EMBROIDERED LANDSCAPES BY ANA TERESA BARBOZA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Lima, Peru based artist Ana Teresa Barboza creates landscapes and other imagery that exists in the space between tapestry and sculpture using embroidery, yarn, and wool. Emulating the flow of waves or grass, each piece breaks out of its embroidery hoop and tumbles down the wall upon which it is being displayed.

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Both embroidery and crocheting are techniques that require time. I use these techniques in order to make a connection between manual work and the processes of nature; creating thread structures similar to the structures that make a plant for example.” Ana Teresa Barboza

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STRANGE VISIONS OF NATURE BY CLAIRE SHERMAN

by Ariadna Zierold

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New York City based artist Claire Sherman produces large-scale paintings and jewel-like drawings of natural landscapes and their details that appear both representative and off-kilter. Though she has recently started visiting the places she paints, most of her work is based on images she finds in kitschy nature books. Sherman convincingly captures the saturated colors and fine textures of nature. Her works are anything but straightforward. She paints loosely and frames her views awkwardly, building ambivalence and abstraction into her alluringly strange visions of nature.

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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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BROKEN LIQUID BY BEN YOUNG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Mount Maunganui, New Zealand based Ben Young is a self-taught artist who has been making glass sculpture for over 15 years. Each of Young’s sculptural works are hand drawn, hand cut and handcrafted from clear sheet float glass, then laminated layer upon layer to create the final form. He constructs models, draws templates, makes custom jigs and then cuts the layers with a glazier’s hand-tool.

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Young’s current work explores the use of industrial materials to compliment the organic glass shapes. He liked the idea that concrete is a basic construction material, and also the physical and visual contrasts between the textures and colors of both materials. Still noticeably influenced by the ocean and bodies of water – the concrete forms have become an integral part of his art forms as have the small bronze carvings which he sculpts initially from wax and uses to help portray the narrative suggested by his landscapes.

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DRAWING AND SPACE BY HAROLD ANCART

by Ariadna Zierold

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Harold Ancart is a Belgian artist living and working in New York, transformed the trunk of his jeep into a studio and set out on a road trip across the United States. He wanted to experience the vastness of the country he now called home. Along the way he would pull his car over whenever he saw something that moved him to draw.

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Ancart’s creative process involves drawing and space. Allowing for chance and repetition, he often works in situ creating sculptural installations with found objects, minimal traces, and graphic underlining to reveal the surfaces, the specificities and the situation of the place.

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ORGANIC SURROUNDINGS BY PAOLA BECK

by Ariadna Zierold

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Illustrator and Mexican painter of Germanic descent Paola Beck spent the first 11 years of her life in Hockenheim, a tiny town in southern Germany. She studied under the Waldorf system, a pedagogical program based on artistic teaching in its different applications.

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Beck’s main source of inspiration are the natural elements, such as plants and animals that always create an organic link with the human being. The artist is involved in different projects that focus on the revitalization of public spaces, as she perceives art as the main tool to engage in an awareness dialogue with people, leading them with her unique style to gradually fall in love with her surroundings.

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SURREALISTIC NATURE BY DULK

by Ariadna Zierold

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Antonio Segura Donat aka Dulk mixes Flemish painters’ mannerisms with bizarre and ironic images, characterized by deep emotional sincerity. The artist builds fantastic sceneries, with richly detailed fantasy worlds to be explored, in which viewers can lose themselves and dream.

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Between urban art, drawing, painting, sculpture or advertisment, each medium is a challenge that he takes up with pleasure and determination. His world is a surrealistic landscape full of imaginary details, rising up in factions against humans.

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STRANGE AND UNSETTLING PAINTINGS BY DUSTY RAY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Dusty Ray is a Colorado native who has wandered through life reading, writing, drawing, and playing music. He says he soaks up anything weird, strange, or unsettling that he comes across.

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A painting contractor by day and a self-proclaimed artist by night, Dusty’s life is paint. Having earned his degree in English Literature from Colorado State University, he says his days as a writer bleed into the small narrative he creates with paint. Dusty’s subject matter mainly consists of the animal wildlife found in his beautiful home of Fort Collins, Colorado.

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Dusty works mostly in gouache, watercolor, and Micron pen. He says, “The strange mutants I paint come from my perception of the animals around me and the way my mind interprets their sacred, extra-sensory position in the natural world”.

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RED LIGHT INSTALLATIONS BY NICOLAS RIVALS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Paris based photographer Nicolas Rivals has realized the series ‘La Línea Roja’ — a visual study of geometry and form in dialogue with nature.

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Across scenic landscapes in spain, rivals has installed luminous, neon-hued triangles, squares and lines intersecting with the surrounding environment. Each temporary piece was captured in a series of long-exposure shots that reveal an unusual juxtaposition between fabricated objects and the natural world.

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