‘NON EVENTS’ BY JONATHAN WATERIDGE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Jonathan Wateridge‘s paintings are elaborately crafted ‘non-events’ that have the trappings of a real occurrence but for the most part are entirely fabricated. A significant part of his work over recent years has been to reconfigure or re-make a given scenario or found image. This involves building full-scale sets and using performers to enact roles, within the context of the studio, in order to set up questions about the way we frame and understand notions of the real.

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The work employs painterly realism as a ‘default setting’ by which to view the world, curbing any excesses of expressive style to emphasise not only the often fleeting, banal and everyday quality of the scenes depicted but also the nature of their construction.

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HILARIOUS SCENARIOS BY BRANDON CELI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Toronto-based illustrator Brandon Celi’s subjects are as varied as his work is brilliant. He works in paint to bring to life hilarious scenarios including a reimagining of the Wizard of Oz scene where the wicked witch is crushed by a house, but this time targeting surely the most evil of all footwear: Crocs.

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Whatever the medium, these themes are identifiable on first glance of Brandon’s work, whether it be a card machine being held by the hand of god, or miscellaneous toothpaste. Each of these works question how we react to these consumable goods but are also easily recognizable, visually digestible pieces of fine art.

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BOLD SCENARIOS BY THOMAS HEDGER

by Ariadna Zierold

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London based artist Thomas Hedger‘s work utilizes negative space to create bold, eye catching pieces. He employs a carefully selected color palette to depict a wide variety of subject matter, from witty everyday scenarios to serious matters and abstract concepts.

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Thomas’ work is consistently intriguing. He’s best known for his toolkit of distinct, bold lines and vibrant, block color. He produces work of stunning scope – cheeky and serious, sad and funny, socially aware and irreverent. What really stands out is the consideration he clearly puts into whittling down complex ideas into only a few simple, bold components.

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