VOYEURISTIC ILLUSTRATIONS BY ERIC PETERSEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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California-based artist Eric Petersen‘s style is influenced by instructional graphics, video games and the look of vintage comics of the 1940s. He draws uniform lines on a computer to strip away some of the human element and expressive quality seen in non-digital work. He uses perspective and unnatural colors to set up a voyeuristic feeling and create an unsettling mood. Petersen is interested in the combination of a purely functional illustration style with an emotional scene.

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Eric’s subject matter typically consists of people and simple environments. He aims to create a sense of ambiguity and allow the viewer to imagine their own narrative.

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TECHNICOLOR COLLAGES BY DANA FORTUNE

by Ariadna Zierold

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The technicolor work of Miami-based digital collage artist Dana Fortune combines futuristic environments with vintage models to suggest continuity between the past and future. Rainbows are featured prominently in each of her collages, bringing levity and optimism, or perhaps just a veneer of optimism, to each piece. Her backgrounds are scenic: galaxies, seascapes, and canyons provide the settings for suburban children, suited gentlemen, and beautiful women.

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PHOTO-REALISTIC COLLAGES BY DIEDERICK KRAAIJEVELD

by Ariadna Zierold

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Dutch artist Diederick Kraaijeveld constructs truly unique photo-realistic collages from salvaged wood. His images are icons plucked from the contemporary Diaspora: Chuck Taylor Converses, a Magnum .44, a roll of dollar bills, a pack of cigarettes, a VW van.

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Kraaijeveld’s pieces have all been beautifully created from genuine, coloured vintage wood that the artist himself collects as he travels the globe: from abandoned buildings in the Mojave Desert to 16th century Dutch mansion floors. Given that a single work can require over a hundred pieces of different wood, this process is as vital and impactful as the actual assemblage of the found materials.

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THE COLLAGES OF CHARLES WILKIN

by Ariadna Zierold

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The work of Charles Wilkin is a loose collection of thoughts and observations in many ways and less about one specific theme. He sees it as being a reflection of the world we live in, with all its ugliness and cruelty. From that, he strives to extract the beauty and empathy hidden underneath and within us all, revealing the unknown, the unspoken and intangible things that make us truly human.

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For him, collage as a medium replicates this frenetic and inherent collision of people, culture, and emotions we all experience. He believes the true meaning of his work is derived directly from the intertwining of these associations, and the spontaneity of his creative process. This gives his work the freedom to live creatively in the moment, and the ability to respond to current events, despite his imagery being derived primarily from vintage magazines.

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