FUNKY PERSONAS BY KELLY BJORK

by Ariadna Zierold

kelly bjork, seattle, illustrator, illustration, friends, scenes, narratives, portraiture, intimacy, funky, upper playground

Seattle-based Kelly Bjork is an artist/freelance illustrator whose work focuses on portraiture and intimacy between friends and belongings. Bjork’s illustrations capture the funky and punky personas that thrive in her home city of Seattle. She grew up in Tacoma, Washington and graduated from Western Washington University in 2009 with a BFA in drawing and printmaking.

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SURROGATE FIGURES BY CALEB HAHNE

by Ariadna Zierold

caleb hahne, mixed media, illustration, drawing, painting, intimacy, portraiture, abstraction, blurred, denver, upper playground

Denver-based artist Caleb Hahne is a classic draftsman who’s not afraid to explore new digital media, while still embracing the same tools artists have been using for hundreds of years. Exploring the conversation between perceiver and perceived, Hahne’s work reflects on the fleeting moments of intimacy with oneself and others.

caleb hahne, mixed media, illustration, drawing, painting, intimacy, portraiture, abstraction, blurred, denver, upper playground

Hahne remixes convention by first appropriating images found on the internet. He then expands his technique by reducing information and creating a surrogate figure for the viewer to interact with. These ambiguous silhouettes function as empty vessels in which one can place himself or herself within to experience moments of intimacy or lack thereof. The absence of identity portrays an unfinished picture or blurred memory for the viewer to complete for themselves.

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EMOTIONAL INTIMACY BY THAYER NICHOLAS GRANSTROM BRAY

by Ariadna Zierold

Thayer Nicholas Granstrom Bray, illustration, drawing, emotional, intimacy, red, blue, anatomy, human, figures, figurative, bodies, kansas city, upper playground

Thayer Nicholas Granstrom Bray is a drawer, printmaker, bookbinder, and sculptor based in Kansas City. He earned a BFA in printmaking and minor in Art History from the University of Kansas in 2009. Thayer’s work is heavily influenced by, and takes freely and openly form, the history of art, prints, comics, movies, and cartoons.

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His 2-D and 3-D work, all figurative, and all ink on paper, investigates ideas of physical closeness, emotional intimacy, body dysmorphia, narcissism, frailty, snuggles, and the social and interpersonal negotiations which occur within heterosexual relationships. He is currently the shop assistant at the Lawrence Lithography Workshop, Kansas City, MO, and head binder at Red Shorts Bindery.

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