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Sugar-Coated Grotesquerie: Art by Christian Rex Van Minnen


A 2016 painting by Christian Rex Van MinnenUnititled

Christian Rex Van Minnen’s paintings offer viewers a delightfully confusing blend of bright, friendly forms and biological terror. The artist’s paintings reference classical portraiture and still-life painting styles, adding bits of candy, vaguely occult imagery and tattoos to create bizarre, sugar-coated grotesquerie.

 

A 2015 painting by Christian Rex Van MinnenUntitled

I’m really impressed by the consistent, incredibly detailed realism in Van Minnen’s works.…

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Futuristic Schematics: Art and Design by Ash Thorp


An illustration for Ash Thorp's project Lost BoyIllustration for Lost Boy

Ash Thorp is a graphic designer, illustrator and digital artist who has worked on a number of video games and films. Ash’s work tends to have a gritty tone favoring futuristic schematics and computer graphics.

 

A digital reel of Thorp's work thus far

 

Because of the collaborative nature of Thorp’s work, he often takes on different roles in each project, leading to a finished product that may look…

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Solitary Figures: Art by Malcolm T. Liepke


A painting of a young woman lying on a blue floorBlue Angel 1, oil on canvas

Malcolm T. Liepke is a painter originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Liepke’s works are primarily figurative, usually focusing on solitary figures, though occasionally depicting a scene with more than one person.

 

A painting of a woman holding a cigaretteEnd of Day, oil on canvas

I find Liepke’s style of painting quite inviting. The artist paints in a gestural, flowing style that celebrates his hand and presence in each work. Many of…

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Borrowing Formal Aspects: Art by John Dante Bianchi


A sculptural painting by John Dante BianchiTorqued Panel, acrylic and aluminum on panel

John Dante Bianchi is a mixed-media artist whose paintings, sculptures and installations occasionally blur together, borrowing formal aspects from one another. Recently, Bianchi has been working in a subdued yet warm color palette, while playing with the structure of traditional painting.

 

A sculptural painting with a pinkish wash on its surfaceTorqued Panel, acrylic and aluminum on panel

In Bianchi’s recent works, the idea of the canvas as a…

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Environmental Hopes and Fears: Art by Kate Shaw


A painting by Kate ShawFjallkonen (mountain woman), acrylic and resin on board

Kate Shaw is an Australian artist who uses innovative techniques to create intensely colorful abstract landscapes that explore our environmental hopes and fears. Using acrylic paint along with various mixed media, Shaw’s works have a unique, otherworldly texture.

 

A painting made by cutting sections of dried acrylicAphrodite (Mururoa: France), acrylic and resin on board

Shaw’s process reminds me a little of the way Helen…

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Collaged and Sewn Compositions by Erika Hickle


A photograph of an artwork by Erika Hickle

 

Erika Hickle lives and works in New York. Her large, collaged and sewn compositions often feature hand-painted text and female figures, fragmented and abstracted until they are difficult to recognize.

 

A photo of an artwork by Erika Hickle

 

Hickle’s recent works are mostly in black and white, and are quite large – though instead of being imposing, each wall-hanging work is draped lazily in place apparently on the verge of collapsing under its own weight. I like…

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Gigantic Photo Prints by Andreas Gursky


A photograph by Andreas Gursky of an Amazon distribution centerAmazon

 

Photographer Andreas Gursky is known for his gigantic photo prints of landscapes and architectural features. Gursky tends to photograph his subjects from high vantage points, offering panoramic viewpoints of his subjects.

 

Gursky’s works often showcase interiors or exteriors with similar forms that appear in repeating patterns. His recent photographs, for example, include interior images of an Amazon distribution center and…

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Installations and Assemblages by Monica Bovicini


A sculpture by Monica BoviciniPowder Belts, axe, black polyurethane, matt finish, leather belts, steel chains

Monica Bovicini was born in Italy and currently lives and works in Berlin. Bovicini’s recent installations and assemblages have featured heavy tools and belts, coated in black polyurethane.

 

A sculptural artwork by Monica BoviciniTight Cut, two chainsaws, black polyurethane, matt finish, leather belts, leather, wood

 

I rather enjoy the hard-edged, exaggerated masculinity that’s found in…

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Bright, Experimental Artworks by Eduardo Infante


A diptych by Eduardo InfantePaintings in Love: El Mar Es Más Que El Cielo, acrylic on canvas/ pastel, tape and spray on cardboard

Eduardo Infante is a mixed media artist from Spain. Using a variety of types of paint as well as other materials, he creates bright, experimental artworks that combine figure-making with splashy abstraction.

 

A mixed media artwork by Eduardo InfanteMyth, oil, collage and digital print on paper

In many of his works, Infante uses a very loose, almost naïve style, utilizing…

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Cartoons and Expressionism: Art by Ryan Coleman


A painting by Ryan ColemanGenesis (Purple Cloud), oil and acrylic on canvas

Ryan Coleman’s paintings are inspired by classic cartoons and expressionism. Having worked in animation for a short period, Coleman infuses his paintings with an aesthetic that comes straight out of a pre-digital animation studio.

 

A Cel Painting by Ryan ColemanPeek, ink and acrylic on acetate and paper

 

I really enjoy looking at Coleman’s Cel Paintings series. While the works are abstract, they feature…

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Installations of Pure Light by Anthony McCall


A photo of a New York installation by Anthony McCallDoubling Back, Installation view at the 2004 Whitney Biennial. Photo by Hank Graber

Anthony McCall is an artist who creates sculptural installations of pure light. Born in England and currently based in New York, McCall has exhibited his volumetric light objects all over the world.

 

An installation by Anthony McCall at Sean Kelly GalleryFace to Face, installation view at Sean Kelly Gallery, New York

 

I’m really amazed by McCall’s use of a medium that few would consider for this type…

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Stark Yet Stylized: Photography by Shirin Neshat


A photograph of a female figure with Arabic writingNida (Patriots), from The Book of Kings series

Ink on LE silver gelatin print 

 

Photographer and filmmaker Shirin Neshat was born in Iran and now lives and works in New York. The artist’s photographs offer stark yet stylized portrayals of middle-eastern culture.

 

I enjoy the bold contrast that appears in many of Neshat’s photos. Portraiture factors strongly into the artist’s portfolio. Sometimes she creates straightforward,…

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Obtuse Categorizations: Art by Marco Maggi


A wall collage made from small white stickersAbecedario Venecia (detail), sticker mosaic, archival stickers on museum board

Marco Maggi was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, and now splits his time between Uruguay and New York. The artist’s works act like obtuse categorizations and utilize mundane and temporal materials including office paper, tinfoil and apples.

 

An art installation of pencils holding strings against a wallPutin's Pencils (detail), 9 Soviet-era color pencils and bowstrings

 

I enjoy Maggi’s paper works – they tend…

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Wire Sketches: Sculptures by David Oliveira


A wire sculpture that looks like a drawing of a womanUntitled

Born in Lisbon, Portugal, David Oliveira is a sculptor who is known for his wire sketches that mimic rough drawings in three dimensions. These sculptures function only when seen at a particular angle, and otherwise dissolve into abstraction.

 

A wire sculpture created around a chair to look like a woman sittingUntitled

 

I’m really impressed by the attention to detail in Oliveira’s works. Looking at online images of these, some of them definitely achieve the look of a drawing hastily…

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