‘EVERYTHING NOT SAVED WILL BE LOST’ BY JESS JOHNSON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Jess Johnson (previously featured here) was born in Tauranga, New Zealand in 1979. In 2016 she relocated permanently to New York after twelve years of living and working in Melbourne, Australia. Her drawing and installation practice is influenced by the speculative intersections between language, science fiction, culture and technology. In her drawings she depicts complex worlds that combine densely layered patterns, objects and figures within architectural settings.

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Johnson’s drawings are often displayed within constructed environments that act as physical portals into her speculative worlds. Her recent video collaborations with Simon Ward have involved translating her drawings into animated Virtual Reality, thus enabling her audience to have the simulated experience of entering the hypnotic realms depicted in her drawings.

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MODERN REALITIES BY ALEKSANDAR TODOROVIC

by Ariadna Zierold

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Aleksandar Todorovic is the child of the Serbian 90’s, meaning he has been exposed to a dramatic collapse of major moral and cultural values, along with the break-up of Yugoslav republic and the unfortunate war-colored years after. This period proves to be crucial in the formation of the artist’s visual language, as his learned impulse is that politicians equal evil. His style has been influenced by comics and pop culture, video games, and illustration, through which the artist endeavors in depicting the modern reality, such as it is – complex, crooked and festered with greed and ill will.

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COLOR DRIVEN ART BY MWANEL PIERRE LOUIS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Mwanel Pierre-Louis is an artist and illustrator based in Miami. His work is based from a graphic and color driven language of today’s pop culture and is mixed with realism and abstraction. The work is also derives from fashion, music, and people. He’s shown his works within Art Basel Miami in Dec 2014 to Tokyo, Japan in summer of 2013. Color is driven in most of his work and as well in his life.

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RITUALS AND MYTHS BY MARTIN FERREYRA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Mexico City based artist Martin Ferreyra was born in the city of Cordoba, Argentina. Regarding the arts, he is mainly self-taught, participating in workshops in painting and ceramics. In recent years his work has been divided between those two, developing a personal world within his visual imagery. He has been investigating and working with concepts around identity, ritual, and myth, latent in the collective unconscious of latin culture.

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URBAN CULTURE BY BORIS NZEBO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Cameroon based artist Boris Nzebo’s multilayered paintings and collages conjure the astounding visual complexity typical of the West African city. Entirely drawing his subject matter from urban culture in his hometown Douala, Nzebo invests his works with psycho geographical impulse: their primary subjects are the elaborate hairstyles of men and women, which he lays on city views as integral features of the architecture.

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Nzebo’s stylized execution owes a lot to painted haircut signs found outside Cameroon’s barber shops. Appropriating the language of advertising he creates portraits taken from detailed studies of traditional African hairstyles, often elaborate, and combines them with informal snapshots of local neighborhoods, urban architecture and scenes from daily life. This symbiotic connection allows for a multiplicity of readings of the image, rendering levels of information in a sort of visual polyphony that rhythmically integrates humans and the space they inhabit.

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SOCIAL JUSTICE BY MODUPEOLA FADUGBA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Abuja, Nigeria based Modupeola Fadugba is a multi-media artist working in painting, drawing, and socially-engaged installation. With a background in engineering, economics, and education, she works at the nexus of science, politics, and art. Fadugba works in series addressing cultural identity, social justice, game theory, and the art world within the socio-political landscape of Nigeria and our greater global economy.

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THE WORK OF MASAMI TERAOKA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles based Masami Teraoka‘s early work consisted primarily of watercolor paintings and prints that mimicked the flat, bold qualities of ukiyo-e woodblock prints. These paintings, done after his arrival in the United States, often featured the collision of the two cultures. Series such as McDonald’s Hamburgers Invading Japan and 31 Flavors Invading Japan characterize themes in the work in this time period. These pieces blended reality with fantasy, humor with commentary, history with the present.

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He has abandoned this style in favor of Western European religious iconography, in tune with his cultural and political critique of contemporary culture, particularly its confessional quality in America society. Teraoka’s work has been reviewed, collected and exhibited throughout the United States and abroad.

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UNEXPECTED JUXTAPOSITIONS BY SAM JEDIG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Sam Jedig‘s works raise an question about how we interpret ourselves and reality as it is presented to us through the steady flow of images of mass culture. The fragments of images in the works have been removed from their original context in what concerns both time and place. The safe and well-known world is turned upside-down by these new and unexpected juxtapositions. Sam Jedig’s point is that this “real world” only exists as long as we, together, maintain and confirm its existence.

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CULTURAL ENVIRONMENTS BY ANDRES GAMIOCHIPI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Andrés Gamiochipi is a Mexican-born artist that combines cultural and geographical elements within collages that at first glance generate visual impact. Gamiochipi’s work is often influenced by attributes and the cultural environment of his hometown. Through a smile he shows his unconcern to deliver messages with extreme nuances.

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With each carefully placed cut, Gamiochipi fills his work with rich textures, shades and patterns, and without fear ensures that his collages express his beliefs and convictions. Gamiochipi produces addictive pieces of art, which demonstrates his ability for reflection and fun in the day to day.

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CHARACTERS COME TO LIFE BY ROSSINA BOSSIO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Rossina Bossio is a multidisciplinary artist born in Bogotá, Colombia. She studied Visual Arts at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in her hometown and Fine Arts at L’École des Beaux-Arts in Rennes, France.

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Prioritizing both the conceptual and the aesthetical, Rossina Bossio brings together traditional and new media aiming to close the gap between the two through a representational approach. Searching for a connection between static and moving images, Bossio’s painted characters and spaces come to life through sound and movement on the screen. Her multidisciplinary practice is rooted in subversive ideas of femininity and in Latin-American culture. Her portraits are complex, ambiguous, and reflect an endless quest around the paradoxes of the human condition.

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