THE WORK OF MASAMI TERAOKA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles based Masami Teraoka‘s early work consisted primarily of watercolor paintings and prints that mimicked the flat, bold qualities of ukiyo-e woodblock prints. These paintings, done after his arrival in the United States, often featured the collision of the two cultures. Series such as McDonald’s Hamburgers Invading Japan and 31 Flavors Invading Japan characterize themes in the work in this time period. These pieces blended reality with fantasy, humor with commentary, history with the present.

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He has abandoned this style in favor of Western European religious iconography, in tune with his cultural and political critique of contemporary culture, particularly its confessional quality in America society. Teraoka’s work has been reviewed, collected and exhibited throughout the United States and abroad.

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SURREAL ANATOMICAL DRAWINGS BY TROELS CARLSEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Copenhagen, Denmark based Troels Carlsen warps classic anatomical illustrations of natural organisms to produce mixed media works on paper. On a purely visual level, the contrast between the illustrative anatomical drawings and Carlsen’s slightly humorous injections works really nicely holding conceptual tones as well. Carlsen gets his inspiration from the human condition, specifically how art has captured human life over the last few centuries.

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HUMANOID INSECTS BY MAD MEG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Mad Meg ‘s harmonious and nightmarish universe is a reflection of our time, our
society. Influenced by French and international news and politics, Mad Meg is engaged, relating it all to us with a ferocity of vision and considerable humor.
Far from fairy tales with their happy endings, the artist confronts her own childhood stories, yet adjusts their course. Here the relationship to the marvellous ceases to exist; Mad Meg breaths life into her characters, and she lets them die—just like in real life.

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GODS BY YUNMEE KYONG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Yunmee Kyong draws and makes human, birds, gods and many other things around her. she eats lot of things around her too. She was raised in Korea and ventured out to study art to London drinking many cups of tea and to New York eating lots of big hamburgers. Yunmee would love to live in igloo someday with a polar bear, a parrot, cows and sheeps. She does illustrations for magazines and children’s books and makes small books.

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WRITHING PATTERNS BY DOMINIC KESTERTON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Edinburgh-based illustrator Dominic Kesterton encompasses a vast range of  compositions made up of beautiful color shades and squiggles. Kesterton’s fantastical 2D universe of writhing patterns, psychedelic colors, digitally rendered forms, and abstract, geometric figures are both evocative and abstract in equal measure.

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PENCIL WORLDS BY JOSEPHIN RITSCHEL

by Ariadna Zierold

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Josephin Ritschel is an illustrator living and working in Berlin. In Josephin’s illustrations, fine lines, dark lines, little lines, lines on lines, and a few blocks shading all build up to make these incredible images full of life. Whether its spooky or sombre, funny or lonely, the scenes she creates have a real sense of energy and all tell their own, often bizarre, story. The illustrations are colored in with the kind of precision that children can only dream of when they try to stay within the lines of their coloring books.

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QUIRKY MOMENTS BY ALEJANDRINA HERRERA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Mexican artist Alejandrina Herrera’s illustrations capture quirky moments in the life of people and animals. The minimal approach to different life situations using a mix of watercolor, drawings, and mixed media, is quite fun. Also, the soft palette combined with the dark, intricate details of the drawings are spot on.

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IMAGE DECONTEXTUALIZATION BY MATT HANSEL

by Ariadna Zierold

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Matt Hansel brings the Renaissance into the 21st century through image manipulation and decontextualization. Hansel’s work wrestles with the concept of the self and the human desire to be seen and remembered. He combines the rigor of traditional European painting with the conceits of 20th century conceptual art.

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The artist painstakingly recreates self-portraits of historically significant artists. Thinking of his works as re-enactments, Hansel juxtaposes past and present. By recreating the image of the artist who once was, Hansel attaches his own intentions to that of the artist. He duplicates, doubles, mirrors and inserts himself into the works. Using a mix of humor and pathos, Hansel asks us to recognize the way we see ourselves through others.

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