ABSTRACT VIBRANCE BY CLARK GOOLSBY

by Ariadna Zierold

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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‘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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SURREAL SCENERIES BY DEXTER MAURER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Martigny, Switzerland based illustrator Dexter Maurer‘s works transport us into fantastic worlds, where bizarre creatures battle with humans in a surreal scenery of conquer and defeat.

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Some drawings bring to light human fears, worries and emotions, while others reveal solitude, sadness and a macabre imagery, in a constant switch from static to dynamic, from intense to mild colors or even black and white, depending on the depicted story or state of mind. The details, the recurring symbols and motifs corresponding to the themes approached by the artist, the range of colors and the narrative, all define an unique and very interesting style.

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AURAL DREAM APPRECIATION BY DANG OLSEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles based artist Dang Olsen makes bizarre, vibrant paintings from childlike cartoon drawings and gives them a psychedelic treatment. Olsen doesn’t just tinker with your existing paradigm; he provides an aural portal for you to join him in his crusade for deeper dream appreciation. The paintings take on innocent themes as well as more mature ones, standing somewhere in between the traditionally playful LSD-inspired smiley faces and something more substantial, always hinting at an exploration of a larger concept.

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CULTURAL BOUNDARIES BY LESLIE SARDINIAS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Cuban artist Leslie Sardinias works across a variety of mediums in his New York City studio, from drawing to performance. Of central concern to Sardinias is the relationship between the United States and Cuba–both in terms of the immigrant experience and the geopolitical chess game that has played out between the two for over a century.

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As a point of entry into these complex issues, he often employs the motif of the sea as a way to explore the ideas of boundaries, economic and cultural exchange, and transnational communication. Sardinias has been exhibited around the world at institutions like the Museum of Fine Arts of Havana and the Florence Biennale and can also be found in many prominent collections, including the Spanish Royal Collection and the Melia Cohiba Collection.

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HAPPY BREAKFAST BY GARY CARD

by Ariadna Zierold

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Gary Card is a set designer, illustrator and all-round creative talent. Gary’s Happy Breakfast zine –mid-‘00s new rave scene– is splashed across 22 pages in gungey greens, ink stain blues and near-neon yellows to stage the dripping backdrop to a nightmarish collaged cast of Gary’s signature monsters.

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