VISUAL CULTURE BY DAN LYDERSEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Dan Lydersen‘s recent paintings are a reconciliation between past and present, particularly in regard to Western culture’s notions of spirituality and the relationship between society and nature. Drawing from a variety of contemporary and historical sources, from the Renaissance to modern cinema, literature and popular culture, the paintings are an attempt to come to terms with the present through the immediate marriage of today’s visual culture with that of the past. In his work, the beautiful and the gory, the pop and the Neoclassical,  the fictional and the real all come to interplay – somewhat forming a utopia where all these elements live in harmony.

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Both theatrical and satirical, comical and somber, the paintings pose a view of humanity that is steeped in the existential turmoil that lies between materiality and spirituality, where society trudges persistently forward into the future while the human search for meaning and purpose as mortal animals remains unresolved.

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CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY BY SEAN LANDERS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Sean Landers is an American conceptual artist, best known for using his personal experience as public subject matter and for utilizing diverse styles and media in a performative manner. Through the use of painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, writing, video and audio, regardless of the medium, Landers reveals the process of artistic creation through humor and confession, gravity and pathos. He blurs the lines between fact and fiction, reality and fantasy, sincerity and insincerity, while presenting a portrait of the artist’s consciousness.

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OTHERWORLDLY SITUATIONS BY BENJAMIN MARRA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Benjamin Marra‘s detailed and vibrant illustrations often depicts a myriad of wild shit, from biker outlaws to giant snakes, the undead in leather swimsuits, monkey people, scantily-clad babes, aliens, other otherworldly beings and so much more. While it’s clear from the images you’ll see throughout that his artistic style is flexible, the cascade of chaos, mystery and intrigue is consistent in his work.

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CURVY CHARACTERS BY INJI SEO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Check out Seoul-based illustrator Inji Seo‘s cast of digital made curvy characters. Seo wants to express the softness and comfort of love in animation, and the shapes of the rounded, voluminous characters symbolize such feelings. Inji was attracted to these characters and developed them with illustration work. The characters in the pictures are some of her imaginary people.

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THE AMAZING BRANDON CELI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Toronto based Brandon Celi’s (previously featured here) illustrative weapon of choice ranges from acrylic paint, the sharpie, and the classic pencil. Whatever the medium, these themes are identifiable on first glance of Brandon’s work, whether it be a card machine being held by the hand of god, or miscellaneous toothpaste. Each of these works question how we react to these consumable goods but are also easily recognizable, visually digestible pieces of fine art.

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MONSTERS AND WILD CREATURES BY CHUCK CHAIR

by Ariadna Zierold

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Chuck Chair is a freelance illustrator, with a background in animation and video game art. He also writes and illustrates picture books. Chuck’s work largely focuses on characters and humor, and is happily influenced by nature, film, mid-century design, Americana, taxidermy, monsters and biscuits.

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TIME BASED GLITCHES BY MARC HOROWITZ

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles, California based Marc Horowitz works in painting, performance, video, photography, and social practice. In a practice that combines traditional drawing, commercial photography, and new media, Horowitz turns American culture on its head to explore the idiosyncrasies of entertainment, class, commerce, failure, success, and personal meaning.

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Horowitz is presenting a new series of paintings and sculptures that explore the idea of time-based glitches and how a glitch can occur in lived experience. A glitch can be mundane—like the malfunction of a screen or speaker—but the time-based glitches Horowitz refers to are disorienting, creating rifts in time, space, and perspective. The works are designed to demonstrate the way in which a glitch—typically considered a mistake—might produce new spaces and new feelings with unexpected value.

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The paintings begin with underpaintings replicating prints by New York-based mass printmakers Currier & Ives, active in the 19th and early 20th centuries. These underpaintings—which reference the very early conception of the American dream, the idea of manifest destiny, and the beginnings of American exceptionalism—are then overlaid with disparate forms and areas of color. The sculptures exhibit a similar approach, with the artist taking the traditional sculptural portrait format of the bust as a point of departure and creating an unexpected composite through the addition of new forms and materials.

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Marc Horowitz / ‘You can’t do that to them,’ the wiser, older Architect said. / Nov 5 – Dec 16 @ Ever Gold Projects in San Francisco.