HIGH SPIRITUAL COLLAGES BY BAREFOOTONSLUGS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Santiago, Chile based artist Ignacio Paredes aka BAREFOOTONSLUGS mixes analogue techniques with digital in his work that is mostly focused on collages. His art is inspired in his 12 year old self -a mixture of grotesque, morbid and spiritual thoughts- all compressed into his artwork.

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Paredes is also influenced by shamanism, indigenous cultures, high spiritual states, nature, geography, the universe, punk and trash. He has edited 2 different zines in Argentina and Chile and has collaborated with surf and skate brands in South America.

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SURREALIST PAINTINGS BY JINDRICH STYRSKY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Jindřich Štyrský was a Czech Surrealist painter, poet, editor, photographer, and graphic artist. His outstanding and varied oeuvre included numerous book covers and illustrations. He also wrote studies of both Arthur Rimbaud and Marquis de Sade. Along with his artistic partner Toyen (Marie Čermínová), he became a member of Devětsil in 1923, participating in their group exhibitions. He and Toyen also exhibited in Paris in the late 1920s, where they founded their own movement, Artificialism.

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Between 1928 and 1929 he was designer for the group’s drama wing, the Osvobozené divadlo, where he collaborated with Vítězslav Nezval and others. Štyrský was also an active editor. In addition to his Edition 69 series, he edited the Erotická revue, which he launched in 1930, and Odeon, where many of his shorter texts appeared. He was a founding member of The Surrealist Group of Czechoslovakia.

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SCULPTURES BY DOUBLEPARLOUR

by Ariadna Zierold

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Doubleparlour is Ernie and Cassandra Velasco. They are a husband and wife artistic duo living in San Francisco, CA. Cassandra has a B.A. in Fine Art from Humboldt State and Ernie is a self taught artist. Doubleparlour’s work includes  solo and collaborative pieces in a variety of mediums and materials. They strive to produce well-crafted artwork with an emphasis on peculiar, humorous, and melacholy characters.

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‘A WHOLE NEW WORLD’ BY JAMIYLA LOWE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Jamiyla Lowe is a Toronto based illustrative artist who concentrates on drawing and screen printing. Her series ‘A Whole New World’ centers around five fictionalized civilizations who each inhabit a nightmarish fantasy world. The inhabitants experience uncertainty, joy, lust, and indifference all while trying to ensure survival in their own distinctive environments.

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AMAZING LINE DRAWINGS BY AMOS GOLDBAUM

by Ariadna Zierold

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San Francisco based artist Amos Goldbaum’s intricate line drawings are applied using both traditional mediums and on t-shirts. Goldbaum started selling his drawings on the street about ten years ago, and built up his curbside shop to include prints and t-shirts. He credits his mother, who always put a pencil in his hand when he was bored.

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INTIMATE DEPTHS BY KATHY AGER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Kathy Ager is a Canadian-born artist based in Amsterdam. It’s what flows beneath the surface that interests her. In Ager’s current body of work, she braves the mind’s basement, ventures into the heart’s deep dark woods, plundering pieces of people and things she encounters. The images that emerge are physical records from these intimate depths. Both deeply personal and universal, they are cryptic messages directed towards the audience. She challenges the viewer to face the discomfort and to see the beauty and power in letting yourself feel.

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She describes subjects such as dead animals, which frequently appear in her paintings, as the intimate and tender offerings of our nature which are subjected to the subtle brutality of consumable, disposable modern life and love. Sometimes strikingly eery or underlyingly violent, her works are crafted in a way that is original and appealing to the eye, and in a way become her weapons against the pain of letting oneself be vulnerable.

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METAPHORIC ILLUSTRATIONS OF EMOTIONS BY HENN KIM

by Ariadna Zierold

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Korean artist Henn Kim‘s minimal and surreal illustrations are heavily evocative; they  suggest deep feelings and emotions through visual connections and unexpected juxtapositions. Henn’s works seem to be the representation of Dadaism poetry or Freud’s the Interpretation of Dreams. A sort of automatic drawing that allow the unconscious to express itself. Visions and sensations are depicted through essential, black and white figures who act in a world of giant objects.

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BINOMIO BY MARCOS NAVARRO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Marcos Navarro is an illustrator living and painting between Barcelona and Basque Country. He has developed his professional career through fields as paint, fashion and street art. His work has been influenced by nature, as well as in urban subcultures. He works through juxtaposed elements because it helps him to assemble points between them and create new issues to think about.

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