‘ROMCOM’ BY ALEX GARDNER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles based artist (previously featured here) Alex Gardner’s faceless, matte black bodies are draped with cotton and positioned in scenes of wordless action displaying every day – if slightly surreal – occurrences, allowing us to place ourselves into the work.  With this in mind Gardner’s paintings take on our very own storylines, reflecting our innermost issues and creating a mental connection rarely experienced in painting.

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Opening this Thursday, September 7th, 2017 at The Hole Gallery in New York City, New York is Gardner’s solo exhibition of new paintings entitled “RomCom.” It will be on display until October 15th, 2017.

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BIOMORPHIC SCULPTURES BY NIKOLAI AND SIMON HAAS

by Ariadna Zierold

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LA-based twins Nikolai and Simon Haas have taken the design world by storm. They have become well-known for their provocative, biomorphic, colorful, and insanely imaginative furniture, ornaments, and commissioned artistry. Nikolai apprenticed as a master carver and Simon studied blacksmithing at the Rhode Island School of Design—and together their pieces, while sleek, still retain some traces of artisanal handiwork.

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AURAL DREAM APPRECIATION BY DANG OLSEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles based artist Dang Olsen makes bizarre, vibrant paintings from childlike cartoon drawings and gives them a psychedelic treatment. Olsen doesn’t just tinker with your existing paradigm; he provides an aural portal for you to join him in his crusade for deeper dream appreciation. The paintings take on innocent themes as well as more mature ones, standing somewhere in between the traditionally playful LSD-inspired smiley faces and something more substantial, always hinting at an exploration of a larger concept.

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LINE NARRATIVES BY ERIC NYQUIST

by Ariadna Zierold

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Eric Nyquist is an American artist working in Los Angeles. After graduating from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, he began a career as a working artist and illustrator. His body of work includes meticulous drawings, paintings, and collages that merge the organic and the industrial.

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Nyquist chooses the line as his tool in creating dense narratives so detailed they straddle the representative and the abstract. His work disrupts stereotypes and forces the viewer to go beyond simply “looking” at things. Each drawing asks us to see analytically and not just physically.

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In a technological age of rapid image making, Nyquist uses classical methods to create contemporary results. From etching to lithography, he upholds the craft of print-making while expanding the possibilities of the medium. The printing process informs his drawings—as he arranges layers and screens of color and texture into each piece.

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‘NEON FAUVES’ BY MEAGAN BOYD

by Ariadna Zierold

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Meagan Boyd aka Yin Shadowz lives and works in Los Angeles. Through her art, she explores the transcendental realm between dreams and waking life in the context of myth and magic. The work often depicts Utopian environments filled with modern day nymphs, spiritual deities, holy beings, and party monsters, relishing the interconnectivity between all animals, humans, and nature. Incorporating an explosive color palate and intricate line-work, her “freakishly folkish” aesthetic fuses nostalgia with an enigmatic urban glow. In addition to her artistic pursuits, Boyd is the art director and co-founder of the Applied Mythology Project, an organization that seeks to understand the relationship between creativity and esoteric practices in modern society.

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She is launching her ‘Neon Fauves’ solo exhibition at LA’s burgeoning Chinatown-based gallery Leiminspace on Saturday, August 12th. Comprised of acrylic and watercolor paintings on canvas and paper, the exhibition serves as the latest iteration of the artist’s bold investigations into spirituality, religious symbolism, and the Occult. Boyd’s floating deities, known as “fauves” serve as mystical centerpieces within each work, elegantly draped in flora and fauna against a flat vacuous backdrop. While grounded in present day, she re-imagines our universe as a vivid supernatural playground, seamlessly incorporating primitive art traditions with postmodern sensibilities.

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A WORLD OF ALIENATION BY ALEX GROSS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Alex Gross (previously featured here) is a visual artist currently working in Los Angeles, California. He specializes in oil paintings on canvas whose themes include globalization, commerce, great beauty, dark mayhem, and the remorseless passage of time.

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Gross is a master at cutting straight through the lines of code and the technology they’ve created, to reveal the concerning repercussions of our immersion in a world which fosters alienation, dislocation and distance. The apparent pessimism emanating from Gross’ paintbrush is undoubtedly justified and through his art he provides a meeting point where we can all unplug, reconnect with one another and greet tomorrow with fresh perspectives.

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DYNAMIC COLORS BY REVOK

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles-based artist Revok (previously featured here) first became interested in art through his father’s collection of 60s and 70s album covers and comic books, as well as the skateboarding and graffiti scenes. For over two decades, Revok has continually pushed the boundaries—both creative and legislative—of street art, producing vibrant works that meld structured with dynamic colors and forms. After years of a decidedly anti-institutional practice, Revok began making studio work, finding inspiration in his ability to refine the techniques he mastered as a street artist. His ultimate goal is to be constantly maturing and evolving as an artist, never confined by any one way of making work.

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VIVID PORTRAITS BY DELFIN FINLEY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles based artist Delfin Finley has always been immersed in a creative environment. His mom and dad were both fashion designers and ran their business in their home. Delfin grew up watching his parents designing clothing, catering to their custom clients and attending Fashion Shows where they presented their lines.

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His favorite genre is portraiture. In his works, constructed with precise brushstrokes of vivid colors, he manages to represent the essence of the person in his most honest and vulnerable state. Accuracy and care in forms are broken in the limits of the figures where the contours are blurred and merge with the background, in a metaphor of the fragility of the human being and its contingency.

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2D DRAWINGS BY KATY ANN GILMORE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Katy Ann Gilmore is a visual artist living and working in Los Angeles. She received a BA in Mathematics, Art, and Spanish from Greenville College in Greenville, IL and an MFA in Visual Art from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA. Working in sculpture, installation, and drawing/painting, she is currently influenced heavily by topography and the relationship between 2D, perpendicular planes and their distortions into 3D space.

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THE COMPLEXITIES OF DISPLACEMENT BY MARK WHALEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles based Mark Whalen (previously featured here) has been showing some new work. Using a tightly controlled painting technique, Whalen expresses satirical social narratives in seemingly universal situations. The most recent series of sculptural works continues his study into the complexities of displacement and positioning that we, as both individuals and a species, experience through our evolutionary trajectory. Construction netting captures, cordons and compartmentalizes our distinctive characteristics as they shift under the weight of societal pressure through this ever-changing global economy.

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