CULTURAL BOUNDARIES BY LESLIE SARDINIAS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Cuban artist Leslie Sardinias works across a variety of mediums in his New York City studio, from drawing to performance. Of central concern to Sardinias is the relationship between the United States and Cuba–both in terms of the immigrant experience and the geopolitical chess game that has played out between the two for over a century.

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As a point of entry into these complex issues, he often employs the motif of the sea as a way to explore the ideas of boundaries, economic and cultural exchange, and transnational communication. Sardinias has been exhibited around the world at institutions like the Museum of Fine Arts of Havana and the Florence Biennale and can also be found in many prominent collections, including the Spanish Royal Collection and the Melia Cohiba Collection.

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MIXED MEDIA ILLUSTRATIONS BY ALEJANDRINA HERRERA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Alejandrina Herrera (previously featured here) is an artist from Mexico. In her drawings and mixed media pieces she tells stories about people and animals in an ironic and melancholic way and how they interact with their surroundings. Also, the soft palette combined with the dark, intricate details of the drawings are spot on.

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BITING HUMOR BY MATTHEW PALLADINO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Matthew Palladino has taken up multiple mediums, and considers each new shift as “another mutation of the thing that came before it.” Palladino first became known for his works in watercolor, ink on paper, and acrylic paint. He then moved on to three-dimensional reliefs, made in part from candy molds. Both his two- and three-dimensional works share a biting humor, variations on grid-based compositions, references to pop culture and art history, and optical illusions that distort spatial relationships. He cites his main influences as Margaret KilgallenChris Johanson, and Barry McGee.

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ALTERNATIVE NARRATIVES BY DEVIN TROY STROTHER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Devin Troy Strother is known for his intricate alternative narratives in a variety of mediums such as mixed-media, sculpture, neon, and installation. He finds inspiration in snippets of overheard conversations, movies, television, music, stand-up comedy podcasts, and the work of numerous canonic artists such as Joseph Cornell, Marcel Duchamp, and Henri Matisse. Strother likes to incorporate humor and language relevant to his peers and does not shy from the outrageous; his titles often serving as the punch line.

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REMIXED COLLAGES BY JESSE DRAXLER

by Ariadna Zierold

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The collage work of Jesse Draxler combines tendencies of immediacy, appropriation and a denial of visual ownership, though with hand-crafted technique. His mixed-media fusion of found images, typography and design sensibilities thrives in information-overload times, both in drawing inspiration as well as being viewed instantaneously. By finding source material from anything, Draxler is able to ‘remix’ fashion spreads as easily as referencing art movements, crafting a new 2-dimensional language that has an immediate accessibility.

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RECLAIMING IDENTITIES BY LUBAINA HIMID

by Ariadna Zierold

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Lubaina Himidborn 1954 in Zanzibar, Tanzania, is a contemporary African artist and Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Central Lancashire. Her art focuses on themes of cultural history and reclaiming identities. She was one of the first artists involved in the Black Art movement in the 1980s and continues to create activist art which is shown in galleries in Britain, as well as worldwide.

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FAIRYTALES BY ALEX KUNO

by Ariadna Zierold

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A selection of new fantastic work by artist Alex Kuno (previously featured here), using ink, watercolor, graphite and chalk. These new mixed-media pieces offer a decidedly frenzied, more toiled spin. These works take the familiar children and beasts and expose their innards, a blend of seemingly floral and unsettling organic matter. With Kuno’s playful vibrancy, each exposed being is more absorbing than repelling.

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SENSORY OVERLOAD BY PAUL YORE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Paul Yore’s work of tapestries and assemblages is full of excess, ejaculating penises and a riot of rainbow colors. It is a sensory overload of colors, images, words and sounds; a reflection of a consumer society that has achieved peak stuff.

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The commercial, sexual and national mix with the religious forms, the altar piece and the temple with tapestries and mixed media art. His art is a mix of the infantile and juvenile with the pornographically adult, full of juvenile humour and childish joy.

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