STRANGE GRAVITY BY PRISCILLA YU

by Ariadna Zierold

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Priscilla Yu is a multi-disciplinary artist, illustrator, and designer based in Vancouver, Canada. She paints worlds that appear to dwell in a strange gravity. Her work employs geometric forms and skewed perspective, as a stylistic constraint, which is sprinkled with the intuitive balancing of color, form, and texture that she internalized as a child.

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CHANCE CERAMICS BY TAKURO KUWATA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Takuro Kuwata is a young artist who works in ceramics. He has developed his own style originally starting from traditional techniques. His focus is to push the potential of his materials, while referencing traditional forms and making functional objects.

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He is known for a number of experimental procedures, including adding stones to his clay mix so that when fired, they burst or puncture the clay structure, or using needles to catch the glaze of a vessel so that it creates a bumpy texture when fired. He thus leaves the final form of the work to chance, but is careful to ensure that each piece is still functional.

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CULTURAL ENVIRONMENTS BY ANDRES GAMIOCHIPI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Andrés Gamiochipi is a Mexican-born artist that combines cultural and geographical elements within collages that at first glance generate visual impact. Gamiochipi’s work is often influenced by attributes and the cultural environment of his hometown. Through a smile he shows his unconcern to deliver messages with extreme nuances.

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With each carefully placed cut, Gamiochipi fills his work with rich textures, shades and patterns, and without fear ensures that his collages express his beliefs and convictions. Gamiochipi produces addictive pieces of art, which demonstrates his ability for reflection and fun in the day to day.

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NATURALISTIC RENDERING BY KENNE GREGOIRE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Kenne Grégoire is a Dutch painter with several thematic areas in which he explores different approaches. The most prominent seems to be still life in which he uses a combination of isometric perspective and naturalistic rendering. This is contrasted with other still life subjects in which he takes a more straightforward approach.

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There are other repeated themes, such as patterned backgrounds and figurative work that varies from naturalistic to stylized. In all of his work he demonstrates a refined control of texture and color, usually casting his subjects in muted light and emphasizing their textural characteristics.

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WOVEN PHOTOGRAPHS BY DAVID SAMUEL STERN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Brooklyn based Photographer David Samuel Stern builds a bridge between direct portraits and abstraction. His way of abstracting the images does not only offer his subjects a way to hide within themselves, but also turns digital photography into physical objects by adding geometric texture.

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Taking several photos of his subjects, Stern then physically cuts them apart and threads them together, causing both the image and the sitter to become a complicated fracture of bits and pieces we cannot fully make sense of. The series is a kaleidoscope of splintered identities, the distortion adding another layer to what would generally be considered a standard portrait.

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FELT SCULPTURES BY PAOLO DEL TORO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Paolo Del Toro (previously featured here) is a sculptor and two-dimensional artist based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Del Toro’s felt sculptures combine realism with a grotesque cartoon aesthetic, resulting in works that depict bizarre, sometimes nightmarish faces and figures, yet still have a strangely inviting texture.

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From far away, his sculptures look like they could just as easily be made with ceramic or stone. The artist has also worked in wood, and it’s really interesting to be able to see the similarities between the two mediums in the artist’s portfolio.

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TEXTILE BLOBS BY SERENA GARCIA DALLA VENEZIA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Chilean artist Serena Garcia Dalla Venezia creates stunning textile art from small handmade fabric balls that she then groups together. Growth and accumulation, order and chaos are the driving inspiration behind her work. The effect is somewhat pixelated in the end, full of thoughtful gradations in color and contrast.

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THE LURID WORK OF LOUISE ZHANG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Louise Zhang creates objects that are designed to allure and repel. Depending on your proclivities, her paintings and sculptures could have either or both effects simultaneously.

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Zhang’s paintings and painted sculptures are blob-like in form, slippery in texture and lurid in color. Their brightness and playfulness are striking and their ambivalent forms can be unnerving, in the same way that the wobble of jelly evokes terror in some. Her color palette and playful sense of the grotesque take their cues both from art history and contemporary culture.

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ENERGETIC PAINTINGS BY ERIN LOREE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Erin Loree is a Toronto-based artist from Gananoque, Ontario. Her vibrant pictures feature incredible blues, magentas, yellows, and many more spread over a canvas. Loree varies her approach to texture, with some areas of smoothly-applied paint and others with short, thick brush strokes, creating an incredible sense of light.

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EMOTIONAL STATES BY JEAN PAUL MALLOZZI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Miami-based artist Jean-Paul Mallozzi‘s work explores the broad spectrum of the human condition. Ranging from youthful to mature content, the work encompasses and reveals the idea that while emotions are amorphous, each one emits a color that echoes complex emotional states that all of us can relate to–no matter what language we happen to speak.

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These concepts are layered using Mallozzi’s attention to delicately rendered details in paint and graphite, which emphasize the ebb and flow of these intimate relationships and their ever-changing emotional states. The scenes, layered with abstract textures, create a reflective atmosphere in which these human relationships play out and challenge the male gaze.

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