HUMAN STATES OF EMOTION BY LISA JONASSON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Lisa Jonasson’s graphics, posters, comics, and drawings could, at first glance, be taken for the products of a naïve approach to art, because, in great detail and opulently, they mirror the variety of the world in vast ink panoramas. But at second glance, they are not archaic, but artistic research projects treating human states of emotion and their external manifestation, perception of oneself and others, and the collective’s effects on the individual.

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TRIPPY DIGITAL VISUALS BY SLIME SUNDAY

by Ariadna Zierold

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The online identity of Boston-based artist Mike Parisella, Slime Sunday’s motion graphics and collages are a view into an alternate reality – where disembodied heads and digital babies play in a sea of saturated color, and endless shapes find joy in repetition.

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If trippy, outlandish digital visuals are your thing, then Slime Sunday is a name you need to know.

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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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DYSTOPIC FUTURE BY MARY IVERSON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Mary Iverson is an exquisite landscape painter with a razor-sharp contemporary edge. On the surface, we see activism, her collages and paintings warning us of a dystopic future existence. Mary’s prints and paintings resonate with data visualizations and information graphics, Modernist painting, and resurgences of photo-realistic and illustrative painting as well.

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Iverson’s shipping containers can be seen as metonymic stand-ins for a whole system of distribution for objects that we deal with every day. They are like scientific conceptual “black-boxes” which are put into place to sidestep our actual material understanding. We might see these containers on a dock or train and have only a vague sense of what they may contain or how those materials might be used. This parallels directly with the distribution of data on the net. The analog and digital worlds of things echo each other.

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JIGGLY CHARACTERS BY JULIAN GLANDER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Pittsburg based animator and illustrator Julian Glander‘s vibrantly colored world doesn’t take you back to a specific time necessarily, but to a mind set, when the world seemed bigger and brighter and more mystifying.

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Gloriously cheerful and full of pastel hues, Glander’s work is funny, surreal and creative. He builds gifs of funny jiggly people jumping into cereal bowls, dachshunds flying down flights of stairs, skating hot dog sausages and drum-playing apples.

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PAPER PATTERNS BY MAUD VANTOURS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Maud Vantours was born in 1985 in France. Designer and artist, she lives and works in Paris. A graduate from the parisian school Duperré, Maud follows a Design training with a specialization in textiles and materials research.

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Color, material and patterns have an important place in her work, like paper, which became her favorite material. She sculpts it in 3D, layer after layer, by superimposing paper and colors to create patterns with volume. Maud’s work transcends a simple material and transforms it into a work of art. Her design creations are original graphics of multicolored and dreamlike landscapes.

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VOYEURISTIC ILLUSTRATIONS BY ERIC PETERSEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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California-based artist Eric Petersen‘s style is influenced by instructional graphics, video games and the look of vintage comics of the 1940s. He draws uniform lines on a computer to strip away some of the human element and expressive quality seen in non-digital work. He uses perspective and unnatural colors to set up a voyeuristic feeling and create an unsettling mood. Petersen is interested in the combination of a purely functional illustration style with an emotional scene.

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Eric’s subject matter typically consists of people and simple environments. He aims to create a sense of ambiguity and allow the viewer to imagine their own narrative.

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COLOR INTERACTION BY KEN RESEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Ken Resen is principally a designer who has spent many years creating environmental graphics and interiors for large architectural firms. However, in the past few years he has returned to art and is now painting and drawing full time.

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Like all artists Resen’s background and technical experience form the building blocks of his work, his passion lying in the color interaction as it defines space, form and motion to evoke emotional response. The environment, landscape, at the core of everything he expresses. Natural forms are a common feature in Resen’s paintings and drawings and he frequently abstracts organic forms to create a visual language that is both symbolic and decorative.

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