FEVERISH ATMOSPHERES BY HENNING WAGENBRETH

by Ariadna Zierold

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Berlin based artist Henning Wagenbreth is a German illustrator and graphic designer, who works on both commissioned and personal art projects.

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He makes illustrations and designs for books, posters, newspapers and magazines and also designs his own typefaces. He has also worked in animation, film, theater and music, and works as a professor in Illustration at the University of Arts in Berlin since 1994. His refined printing technique produces very powerful and colorful images that provoke a feverish atmosphere. His art lends itself well to illustrating poems as well as for creating graphic novels.

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BUILDING AN IGLOO AT SCHOOL BY MITCH FRITZ

St. John’s University student, Mitch Fritz, took advantage of the snowstorm on the East Coast this past winter by transforming 500 blocks of ice into a rainbow colored igloo in front of his college campus. Fritz got the idea from his mother who saw a version it on Pinterest.

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Fritz used banana bread tins filled with water and food coloring and allowed them to freeze overnight.

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Armed with his imagination, Fritz “winged it” and started building the igloo that took 15 hours to complete.

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Adorned with lights inside, the igloo appeared to glow in the dark.

 

DARK INK DRAWINGS BY JON MACNAIR

by Ariadna Zierold

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Portland based artist Jon MacNair’s work is greatly inspired by popular children’s literature, fairytales, and Renaissance art. He is well known for his fantastical, quirky ink drawings, often labeled as “dark”.

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Jon’s drawings of horned monsters and other mythological creatures share an aesthetic with their medieval predecessors but underneath their scary exteriors, are not so different from us: they go sailing, take naps in trees, send each other letters, and have lots of misadventures together.

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“INTERLOPERS” BY SUZANNE UNREIN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Suzanne Unrein’s approach to painting is that of a contemporary artist interested in investigating the fine line between representation and abstraction – color, form, and composition are the issues that engage her.

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Inspired by the Baroque and Rococo master painters who confronted the same issues in exploring the limits of representation, as well as by her recent collaboration with world-renowned Lion Whisperer Kevin Richardson, she creates Garden of Eden-like environments in which humans and wild animals co-exist side-by-side in a world of vibrant color and sensual energy.

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ILLUSTRATIONS OF FILM ICONS BY NAN LAWSON

Nan Lawson is a self-taught illustrator from California. Nan enjoys drawing quirky and nerdy things and characters, which are often inspired by hipsters, cult television shows, and flea markets.nan lawson, illustrations, film icons, star wars, star trek, illustrator, california, upper playground, pop art, artist, art, drawing, game of thrones, x-files (6)nan lawson, illustrations, film icons, star wars, star trek, illustrator, california, upper playground, pop art, artist, art, drawing, game of thrones, x-files (2)

Featuring a range of Wes Anderson’s characters, popular figures from fandoms such as Star Wars, Game of Thrones, X-Files and Harry Potter, Lawson’s artwork mimics cartoon characters from Japanese culture.

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PANELS BY SHARMILA BANERJEE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Sharmila Banerjee, born in Rheydt, Germany, is an illustrator, designer and comic artist. After graduating with an MFA in illustration and graphic design from Konstfack, she began focusing on visual storytelling in drawings and comics.

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She published her first comic zine Poor Pinki in 2008, followed by the album Lepidopterin 2010 and several short stories in international anthologies. Her autobiographical comic series Girlie is regularly published in Missy Magazine. You’ll also find her work exhibited in galeries across Europe and the USA.

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AUDIENCE INTERACTION HELPS CREATE THESE MILKY PORTRAITS BY BEN TRICKLEBANK

Filmmaker and photographer, Ben Tricklebank explores the humanistic need for control through its illusory existence in technology. Endec, his current exhibit at the Gazelli Art House in the United Kingdom, is comprised of two installations, one of which is a new series of photographic prints featuring a female figure partially submerged, yet fully coated in marbled, milky-white fluid.

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The swirls of black dye ripple around her body and simultaneously controls, and is controlled by, the motion of a light reflecting pool where audience members can effect the speed and direction of the ripples. This symbiosis of struggle and accord between the figure and the liquid allows the creative process to shape the unexpected outcome of each ‘canvas.’ As one image on display states: control is an illusion and illusion is control.

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The second installment of the two-part exhibition is also named, Endec, and will be a short film deriving inspiration from the installation and photographic series to follow. Alongside Tricklebank’s solo exhibition, concepts of control, surveillance and security will be examined in a group show featuring artists working with VR (virtual reality) technology in their practice. Displayed on the first floor, this show within a show will introduce the new medium for the first time within the gallery’s context, surveying ways in which the Summer 2016 release of Oculus Rift might influence trends, commercial and institutional engagement and artists working in this field. A full list of artists as well as contributing partners will announced shortly.

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Endec will be on display May 13th- June 25th, 2016 at the Gazelli Art House UK

Photos and Story: Gazelli Art House

NEW PAINTINGS BY HYURO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Argentinian-born, Valencia-based artist Hyuro makes use of negative space through a series of repeating figures, where the location of her work is integral to how we perceive it.

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Whether she is mural painting, building installations, or showing her paintings in a gallery, Hyuro is making observations about life: framed by an empty white background, the people in her work demonstrate our relationships and how we interact with one another. In her minimalist style, her works challenge stereotypes and address themes surrounding urban relationships, co-existence and the notion of being “alone together”.

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POST-IT ART WAR IN NYC

You had me at “HI.” Post-It Wars broke out in NYC office buildings last week, creating a collage of Post-It street art on a battleground of creativity. What started as a simple, “Hi” message sparked Manhattan’s ad agencies and window gazers to bring on a Post-It Art War showdown on Canal Street.

Creative minds used words, pictures and images from famous pop culture influencers to out-do each other across high rises. Some big ad agencies like Havas Worldwide, Horizon Media, Cake Group, Biolumina and Harrison, Star, and Getty Images are reportedly involved. Havas Worldwide won a Post-It War contest by being the first company to post an image of the Clio Award, granting them access to a table at the awards show.

The hashtags being used to keep up with this contemporary form of street art on Instagram and Twitter: #postitwars #canalstreet #canalnotes

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Post-It recreations of famous art pieces by artists Keith Haring and Mark Rothko.

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Photos: Instagram

NAIL SCULPTURES BY JAIME MOLINA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Denver-based artist Jaime Molina has focused on bearded wooden heads, utilizing nails to form the hair of each of his subjects. Despite being placed haphazardly and with alternating sizes, the nails give the sculptures a uniform look, adding dimension to the male heads formed from found wood.

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A few of the works open to showcase a center skull, intrinsic sculptures that are either left as raw wood or painted in a similar manner as his public murals.

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