ATMOSPHERIC PAINTINGS BY JULES DE BALINCOURT

by Ariadna Zierold

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Brooklyn based Jules de Balincourt (previously featured here) is a French-American contemporary artist. He is best known for his abstract, atmospheric paintings with saturated colors, blurring the line between fantasy and reality. Force-fed on TV and an all-American mind-junk diet, his paintings are crafted with democratic gusto. Evoking notions of utopia and dystopia, de Balincourt’s paintings investigate public and private spaces and suggest an ever-changing landscape – both physical and psychological.

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“NOT MY BUSINNESS” BY OLALEKAN JEYIFOUS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Nigerian-born, Brooklyn-based artist and designer Olalekan Jeyifous received a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Cornell University where his focus of study was primarily on investigating the relevant potential for a variety of computer software within the fields of art, design and architecture.

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“Not My Business” is named after a poem by Nigerian poet, dramatist, and literary critic, Niyi Osundare. The title of the exhibition references the fact that Jeyifous has not been back to Nigeria since he left when he was 7 years old.

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“Using rigorous Cubist geometric shapes, I freely juxtapose recognizable icons of the informal economy- from street vendors, industrial waste or power generators — with those of the post-Colonial Utopia-orderly State and social infrastructure– to create strange constructions in which time and space collide ambiguously.” Olalekan Jeyifous

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TROPICAL ATMOSPHERES BY NIKKI MALOOF

by Ariadna Zierold

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Nikki Maloof lives and works in Brooklyn. Jungle animals and exotic vegetation appear frequently in Maloof’s drawings, paintings and collages. Often surrounded by luminous tropical hues, tigers, monkeys and bats can seem either benign or sinister, reticent or theatrical, and adopt an anthropomorphic quality that discloses a sense of the artist’s compassion for her subject matter.

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The same lightness of hand with paint, color and line, hints at the somber and dejected aspects of the domestic and quotidian – drooping flowers, in a vase or overcome by rain, and the view, from a distance, of the warmly lit interiors of people’s homes through window panes. Maloof’s works tend toward the familiar yet maintain a level of un-specifiable strangeness that produces their emotive quality.

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FUN ANIMATIONS BY REBEKKA DUNLAP

by Ariadna Zierold

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Brooklyn, New York based illustrator Rebekka Dunlap grew up in the Pacific Northwest, studied at the School of Visual Arts and graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in nihilism. Sometimes she draws comics about the things we feel but can’t explain.

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She recently illustrated the indie game Cibele, winner of the IGF Nuovo Award and released her first collection of comics, Dream Tube, through the publisher Youth In Decline. Her experiences include creating online content for Frederator Studios, illustrating apps for TinyBop and making pictures for publications such as The New Yorker, The New York Times, BUST Magazine, BOOM Studios and Lucky Peach. However, she cannot do a cartwheel or curl her tongue.

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ESSENTIAL FORMS BY BRIAN ALFRED

by Ariadna Zierold

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Brooklyn, New York based Brian Alfred‘s paintings, collages, and animations examine how technology has altered our perception of our surroundings and how we process information. Working from photographs, Alfred uses a computer to reduce images (often of architecture, machinery, urban landscapes, and office interiors) to their essential forms, before turning these elements into flattened, bold color fields that retain a handmade feel.

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AMERICAN MYTHOLOGIES BY ROBIN F WILLIAMS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Robin F Williams is a painter based in Brooklyn, NY. Her figurative paintings explore pervasive American narratives about childhood, identity and gender. Her figurative work explores closely held American mythologies about gender, privilege, and the American Dream. She uses the fictional nature of the painted image to examine the fictions we tell each other as a culture.

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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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WHIMSICAL PARABLES BY AMY CUTLER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Brooklyn based Amy Cutler draws from the media, popular culture, fairytales, and her own experiences to convey the complexities of womanhood. At once autobiographical and universal, Cutler’s works are sweet and dark—delicately rendered, whimsical parables illustrating the deleterious effects of the unrealistic expectations that cultures impose on women.

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She received her BFA degree from The Cooper Union School of Art, New York, New York, in 1997. Since her graduation she has rapidly risen to critical acclaim, and her work has been featured in major surveys of contemporary art, importantly the 2004 Whitney Biennial.

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