GRAPHITE DRAWINGS BY MIKE LEE

by Ariadna Zierold

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New York City based Mike Lee’s (previously featured here) graphite drawings contemplate the duality between artificiality and realism by taking everyday normalcies (figures, objects and settings) and working them into their most simplistic forms. Small subjects surrounded by vast white spaces, Lee’s drawings represent fleeting moments in a large world.

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MONOCHROMATIC PIECES BY PHILIPPE DECRAUZAT

by Ariadna Zierold

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Lausanne, Switzerland based Philippe Decrauzat professes an interest in the “direct relationship Op art provides to the viewers and the way it influences their minds.” Decrauzat’s monochromatic, geometric sculptures, wall paintings, and installations are rooted in the traditions of Op art and Minimalism established in the 1960s and ’70s. Yet in subtly manipulating the relationships between his artworks and the spaces in which they are situated—arranging his works as a sort of navigational tool in a gallery, or arraying stripe paintings to create effects of light and shadow—Decrauzat imbues his historically rooted work with a 21st-century sensibility.

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SPIRITUAL AWARENESS BY XIAOYI CHEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Xiaoyi Chen currently lives and works in UK and China. She received her MA in photography from the London College of Communications in 2014 and was awarded the LCC/Photofusion Prize. Chen’s work has been exhibited and published internationally.

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Chen’s practice is tied to a natural, oriental aesthetic, influenced by Western abstract art and oriental philosophy. Photography is a personal tool for Chen, used to question broad concepts that migrate from the personal to the philosophical realm. Her recent work focuses on the combination of photography and printmaking, a combination of techniques used to explore beneath the surface of things by simplifying and abstracting; an approach aimed at reviving spiritual awareness and intuition before entering the symbolic nature of what we view.

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ABSTRACT ASSEMBLAGES BY EVA HAN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Eva Eun-Sil Han was born in Korea where she lived for 27 years. When she encountered the collages of Max Ernst did she start to use collage as a means of artistic expression. In her work she combines material from any kind of ready-made mass media, such as newspapers, magazines or old books. Eva Han prefers to use knife and glue rather than working with pixels on a computer screen, because it allows her to touch, feel and smell the different source papers. Especially old paper smells good to her.

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The artist collages photographs, her own and others, often drawing and painting onto the paper. Many of them seem purely abstract and in most, the assemblage of images is in such bits and pieces they don’t seem meant to be discerned specifically.

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SCIENCE FICTION BY VIRGIL FINLAY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Virgil Finlay was an American pulp fantasy, science fiction and horror illustrator. He has been called “part of the pulp magazine history … one of the foremost contributors of original and imaginative art work for the most memorable science fiction and fantasy publications of our time.” 

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While he worked in a range of media, from gouacheto oils, Finlay specialized in, and became famous for, detailed pen-and-ink drawings accomplished with abundant stippling, cross-hatching, and scratchboard techniques. He produced wild and fantastic images of monsters, aliens, demons, robots, spacemen, spaceships, bizarre experiments, psychological horror, fantastic landscapes, and women.

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LUCHA LIBRE POSTERS BY ZORAN LUCIC

by Ariadna Zierold

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Croatian designer Zoran Lucić was approached to design a series of posters for the Lucha Libre CMLL, Mexico’s major professional wrestling federation. Zoran’s retro-licious work is reminiscent of old-school posters from the 60’s and 70’s.

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Zoran Lucić was born in Šabac, Serbia (former Yugoslavia) and grew up in Domaljevac, Bosnia & Herzegovina and for some time in Hungary. Zoran Lucic studied graphism and design at the Bijeljina B&H University and, although his first love was sculpting, he later discovered an affinity for typography. He now lives in Bijeljina and works as a freelance graphic designer.

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INTRICATE INK DRAWINGS BY BETH BROWN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Beth Brown is a visual artist and experimental musician practicing in Baltimore, MD. Her body of work includes intricate ink drawings on paper. These delicate marks are a systematic response from one additive accumulation to another. Each drawing is essentially an illustration narrated through a personal visual language.

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DARK UNIVERSES BY MONOCHROME

by Ariadna Zierold

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Monochrome is Helena Vizcaíno, a visual artist and illustrator from Spain. She is currently living and working in Helsinki, Finland. She illustrates dark universes that don’t exist, elements from her imagination, natural and outer space elements. Her interests go from animation to the tattoo culture, to fashion design and advertising, where she also finds her inspiration.

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UNFINISHED BUSINESS BY VEINS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Melbourne-based artist Christian Vine aka VEINS’ artwork possesses strong characteristics of solid black work, which is surrounded by a mix of white space and contoured outlines. There is a sense of unfinished business that emanates through his work, although others might see it as a space for improvement or a space that is yet to be developed to its full potential. What may look like a regular picture at first glance has layers upon layers of stories hidden within.

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