SUBTLE LINES AND HARD COLORS BY FRANCIS PIENAAR

by Ariadna Zierold

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Francis Pienaar is a visual artist based in Toronto. And that broad description is as specific as it will get. His illustration work is among the best we’ve seen in a while. But the photography and 3D work is worth mentioning too. Take a look at a selection of his illustrations here. The subtle use of lines and hard colors will surely claim your attention.

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GEOMETRY ON OUTDOOR SETTINGS BY ANDREW FARIS

by Ariadna Zierold

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American artist Andrew Faris uses acrylic paint on canvas to render minimalist, abstract artworks, then sets them within rural outdoor settings and photographs the outcome.

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Juxtaposed against cool panoramas, Faris’ paintings seem like portals to a digital world. Recalling the geometric abstraction of Frank Stella, the bold, colorful pieces sharply contrast their serene and snowy settings, tricking the eye into thinking they’re virtually fabricated.

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OVERPAINTED PICTURES BY ROSANNA JONES

by Ariadna Zierold

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UK based Rosanna Jones describes herself as a fashion and portraiture photographer, as well as a mixed media artist. She has all the necessary elements of alluring art; a distinctive and unique perspective, inventive technique and haunting imagery.

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Jones distorts and tampers with her photographs to create unique mixed-media pieces that are both beautiful and disturbing at the same time.

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“I love creating and capturing a beautiful moment, whether that be involving people or places, and then, in a way, destroying the innocence and aesthetic beauty of the image. Scratching away, or bleaching photographs is a way that I can relate to my images on a higher level; each scratch, tear or bleach mark symbolises how both society and the human mind have the power to destroy even the most beautiful of people or moments.” Rosanna Jones

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SURREAL REPRESENTATIONS BY BENOIT PAILLE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Benoit Paille describes himself as an atypic artist, conscience agitator, creative genius, monstrously curious, absent and edgy. With his growing number of likes in the digital world, we can really say he acquired the artist status. Far from looking for specific opportunities of creation, it’s in the primal impulse, the instantaneous situations that images reveal to him spontaneously.

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Using colorful flashes to outline surreal representations, he often sees himself like an hyperrealist painter. Paille’s pictures document an altered state of mind. Cultivating a predilection for casual people and locations, kitsch landscapes, fences and strange parking lots, he constantly finds himself seeking the unexpected and the unseen.

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FAT AND FURIOUS BURGER’S DELICIOUS WORK

by Ariadna Zierold

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Fat & Furious Burger is a project by french graphic designers Thomas & Quentin who started putting together elaborate burger ideas during their lunch breaks. The two graphic designers from France have recently begun to generate internet buzz with their burger creations.

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They decided to cook some crazy burgers in their little kitchen.  It soon became a ritual: improvising and experimenting each week new ways of cooking and representing a burger in very short lunch break. It takes about an hour and a half to find an idea, run to a supermarket to get everything, cook, take a shoot and eat. From week to week, they tried to re-invent some edible burgers, despite their over the top made to be photographed nature.

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WOVEN PHOTOGRAPHS BY DAVID SAMUEL STERN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Brooklyn based Photographer David Samuel Stern builds a bridge between direct portraits and abstraction. His way of abstracting the images does not only offer his subjects a way to hide within themselves, but also turns digital photography into physical objects by adding geometric texture.

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Taking several photos of his subjects, Stern then physically cuts them apart and threads them together, causing both the image and the sitter to become a complicated fracture of bits and pieces we cannot fully make sense of. The series is a kaleidoscope of splintered identities, the distortion adding another layer to what would generally be considered a standard portrait.

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LAYERED NARRATIVES BY LARS ELLING

by Ariadna Zierold

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Lars Elling‘s paintings are layered narratives told in a fragmented visual language that incorporate allusions to film and photography, sometimes also invoking nostalgia with references to private photo albums.

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In Elling’s large canvases, human bodies rarely take entirely conventional forms. Rather, their faces and limbs melt into nonfigurative elements–atmosphere, blurred color, scrubbed-out regions of neutral tint–gesturing toward a broader horizon, nodding at persona and narrative while ultimately frustrating any drive toward coherence or story.

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EXPERIMENTAL ABSTRACTION BY SIGMAR POLKE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Sigmar Polke was a German painter and photographer who experimented with a wide range of styles, subject matters and materials. In the 1970s, he concentrated on photography, returning to paint in the 1980s, when he produced abstract works created by chance through chemical reactions between paint and other products.

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Polke launched Capitalist Realism in response to Pop art, exhibiting the first works in this genre in Düsseldorf. Polke took as his motifs such ordinary food items as chocolate, sausages or biscuits, isolating them and apparently depriving them of their tactility in order to elevate them to the status of aesthetic signs.

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A Wah Do Dem by Boogie

Known as one of the most influential photographers of street culture in the new millennium, Boogie emerges once again to spark our curiosity and narrate authentic stories in his own raw style. A Wah Do Dem, Boogie’s sixth monograph, and his first one in color, takes us far away from the familiarity of the West, and throws us into the noisy and cryptic underbelly of Kingston, Jamaica. Through his pictures, Boogie illustrates both the madness and humanity of a complex place, where poverty, violence and crime are often dominant elements of daily life. He relies on his instincts to gain the trust of people who live on the edge of society, and to photograph their world in an honest and objective way. “I was waiting in a back alley, all the way down the lane, in one of the sketchiest neighborhoods in Kingston. It was pitch dark, and it felt like I had been waiting forever. At some point, a guy wearing a creepy horror movie mask and carrying an M-16 appeared from the dark,”Boogie writes in his introductory text, “Even though I was brought there by a friend of a friend, I was really nervous, you never know when things might turn ugly. After a brief introduction, I started taking pictures of the guy, roll after roll, I couldn’t stop. It was the last night of my first trip to Kingston, Jamaica, and at that moment I knew I had to come back again very soon.”