STRANGE AND UNSETTLING PAINTINGS BY DUSTY RAY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Dusty Ray is a Colorado native who has wandered through life reading, writing, drawing, and playing music. He says he soaks up anything weird, strange, or unsettling that he comes across.

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A painting contractor by day and a self-proclaimed artist by night, Dusty’s life is paint. Having earned his degree in English Literature from Colorado State University, he says his days as a writer bleed into the small narrative he creates with paint. Dusty’s subject matter mainly consists of the animal wildlife found in his beautiful home of Fort Collins, Colorado.

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Dusty works mostly in gouache, watercolor, and Micron pen. He says, “The strange mutants I paint come from my perception of the animals around me and the way my mind interprets their sacred, extra-sensory position in the natural world”.

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INTUITIVE NARRATIVES BY TARA BOOTH

by Ariadna Zierold

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Portland-based Tara Booth is a comic book artist who mixes drawing and painting in detailed pieces. She gets most of her inspiration from her diary, displaying unique characters in bizarre situations.

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She begins her pieces with a pencil sketch, layering with textures and patterns, then fills it with color using gouache. Her entirely intuitive color choices are the key to the success of her work.

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“If you could do an X-ray of one of my paintings you would see layers and layers of failed color schemes and patterns. I try to work it out until it feels right.” Tara Booth

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GENDERED SOCIALIZATION BY ZOE HAWK

by Ariadna Zierold

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Zoe Hawk’s oil and gauche paintings reflect her interest in the relation of feminine identity to institutions. The uniforms and group activities presented here are a metaphor for the mechanisms of gendered socialization.

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Her paintings explore the simultaneous longing for and resistance of femininity of young girls. While dressed in matching uniform and apparently constrained by institutions, these girls flock and flee, exclude and embrace, quarrel and ally—mischief, communion leading ultimately to rebellion is present in each image.

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ADVENTUROUS PAINTINGS BY LAURA BERGER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Chicago based artist/illustrator Laura Berger works primarily in acrylic and gouache. She also likes making things out of clay and creating little animations. Her work is focused on exploring our connections to ourselves and each other, and the idea of finding novelty and adventure in everyday life. She is interested in and inspired by ritual, symbols, nature, dreams, travel, our quest for self-development, and how we piece it all together to create personal meaning and a sense of belonging to the greater whole.

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“FOR CHAOS AND WILD AGAIN” BY BRIAN WILLMONT

by Ariadna Zierold

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Brooklyn based painter Brian Willmont‘s paintings today share a graphic and theatrical quality with his references, citing obscure movies and novels, such as Suspiria and Blood and Guts in High School, among his inspirations.

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Beginning as multiple variations of digital compositions, the paintings in this series are transferred to canvas via stencils prepared with masking tape, allowing a crisp definition of color and lines in the tradition of Michael English and other airbrushing artists of the 1970s and 80s.

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GOUACHE PAINTINGS BY VELIA DE IULIIS

by Ariadna Zierold

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San Francisco based artist Velia De Iuliis draws her inspiration from an inherent curiosity for all living things, and her colorful gouache illustrations are a tribute to the animals that she admires. Her work interprets their energy into abstract compositions that juxtapose the organic flow of nature with naturally occurring geometric forms like diamonds, ellipses and diagonal lines.

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