THE SURREAL BEAUTY OF MASON LINDROTH’S WORLD

by Ariadna Zierold

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Mason Lindroth’s work exists somewhere between the realm of a hellish nightmare, surreal art, and collages. It’s all those things, and also none of them. Lindroth’s repeated animated aesthetic is wholly unique. The objects themselves are grotesque, ranging from eerie blank-staring faces to vintage stock-like footage of families. Nothing blends together, it becomes a distorted conglomerate of gif-able lo-fi clipart.

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You can recognize Lindroth work due to the sparing, dotty Apple II-like visuals and use of claymation. The aesthetic compliments Mason’s interest in warping the ordinary: black-and-white is the status quo, whereas color can punctuate a peculiar presence with immediacy.

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IMPERMANENCE AND DECAY BY JUAN TRAVIESO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Miami and New York based artist Juan Travieso‘s work explores notions of impermanence and decay through a combined language of pop, realism, and abstraction. Figures, be them humans or animals, are broken up into spaces and forms much like 3d models, speaking to both their temporality and transition into the digital age.

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His paintings involve images ranging from Soviet propaganda and cartoons, to the iconic figures of the Cuban revolution. Woven inside is the personal and how these personal and cultural icons are in constant conflict and transformation. Ambitious and daring are qualities in the very flesh of his work. Travieso is a dynamic maker he approaches painting with great appetite and produces a feast for the eyes and mind.

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BOLD AND CHEEKY ILLUSTRATIONS BY ANTTI KALEVI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Antti Kalevi is a graphic artist from Helsinki, Finland. With geometric shapes, unique hand-drawn textures and happy characters, his work is often seen as a playful combination of organic and digital media. Antti currently divides his time between commercial commissions and personal artistic pursuits. Interested in working with everyday objects, in the future Antti would like to create a pattern for an umbrella, illustrate a hotel lobby and design his own ceramic set.

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Kalevi’s drawings are all created digitally. Loose, expressive and chock-full of happy fruits, animals, humans and shapes with eyes, Antti’s work is sunshine by way of a graphic tablet.

“I like to use humor in my pictures every now and then, but I also try to make beautiful images.” Antti Kalevi

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SYSTEMATIZED NATURE BY CABLE GRIFFITH

by Ariadna Zierold

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Cable Griffith is an artist, curator, and educator living and working in Seattle. His work invites you into fantastical scenes with a bright sense of familiarity that permeates the patterned, pixel-like worlds and is almost instantly recognizable from one of recent generations’ favorite past times—video games.

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The digitally-inspired lands for which the artist has become known, but buried beneath the solid, white clouds and systematized, geometric trees, reveal a more serious pursuit. Griffith thrives on crossover moments—the strange pull that virtual environments can have on the mind; the way that even simple, abstracted representations of the world in Atari games.

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DIGITAL SCENERIES BY KEI IMAZU

by Ariadna Zierold

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Tokyo-based Kei Imazu’s paintings are heightened by the flurry of soft hues the artist has used. After making a collage, she transforms it from hew own point of view. Some sceneries are like melted while the others are like collapsed. But there’s a smoothness and elegance to her smears that take it beyond the glitchy.

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Kei draws on classical imagery by painting a scenery created after digitally reassembling images collected from the internet, magazines or her own living space. She enjoys the colors and shapes of the motifs. She shifts our view to see all objects’ aesthetics and the entire composition.

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MOTION ILLUSTRATIONS BY JAMES R. EADS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles based artist James R. Eads works with a background in traditional printmaking and painting. Like a map to a new world, his pieces act as illustrations for something unknown. Eads takes this feeling of discovery and scatters it throughout his work, offering a glimpse of the underlying magic of everything. He uses motion and color to create impressionistic dreamlike paintings that sway between reality and fiction.

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James works primarily with a digital drawing tablet to create his pieces. This allows for the seamless transition to high quality prints. He takes what he has learned from his experience in painting and printmaking and translates it to the tablet resulting in work that can disguise itself as something else.

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EDITORIAL ILLUSTRATIONS BY EIKO OJALA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Estonian illustrator Eiko Ojala brings a fantastic sense of depth and texture into his editorial illustrations by using carefully arranged layers of cut paper and shadows. His process involves a mix of digital illustration, paper textures, and a mix of both real and artificial shadows. The works are all assembled digitally, but the artist often incorporates his own photos to achieve the desired effect.

