COLORFUL CHAOS BY ZHOU FAN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Zhou Fan was born in 1983 in Shanxi Province in northern China. In 2006, Zhou graduated from the art department of Shanxi University. He participated in a solo exhibition and several group exhibition in his home province that year. Zhou has been very inspired by his childhood. While the artist has always had a strong fascination for Jellyfish, Zhou’s “Love of Jellyfish” series of paintings is based on dreams that he had as a young boy of many jellyfish floating in the sky, some of which fell to the ground on parachutes and became mushrooms. These dreams had a strong impact on the artist, and he remembers them vividly.

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While Fan’s paintings may at first look happy and cheerful because they are colorful, many of the artist’s works have a sad undertone to them. Zhou seems to be quite sensitive to the fact that people can be cruel and destructive, and he can see the effect China’s societal changes are having on individuals and the society as a whole. Fan likes to combine the impossible, and while it looks beautiful within the paintings, the results can be confusing and chaotic-seeming.

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MACABRE HUMOR BY ALEXIS E MABRY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Alexis E. Mabry‘s assemblage paintings, mixed-media collages, and jewelry mix the macabre and the whimsical into a potpourri of lighthearted chaos. Wholesome American families from the 50s laugh while catching on fire, an eager young boy’s head flies off his body like a bloody rocket while opening Christmas presents, a lamb smiles wryly while getting stabbed by a dozen steak knives.

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Her sources of reference and artistic material for her collages come from the same types of Christian books of older American life that she was forced to read in elementary school. A change of facial expression or of background scenery could easily transform these works into gruesome horror, but instead they become emblems of humor.

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THE DYNAMIC ENERGY OF CITIES BY ALEXANDRA PACULA

by Ariadna Zierold

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New York-based artist Alexandra Pacula paints large-scale works that explore the dynamic energy of cities at night. With virtuosic brushwork, vibrant color, and fluid gesture, Pacula captures the motion and chaos as well as the sublime beauty of urban space.

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Her streets are filled with light that travels almost of its own accord within the compositions, and she has developed a nontraditional style of painting that combines impressionism, expressionism, and photorealism. The resulting paintings ensnare the eye and transport the viewer to another dimension, reminiscent of the fleeting yet mesmerizing moments that take place only in the big city.

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CHAOTIC DRAWINGS BY MOISES MAHIQUES

by Ariadna Zierold

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Valencia, Spain based Moisés Mahiques‘ large drawings are both technically accomplished as well as being conceptually complex using drawing to question the value system of the individual, of contemporary life, action and consequence and above all the expressive possibilities of the line and figure.

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At first glance these drawings are chaotic, a dense network of animated lines that attempt to capture an essence, the figure becoming an anthropomorphic expression of our alienation from the environment. On an aesthetic level Mahiques drawings are beautiful to look at, to peer into, the action dynamic, the line so clean, precise, so definite.

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