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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LIGHTED APHORISMS BY RIK SMITS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Rik Smits is a Dutch artist who works with several media. His large pencil drawings depict cities and landscapes sceneries, sometimes with a realistic attitude and other times with touches of surrealism or a narrative theme.

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“My work deals with the relation between religion and capitalism, which is depicted in a scenery of architectural landscapes/cityscapes. These landscapes show the contours of an imaginary city. A city which breathes the human ambition towards power and status. Its large scale buildings reminds us of the industrial utopia’s which prevailed in the human mind, but failed to shine or provide peace and humanity in the real world.The most prominent facet of this city is perhaps its appearance, from which one can easily read that the main ideology of its inhabitants is Capitalism. But this ideology is beginning to manifest itself in a religious manner, and will maybe even become a religion itself.” Rik Smits

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SANDRA YAGI EXPLORES THE HUMAN PSYCHE

by Ariadna Zierold

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San Francisco based Sandra Yagi, whose art examines the human psyche,  is influenced by nature and science, all done with classical aesthetics.

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Contemporary culture, human folly and an obsessive curiosity for the macabre provide the fuel for Yagi’s subject matter. Her work is inspired by the natural sciences as well as by the classical drawing techniques of the old masters, including anatomical studies by artists such as Andreas Vesalius and Bernhard Siegfried Albinus. Yagi’s recent paintings incorporate anatomical imagery to explore the human psychological condition, such as cutaway skulls portraying our basic human drives and the thin veneer of humanity overlaying our animal nature.

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IMPERMANENCE BY JUAN TRAVIESO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Juan Travieso is an artist based in Miami and New York.  His work explores notions of impermanence and decay through a combined language of pop, realism, and abstraction. Figures, be them humans or animals, are broken up into spaces and forms much like 3d models, speaking to both their temporality and transition into the digital age.

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BOTANICAL SCULPTURES BY HITOMI HOSONO

by Ariadna Zierold

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UK based Hitomi Hosono is a ceramic sculptor who studied pottery in Kanazawa, Japan and Copenhagen, Denmark. Ever since then she’s studied the botanical forms of leaves and flowers she found in her garden. She allows herself to be consumed by the legion of small, intricate details present in every leaf.

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Often monochromatic, the works are focused on carved detail rather than color—repetition of form making each piece uniquely beautiful. The level of detail she’s able to wrestle from her porcelain sculptures is astounding. Every fragment of her botanical-inspired forms screams with intention, whether it’s in the finely-chiseled and painstakingly-researched anatomy of the plant or the mesmerizing colors of her glazes, which make the forms look equally organic whether they’re in cream and orange or black.

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DIGITAL SIMULATIONS BY EYAL GEVER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Eyal Gever is a cutting-edge contemporary artist whose work sits at the fusion of art and technology.  Using just a palette of code, he develops life-like digital simulations of moments in time — often dramatic or catastrophic in nature — from which he fabricates 3D-printed sculptures and installations.

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Gever, born in 1970 in Tel Aviv, Israel, attended Jerusalem’s prestigious Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, but was injured while performing his mandatory national service with the IDF, where he served for two-and-a-half years as a paratrooper (special operations unit). Volunteering for the IDF’s specialist computer R&D unit, Mamram, he began to master the computer simulation skills which would later shape and infuse his art.

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HUMAN INTERACTION WITH NATURE BY CRYSTAL MOREY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Crystal Morey (previously featured here) takes inspirations from an alternative upbringing where she closely connected with the natural landscape around her. Living in rural Northern California shaped her perspective on nature and how humans interact with land, animals and each other.

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Now living in an urban environment, Morey aims to show our relationship to the world around us through the fragile medium of porcelain. With this delicate material she creates a heightened sense of urgency and stress, commenting on our human evolutionary path.

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AMERICAN WILDERNESS BY LAUREN MARX

by Ariadna Zierold

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St. Louis-based artist Lauren Marx creates beautiful vignettes that speak to the cycle of life. Rather than a cleaned-up version of nature, her paintings give us raw depictions of birth and death. Influenced my scientific illustrations and the Baroque period alike, Marx’s maximalist mixed-media works present these cyclical phenomena in visually appealing ways, often fusing the chaotic elements of nature into stylized compositions with an emphasis on design.

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Lauren’s goal in creating her illustrations is that a symbolic representation allows the viewer to see phenomena as a complete picture. A picture of an interacting universe filled to the brim with animals, plants, fungi, and insects. Using these organisms, she makes her own mythologies of nature and the Cosmos to better illustrate how humans attempt to understand the epic intricacies and mysteries of the Universe.

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ODDBALL CHARACTERS BY NICK SHEEHY

by Ariadna Zierold

nick sheehy, illustration, nature, animals, skulls, surreal, london, upper playground

London based Nick Sheehy (previously featured here) is an Australian-born artist and illustrator who explores the dreamlike, sometimes semi-autobiographical scenes and oddball characters that echo from his childhood imagination. After studying bronze sculpture in the wilds of Tasmania, Nick gave up on art only to re-discover his love of drawing whilst living in London, sparked by an interest in the city’s low brow art, illustration, street art, and graffiti.

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Employing a laborious technique, building up layers of texture and thin color, his work infuses precision and attention to detail with random abstraction and clumsiness. He enjoys drawing various weird things for himself, exhibitions and publications.

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PRIMORDIAL MAGIC BY MARISA ARAGON WARE

by Ariadna Zierold
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Marisa Aragón Ware is a professional illustrator living in Sedona, AZ. Born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, Marisa garnered her deep appreciation of nature from a childhood spent enveloped in the forests and glades of the Rocky Mountains. Those formative experiences heavily influence both her art and outlook, and she strives to depict the beauty of the natural world to help others connect with its abundant primordial magic. Her body of work is inspired by the Art Nouveau, Visionary Art and Pop Surrealism movements.
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