FAIRYTALES BY ALEX KUNO

by Ariadna Zierold

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A selection of new fantastic work by artist Alex Kuno (previously featured here), using ink, watercolor, graphite and chalk. These new mixed-media pieces offer a decidedly frenzied, more toiled spin. These works take the familiar children and beasts and expose their innards, a blend of seemingly floral and unsettling organic matter. With Kuno’s playful vibrancy, each exposed being is more absorbing than repelling.

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CHANCE CERAMICS BY TAKURO KUWATA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Takuro Kuwata is a young artist who works in ceramics. He has developed his own style originally starting from traditional techniques. His focus is to push the potential of his materials, while referencing traditional forms and making functional objects.

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He is known for a number of experimental procedures, including adding stones to his clay mix so that when fired, they burst or puncture the clay structure, or using needles to catch the glaze of a vessel so that it creates a bumpy texture when fired. He thus leaves the final form of the work to chance, but is careful to ensure that each piece is still functional.

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ORGANIC GEOMETRICS BY JOSH SPERLING

by Ariadna Zierold

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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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ORGANIC FORMS BY KLAS ERNFLO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Swedish illustrator and graphic artist who’s based in Barcelona Klas Ernflo has produced a diverse field of graphic projects – both independently as for clients. All of the artist’s projects show his incredible sense for colors and patterns. His most recent project is highly impressive. Consisting of 18 separate boards, Ernflo created a large work showing his signature organic forms, a wonderful sense of humor and tremendous colors.

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Using ink and oil paints gives them a sense of craft and technique that allows us room to appreciate the subtlety and graceful nature of each form individually. This consideration for each character makes it even more impressive when they come together in one magnificent tapestry of shapes and symbols.

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ABSTRACTLY SHAPED PEOPLE BY ALICE WIETZEL

by Ariadna Zierold

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Parisian artist Alice Wietzel’s illustrations display the perfect combination of unforgiving geometry and soft, organic forms. Her images combine dreamy colors with abstractly shaped people and objects whilst avoiding harsh, dark outlines. Wietzel allows various colors to sit next to one another in perfect harmony, leading to dreamlike images that we never want to stop looking at.

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ANTHROPOLOGICAL IMAGINARY BY THEO MERCIER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Mexico City-based French artist Theo Mercier’s practice is based on his object collection, which he presents in playful assemblages, while drawing on the implied histories they emit. His recent works  incorporate local and organic materials and forms; emanating an intentionally homogenized view of “primitive” art.

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His assemblages relate both literal layers of the past and the immaterial overlay of an anthropological imaginary. In Mercier’s work there is a real sense of whimsicality about the whole process. There is also an apparent humor of chance results which all lead to new avenues worth pursuing even within the same objects of art.

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MUTATING PENCIL SCULPTURES BY LIONEL BAWDEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Australian artist Lionel Bawden works in sculpture, performance, installation and painting. Bawden’s core practice exploits hexagonal colored pencils as a sculptural material, reconfigured and carved into amorphous shapes, mining the material’s rich qualities of color, geometry and metaphor.

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Bawden explores themes of flux, transformation and repetition as preconditions to our experience of the physical world, essential to the construction of identity. Bawden’s sculptural works harness landscape as a stand-in for the body, personal themes of desire, longing and interconnection become abstracted in a generative process to create form. The result is midway between organic and geometric forms, an interrogation about metamorphoses and mutations.

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THE NATURAL WORLD OF DAVID RICE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Portland based David Rice grew up in Colorado exploring the surrounding mountains. The contact with nature was a great inspiration for his work where he fuses the natural and the man-made in his paintings, representing the possibility of a peaceful balance between the two.

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David uses the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter. Melding together an organic style with graphic overlays, his style combines a mixture of the natural world with a geometric presence.  The combination of the organic with the human engineered.

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