A FORGOTTEN JUNGLE BY DAWID PLANETA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Dawid Planeta is a Polish artist who battles his depression by painting. He created an imaginary world where a small man is traveling through long forgotten jungle meeting his weaknesses and fears presented as giant animals with glowing eyes. The vision created by the artist is dark, mysterious, and very beautiful.

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NATURE AND DREAMS BY SIMON PRADES

by Ariadna Zierold

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illustrator and graphic designer Simón Prades lives and works in Saarbrücken, Germany and teaches illustration at the university of applied sciences in Trier. He says that he prefers to work with analog mediums such ink, pencil and watercolor to help express his fantastic imagination that explores ideas of nature, memory, and dreams.

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His work is often a combination of detailed and complex drawings and narrative ideas. Depending on the subject his illustrations can also be rough, spontaneous and moody.

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GRAPHITE DRAWINGS BY MIKE LEE

by Ariadna Zierold

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New York City based Mike Lee’s (previously featured here) graphite drawings contemplate the duality between artificiality and realism by taking everyday normalcies (figures, objects and settings) and working them into their most simplistic forms. Small subjects surrounded by vast white spaces, Lee’s drawings represent fleeting moments in a large world.

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ANICUBE BY ADITYA ARYANTO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Jakarta, Indonesia based graphic retoucher Aditya Aryanto tried visualizing some animals in different forms, which he then called Anicube or Animal Cube. He is interested in the cubical shape and trying to change some animal forms into cubes.

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Aryanto’s latest series is a collection of real life animals reconfigured looked more like cubic creations from Minecraft. The liquified curves and inorganic lines are somehow strangely realistic. The series, called Minecraft in Real Life or Anicube, covers everything from highland cows to rabbits.

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BRUTAL SAND SCULPTURES BY TOSHIHIKO HOSAKA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Toshihiko Hosaka‘s work defies what we typically think of as sand art as he sculpts and carves the loose, granular substance as if it were some malleable form of clay. He began making sand sculptures in art school and has been using beaches and sand boxes as his canvas for almost 20 years. There is no core, mold or adhesive ever used throughout the process: just sand. The only trick Hosaka uses is a hardening spray applied to his sculpture only after it’s been completed, in order to prevent wind and sun from eroding it for a few days.

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ABSTRACT PAINTINGS BY ANNE VIEUX

by Ariadna Zierold

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New York based artist Anne Vieux works with the idea of mediation and gesture through the lens of the screen, in painting, video, and sculpture. Vieux’s abstract paintings emerge out of real objects captured through a digital process manipulated by hand. Vernacular materials evoke familiarity while computed color fields create an otherworldly aspect.

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MONOCHROMATIC PIECES BY PHILIPPE DECRAUZAT

by Ariadna Zierold

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Lausanne, Switzerland based Philippe Decrauzat professes an interest in the “direct relationship Op art provides to the viewers and the way it influences their minds.” Decrauzat’s monochromatic, geometric sculptures, wall paintings, and installations are rooted in the traditions of Op art and Minimalism established in the 1960s and ’70s. Yet in subtly manipulating the relationships between his artworks and the spaces in which they are situated—arranging his works as a sort of navigational tool in a gallery, or arraying stripe paintings to create effects of light and shadow—Decrauzat imbues his historically rooted work with a 21st-century sensibility.

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VIBRANT PHOTOGRAPHY BY AIDA MULUNEH

by Ariadna Zierold

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Aïda Muluneh is an Ethiopian artist based in Addis Ababa. In 2000 she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in film, radio and television from Howard University in Washington, D.C. Muluneh is the 2007 recipient of the European Union Prize in the Rencontres Africanines de la Photographie in Bamako, Mali, as well as the 2010 winner of the CRAF International Award of Photography in Spilimbergo, Italy.

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Muluneh’s work on body painting is inspired by traditional body art from across the African continent. “Each work is a reflection of conscious and sub-conscious manifestations of time and space,” she writes.

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URBAN CULTURE BY BORIS NZEBO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Cameroon based artist Boris Nzebo’s multilayered paintings and collages conjure the astounding visual complexity typical of the West African city. Entirely drawing his subject matter from urban culture in his hometown Douala, Nzebo invests his works with psycho geographical impulse: their primary subjects are the elaborate hairstyles of men and women, which he lays on city views as integral features of the architecture.

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Nzebo’s stylized execution owes a lot to painted haircut signs found outside Cameroon’s barber shops. Appropriating the language of advertising he creates portraits taken from detailed studies of traditional African hairstyles, often elaborate, and combines them with informal snapshots of local neighborhoods, urban architecture and scenes from daily life. This symbiotic connection allows for a multiplicity of readings of the image, rendering levels of information in a sort of visual polyphony that rhythmically integrates humans and the space they inhabit.

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