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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VIBRANT ROADS BY GRANT HAFFNER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Grant Haffner has been a resident of the East End of Long Island, New York for most of his life. Haffner’s images are inspired by and reflect the country roads, flat landscapes and surrounding water that we all enjoy.  His signature motif of utility poles with power lines creates an original sense of movement and depth to his distinctive, colorful compositions.

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NEON SPIDERWEBS BY ANTHONY MICHAEL SIMON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Chicago native Anthony Michael Simon first discovered the artistry of the silk-producing arachnids while trekking through a forest in Korea, where he is currently based, looking for a location for his next sculptural art installation. He came across a huge spiderweb and it somehow clicked in his mind that he could catch spiders and have them naturally spin their webs in his studio.

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The artist sprays a protective coating on the fragile webs, holding the network of fine threads together and adding color. The multihued netted structures are each held up by plastic rods, allowing the spectator to view the intricacies of each piece’s intersecting lines. The fluorescent colors also add an otherworldly pop.

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NEON COLOR SCHEMES BY MORGAN BLAIR

by Ariadna Zierold

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Morgan Blair grew up in rural Massachusetts, graduated from RISD in 2008, and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Her 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.

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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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KINDERCORE BY MICHELLE GUINTU

by Ariadna Zierold

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San Francisco based artist, Michelle Guintu plays with a little of everything. From sewing cigarettes together to McDonalds-inspired paper mache dolls, to her most recent tempera paintings of hip hop artists and other nostalgic characters from her youth, Guintu’s work is all tied together by its reference to her teenage years. Guintu’s work was once described as “kindercore”: part kindergarten part hardcore. Her work embraces the past with light-hearted reverence.

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Calling on our past with characters in The Wonder Years, Roseanne and TLC, Michelle plays to our hearts and then paints them in bold strokes of neon pink. Her minimalist line work exposing the familiar contours of pop culture celebrities is definitely something to applaud, alongside her brilliantly saturated palette.

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NEON DREAMS BY PATRYK HARDZIEJ

by Ariadna Zierold

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Polish illustrator and graphic designer Patryk Hardziej lives and works in Tricity, Poland, and is active internationally. He handles projects dealing with illustration, branding, logo design, visual communication, editorial graphics and art projects, as well. In particular, Hardziej is fond of combining in different proportions technical aspects of graphic design with illustration. He loves old graphic signs and is highly interested in their history. Together with Patrycja Podkościelny they operate in a graphic tandem and run the ¬ Negation Studio.

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NEON HOUSEHOLD OBJECTS BY ALEJANDRO ALMANZA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Alejandro Almanza Pereda lives and works between Manhattan and Brooklyn, New York and Mexico City, Mexico. Using poor or found materials in dangerous or unlikely combinations, Almanza creates striking works of art. A major theme is instability.

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Cinder blocks, plaster sculptures, metal chains, disco balls, and light bulbs are often displayed in tenuous equilibrium. Another theme might be described as entropy. His works suggest that things are always in the process of falling apart. Alejandro’s works are focused on the present moment, the ingenuity of the makeshift; the brilliance of the stopgap measure that only makes sense for right now.

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SYNTHETIC PSYCHEDELIA BY JAIME BRETT TREADWELL

by Ariadna Zierold

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American artist Jaime Brett Treadwell was born and raised in a suburb of Philadelphia. He completed his undergraduate education at the State University of New York at Cortland, and earned his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. His paintings combine classical Greek sculptures dispersed throughout spring break pool parties; or, his most recent works of geometric forms, discreetly suggest a high/low reference by mixingstreet art with Op Art.

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Treadwell often uses vivid, synthetic colors to masquerade or obscure the realities within his paintings. His use of color helps to establish a world of fantasy and fiction, to enable viewers to enter a meditative state, escaping from reality and living in a new strange place.

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“DEEP FRIED GHOST” BY TEPPEI KANEUJI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Quirky yet thoughtful sculptures by Tokyo-based artist, Teppei Kaneuji. Kaneuji is an omnivorous artist whose work is often described in musical terms cribbed from remix culture: his work is a mixtape, while he is a DJ. Such metaphors reflect both his preoccupation with pop culture and his penchant for combining divergent themes.

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Kaneuji grafts together the detritus of overconsumption, creating candy-colored sculptures and prints with Manga-influenced lines that are the product of the overly stimulating, image-saturated culture in which he was raised. He incorporates diverse materials into his work, such as wood and colorful plastic tubing, sticky white polyester resin and neon toy parts.

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MELTING NEON BY EMMA STERN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Brooklyn-based Emma Stern‘s work is a condensation of fantastical figures, nude humanoids, and a unique brand of web-enabled surrealism. Stern has a focused and distinct style and approach to making her work, which involves creating renderings in digital sculpting programs like Cinema 4D and translating her creations into painted renditions.

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Although her work functions well as a cohesive whole, it also makes us question what inspires her to paint such disparate figures like melting flamingos, a close-up detail of someone with braces, nose pipelines, and nude women donning devil horns and elongated tails. The answer is simple: the internet.

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