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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POST POP FEMALE NUDE BY PARRA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Parra (Pieter Janssen) was born in 1976 in The Netherlands and is currently based in Amsterdam. The largely self-taught artist began his career drawing flyers and posters for music venues in Amsterdam in the 1990s. In 2012, he was commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA) to create Weirded Out, a 60-foot indoor mural, currently part of their permanent collection.

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His signature hand-drawn approach to illustration and design led to collaborations with brands such as Nike, Pendleton and Case Studyo. Parra’s paintings, drawings and sculptures have been exhibited in galleries across Europe, Japan and North America. He also co-founded the apparel label Rockwell by Parra and is a member of electronic music group Le Le.

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PLAYFUL NUDE MALE FIGURES BY JEFFREY CHEUNG

by Ariadna Zierold

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The playfulness and low-brow style of Oakland-based Jeffrey Cheung’s contorted and often nude male figures has quickly gained traction within the Bay Area. Cheung’s humor translates well across his many paintings, prints, collages, drawings and even murals. His latest series is focused on the physical interaction between males on large scale paintings.

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Cheung graduated form the University of California Santa Cruz, and has since shown in a variety of shows throughout the Bay Area as well as City Bird Gallery in Paris, France.

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DIPPED SCULPTURES BY CHRISTINA A. WEST

by Ariadna Zierold

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Atlanta-based artist Christina A. West (featured before) is an avid people watcher with a dry sense of humor, active imagination, and an innate impulse to create with her hands. She says that if you meet her and she stares at you a bit too long, she’s probably just picturing you naked.

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West’s sculptures do not provide answers or assertions, but embrace uncertainty through the provocation of more questions. The figures are permanently frozen mid-gesture in a moment that encourages the generation of ambiguous narratives. Stripped from the context of previous actions, the figures’ personalities, motives, intentions are malleable and unfixed in the viewers’ minds.

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ALLEGORICAL INTIMACY BY ERIK THOR SANDBERG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Erik Thor Sandberg produces oil-on-canvas paintings centered on the expressive, allegorical power of the nude. Like earlier masters of his medium, Sandberg explores the intimate, uncanny connection between oil paint and human flesh and considers the figure to be painting’s most natural subject matter.

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Using symbolism both established and personal, Sandberg creates narratives without definitive beginnings or ends; he captures pivotal moments and isolates them from time. Upon these suspended moments, the artist abstains from casting judgment and rather, empathizes with the figures that are often transfixed by self-wrought disaster.

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