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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WANDERING COLLAGES BY NICOLA KLOOSTERMAN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Netherlands based Nicola Kloosterman creates collages using scraps of collected paper and fragments of images that speak to her. She is especially interested in shape and color, the female body, hands, botanicals, and vintage printed material. Kloosterman likes to use a lot of negative space and her images are always quite airy and light.

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She likes to think of herself as an explorer and a wanderer. Nicola thinks the process of finding images in the torrent of our daily visual communications, carefully excavating them and them recycling them into a new context and narrative is exciting as she never knows where she may end up. Each collage begins with a single image or piece of paper. She then slices, combines, reduces and composes until a new visual narrative emerges on her paper reflecting the incomprehensible, the invisible, the immeasurable and the infinite.

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MUTATING PENCIL SCULPTURES BY LIONEL BAWDEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Australian artist Lionel Bawden works in sculpture, performance, installation and painting. Bawden’s core practice exploits hexagonal colored pencils as a sculptural material, reconfigured and carved into amorphous shapes, mining the material’s rich qualities of color, geometry and metaphor.

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Bawden explores themes of flux, transformation and repetition as preconditions to our experience of the physical world, essential to the construction of identity. Bawden’s sculptural works harness landscape as a stand-in for the body, personal themes of desire, longing and interconnection become abstracted in a generative process to create form. The result is midway between organic and geometric forms, an interrogation about metamorphoses and mutations.

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HONG KONG MURAL BY PEETA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Venice-based artist Peeta‘ work has an amazing art style that takes the digital familiar into the real world, like pixelated sculptures. He merges his passions for graffiti writing, sculpture, and design in his large-scale spray murals that look like swirling three dimensional objects that float just above a wall or canvas. The artworks take on the form of graffiti-like letterforms but aren’t necessarily meant to be read or deciphered. Instead the pieces focus more on the use of line, shadow, and color to build impressive voluminous shapes that explode in every direction.

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Peeta created this latest mural for the HKWALLS festival. The piece occupies a giant facade on a busy Hong Kong intersection above the Golden Computer Arcade and draws its color for neighboring buildings and signs.

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“FOR CHAOS AND WILD AGAIN” BY BRIAN WILLMONT

by Ariadna Zierold

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Brooklyn based painter Brian Willmont‘s paintings today share a graphic and theatrical quality with his references, citing obscure movies and novels, such as Suspiria and Blood and Guts in High School, among his inspirations.

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Beginning as multiple variations of digital compositions, the paintings in this series are transferred to canvas via stencils prepared with masking tape, allowing a crisp definition of color and lines in the tradition of Michael English and other airbrushing artists of the 1970s and 80s.

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COLOR INTERACTION BY KEN RESEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Ken Resen is principally a designer who has spent many years creating environmental graphics and interiors for large architectural firms. However, in the past few years he has returned to art and is now painting and drawing full time.

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Like all artists Resen’s background and technical experience form the building blocks of his work, his passion lying in the color interaction as it defines space, form and motion to evoke emotional response. The environment, landscape, at the core of everything he expresses. Natural forms are a common feature in Resen’s paintings and drawings and he frequently abstracts organic forms to create a visual language that is both symbolic and decorative.

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