STONE SCULPTURES BY HIROTOSHI ITO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Japanese artist Hirotoshi Ito breathes life into stone by transforming it into practically anything but stone itself. His whimsical and unique stone sculptures create surreal optical illusions that can make us forget that they are actually made of solid stone. He is able to create all kinds of objects, ranging from a purse to food, from a t-shirt to a deck of cards. A total and unsettling illusion. The stones come alive in a surprising yet humorist manner. He found his signature in the zipper, as it gives depth and resonance to his treasures.

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MORBID CURIOSITY BY BLAKE NEUBERT

by Ariadna Zierold

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Blake Neubert is an American painter, illustrator and writer now based in Fort Collins, Colorado. His art specifically concentrates on the last quarter of the 19th-century American West and images of cowboys, ranchers, and American Indians.

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Although he began his career painting relatively standard Western Americana, he has recently blazed a bold new trail into more strange and surreal work. On his Instagram page and YouTube channel, you’ll find multiple videos of what is quickly becoming a signature style: he paints a figure, typically something you’d expect to see in your great aunt’s collection of kitschy thrift store art, then to finish the piece, slides a razor blade across the top layer of paint to reveal a hidden perversity beneath.

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The finished work is a morbid curiosity—you just can’t help but stare and wonder why exactly Superman has terrifying bloodshot eyes or how the blonde beauty got a ball gag in her mouth.

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THE NATURE AND SUPER NATURE OF FANTICH AND YOUNG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Mariana Fantich and Dominic Young are East London based artists that started collaborating together in 2008 and have since then been known as Fantich & Young.

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Their work entails a conceptual approach to the manipulation and juxtaposition of symbolic ready-made materials. Their work addresses parallels between social evolution and evolution in the natural world: Nature as model or nature as threat.

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Their latest work Darwinian Voodoo creates art that subverts Darwin’s theory of evolution and natural selection with the belief system of supernatural ceremonial ritual. The concepts of nature and super-nature are explored in the work.

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