UNSEEN ASPECTS OF LIFE BY JOHN FELIX ARNOLD III

by Ariadna Zierold

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John Felix Arnold III is an artist hailing from Durham, North Carolina. A graduate of Pratt Institute class of 2002, he has lived in New York City and the SF Bay Area for the last 18 years. He works in a range of media but most commonly in painting, drawing, sculpture, wood assemblage, installation, and sound elements.

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His work deals with ontology, the human experience, social and environmental issues, explorations of the emotional and the unseen aspects of life, struggle, and serenity.  He utilizes a range of media to deconstruct the idea of the traditional visual narrative and presents it in immersive new experiences that create a language both shared and singular.

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‘REASSEMBLE’ BY BRIAN DONNELLY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Toronto based Brian Donnelly (previously featured here) is a pop artist and designer. His work includes repeated use of a cast of figurative characters and motifs. Donnelly expands upon previous work to explore portraiture as a record of loss as opposed to eternal likeness. Accordingly, each piece sees Donnelly painting figures with exquisite technique before taking a figurative hammer, blow torch, rope or rake to the canvas.

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Currently on view at Stephanie Chefas Projects in Portland, Oregon is Donnelly’s fantastic new solo exhibition, “Reassemble.”

TIME BASED GLITCHES BY MARC HOROWITZ

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles, California based Marc Horowitz works in painting, performance, video, photography, and social practice. In a practice that combines traditional drawing, commercial photography, and new media, Horowitz turns American culture on its head to explore the idiosyncrasies of entertainment, class, commerce, failure, success, and personal meaning.

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Horowitz is presenting a new series of paintings and sculptures that explore the idea of time-based glitches and how a glitch can occur in lived experience. A glitch can be mundane—like the malfunction of a screen or speaker—but the time-based glitches Horowitz refers to are disorienting, creating rifts in time, space, and perspective. The works are designed to demonstrate the way in which a glitch—typically considered a mistake—might produce new spaces and new feelings with unexpected value.

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The paintings begin with underpaintings replicating prints by New York-based mass printmakers Currier & Ives, active in the 19th and early 20th centuries. These underpaintings—which reference the very early conception of the American dream, the idea of manifest destiny, and the beginnings of American exceptionalism—are then overlaid with disparate forms and areas of color. The sculptures exhibit a similar approach, with the artist taking the traditional sculptural portrait format of the bust as a point of departure and creating an unexpected composite through the addition of new forms and materials.

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Marc Horowitz / ‘You can’t do that to them,’ the wiser, older Architect said. / Nov 5 – Dec 16 @ Ever Gold Projects in San Francisco.

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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INTERNET THEMES BY ALEXIS PRICE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Alexis Price is a self-taught painter from Raleigh, North Carolina currently residing and working in Brooklyn New York.  In her most recent work, she has been playing with themes that mimic internet culture such as bright colors, memes, emoji’s, etc and partners them with darker imagery.  This darkness speaks to parts of the human reality that our internet culture is masking.  Alexis has also been exploring the idea of perspective and reality and how each person’s reality is so vastly different from the next- and has been experimenting with the idea of what’s “real” and what is not.  She works primarily with oil, is inspired by animals, and has a strange fascination with the color pink.

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CHROMATIC PORTRAITURE BY CHRISTIAN ORRILLO

by Ariadna Zierold

christian orrillo, painting, technicolor, chromatic, portraiture, poryrait, surreal, colorful, neon, chile, peru, upper playground

Christian Orrillo is a self-taught, visual artist from Peru, currently living in Chile. Most of the art pieces Christian showcases online have a glowy and fantastic feel and can be categorized as a contemporary art. Just imagine all of his fantasy characters living in the color space setting with all the imaginary details he puts into his creations.

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‘SPACE ANGELS’ BY BUNNIE REISS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Bunnie ‘Bonnie’ Reiss was born in Maryland, but raised mostly with the wide-blue sky’s of Colorado. Having come from a large Polish/Russian family, eating, loud talking and community shaped her life. She was a tiny rebel with a large imagination, knowing at a young age that she quite didn’t fit in and the world was a much bigger place than quiet suburban landscape that seemed to endlessly surround her.

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Her work is heavily influenced by her Eastern European background, with its tradition of folk art, bright colors and community engagement. Her extensive travels have also added an extra layer of conversation, which make her creations unique. She has shown extensively in both the United States and around the world, in galleries, alternative spaces, bookstores, abandoned buildings, fields and forests, or any place that seems to need a little extra magic. Her brightly colored folk murals decorate many countries and can be found all over the world.

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“ARCO IRIS” BY ROB SATO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles based Rob Sato is a painter, illustrator, and comic book artist. Sato was born and raised in Sacramento and received his BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts. He produces rich and detailed imagery, which mixes stark horror with quiet beauty and humor. Sato intends for his paintings inhabit a place between observed and imagined worlds.

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GEOMETRIC STRUGGLES BY JON FOX

by Ariadna Zierold

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Born in Hereford, UK, Jon Fox graduated in Fine Art Painting from the University of Brighton in 2004. A child of the 80s, he was initially attracted to Japanese and American cartoons, comics and computer games, along with hip hop and the graffiti styles that came with it.

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Dynamic geometric structures, angular shapes and striking color characterize Fox’s tightly packed scenes of mystical figures and their existential struggles. Drawing on personal introspection, Fox juggles narrative and pictorial composition to produce vivid mindscapes, layered journeys in search of an underlying energy and balance.

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THE HUMAN PSYCHE BY LUNA MONOGATARI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Visual artist Luna Monogatari‘s work explores many fields such as illustration, painting, sculpture and film making. Through her work, Luna defies reality and questions preconceived concepts made by humans before us, exploring the human psyche. We are living in a crucial era, where the climate change may affect life as we know it, so her passion for astronomy, science fiction and geometric shapes lead her to explore new reinterpretations of our world.

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