DIGITAL IMAGE CONSTRUCTION BY FRANK SYNOWICZ

by Ariadna Zierold

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Frank Synowicz is a multidisciplinary new media/digital artist and designer working with computer graphics, visual effects, video, animation, digital audio, virtual reality, and traditional painting and drawing.

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Currently at Pixomondo, Los Angeles, Synowicz brings together his fascination with technology, art, science, and film to solve creative puzzles and develop new techniques in the art of digital image construction.

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DIGITAL SIMULATIONS BY EYAL GEVER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Eyal Gever is a cutting-edge contemporary artist whose work sits at the fusion of art and technology.  Using just a palette of code, he develops life-like digital simulations of moments in time — often dramatic or catastrophic in nature — from which he fabricates 3D-printed sculptures and installations.

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Gever, born in 1970 in Tel Aviv, Israel, attended Jerusalem’s prestigious Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, but was injured while performing his mandatory national service with the IDF, where he served for two-and-a-half years as a paratrooper (special operations unit). Volunteering for the IDF’s specialist computer R&D unit, Mamram, he began to master the computer simulation skills which would later shape and infuse his art.

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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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