MECHANICAL HUMAN NATURE BY HEIDI TAILLEFER

by Ariadna Zierold

heidi taillefer, montreal, quebec, canada, painting, paintings, nature, human, technology, ai, upper playground

Heidi Taillefer lives and works in Montreal, Quebec. Taillefer’s deeply personal paintings intelligently fuse symbolic and metaphoric references, which come together in a synthesis of perceptions of our past, present and future. Taillefer seeks to explore and provide insights into the human condition, while paying particular attention to humanity’s increasingly complex relationships with technology and the advancement of AI.

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Her beautifully realized imagery raises important questions for us, as we look to the future and attempt to determine the pros and cons relating to how far we should allow ourselves to integrate with new technologies. In the creation of her art, Taillefer works through her thoughts about what it truly means to be human and we would all do well to keep these notions at the fore as we march forward.

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HUMAN FRAILTIES BY TONI HAMEL

by Ariadna Zierold

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Toni Hamel lives and works in Oshawa, a suburb of Toronto, Canada. She describes her work as “an illustrated commentary on human frailties“. Rooted in story-telling, her art practice draws from personal experiences and outward observations to create thematic bodies of work that reflect on and interpret the psychological unease characteristic of our age. Virtues and vices, the holy and the profane, the good and the bad all share equal weight in her work and supply an infinite source of material for her investigations.

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Such conceptual framework leads Hamel to work across disciplines: drawings, paintings, sculptures and installations are rendered in both traditional and non-traditional materials and are selected based on their ability to support the particular message she needs to convey. Pointing to historical and psychological references while tackling issues of universal interest, Hamel’s narratives question our behavior to eventually alert us about the repercussions of our current thinking models.

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SPACE GEOMETRY BY ALEXY PREFONTAINE

by Ariadna Zierold

alexy prefontaine, digital, montreal, canada, nature, space, geometry, surreal, neon, smooth, dreamlike, sceneries, upper playground

Alexy Prèfontaine is a digital artist and graphic designer from Montreal, Canada.
His work is inspired by nature, space, geometry and distorted perspectives that surround him. By focusing on different perceptions of the world that we live in, he hopes that the viewer can be pulled in the surreal sceneries he creates.

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SIMPLISTIC ILLUSTRATIONS BY MICHAEL GEORGE HADDAD

by Ariadna Zierold

michael george haddad, ottawa, canada, illustrator, illustration, simplistic, minimalistic, clean, bold, color block, upper playground

Ottawa, Canada based illustrator Michael George Haddad’s work transports you into a a whole new realm made up by the mad genius that is the artist, filled with feelings, emotions and sensations.

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Haddad has gone on to pull inspiration from push-pin style art, French comics, paperback sci-fi books and xeroxed punk flyers, as well as from artists such as Lichtenstein and Tom Wesselmann to help him deliver color-blocked, psychedelic excerpts of a land that looks as peaceful as it does bizarre.

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‘STUDIO VISIT’ BY NICOLAS SASSOON

by Ariadna Zierold

nicolas sassoon, vancouver, canada, gif, gifs, animation, loop, loops, abstract, studio visit, new media, pandora, somber, dark, upper playground

Vancouver, Canada based Nicolas Sassoon has been working on massive GIFs that span the width of a browser and actually require scrolling. His latest work, Studio Visit, depicts a studio space complete with wall panels, a brick fireplace, and multiple LCD screens. Today Sassoon is one of the most interesting artists working in the field of GIF-making and new media. He shows all over the world and has been included in exhibitions at the New Museum, the Museum of the Moving Image, and the New Orleans biennial Prospect.

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The body of work Sassoon has been producing there is called Pandora, which is the name of the street where the artist has lived, off and on, for the past four years. The series’ title also refers to small actions that have unforeseen and far-reaching consequences, and perhaps even to the darkness of the Internet. Sassoon’s pared-down aesthetic reflects that somber mood.

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SURREAL CREATURES BY KAYLA BUIUM

by Ariadna Zierold

kayla buium, toronto, canada, illustration, painting, surreal, characters, nude, colorful, humor, situation, situations, upper playground

Kayla Buium is a young emerging artist from Toronto, Canada. She grew up in North York where her grandparents introduced her to the world of fine arts. Art was always her passion but being raised in a creative family inspired her to take it more seriously. In her teenage years she attended Earl Haig S.S. and majored in visual arts where she was inspired by the world of modern art.

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Her art style is heavily influenced by the works of Alex Pardee and Doctor Seuss. She explores a variety of media from sculpture, acrylic and even street signs.

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QUIRKY ILLUSTRATIONS BY JENN LIV

by Ariadna Zierold

jenn liv, jennifer liu, illustration, illustrations, illustrator, toronto, canada, print, risograph, comics, narratives, colorful, upper playground

Toronto based Jennifer Liu is an award-winning Chinese Canadian-American freelance illustrator. Occasionally she likes to print things in risograph and make comics. Her inspiration comes from the narratives and imagery she stumbles across while watching all different kinds of animation.

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MAGIC REALISM ILLUSIONS BY ROBERT GONSALVES

by Ariadna Zierold

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Robert “Rob” Gonsalves is a Canadian painter of magic realism. He produces original works, limited edition prints and illustrations for his own books. Gonsalves’ paintings have a fun way of twisting your perception and causing you to question what in his paintings, if anything, is real.

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Most of his stunning paintings have an unclear boundary between the multiple stories they tell, which forces the viewer to jump back and forth between them – like an optical illusion that changes every time you look at it.

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DISENCHANTED CHARACTERS BY KRIS KNIGHT

by Ariadna Zierold

kris knight, characters, portrait, portraiture, people, faces, disenchanted, painting, canada, upper playground

Kris Knight is a Canadian painter whose work examines performance in relation to the construction, portrayal and boundaries of sexual and asexual identities. Drawing from personal histories of rural escapism through imagination, Knight paints disenchanted characters that are lost between youth and adulthood; they hide their secrets, but desperately long to let them go.

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His mythical and ambiguous portraits are a synthesis of fantasy and real-world memory; they tiptoe between the dichotomies of pretty and menace, hunter and hunted, innocence and the erotic.

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