SINISTER THEMES BY RIIKKA SORMUNEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Berlin based Riikka Sormunen is an artist and illustrator. With her amazing eye for detail and color, and a slight flare for dark comedy, Sormunen has landed herself projects including being a contributor for The New York Times. She creates beautiful illustrations with the finest attention to detail. Her patterns and style are clearly inspired by her background in fashion design, but beneath the surface her illustrations often hold more sinister themes.

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PSYCHOLOGICAL AURAS BY MAURIZIO ANZERI

by Ariadna Zierold

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London based Maurizio Anzeri makes his portraits by sewing directly into found vintage photographs. His embroidered patterns garnish the figures like elaborate costumes, but also suggest a psychological aura, as if revealing the person’s thoughts or feelings. The antique appearance of the photographs is often at odds with the sharp lines and silky shimmer of the threads. The combined media gives the effect of a dimension where history and future converge. Anzeri’s delicately stitched veil recasts the figure with an uncomfortable modesty, overlaying a past generation’s cross-cultural anxieties with an allusion to our own.

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DRIPPING CARPETS BY FAIG AHMED

by Ariadna Zierold

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Faig Ahmed’s surreal sculptures incorporate ancient carpet-weaving techniques from his native country of Azerbaijan into forms that anyone would identify has hyper-contemporary. His intricately patterned weavings are mounted on architectural structures, fabricated in wood or plastic. Sometimes the stark contrast between white form and traditional tapestry is startling enough on its own; other times, Ahmed alters the patterns to suggest digital manipulation, pixelation, and distortion.

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WRITHING PATTERNS BY DOMINIC KESTERTON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Edinburgh-based illustrator Dominic Kesterton encompasses a vast range of  compositions made up of beautiful color shades and squiggles. Kesterton’s fantastical 2D universe of writhing patterns, psychedelic colors, digitally rendered forms, and abstract, geometric figures are both evocative and abstract in equal measure.

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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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BASIC GEOMETRIES BY BRUNA CANEPA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Bruna Canepa is an illustrator, architect, writer for the music blog Suppaduppa and co-founder of Miniatura, a project she created with architect and artist Ciro Miguel in 2011. As an illustrator, Bruna is obsessed with exploring space related themes and objects, clearly evident in her various interpretations of rockets and satellites. Her drawings combine basic geometric shapes with few but effective colors to great effect.

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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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TRIPPY DIGITAL VISUALS BY SLIME SUNDAY

by Ariadna Zierold

slime sunday, mike parisella, graphics, animation, digital, colorful, surreal, collage, saturated, pattern, shapes, boston, upper playground

The online identity of Boston-based artist Mike Parisella, Slime Sunday’s motion graphics and collages are a view into an alternate reality – where disembodied heads and digital babies play in a sea of saturated color, and endless shapes find joy in repetition.

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If trippy, outlandish digital visuals are your thing, then Slime Sunday is a name you need to know.

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CULTURAL ENVIRONMENTS BY ANDRES GAMIOCHIPI

by Ariadna Zierold

andres gamiochipi, mexico, collage, landscape, texture, space, culture, geographic, pattern, upper playground

Andrés Gamiochipi is a Mexican-born artist that combines cultural and geographical elements within collages that at first glance generate visual impact. Gamiochipi’s work is often influenced by attributes and the cultural environment of his hometown. Through a smile he shows his unconcern to deliver messages with extreme nuances.

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With each carefully placed cut, Gamiochipi fills his work with rich textures, shades and patterns, and without fear ensures that his collages express his beliefs and convictions. Gamiochipi produces addictive pieces of art, which demonstrates his ability for reflection and fun in the day to day.

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BURSTING GRAPHIC IMAGERY BY SIMON LANDREIN

by Ariadna Zierold

simon landrein, illustration, bold, colorful, graphic, highlights, pattern, outlines, upper playground

London based artist Simon Landrein works in the realms of illustration, comics and film. With a contemporary take on comic strips often consisting of 3 block colors, Simon’s portfolio is an absolute must see bursting with bold graphic imagery and narrative that highlights flashes of pattern amongst bold outlines and prominent compositions.

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