FUZZY AIRBRUSH GRADIENTS BY MORGAN BLAIR

by Ariadna Zierold

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Morgan Blair (previously featured here) is a freelance illustrator, fine artist, and desperado. She is a recent graduate of Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), now living in Brooklyn, New York and continuing to advance her interest in trees, legos and excellent music.

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Blair’s recent work explores the balance of control and freedom in her process, manifested in a mashing up of low contrast flesh tones with wild, neon color schemes; hard edges with fuzzed out airbrush gradients; smooth, flat shapes with brush marks and rough, sandy textures; and wonky, irregular forms with geometric curves and angles. The resulting optical abstractions play on the absurd in pop culture, current events, the mall, the internet, common street trash, consumerism, and personal experience.

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NEON SURREALISM BY JOHANNAH ODONNELL

by Ariadna Zierold

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Orlando, Florida based pop surrealist painter Johannah O’Donnell‘s paintings use natural and figurative symbolism to comment on our connection with the universe and our shifting cultural perceptions in the digital age. She tends to turn up the contrast on the wild cast of creatures and figures found in her acrylic works. These characters, who often times are found among cosmic landscapes, shine boldly with brilliant shades of purple, blue, and pink.

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Johannah paints with open body, also known as slow drying, acrylics on wood panels that are hand crafted by her husband, carpenter and sculptor Adriaan Mol. Her work is influenced by 70’s Sci-Fi/Fantasy art and the American Pop Art movement and uses figurative symbolism as a narrative surrounding ideas of the human condition.

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NIGHTTIME PALETTES BY KATYA DOROKHINA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Moscow-based illustrator Katya Dorokhina is turning heads in the arts world with her unique aesthetic that combines nighttime palettes and neon colors. Her main interest lies in making comics and zines, animated illustration and working with 3D objects. Katya sketches compositions before digitally editing them with Photoshop allowing her to play and experiment with texture, light and color.

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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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“NEW YEAR ROT!” BY LOUISE ZHANG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Louise Zhang is a Chinese-Australian artist based in Sydney, Australia. Spanning painting, sculpture and installation, her work negates the space between the attractive and repulsive. With an interest in horror cinema, particularly body horror, Zhang investigates the idea of the visceral as medium, method and symbol in negotiating horror as art form.

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Nianhua (年画) is a popular kind of print in China adorning people’s doors to celebrate the new year and to act as a sign of good will that says goodbye to the past and hello to the future. A great portion of these print depict pudgy babies in states of low-key glee as they recline on giant flowers, rid fish or cuddle peaches; it’s a concoction of sweetness that just makes you want to spew up all over the place.

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‘New Year Rot!’ brings together this Nianhua imagery with the visual language of the realm of purgatory known in Chinese mythology as Diyu (地獄). This project is a continuation of the artist’s recent research into how situating her desire to attract and repulse her audience is a consequence of the kinds of feelings the horror film genre, and particularly body-horror, generates.

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HAPPY BREAKFAST BY GARY CARD

by Ariadna Zierold

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Gary Card is a set designer, illustrator and all-round creative talent. Gary’s Happy Breakfast zine –mid-‘00s new rave scene– is splashed across 22 pages in gungey greens, ink stain blues and near-neon yellows to stage the dripping backdrop to a nightmarish collaged cast of Gary’s signature monsters.

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ALTERNATIVE NARRATIVES BY DEVIN TROY STROTHER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Devin Troy Strother is known for his intricate alternative narratives in a variety of mediums such as mixed-media, sculpture, neon, and installation. He finds inspiration in snippets of overheard conversations, movies, television, music, stand-up comedy podcasts, and the work of numerous canonic artists such as Joseph Cornell, Marcel Duchamp, and Henri Matisse. Strother likes to incorporate humor and language relevant to his peers and does not shy from the outrageous; his titles often serving as the punch line.

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NEON INFUSED ART BY JAMES WHITE

by Ariadna Zierold

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James White was born in 1977 and calls Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada his home. His parents were never able to keep typewriter paper in the house as James would steal it for drawings as early as the age of 4. Upon graduation of highschool he attended a Graphic Design course in his hometown where he was introduced to Photoshop and Illustrator, tools he still uses today. James never stopped creating and working on his own projects that took up his evenings and weekends which resulted in the creation of the Signalnoise Studio.

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Today, James is focusing on various neon-infused art projects, creating some pieces to compliment his childhood in the 1980s. He also spends a lot of time on the road speaking at various design conventions and events around the world.

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FLUID FEMININE NUDES BY MIRA DANCY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Brooklyn based Mira Dancy’s bold paintings collate Classicism with advertising culture in order to explore contemporary female issues. Throughout her paintings, Dancy seeks to appropriate the Classic female nude as a contemporary symbol of strength and self-possession.

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Taking a feminist approach, Dancy makes powerful, expressive works centered on the female nude. She works primarily on canvas, but has also branched out into wall painting, neon light pieces, projected images, and even shower curtains.

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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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