UNSEEN ASPECTS OF LIFE BY JOHN FELIX ARNOLD III

by Ariadna Zierold

john felix arnold III, north carolina, new york city, san francisco, bay area, painting, drawing, sculpture, abstraction, colorful, vibrant, upper playground

John Felix Arnold III is an artist hailing from Durham, North Carolina. A graduate of Pratt Institute class of 2002, he has lived in New York City and the SF Bay Area for the last 18 years. He works in a range of media but most commonly in painting, drawing, sculpture, wood assemblage, installation, and sound elements.

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His work deals with ontology, the human experience, social and environmental issues, explorations of the emotional and the unseen aspects of life, struggle, and serenity.  He utilizes a range of media to deconstruct the idea of the traditional visual narrative and presents it in immersive new experiences that create a language both shared and singular.

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PSYCHEDELIC DREAMSCAPES BY RAM HAN

by Ariadna Zierold

ram han, illustration, illustrations, psychedelic, surreal, surrealistic, neon, bright, vibrant, dreamscape, dreamscapes, upper playground

Ram Han’s dreamscapes show a psychedelic and surreal world where faces can be replaced by swirling galaxies, teacups weep over spilled pills, and a Furby can be surgically dismantled to reveal a tiny Furby heart and brain. Han’s work revolves around nostalgia, memories real and imagined. Formally trained in animation, Han shifted her focus to illustration.

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THE MULTILAYERED WORK OF RYOTA MATSUMOTO

by Ariadna Zierold

ryota matsumoto, multi layers, multi layered, tokyo, japan, colorful, vibrant, abstract, ink, acrylic, digital, upper playground

Ryota Matsumoto is a principal and founder of an award-winning interdisciplinary design office, Ryota Matsumoto Studio. He is an artist, designer and urban planner. Born in Tokyo, he was raised in Hong Kong and Japan. He received a Master of Architecture degree from University of Pennsylvania in 2007 after his studies at Architectural Association in London and Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art in early 90’s.

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Ryota’s drawings explore and demonstrate the hybrid/multi-layered process where varying scale, juxtaposition of different forms, intertwined textures/tones are applied to reinvent and question the spatial conditions of drawings. Most of work combine both traditional media (ink, acrylic, and graphite) and digital media (algorithmic processing, scripting and image compositing with custom software).

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PSICHEDELIC EDGE BY BEN JONES

by Ariadna Zierold

ben jones, psichedelic, los angeles, multi disciplinary, neon, colorful, vibrant,, upper playground

Los Angeles based Ben Jones is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice includes a wide variety of media, from ’zines, videos, music, and digital art, to television shows, comics, furniture, and installations. A lot of his work is connected to how he uses his computer. “Even though it’s a ‘precise digital tool’ the computer can be very expressionistic.” The characteristics that unite his projects include an emphasis on the hand-made over the mass-produced, and several recurring images. He lists among his inspirations comics, graffiti, and low-fi video games.

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ABSTRACT VIBRANCE BY CLARK GOOLSBY

by Ariadna Zierold

clark goolsby, painting, abstract, geometric, vibrant, colorful, bright, brooklyn, abstract, surreal, surrealism, upper playground

Brooklyn, New York based Clark Goolsby‘s abstract paintings spring from an interest in how we maintain optimism in a world that is so full of potentially life-ending situations. Goolsby’s imagery often references mortality, the passage of time, and mutable perceptions of space; skulls, body parts, and skeletons are recurring motifs in some of his abstract compositions.

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His style is characterized by experiments with hard-edge geometry and surrealism, and is also influenced by classical art history and graffiti. In the late 2000s, Goolsby started incorporating different materials into his acrylic on paper works, including collage elements, pen, pencil, spray paint, and markers. More recently, he has created multimedia sculptural installations with string.

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NEON SURREALISM BY JOHANNAH ODONNELL

by Ariadna Zierold

johannah odonnell, painting, paintings, surreal, neon, vibrant, colorful, florida, orlando, cats, cat, animals, portrait, portraits, pop culture, cosmic, landscapes, scifi, fantasy, upper playground

Orlando, Florida based pop surrealist painter Johannah O’Donnell‘s paintings use natural and figurative symbolism to comment on our connection with the universe and our shifting cultural perceptions in the digital age. She tends to turn up the contrast on the wild cast of creatures and figures found in her acrylic works. These characters, who often times are found among cosmic landscapes, shine boldly with brilliant shades of purple, blue, and pink.

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Johannah paints with open body, also known as slow drying, acrylics on wood panels that are hand crafted by her husband, carpenter and sculptor Adriaan Mol. Her work is influenced by 70’s Sci-Fi/Fantasy art and the American Pop Art movement and uses figurative symbolism as a narrative surrounding ideas of the human condition.

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POP SURREALISM BY PARBO

by Ariadna Zierold

lucas lasnier, painting, mar del plata, buenos aires, argentina, surreal, vibrant, colorful, mural, murals, skateboard, upper playground

Lucas Lasnier aka PARBO was born in Mar del Plata and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is a graphic designer and visual artist. He is a member of a generation of artists who have taken their talents in art and design environments beyond traditional galleries and commercial contexts.

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Influenced by various artistic expressions as comic and American pop surrealism, with an abiding love for the cultures of skateboarding and heavy metal, he has developed a series of works inspired by the iconic punk band, The Ramones, which have been acquired and displayed in Sao Paulo and New York.

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“NEW YEAR ROT!” BY LOUISE ZHANG

by Ariadna Zierold

louise zhang, chinese, australian, sydney, australia, painting, sculpture, installation, colorful, vibrant, neon, repulsive, horror, nianhua, new year rot, upper playground

Louise Zhang is a Chinese-Australian artist based in Sydney, Australia. Spanning painting, sculpture and installation, her work negates the space between the attractive and repulsive. With an interest in horror cinema, particularly body horror, Zhang investigates the idea of the visceral as medium, method and symbol in negotiating horror as art form.

louise zhang, chinese, australian, sydney, australia, painting, sculpture, installation, colorful, vibrant, neon, repulsive, horror, nianhua, new year rot, upper playground

Nianhua (年画) is a popular kind of print in China adorning people’s doors to celebrate the new year and to act as a sign of good will that says goodbye to the past and hello to the future. A great portion of these print depict pudgy babies in states of low-key glee as they recline on giant flowers, rid fish or cuddle peaches; it’s a concoction of sweetness that just makes you want to spew up all over the place.

louise zhang, chinese, australian, sydney, australia, painting, sculpture, installation, colorful, vibrant, neon, repulsive, horror, nianhua, new year rot, upper playground

‘New Year Rot!’ brings together this Nianhua imagery with the visual language of the realm of purgatory known in Chinese mythology as Diyu (地獄). This project is a continuation of the artist’s recent research into how situating her desire to attract and repulse her audience is a consequence of the kinds of feelings the horror film genre, and particularly body-horror, generates.

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