Brooklyn based Jules de Balincourt (previously featured here) is a French-American contemporary artist. He is best known for his abstract, atmospheric paintings with saturated colors, blurring the line between fantasy and reality. Force-fed on TV and an all-American mind-junk diet, his paintings are crafted with democratic gusto. Evoking notions of utopia and dystopia, de Balincourt’s paintings investigate public and private spaces and suggest an ever-changing landscape – both physical and psychological.
Santa Rosa, CA based Justin Margitich works with watercolor, colored pencil, and acrylic on paper. Margitich draws from anthropology, taxonomy, geology, and alchemy creating abstract paintings that offer special depth and opposing textures that force the viewer to be engaged.
In each work, brightly hued, organically flowing gradients are arranged in seemingly impossible configurations. Upon close observation, the inorganic plastic qualities of the artists’ materials become apparent to the viewer. Throughout the exhibition, these fluctuations between organic and inorganic are subtle reminders of where we find meaning in the order of our contemporary culture.
Jan Kaláb was born 1978 in Czechoslovakia, at a time when the Iron Curtain still existed and graffiti was a rare sight in the Eastern World. Luckily for us, with the fall of the Iron Curtain, Jan Kaláb was able to fall into the world of graffiti and street art, developing his unique style within the iconic street art crew DSK.
Starting off as a founder of the DSK crew he made a name for himself throughout Europe as “Cakes”. Later on, he decided to broaden his horizon and move to New York where he changed his name to “Point” and started creating huge sculpted abstract letters which he chose to put up in the streets and on walls. He thereby created another form of graffiti without a spray can, but truthful to the spirit of competition and innovation of the urban scene. He uses colorful squares and circles as his vocabulary for infinite variations around depth, time, and motion.
Aïda Muluneh is an Ethiopian artist based in Addis Ababa. In 2000 she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in film, radio and television from Howard University in Washington, D.C. Muluneh is the 2007 recipient of the European Union Prize in the Rencontres Africanines de la Photographie in Bamako, Mali, as well as the 2010 winner of the CRAF International Award of Photography in Spilimbergo, Italy.
Muluneh’s work on body painting is inspired by traditional body art from across the African continent. “Each work is a reflection of conscious and sub-conscious manifestations of time and space,” she writes.
Nikki Maloof lives and works in Brooklyn. Jungle animals and exotic vegetation appear frequently in Maloof’s drawings, paintings and collages. Often surrounded by luminous tropical hues, tigers, monkeys and bats can seem either benign or sinister, reticent or theatrical, and adopt an anthropomorphic quality that discloses a sense of the artist’s compassion for her subject matter.
The same lightness of hand with paint, color and line, hints at the somber and dejected aspects of the domestic and quotidian – drooping flowers, in a vase or overcome by rain, and the view, from a distance, of the warmly lit interiors of people’s homes through window panes. Maloof’s works tend toward the familiar yet maintain a level of un-specifiable strangeness that produces their emotive quality.
San Francisco based Michael Page’s work (previously featured here) offers the viewer an optic alternative to the visual reality of life, as we know it. Page introduces narratives of strange, phantasmagoric and frenzy nature. Intense and rich color pallet additionally provides a sense of vivid hallucination or hazy sensation from the depth of unconsciousness.
Regardless of the technique or the approach, it is the narrative which pops up and offers a full insight into his work. The different reality of his is inhibited with unusual creatures or entities. It seems as if these are manifestations, perhaps, of human delusions or just a specter of dreamscapes and alterations fulfilled with dynamic movement.
Mexico City based artist Francisco Esnayra is concerned with the emotional and revealing character of the face. He selects the features that most strongly depict the protagonist, thus carving a philosophical psychology and sculptural anthropology.
The sculptor penetrates deep within what’s human in the face and the mind. Through the creative process, Esnayra delves into himself- a self portrait in the mind and the face of each sculpture he molds. He incorporated in his figures the intellect and soul in histrionic fashion, hence the variety of facial gestures in his work.
Andrew Archer is an illustrator and art director who was born in Auckland, New Zealand and currently resides in Melbourne, Australia. Inspired by pop culture, fashion, surrealism, wood block prints and his time spent in Asia his work is a self asserting mix of hallucinogenic color and rhythmic line.
Dax Norman is a contemporary artist who primarily works in painting and animation. Norman creates slippery, tripped-out characters and the psychedelic landscapes in which they reside, thrive and lose their minds. Rarely does he create a totally new piece from scratch; he prefers a symbiotic cycle, reappropriating his own work in a neverending pursuit of perfection. His paintings, GIFs and animations evoke heady hallucinogenic trips.
Eric Joyner (previously featured here) is a San Francisco Bay Area painter known for his Robots & Donuts artist series. His love for comics, drawing and painting shows in his artwork.
Eric has filled his imagery with epic tales featuring an ongoing synergy between robots and donuts. Utilizing his natural painterly technique, Joyner injects a lively dynamism into the inanimate toys and confectionery that serve as his muses. Through astute observation of the human species and our whole gamut of emotions and behaviors, Eric captures the essence of what it means to be human and reflects it back at us through his engaging menagerie of colorful characters.