AMERICAN CULTURE BY JIM SHAW

by Ariadna Zierold

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The practice of Los Angeles based artist Jim Shaw spans a wide range of both artistic media and visual imagery. Since the 1970s, Shaw has mined the detritus of American culture, finding inspiration for his artworks in comic books, pulp novels, rock albums, protest posters, thrift store paintings and advertisements.

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Providing a blend of the personal, the commonplace and the uncanny, Shaw’s works frequently place in dialogue images of friends, family members, world events, pop culture and alternate realities. Often unfolding in long-term, narrative cycles, the works contains systems of cross-references and repetitions, which rework similar symbols and motifs, allowing a story-like thread to be perceived.

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FLUID IMAGES BY ALEX GARDNER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles based artist Alex K. Gardner‘s works are a constant exploration of human nature, which the artist links to water symbols and fluid images, in an unusual cube patterned surreal landscape. Driven or confronted with a force greater than their own, his minimal, often faceless, characters express desire, anxiety, sadness, or the hardship to achieve what they long for.

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THE DEPTHS OF FIGURATION BY DANNY FOX

by Ariadna Zierold

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Danny Fox was born in 1986 in St Ives, Cornwall, and currently lives and works between Los Angeles and London. Fox’s characters are often directly influenced by the homeless community of Skid Row. Despite all odds, these characters radiate a sense of unquantifiable style and swagger that Fox’s aims to highlight in his paintings.

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His paintings take on the form of pictographs, coming to life through a didactic composite of symbols and characters, both on horseback and gloved. Similar to the histories of his characters and the genesis of their influences, Fox’s physical canvases are very much allegories in themselves.

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ADVENTUROUS PAINTINGS BY LAURA BERGER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Chicago based artist/illustrator Laura Berger works primarily in acrylic and gouache. She also likes making things out of clay and creating little animations. Her work is focused on exploring our connections to ourselves and each other, and the idea of finding novelty and adventure in everyday life. She is interested in and inspired by ritual, symbols, nature, dreams, travel, our quest for self-development, and how we piece it all together to create personal meaning and a sense of belonging to the greater whole.

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Caleb Neelon Brings Art with a Heart to Boston

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Boston based artist Caleb Neelon created Signs and Symbols , a project on view at the Boston Museum of Art involving school children learning to convey their own messages through art. On a similar note, Caleb also painted a mural for Children’s Hospital Boston.

 

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