INFINITE FLESH BY WANJIN GIM

by Ariadna Zierold

wanjin gim, painting, seoul, korea, painting, paintings, painter, nude, nudes, flesh, anatomy, body, texture, color, abstract, upper playground

Wanjin Gim aka Willeys was born in the Republic of Korea and is currently living in Seoul. Wanjin usually paints nudes. Fascinated by Lucian Freud’s paintings, he is mainly devoted to expressing the abstract curves of the human body and the infinite color of the surface of the flesh. In recent years, the idea has expanded to conceptual and meta-physical work.

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WIGGLY SCULPTURES BY LINDA LOPEZ

by Ariadna Zierold

linda lopez, wiggly, sculpture, sculptures, arkansas, objects, abstract, figures, colorful, texture, globular, squat, sprout, upper playground, ceramic

Arkansas based artist Linda Lopez –influenced by mundane objects and the everyday– creates ceramic objects that almost appear to grow and propagate. Her squat, globular forms sprout rounded appendages and elaborate trellis-like crowns. The artist displays these objects in carefully orchestrated arrangements with a distinctly domestic atmosphere.

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VERY STILL LIFE BY RONI LANDA

by Ariadna Zierold

roni landa, tel aviv, israel, sculpture, flowers, food, meat, texture, realistic, polymer, clay, sculptures, sculpture, very still life, upper playground

Tel Aviv, Israel based artist Roni Landa works with polymer clay to create sculptures that combine the natural shapes of food and flowers with the texture of raw meat. Landa takes inspiration from classical sculpture, product and commercial design in this series called “Very Still Life” and comments on life and death.

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SATURATED LANDSCAPES BY CAROLINE LARSEN

by Ariadna Zierold

caroline larsen, painting, paintings, new york, tropical, landscape, saturation, saturated, colorful, landscape, florida, frenzy, texture, texturized, pattern, vibrant, upper playground

New York based Caroline Larsen has an undergraduate degree from the University of Waterloo and a Masters of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute. Larsen’s work has been in numerous group shows throughout Canada, America and Germany.

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Her work explores the sensation of being in the tropical landscape at night, when the heat exaggerates the saturation of the night hues. The paintings also play with the idea of abstraction. The paintings coexist between a recognizable form and a non representational image, but at the same time they are pictorial.

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“Using the memory of landscapes and imagery that I experienced during my upbringing in Sarasota, Florida as a springboard I create images that evoke a celebratory tropical frenzy. My interest in tropical landscapes stems from my lived experience, growing up in Florida and spending time in Panama as an adult has greatly influenced my aesthetic.

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A constant focus of all of my work, is the attentiveness to color and its role of imparting feeling. My paint application, with its texture acting as line and pattern, is an organizing form in and of itself; the ridges cast shadows and create optical rhythms. The paintings use a full color palette, keeping with my intention to be as ornamental and vibrant as possible.” Caroline Larsen

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DYNAMIC ILLUSTRATIONS BY CARI VANDER YACHT

by Ariadna Zierold

cari vander yacht, new york, illustrator, illustration, dynamic, fun, color, texture, funny, animations, gif, gifs, photography, everyday life, upper playground

New York based Cari Vander Yacht is an illustrator and gif maker creating dynamic, fun and relevant images. Her work comprises color, texture, and funny faces – all wrapped up to produce amusing, story-driven animations. Working with a combination of illustration and photography, Cari creates animations that draw inspiration from her everyday life; from people on her block to quiet moments at home and the little jokes that pop up between.

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Since 2009, Vander Yacht has displayed her work as part of solo and group shows in both her home state and in places as far-flung from Oregon as Lianzhou City, China.

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ABSTRACTED LANDSCAPED BY JUSTIN MARGITICH

by Ariadna Zierold

justin margitich, santa rosa, california, watercolor, pencil, acrylic, anthropology, taxonomy, geology, alchemy, abstract, painting, paintings, texture, textures, bright, colorful, flowing, upper playground

Santa Rosa, CA based Justin Margitich works with watercolor, colored pencil, and acrylic on paper. Margitich draws from anthropology, taxonomy, geology, and alchemy creating abstract paintings that offer special depth and opposing textures that force the viewer to be engaged.

justin margitich, santa rosa, california, watercolor, pencil, acrylic, anthropology, taxonomy, geology, alchemy, abstract, painting, paintings, texture, textures, bright, colorful, flowing, upper playground

In each work, brightly hued, organically flowing gradients are arranged in seemingly impossible configurations. Upon close observation, the inorganic plastic qualities of the artists’ materials become apparent to the viewer. Throughout the exhibition, these fluctuations between organic and inorganic are subtle reminders of where we find meaning in the order of our contemporary culture.

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HYPNOTIC GRAPHICS BY WANG AND SODERSTROM

by Ariadna Zierold

Anny Wang, tim soderstrom, studio, animation, 3d, render, texture, colorful, animated, forms, hyperreal, environments, material, technology, copenhagen, upper playground

Copenhagen based Swedish artist and designer Anny Wang and Tim Söderström create a series of hypnotic graphic animations. Their animations explore the application of color to animated forms. Having worked as architects, as well as 3D artists, Anny and Tim have taken their exploration of 3D software from working on real architectural projects to building hyper-real environments based on illustration and animation. The studio strive to create mind tickling and unexpected experiences through materiality and technology.

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WOMEN BY AFARIN SAJEDI

by Ariadna Zierold

AFARIN SAJEDI, painting, women, portrait, portraiture, faces, surreal, texture, vivid, woman, iran, upper playground

Afarin Sajedi is an Iranian artist that creates soul baring close-ups that make you feel like your spirit has just been scolded.  Afarin is not trying to be a feminist hero or a champion for the Third World.  She is just trying to scope, capture and give a glimpse of the hidden and very often unseen turmoil buried within all of us.

AFARIN SAJEDI, painting, women, portrait, portraiture, faces, surreal, texture, vivid, woman, iran, upper playground

The use of  small brushstrokes make her paintings that much more lively – the texture encourages the idea of naturalism and un-edited beauty and the color is so vibrant and detailed, like you can see every pore, shadow, freckle, and blemish that exists. Her paintings are huge, so you can see every detail up close too, even better.

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STRANGE VISIONS OF NATURE BY CLAIRE SHERMAN

by Ariadna Zierold

CLAIRE SHERMAN, PAINTING, NATURE, LANDSCAPES, NATURE, SATURATED, COLORFUL, TEXTURE, ABSTRACTION, ABSTRACT, UPPER PLAYGROUND

New York City based artist Claire Sherman produces large-scale paintings and jewel-like drawings of natural landscapes and their details that appear both representative and off-kilter. Though she has recently started visiting the places she paints, most of her work is based on images she finds in kitschy nature books. Sherman convincingly captures the saturated colors and fine textures of nature. Her works are anything but straightforward. She paints loosely and frames her views awkwardly, building ambivalence and abstraction into her alluringly strange visions of nature.

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