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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WOODEN CREATURES BY AJ FOSIK

by Ariadna Zierold

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Portland based artist AJ Fosik (previously featured here) creates intricate, vividly colored three-dimensional pieces that reference folk art, taxidermy, and cultural ritual. Fosik’s wall pieces and freestanding sculptures of anthropomorphized animals are carefully crafted from hundreds of pieces of wood that he cuts and paints individually by hand. Once the basic forms are complete, he adds threatening teeth, claws, and eyes to give the objects an intimidating presence. Totems and fetishes, as well as the “random, chaotic and arbitrary nature of existence,” fascinate Fosik.

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‘IMPLOSION’ BY JOSH KEYES

by Ariadna Zierold

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Josh Keyes received his BFA in 1992 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA in 1998 from Yale University School of Art.  He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally and has work in private and public collections. Keyes currently lives and works in Portland Oregon with his wife and daughter.

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“Implosion”, his first exhibition in Los Angeles in over a decade, opens on Saturday at Thinkspace Gallery. The show features nine new works by the painter, each exploring a dystopian post-human world.

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SUPER COOL MONOCHROMATIC ILLUSTRATIONS BY JEREMY NICHOLS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Jeremy Nichols was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1982. He spent most of his youth in the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio. After high school, he went to the Ohio State University to study printmaking under Charels Massey jr. and Philip von Rabbe. Shortly after he graduated with a BFA, he moved to Portland, Oregon where he is currently working, drawing, painting, and starring at walls.

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TWISTING ECOSYSTEMS BY YELLENA JAMES

by Ariadna Zierold

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Yellena James grew up and attended art school in Sarajevo, BiH. At the age of 18 she moved to the U.S. After gaining her BA in painting and graphic design at UCF, she eventually made her way to Portland, OR. Preferring pens, inks, markers and acrylics, she combines complex abstract forms into dazzling images which take on lives of their own. Her colorful arrangements of organic shapes and tangled lines are at once floral and alien, organic and sci-fi. Each intimate world she creates seems to posses its own ethos and its own special ability to radiate emotion.

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“My latest works further explore the intricate and delicate forms of an imaginary ecosystem, twisting and floating together in an alluring environment. I attempt to create an ethereal place which is hypnotically familiar and yet hauntingly exotic, adding tiny little details in a sort of compulsive meditation, until a perfect balance is created. The intricacy and high detail, along with hints of existing organic shapes lend to the intimacy and believability of each new world.” Yellena James

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ETHEREAL PERSPECTIVES BY ADAM FRIEDMAN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Portland-based artist Adam Friedman‘s breathtaking landscape paintings seem to defy the rules of perspective, space and time. In a world where barren woodsy forests grow from tumultuous seas and tower towards clouds of snow-capped glaciers, almost anything seems possible.

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Drawing his influence from a childhood in Lake Tahoe, and a strong interest in nature, Friedman distorts these themes with an almost mathematical ambiance – juxtaposing symbols of geometry with ethereal subject matter.

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HAUNTING WORKS BY SAMANTHA WALL

by Ariadna Zierold

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Portland-based artist Samantha Wall works with divergent emotions in her haunting art. Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Samantha immigrated to the United States as a child. She received her BFA from The University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, and her MFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR. Her work has been featured in both solo and group exhibitions regionally and nationally.

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THE AWKWARDNESS OF BEING ALIVE BY HARRISON FREEMAN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Portland based Harrison Freeman is a versatile, baseball-loving painter who captures the awkwardness of being alive.

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Freeman graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and has shown in solo and two-person shows at Ampersand and Giant Robot in Los Angeles. He has worked with Gary Baseman and Wayne White and has done graphic design and illustration work for Good magazine, The Playboy Jazz Festival, Discover Magazine and many other publications. His work has been featured in CMYK’s Top 100 New Creatives, 3×3’s annaul edtion and American Illustration.

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SHAMANIC FOLKLORE BY BLAINE FONTANA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Blaine Fontana currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon. Imbuing his vision with the divine symbolism of religious myths, worldly folklore and current social dynamics, his works contain a kind of shamanic exploration of meaning that recognizes the totemic quality and power of the image.

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With extensive experience within the design world, Fontana’s work displays an understanding of signs and their roles within our contemporary visual culture. Straddling the physical and metaphysical, organic and architectural, painterly and graphic sensibilities, Fontana fuses multiple visual strategies to forge an aesthetic language entirely of his own making.

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