AURAL DREAM APPRECIATION BY DANG OLSEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles based artist Dang Olsen makes bizarre, vibrant paintings from childlike cartoon drawings and gives them a psychedelic treatment. Olsen doesn’t just tinker with your existing paradigm; he provides an aural portal for you to join him in his crusade for deeper dream appreciation. The paintings take on innocent themes as well as more mature ones, standing somewhere in between the traditionally playful LSD-inspired smiley faces and something more substantial, always hinting at an exploration of a larger concept.

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NEW MURAL BY 1010

by Ariadna Zierold

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German street artist 1010 (previously featured here) has been creating these mysterious, portal-like street art illusions on walls around the world. Originally from Poland, 1010 moved with his parents to Germany, when he was eight years old. For more than a decade, the artist has been painting walls and making papercuts. Now he just finished a new amazing piece in Berlin. Check it out.

SYNTHETIC PORTALS BY LEO EGUIARTE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles based Leo Eguiarte creates unique visual art with beautiful use of colors and subject matter. His work consists of behind-the-scene issues of the mind, body and spirit, in which he documents his surroundings that inspires his artwork.

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“Holographic conjuration is a visual metaphor for the illusionary state we as people are subjected to by our material desires. The work addresses issues of perceived power and its consolidation by a selected minority, the psychological, social, spiritual, and cultural effects of which are visible on both micro and macro levels.” Leo Eguiarte

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MEANINGLESSNESS BY TRAVIS HETMAN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Denver-based artist Travis Hetman touches on themes of space, time, and an endless frolic between meaning and meaninglessness, through drawing, painting, and installation work. In his work, you’ll find a portal to a landscape and a seat constructed on a glimmer of infinite space. The blank space of the page is an invitation to sit, to think and to contemplate, but you can’t take it with you.

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PORTAL MURALS BY 1010

by Ariadna Zierold

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German street artist 1010 (previously featured here) has been creating these mysterious, portal-like street art illusions on walls around the world. While at first glance it looks like he’s layering colored paper, upon closer inspection you realize that you’re actually looking at paint on a wall.

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After much artistic experimentation, he finally found his true calling in 2010 when he began developing his concept of abstract holes on the walls. 1010 made a practice out of creating three-dimensional damage-like shapes on walls, producing amazing pieces that trick the viewers into believing that there’s an actual hole set before them.

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