MECHANICAL HUMAN NATURE BY HEIDI TAILLEFER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Heidi Taillefer lives and works in Montreal, Quebec. Taillefer’s deeply personal paintings intelligently fuse symbolic and metaphoric references, which come together in a synthesis of perceptions of our past, present and future. Taillefer seeks to explore and provide insights into the human condition, while paying particular attention to humanity’s increasingly complex relationships with technology and the advancement of AI.

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Her beautifully realized imagery raises important questions for us, as we look to the future and attempt to determine the pros and cons relating to how far we should allow ourselves to integrate with new technologies. In the creation of her art, Taillefer works through her thoughts about what it truly means to be human and we would all do well to keep these notions at the fore as we march forward.

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NOSTALGIC PAINTINGS BY LARS ELLING

by Ariadna Zierold

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Norway based artist Lars Elling was educated at the Bergen National Academy of the Arts. Elling’s works have been purchased by the Norwegian National Gallery, Trondheim Kunstmuseum, the EU Commission, and Arts Council Norway, and appear in many private collections in Norway and abroad.

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Elling’s paintings are layered narratives told in a fragmented visual language. He incorporates references to film and photography into his works, letting them impact on the abstract grammar of the paintings. In this way the fleeting photographic image is interpreted through the inert state of the painted image. A subtle interplay of figurative and abstract elements arises in the alternately clearly focussed and indistinct areas of the picture. Nostalgia is often present too, intimated in references to private photo albums, opening for us an enigmatic corridor into a dreamscape of memories.

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ALIEN FOLKLORE BY MARK ROGERS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Mark Rogers is a self-taught artist currently living in Portland, Oregon. Stylistically his work has been described as a blending of folk art, medieval renascence, and fairy tale illustration. Taking inspiration from everyday occurrences and personal experiences, Rogers crafts narratives with imaginary characters to populate.

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AMERICAN STORIES BY SHAWN HUCKINS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Shawn Huckins (previously featured here) was not inspired by the likes of Van Gogh, Monet, or DaVinci. As a young boy in the second grade, Huckins found inspiration in someone who he affectionately refers to as the ‘Big Kid.’ Observing the ‘Big Kid’ and his drawing talents during a school bus ride home, Huckins took to creating his own sketches. Now a painter, Huckins’ introduction to painting came in the form of a family loss when his grandmother passed away a year later and inherited her slightly used oil painting set.

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Unfortunately, Huckins’ love affair with painting did not last long. As the medium was not quite what he was used to, he became increasingly frustrated, and stepped away from painting altogether until his college years. After a little globetrotting and some brief stints as a film major, an architecture major, and then as a graphic designer, Huckins found his way back to the medium that he now skillfully manipulates.

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Now settled in a creative niche that he could call home, Huckins went onto create his most notable series to date, The American Revolution Revolution and The American __tier.

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HUMAN FRAILTIES BY TONI HAMEL

by Ariadna Zierold

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Toni Hamel lives and works in Oshawa, a suburb of Toronto, Canada. She describes her work as “an illustrated commentary on human frailties“. Rooted in story-telling, her art practice draws from personal experiences and outward observations to create thematic bodies of work that reflect on and interpret the psychological unease characteristic of our age. Virtues and vices, the holy and the profane, the good and the bad all share equal weight in her work and supply an infinite source of material for her investigations.

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Such conceptual framework leads Hamel to work across disciplines: drawings, paintings, sculptures and installations are rendered in both traditional and non-traditional materials and are selected based on their ability to support the particular message she needs to convey. Pointing to historical and psychological references while tackling issues of universal interest, Hamel’s narratives question our behavior to eventually alert us about the repercussions of our current thinking models.

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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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IMPROVISED GARDENS BY ROBERT MINERVINI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Robert Minervini is an artist working in painting, drawing, printmaking, murals, and site-specific public art. His work examines spatial environments and notions of utopia in large-scale cityscapes, landscapes, and floral still-life arrangements, which addresses the ecological impact of humanity.

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He received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, and his BFA from Tyler School of Art. He has an extensive exhibition history and has participated in artist in residence programs at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, the Headlands Center of the Arts.

FOLKLORIC NARRATIVES BY STACEY ROZICH

by Ariadna Zierold

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Stacey Rozich paints a folkloric narrative that draws inspiration from many cultural references, building scenarios pulled from a realm of familiar fictional archetypes and traditions. Influence is taken from travel, world textiles, childhood memories and the many many hours spent watching television. All works are created in watercolor and gouache.

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THE CHANGING LANDSCAPES OF LIFE BY ANTHONY HURD

by Ariadna Zierold

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Anthony Hurd‘s work is an endeavor of exploring his own personal demons and understanding the ever changing landscapes of life. A way of expressing sometimes the inexpressible. The motifs change over time but currently the works he’s pursuing focus on cyclical nature of life, the rise and fall, the destruction and rebirth, the dark and light. Fighting depression and anxiety with introspection and personal growth. The work is a bit of a celebration of survival, and the depths of darkness that have revealed his own personal greatest truths.

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ABSTRACT VIBRANCE BY CLARK GOOLSBY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Brooklyn, New York based Clark Goolsby‘s abstract paintings spring from an interest in how we maintain optimism in a world that is so full of potentially life-ending situations. Goolsby’s imagery often references mortality, the passage of time, and mutable perceptions of space; skulls, body parts, and skeletons are recurring motifs in some of his abstract compositions.

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His style is characterized by experiments with hard-edge geometry and surrealism, and is also influenced by classical art history and graffiti. In the late 2000s, Goolsby started incorporating different materials into his acrylic on paper works, including collage elements, pen, pencil, spray paint, and markers. More recently, he has created multimedia sculptural installations with string.

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