SYSTEMATIZED NATURE BY CABLE GRIFFITH

by Ariadna Zierold

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Cable Griffith is an artist, curator, and educator living and working in Seattle. His work invites you into fantastical scenes with a bright sense of familiarity that permeates the patterned, pixel-like worlds and is almost instantly recognizable from one of recent generations’ favorite past times—video games.

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The digitally-inspired lands for which the artist has become known, but buried beneath the solid, white clouds and systematized, geometric trees, reveal a more serious pursuit. Griffith thrives on crossover moments—the strange pull that virtual environments can have on the mind; the way that even simple, abstracted representations of the world in Atari games.

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INDIVIDUAL’S SENSE OF EMPOWERMENT BY KEHINDE WILEY

by Ariadna Zierold

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New York-based visual artist Kehinde Wiley has firmly situated himself within art history’s portrait painting tradition. Wiley engages the signs and visual rhetoric of the heroic, powerful, majestic, and sublime in his representation of urban black and brown men found throughout the world.

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His portraits are highly stylized and staged, and draw attention to the dialectic between a history of aristocratic representation and the portrait as a statement of power and the individual’s sense of empowerment.

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SYNTHETIC PSYCHEDELIA BY JAIME BRETT TREADWELL

by Ariadna Zierold

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American artist Jaime Brett Treadwell was born and raised in a suburb of Philadelphia. He completed his undergraduate education at the State University of New York at Cortland, and earned his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. His paintings combine classical Greek sculptures dispersed throughout spring break pool parties; or, his most recent works of geometric forms, discreetly suggest a high/low reference by mixingstreet art with Op Art.

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Treadwell often uses vivid, synthetic colors to masquerade or obscure the realities within his paintings. His use of color helps to establish a world of fantasy and fiction, to enable viewers to enter a meditative state, escaping from reality and living in a new strange place.

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AMAZING SAND-SCULPTURES BY CARL JARA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Carl Jara (aka Grain Damaged) is an award-winning, professional sand sculptor from Cleveland, Ohio. Jara says he has known since high-school that he wanted to be an artist. After studying Illustration and Graphic Design at the Myers School of Art, Jara realized he did not want to become an illustrator or graphic designer and that his true passion was sculpting.

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OPULENT LUMINOSITY BY JONAS BURGERT

by Ariadna Zierold

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The grotesque and the mystical provide the subject-matter for the majority of Berlin-based artist Jonas Burgert’s work. Bold, sensuous and opulent, the atmosphere in his paintings is of a world of destruction and decay. Working in luminous colors glowing amidst a backdrop of pale hues, the artist depicts an apocalyptic mood of an end time, visions of a netherworld, an unknown myth or a peculiar dream.

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His works describe the inexhaustible theatre play that Burgert considers to be human existence: man’s need to make sense of his purpose in life. It is a quest that seems inconclusive, but which opens doors to every sphere of reasoning, imagination and desire.

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SCIENTIFIC INTROSPECTION BY VICTOR FOTA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Victor Fota was born in 1989, he is from Bucharest, Romania. He’s a visual artist, graduate of Fine Arts High School “Nicolae Tonitza”, has a Bachelor and Master degree in Art History, department of Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art at the National University of Arts in Bucharest.

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Currently, he lives and works in Bucharest and he’s focusing on experimenting with oil paintings which illustrate concepts and phenomena described by the scientific methods, combined with personal introspection. For his paintings he uses a clean technique which resembles the old Flemish method of rigid forms and a successive glazes of paint. The most recent series of oil paintings, have a concept based on the relation of man and machine, called Human Extension, in which the artist explores this relationship using facts and imagination, resulting in a surreal image.

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MATHIEU TREMBLIN MAKES GRAFFITI LEGIBLE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Mathieu Tremblin is born in 1980 in Le Mans. He works and lives in Arles and Strasbourg, France. Inspired by anonymous, autonomous and spontaneous practices and expressions in urban space, Tremblin implements simple and playful actions in order to question the systems of legislation, representation and symbolization of the city.

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He recently took to the streets of France on a mission to improve the legibility of ugly graffiti. Mimicking the scale, color, and layering of each tag, Tremblin created his own replica in a perfectly crisp font.

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FRED STONEHOUSE’S CARICATURE DREAMSCAPES

by Ariadna Zierold

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Fred Stonehouse was born in 1960 in Milwaukee, WI. He received his BFA from UW Milwaukee in 1982. He had his first solo show in Chicago in 1983 and shows regularly in New York at Howard Scott Gallery and in Los Angeles with Koplin/DelRio. He has exhibited in Mexico, Amsterdam, Rome and Berlin. He is currently an Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of Wisconsin.

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Stonehouse is a major figure in Wisconsin art and nationally recognized for his beautifully executed artwork and witty sense of rebellion. His style has a sophistication that reflects his diverse, cross-cultural interests, and outsider and folk art influences. His paintings are a materialization of his nostalgia for familiar cartoon figures of the past, blended with the artist’s own delicate balance of humor, beauty and derangement.

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TENDER MONSTRUOSITY BY ODA JAUNE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Paris based artist Oda Jaune paints gelatinous fairies, pregnant men and amorphous bodies. Also, joyful beings, creatures in paradise and flying people emerge on her canvasses. Monstrosity and tenderness lie side by side in Oda Jaune’s paintings, just as they disturb and move those that view them.

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Born in Sofia in 1979, the painter studied at the Arts Academy in Düsseldorf and became a star pupil of Jörg Immendorff. She also became his wife. After her husband’s death she moved to Paris to pursue her work there. Her gallerist also represented Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.

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FOLK ART BY AMY SOL

by Ariadna Zierold

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Las Vegas based artist Amy Sol spent her childhood years in Korea. Though the style of her work is greatly influenced by a combination of manga, folk-art, vintage illustration and modern design, she remains a self taught artist.

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She has dedicated many years of her life mixing pigments and mediums to achieve a unique color palette of subtly muted tones. The artist works intuitively from the beginning to end of each piece, with the intent that each painting’s theme or message can be interpreted subjectively. Sol’s works are characterized by young maidens in dream-like nature settings with oversized or sometimes fanciful creatures.

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