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Optical Illusions | FABIAN BÜRGY

Seeing is Believing, but really, Believing is Seeing. The work of Swiss sculptor and digital creative, Fabian Bürgy will have you seeing what you seem to believe. The line between reality and illusion is often undistinguishable as humans have a tendency to be drawn to the illusions and delusions in life. Bürgy’s installations play with the notion of human perception and the difference between real and false. He uses mixed media from sculptures to graphic design. The end result is often intriguing and beyond the realm of contemporary and conceptual art.

Seeing is Believing, but really, Believing is Seeing. The work of Swiss sculptor and digital creative, Fabian Bürgy will have you seeing what you seem to believe. The line between reality and illusion is often undistinguishable as humans have a tendency to be drawn to the illusions and delusions in life. Bürgy's installations play with the notion of human perception and the difference between real and false. He uses mixed media from sculptures to graphic design. The end result is often intriguing and beyond the realm of contemporary and conceptual art. Via news.upperplayground.com (3)

Seeing is Believing, but really, Believing is Seeing. The work of Swiss sculptor and digital creative, Fabian Bürgy will have you seeing what you seem to believe. The line between reality and illusion is often undistinguishable as humans have a tendency to be drawn to the illusions and delusions in life. Bürgy's installations play with the notion of human perception and the difference between real and false. He uses mixed media from sculptures to graphic design. The end result is often intriguing and beyond the realm of contemporary and conceptual art. Via news.upperplayground.com (4)

Seeing is Believing, but really, Believing is Seeing. The work of Swiss sculptor and digital creative, Fabian Bürgy will have you seeing what you seem to believe. The line between reality and illusion is often undistinguishable as humans have a tendency to be drawn to the illusions and delusions in life. Bürgy's installations play with the notion of human perception and the difference between real and false. He uses mixed media from sculptures to graphic design. The end result is often intriguing and beyond the realm of contemporary and conceptual art. Via news.upperplayground.com (5)

Seeing is Believing, but really, Believing is Seeing. The work of Swiss sculptor and digital creative, Fabian Bürgy will have you seeing what you seem to believe. The line between reality and illusion is often undistinguishable as humans have a tendency to be drawn to the illusions and delusions in life. Bürgy's installations play with the notion of human perception and the difference between real and false. He uses mixed media from sculptures to graphic design. The end result is often intriguing and beyond the realm of contemporary and conceptual art. Via news.upperplayground.com (6)

Seeing is Believing, but really, Believing is Seeing. The work of Swiss sculptor and digital creative, Fabian Bürgy will have you seeing what you seem to believe. The line between reality and illusion is often undistinguishable as humans have a tendency to be drawn to the illusions and delusions in life. Bürgy's installations play with the notion of human perception and the difference between real and false. He uses mixed media from sculptures to graphic design. The end result is often intriguing and beyond the realm of contemporary and conceptual art. Via news.upperplayground.com (7)

Seeing is Believing, but really, Believing is Seeing. The work of Swiss sculptor and digital creative, Fabian Bürgy will have you seeing what you seem to believe. The line between reality and illusion is often undistinguishable as humans have a tendency to be drawn to the illusions and delusions in life. Bürgy's installations play with the notion of human perception and the difference between real and false. He uses mixed media from sculptures to graphic design. The end result is often intriguing and beyond the realm of contemporary and conceptual art. Via news.upperplayground.com (8)

Seeing is Believing, but really, Believing is Seeing. The work of Swiss sculptor and digital creative, Fabian Bürgy will have you seeing what you seem to believe. The line between reality and illusion is often undistinguishable as humans have a tendency to be drawn to the illusions and delusions in life. Bürgy's installations play with the notion of human perception and the difference between real and false. He uses mixed media from sculptures to graphic design. The end result is often intriguing and beyond the realm of contemporary and conceptual art. Via news.upperplayground.com (9)

Seeing is Believing, but really, Believing is Seeing. The work of Swiss sculptor and digital creative, Fabian Bürgy will have you seeing what you seem to believe. The line between reality and illusion is often undistinguishable as humans have a tendency to be drawn to the illusions and delusions in life. Bürgy's installations play with the notion of human perception and the difference between real and false. He uses mixed media from sculptures to graphic design. The end result is often intriguing and beyond the realm of contemporary and conceptual art. Via news.upperplayground.com (1)

Seeing is Believing, but really, Believing is Seeing. The work of Swiss sculptor and digital creative, Fabian Bürgy will have you seeing what you seem to believe. The line between reality and illusion is often undistinguishable as humans have a tendency to be drawn to the illusions and delusions in life. Bürgy's installations play with the notion of human perception and the difference between real and false. He uses mixed media from sculptures to graphic design. The end result is often intriguing and beyond the realm of contemporary and conceptual art. Via news.upperplayground.com (2)