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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