ABSTRACT PAINTINGS BY ANNE VIEUX

by Ariadna Zierold

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New York based artist Anne Vieux works with the idea of mediation and gesture through the lens of the screen, in painting, video, and sculpture. Vieux’s abstract paintings emerge out of real objects captured through a digital process manipulated by hand. Vernacular materials evoke familiarity while computed color fields create an otherworldly aspect.

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THE DYNAMIC ENERGY OF CITIES BY ALEXANDRA PACULA

by Ariadna Zierold

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New York-based artist Alexandra Pacula paints large-scale works that explore the dynamic energy of cities at night. With virtuosic brushwork, vibrant color, and fluid gesture, Pacula captures the motion and chaos as well as the sublime beauty of urban space.

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Her streets are filled with light that travels almost of its own accord within the compositions, and she has developed a nontraditional style of painting that combines impressionism, expressionism, and photorealism. The resulting paintings ensnare the eye and transport the viewer to another dimension, reminiscent of the fleeting yet mesmerizing moments that take place only in the big city.

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VIBRANT SKELETONS BY BRADLEY THEODORE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Turks and Caicos born street artist and New York based Bradley Theodore mixes and matches in vibrant colors key elements of art and fashion, plastering his power clashing hybrids around the city streets.

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“Fashion allows people to become art. It’s the only time in our society that’s truly accepted for you to be a form of art. The average person on the street is trying to convey an image. That image could be an identity, he or she could be building himself as a painting: it might be the most super-glossed up glam queen, or they could be portraying this stupendous image of Madonna.” Bradley Theodore

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He’s painted murals across the globe; done cover art for albums for the Wu Tang Clan, created art for Def Jam, Universal Records, and Sony. He’s been featured in Vogue for his iconic skeletal images of Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld. His works play- fully explores fashion, graphic design and popular culture.

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THE WORK OF BRIAN DEGRAW

by Ariadna Zierold

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New York based artist and musician Brian DeGraw intersects art and music in his drawings, installations, videos, and sculptures. He draws subject matter for his work from his encounters in New York’s experimental music scene such as in Untitled (DJ Requests)(2007), a framed collection of paper scraps with scrawled late-night song requests. DeGraw’s experiences in one discipline inform his production in the other.

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IDENTITY SCULPTURES BY TED LAWSON

by Ariadna Zierold

ted lawson, sculpture, anatomy, surreal, dripping, new york, abstraction, geometric, digital, technology, upper playground

New York City based Ted Lawson reveals a persistent interest in the human body. His art investigates processes related to the physical body such as growth, its needs, its decay and death. Lawson strips individuality from his subjects while simultaneously forcing character through implications of the viewer, and therefore, complicating the very meaning of identity.

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Using figurative representation and geometric abstraction, Ted Lawson creates a narrative progression of forms that reveals something conceptually greater than the sum of their parts. Ted’s large scale works combine digital technology with highly crafted traditional sculpting methods to seamlessly produce conceptual objects that express the underlying analog truth within his subject matter.

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COLOSSAL HUMANOIDS BY JEAN PIERRE ROY

by Ariadna Zierold

jean pierre roy, illustration, painting, scifi, surreal, scenes, science fiction, new york, upper playground

New York based artist Jean-Pierre Roy (previously featured here) paints surreal scenes that deconstruct the known world. His work is often associated with science fiction, depicting alien wastelands inhabited by colossal humanoid beings, their bodies laden with geometric shapes, holographic projections, and mirrored panes. Rather than ascribing to science fiction specifically, however, Roy is more interested in fostering a critical, creative space that allows us to examine the systems of knowledge that construct reality.

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ORGANIC GEOMETRICS BY JOSH SPERLING

by Ariadna Zierold

josh sperling, colorful, geometric, organic, lines, hues, pattern, plywood, painting, bold, bright, color, brooklyn, new york, upper playground

Josh Sperling was born in 1984 in Oneonta, New York is a young contemporary artist currently living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Sperling’s works on canvas waver between wall sculptures and paintings. Building layered plywood structures by hand, the artist stretches canvas over these forms to create a subtle relief.

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The structures range from angular and geometric to organic reminiscent of fibers and cells. Light and shadow interact with the facets of the pieces, creating an enhanced illusion of depth. Adding to this, Sperling uses bold, monochromatic hues that play with bright contrast and unexpected color combinations that appeal and delight the visual senses. 

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SURREAL PLACES BY SHARONA ELIASSAF

by Ariadna Zierold

sharona eliassaf, painting, tel aviv, new york, israel, surreal, colorful, upper playground

Sharona Eliassaf is an American/Israeli artist who has been splitting her time between Tel Aviv and New York City since childhood. As a result her art is deeply affect by the changeable notion of place, the surreal and the sublime. She holds a BFA from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jersualem, an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York, and also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine.

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WIGGLY ILLUSTRATIONS BY JACC SHUTTER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Geneva, New York based Jacc Shutter is an aspiring independent artist that has been drawing since he was 2 years old. Jacc mostly uses brush tip prismacolor markers for his pieces and sometimes acrylic paint. He draws most of his inspiration from artists such as Salvador Dali, Keith Haring, and M.C. Escher but also from music by artists like David Bowie or Arctic Monkeys.

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IMPERMANENCE BY JUAN TRAVIESO

by Ariadna Zierold

juan travieso, cuba, painting, miami, new york, impermanence, decay, pop, realism, abstraction, animals, nature, upper playground

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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