CYBERCLUTTER COLLAGES BY AMANDA DUREPOS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Amanda Durepos is a collage artist based out of Montreal, Canada. She graduated with a BFA from Concordia University in 2012 and founded Montreal-based collage collective CTRL+V in 2015.

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She works primarily in the medium of collage but also explores ideas using multimedia art and electronics. She is inspired by predictive text, AI dystopias, spam and cyberclutter, retrofuturism, the uncanny, the grotesque,  and how technology affects our relationships and our bodies.

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MECHANICAL HUMAN NATURE BY HEIDI TAILLEFER

 

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Montreal, Quebec based Heidi Taillefer is an artist who blurs the line between what is beautiful and what is grotesque. A fusion of ancient and modern, divine and demonic, mystical and technological, and altogether awe-inspiring, Taillefer’s pieces are unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. She seeks to explore and provide insights into the human condition, while paying particular attention to humanity’s increasingly complex relationships with technology and the advancement of AI.

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Originally depicting subjects as machines placed in natural settings, her work acts as a nostalgic embrace of the past, through the lens of a culture racing forward at with technological advancements. While outpacing the evolution of our bodies and minds, Taillefer’s work examines the fact that a merger with technology does not insulate us from fundamental aspects of the human condition. (via WOWXWOW)

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SPACE GEOMETRY BY ALEXY PREFONTAINE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Alexy Prèfontaine is a digital artist and graphic designer from Montreal, Canada.
His work is inspired by nature, space, geometry and distorted perspectives that surround him. By focusing on different perceptions of the world that we live in, he hopes that the viewer can be pulled in the surreal sceneries he creates.

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Spanish Muralist Escif Finishes Large Wall in Montreal For Mural Festival

Spanish artist Escif completed this large mural titled “Barré” (“Locked” in French), in Montreal for Mural Festival. The massive painting of a lock is a highlight of the first edition of Mural Festival, as Escif’s effective use of depth and space transforms the site, giving it an illusion of three dimensions.

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Here’s how Escif came up with the idea for the mural, located on Boulevard Saint-Laurent, “A giant lock in the wall…Why?? Is not about a locked society or how we are closed to our freedom. It’s just because I found some lock signals in front of the wall and I didn’t found a better idea…. I’m sorry! I’m sure that you will find a better interpretation than ours…” – Escif

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El Mac getting down in Montreal

El Mac continues to paint murals around the world, this time getting down in Montreal. If you haven’t been to Montreal, it is definitely a great city to see graffiti, street art, and mural art. The city is covered, one of the most covered in North America. And they have good food there.

Mac said about the piece: “This one’s titled ‘Spirit of Summer’ and was my expression of the vitality you can feel this time of year there. Montreal is one of my favorite cities, and it seems to hold a unique creative energy.”

Greg (Craola) Simkins at Yves Laroche in Montreal

Longtime friend of Upper Playground & FIFTY24SF Gallery, Greg “Craola” Simkins, will be opening a show in Montreal with artist Lola at Yves Laroche called “Escape With Me.” The show opens June 8, 2011.

The piece above, The Nature of Nurture, will be in the show, and is another really great piece from Greg’s fine art body of work.

And if you haven’t been to Montreal, its a great city, with a ton of art and graffiti everywhere. So if you need another reason, go see Craola’s show up North.

Young Fashion photographer Nicholas Pittman


Where do you live?
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

What do you take pictures of?
It started out as documenting my life, so i began (and still do) with taking photos of my friends. I still mostly only shoot people, but now im starting to work with more and more models.

What kind of camera do you use?
I almost only shoot film… I have point and shoots on me at all times (these vary, cheap models) then i use my Olympus om2n, and my Bronica SQAI. I also just recently bought a digital camera, and i got the Canon 5d mark2

Are you formally trained in photography?
No i am self taught. However i am finishing up my third year of college in Illustration and Design. So that has helped with creating images.

What are your influences?
I try not to let one thing influence me too much. I much prefer to get influenced by many things and merge it all together to create my work.  Films are also a huge influence. Some films are just breathtaking, the photography can be beautiful. And i love directors that use long takes.

Traditional arts have a huge influence on me as well, such as paintings and sculpture. I like to get influenced by colors in paintings. Some names in photography that have influenced me lately: Mario Testino, juergen teller, Cass Bird, Harley Weir, Terry Richardson, and Viktor Vauhtier.

Also, all my close friends are artists or related to the fashion industry and we party lots together, so that whole vibe is great to run off of.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
New York City!

What makes you happy?
My friends, Sketching and painting, and music keeps me going.




check out his website : www.nicholaspittman.com

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Montreal’s Drawn & Quarterly

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Remember when we went to Montreal? The people at Drawn and Quarterly were so nice an helpful. They made us a list of the best poutines in the city. The store was pretty great too. Like a little slice of San Francisco in Brooklyn in Paris. We miss them.

From The Citrus Report

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