COLORFUL PIECES BY TYLER SPANGLER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Tyler Spangler is a designer, visual artist and punk enthusiast from Huntington Beach, California. Through his work, he plays with color and animation, often interposing bright color with aged black and white photos— merging different worlds together and bringing old-fashioned two-dimension photography into the age of color and gifs. He describes his way of working as “a bit obsessive”, at one point creating as many as 2,000 pieces in one year and sharing them.

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METAPHYSICAL LANDSCAPES BY JIM BUCKELS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Jim Buckels is a delightful anomaly: An artist more driven by his inner visions than by fashions and trends. Yet, his work possesses an innate sophistication that places it prominently within the post-modern mainstream. In fact, Buckels is a Neo-Surrealist of a peculiarly American Breed: a creator of dream-like images, rendered in a meticulous, modern airbrush technique with the crystalline clarity of a Colonial limner. In his lithographs and serigraphs, as well as in his acrylic paintings, Buckels limns a seamless realm of fantasy that has won him a major reputation in a remarkably short span of time.

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ART HISTORY IN CONTEMPORARY LIFE BY ALEXEY KONDAKOV

by Ariadna Zierold

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Ukranian artist and designer Alexey Kondakov merges figures from classical oil paintings with photographic scenes of modern Naples. The figures effortless merge with their present day surroundings, two women looking perfectly bored flipping through comic books in the back of a dusty book store, while a different woman takes a nap beside a latte and half-eaten sandwich. See more amusing juxtapositions from “Art History in Contemporary Life” here.

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MODERN PAINTINGS BY STEVE KIM

by Ariadna Zierold

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Oxford, Mississippi based artist and illustrator Steve Kim was born in Seoul, Korea, and he immigrated to the United States at the age of two. All of his artworks were painted in different sizes on canvas. With his art, Steve skillfully blends figurative with abstract styles.

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He received his undergraduate degree from Art Center College of Design in 2006 and his masters from Claremont Graduate University in 2010. He has shown in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Korea, Italy, London, Amsterdam, and Krakow and clients include The Outline, FRAMƎ, Matter/Medium, Adobe, Hohe Luft, The New Republic, Arc/New Scientist, and The Verge.

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TECHNICOLOR COLLAGES BY DANA FORTUNE

by Ariadna Zierold

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The technicolor work of Miami-based digital collage artist Dana Fortune combines futuristic environments with vintage models to suggest continuity between the past and future. Rainbows are featured prominently in each of her collages, bringing levity and optimism, or perhaps just a veneer of optimism, to each piece. Her backgrounds are scenic: galaxies, seascapes, and canyons provide the settings for suburban children, suited gentlemen, and beautiful women.

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PLAYFUL PORTRAITS BY MARIO SORIA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Mario Soria, a Barcelona based artist, creates portraits that tell a different story up close. From a distance, his paintings of icons like appeared realistic, but upon closer inspection, revealed characters interacting with them in bizarre scenes, tagging their clothing with graffiti or enjoying a musical jubilee on top of their heads.

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Adding to the surreal quality of his work was his incorporation of found objects like smashed soda cans and legos, which he describes as a combination of still life and traditional painting. Soria replaces the seriousness and formality of the original portrait with playfulness and fantasy.

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Ryan McGinness @ Pace Primitive, NYC

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Something to do on March 30, 2012. If you live in the NYC area, that is. If you don’t know what it means to have a show at Pace Primitive and have the name Ryan McGinness, this is what its about: “In constructive solid geometry, primitives are simple geometric shapes such as the cube, cylinder, sphere, cone, pyramid, and torus. The schematic reduction of the human figure historically found in African art profoundly influenced Modern art. Rather than a naturalistic approach to sculpture, African art has emphasized simplified volumetric form and line. “Geometric Primitives” is also a term used in computer graphics to refer to the smallest and irreducible geometric elements that the system can handle. In vector graphics, geometric primitives are lines, circles, curves, and polygons. In this exhibition, Ryan McGinness takes the geometric primitives of African art objects and creates two-dimensional geometric primitives which are then used to create this new body of work. The results are a series of paintings, works on paper, cyanotypes, and prints which take the modernist approach into the 21st Century.”

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Russell Crotty @ Left Coast Books

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From Left Coast Books in Goleta, California: Russell Crotty’s work is represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Pompidou (Paris), Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Fine Arts Museum, New York Public Library, and others.

Crotty’s “Fragments from the West Coast: A Peculiar Surf Vernacular” will be on display through December 24, 2011.

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Richard Serra @ San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

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We do feel it rare to be able to see a traveling exhibition at two consecutive venues. This past summer, we visited Richard Serra’s Drawing at the MET in NYC, but the buzz in the building had been for the Alexander McQueen exhibition, which was gaining momentum and a labyrinth of lines throughout the building. Our experience with Serra was quiet, but dramatic. The work, of course, was strong, and in its simple construction and arrangement, had a unique language all to its own. But we felt it wasn’t given the proper space to breath.

The move to the SFMoMA proves to be the right conditions for which to see Serra’s work. The natural light, the higher ceilings, and bigger rooms allow for Serra’s drawings and sculptures to exist as they should. We always imagined Serra’s sculptures existing in old industrial warehouses, in large, open spaces that put scale and materials in focus. His drawings, some sketches, some full thoughts, some just examinations of the human’s ability to connect with shapes, angles, and simple construction need their own rooms to thrive.

If you have a chance to stop by Serra’s retrospective, we recommend going in the afternoon during the week, with few people interrupting the experience. Its solitary, and its own universe. Just enjoy it. —Raymond Brown / The Citrus Report

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