MYSTICAL ICONOGRAPHY BY ADRIAN LANDON BROOKS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Adrian Landon Brooks (previously featured here) studied painting at the San Francisco Art Institute and currently lives and works in Wimberley, Texas. Brooks works predominately in the mediums of painting and illustration, using found materials such as wood, metal, and old photographs as his canvas.

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“Creating otherworldly backdrops for mystical iconography has long been a driving force in my work. Wormholes, starscapes and portals serve as monuments to something greater than myself. Through the process of making this work, I attempt to share my vision of a higher power and purpose.” Adrian Landon Brooks

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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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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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COMPLEX WORLDS BY JESS JOHNSON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Jess Johnson was born in Tauranga, New Zealand in 1979. In 2016 she relocated permanently to New York after ten years of living and working in Melbourne, Australia. Her drawing and installation practice is influenced by the speculative intersections between language, science fiction, culture and technology.

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In her drawings she depicts complex worlds that combine densely layered patterns, objects and figures within architectural settings. Johnson’s drawings are often displayed within constructed environments that act as physical portals into her speculative worlds.

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SWIRLING-PATTERN MURALS BY ASTRO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Parisian graffiti artist Astro contorts flat architectural facades into illusory vortexes with a vibrant graphic twist. The self-taught artist brings a different perspective to his public murals that turn flat surfaces into portals that appear to take us into another dimension.

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His painted patterns combine smooth, swirling curves with sharper shapes in dynamically detailed designs that are eye-catching on their own; and, as if to suck his viewers farther into each piece, he adds the appearance of dark, receding chasms, tunneling deep into the walls.

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Astro’s newest work is a massive and arresting mural on a residential building in Loures, Portugal, just south of Lisbon. Created on behalf of urban art project Loures Art Publica, the mind-bending masterpiece uses electric blue tones to create the semblance of shadows, and incorporates the artist’s trademark technique of warped perspective.

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