CONCEPTUAL ILLUSTRATION BY ERIK CARTER

by Ariadna Zierold

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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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HYPNOTIC GRAPHICS BY WANG AND SODERSTROM

by Ariadna Zierold

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Copenhagen based Swedish artist and designer Anny Wang and Tim Söderström create a series of hypnotic graphic animations. Their animations explore the application of color to animated forms. Having worked as architects, as well as 3D artists, Anny and Tim have taken their exploration of 3D software from working on real architectural projects to building hyper-real environments based on illustration and animation. The studio strive to create mind tickling and unexpected experiences through materiality and technology.

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PHOTOGRAPH EMBROIDERY BY MANA MORIMOTO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Mana Morimoto creates out-of-this-world works of fiber art by embroidering colorful thread onto black and white photographs. Morimoto’s photograph embroidery exists in the “in between,” as her use of colorful fibers transforms vintage and often serious images into vibrant works of art.

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According to the artist, she chose embroidery because she always found stitching and weaving therapeutic. She coupled this love for embroidery with a fondness for geometric shapes, resulting in an ever-growing collection of photographs hand-stitched with laser-like elements shooting out of people’s eyes and unnatural geometric objects integrated into various scenes.

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GEOMETRIC FRAGMENTS BY LUI FERREYRA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Lui Ferreyra has been working with a signature fragmented style. The first move is substantiated by a geometric matrix which functions as surface: it embraces and emphasizes the aspect of flatness within a complex network of geometric shapes, each unique unto itself. The second move is fulfilled by the cumulative effect of all the shapes functioning together as a color-field in which each shape contextualizes every other shape, thereby providing all the necessary visual cueing to manifest a kind of window one can look through. These geometric fragments are blended by the viewer’s eye rather than the artist’s hand, producing color fields that Ferreyra intends to call attention to the connection between seeing and language.

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STRANGE VISIONS OF NATURE BY CLAIRE SHERMAN

by Ariadna Zierold

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New York City based artist Claire Sherman produces large-scale paintings and jewel-like drawings of natural landscapes and their details that appear both representative and off-kilter. Though she has recently started visiting the places she paints, most of her work is based on images she finds in kitschy nature books. Sherman convincingly captures the saturated colors and fine textures of nature. Her works are anything but straightforward. She paints loosely and frames her views awkwardly, building ambivalence and abstraction into her alluringly strange visions of nature.

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THE MODERN HUMAN CONDITION BY ROBERT PROCH

by Ariadna Zierold

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Poznan, Poland based Robert Proch is a painter, muralist and animator. He was educated at the Akademy of Fine Arts in Poznan, Poland. Proch’s style is inspired by state-of-the-art animation as much as classic caricature, and impressionism as much as modernist graffiti. The mini-narratives he paints examine the modern human condition using vivid colors and tangible emotions. Sentimentality, ambition, fear, loss, hubris, greed and friendship play their roles in snapshot dramas set in coffee shops and shopping malls; or during pregnancies and suicides.

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DYNAMIC WORKS BY AIDEE DE LEON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Mexico City based Aideé De León‘s paintings are within the symbolic boundary of the canvas, they emphasize their absolute abstraction, there is no reference window there is a presence that arises from the dynamic of the color, from the intensity of the stroke. The provocative use of color is the protagonist in pictures of indeterminate and vigorous forms. The technique is directly linked to the release of its temperament: although the use of color is sometimes contained and other times totally gestural as seen in the long strokes achieved with the whole body and in the free drippings from matter.

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PSYCHEDELIC LANDSCAPES BY HIDEYUKI KATSUMATA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Hideyuki Katsumata‘s meticulous and colored works are tinged with a psychedelic aesthetic and invite us into an exuberant universe inhabited by mutant characters and monsters with multiple limbs and eyes, robots, UFOs and dragons. The scenery he has created is influenced by both Asian mythology and manga culture.

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Demons, spirits, and creatures of strange possessions all engaging in odd scenes, erotic activities, and vulgar moments – all abound in Katsumata’s expressive compositions. He fills each piece of work with whimsical colors, brisk line work reminiscent of old comics, and scale that leaves you flipping through for more.

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