SPONTANEOUS PIECES BY ANTWAN HORFEE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Paris based Antwan Horfee explores various creative methods of spontaneity and experimentation that have made him internationally recognized for his eccentric and playful graffiti work in the streets of Europe and abroad through drawings, murals, paintings, and object making.

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Drawing influence from historical Avant-Garde art movements including the Cobra movement, the Gutai group, and Tachisme, Horfee’s paintings evoke a sense of physicality and action that compliment and relate to his work. His semi-abstract paintings are imbued with vibrant color, improvisational brush/spray techniques, and often depict distorted representational references inspired by his fascination with underground comics and zine cultures.

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EXPERIMENTAL ILLUSTRATION BY ORI TOOR

by Ariadna Zierold

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Tel-Aviv based illustrator, animator and avid doodler Ori Toor (previously featured here) deals mostly with experimental 2d animation and obsessively drawing heaps of noodly landscapes and shapes. He never sketches or plans ahead, instead he improvises. The slightly darker undertones to Ori’s work are emulated by the shadowy color palette of changeable purples and blues.

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THE WORK OF BRIAN DEGRAW

by Ariadna Zierold

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New York based artist and musician Brian DeGraw intersects art and music in his drawings, installations, videos, and sculptures. He draws subject matter for his work from his encounters in New York’s experimental music scene such as in Untitled (DJ Requests)(2007), a framed collection of paper scraps with scrawled late-night song requests. DeGraw’s experiences in one discipline inform his production in the other.

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CHANCE CERAMICS BY TAKURO KUWATA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Takuro Kuwata is a young artist who works in ceramics. He has developed his own style originally starting from traditional techniques. His focus is to push the potential of his materials, while referencing traditional forms and making functional objects.

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He is known for a number of experimental procedures, including adding stones to his clay mix so that when fired, they burst or puncture the clay structure, or using needles to catch the glaze of a vessel so that it creates a bumpy texture when fired. He thus leaves the final form of the work to chance, but is careful to ensure that each piece is still functional.

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AVANTGARDE ABSTRACTION BY BIRGIT PALMA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Barcelona-based multi talented creative Birgit Palma in an Austrian illustrator, designer, typographer and art director. Crafting at the sweet spot between modern avantgarde and abstraction is her strength. Palma’s time is split between working for commercial clients such as Nike, Adobe, Diesel and Moet, to creating her own projects and exhibitions. Her style has a bold graphic influence and hints towards adventurous tendencies, exploring unusual combinations and experimental type.

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MODERN LIFE BY JOHN HOLCROFT

by Ariadna Zierold

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John Holcroft has been illustrating since the mid 90s. He lives outside of Sheffield UK and most of his clients are based in London. He covers a fairly wide spectrum of clients and material. His self promotional work gives him a chance to experiment with his style and poke fun at various aspects of modern life and politics. Keeping his style original and fresh is never ending as he is constantly looking for new ways to show his style off to it’s full potential.

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EXPERIMENTAL ABSTRACTION BY SIGMAR POLKE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Sigmar Polke was a German painter and photographer who experimented with a wide range of styles, subject matters and materials. In the 1970s, he concentrated on photography, returning to paint in the 1980s, when he produced abstract works created by chance through chemical reactions between paint and other products.

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Polke launched Capitalist Realism in response to Pop art, exhibiting the first works in this genre in Düsseldorf. Polke took as his motifs such ordinary food items as chocolate, sausages or biscuits, isolating them and apparently depriving them of their tactility in order to elevate them to the status of aesthetic signs.

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AMORPHOUS AND EXPERIMENTAL WORK BY OSCAR BOLTON GREEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Prolific illustrator Oscar Bolton Green was born in London. His figurative work and character pieces are a delight. His portfolio is sort of a wonderland of strange and dreamy imagery. It’s amazing how he works with simple forms and how he manages to create complex scenes and stories out of beautiful bright shapes. He also experiments with lettering, that fits his style of illustration perfectly—slightly amorphous and experimental.

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EXPERIMENTAL ANIMATION BY KYTTEN JANAE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Kyttenjanae is a media artist living and working in Los Angeles. Her work is influenced by all the sadness in her heart and the internet’s small cultures and communities. Interested in the intersection of experimental animation, technology, and interactivity, kyttenjanae creates digital and physical experiences.

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She works with many programs including Cinema4D, Blender, Unity3D, and Processing. She also creates and performs live interactive visuals for shows and concerts. Her work has been shown in museums, galleries, festivals, and shows.

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THE SURFACES AND COLORS OF STEEL

by Ariadna Zierold

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Kneip is a craft, design and art studio founded by Jørgen Platou Willumsen and Stian Korntved Ruud that creates its inspiration from nature and objects with artisanal processes.

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All sets are handmade. For years, the designers have worked on metals to note the formal qualities of steel, brass or copper and the way they behave over time with certain chemicals or colors.

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Kneip aims to do unique projects along with the web shop. Jørgen and Stian work in a wide range of expressions and techniques, and wants Kneip to be moving towards a meeting point between art, design and craftsmanship.

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The collection Pat.vol 1 shows the results of these experiments inspired by nature, climate and geometry. Kneip offers an experimental design with a number of ornamental objects that show the effects on metal.

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