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Stark and Eerie: Images by Jesse Draxler


A photo collage of an obscured faceUntitled

Mixed media artist Jessie Draxler works with photography, collage, and traditional drawing materials. The artist’s images are stark and eerie, often presenting off-kilter human figures and scrambled, partially obscured faces.


A black and white drawing of a simple faceUntitled

 

Jesse works almost exclusively in black and white, a choice that makes the works themselves seem mature and somehow mysterious, particularly when seen in series. I enjoy the way the artist…

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Dramatic, Monolithic Paintings by Pierre Soulages


A large horizontal painting in textured blackPeinture 130 x 390cm, 6 Aout 2012, acrylic on wood board

Pierre Soulages lives and works in Sète and Paris, France. Throughout his career, Soulages has been known for painting, engraving, and sculpture – his recent works seem to combine all three disciplines in dramatic, monolithic paintings.


A painting made with heavy black acrylic paintPeinture, 202 x 159 cm, 19 Octobre 2013, acrylic on canvas

 

I adore Soulages’ recent series of heavy, black gallery-sized paintings. These…

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Retro-Futuristic Aesthetic: Art by Johnathan Chapline


A painting of three-dimensional figurative forms in blue and pink tonesUntitled

Painter Johnathan Chapline was born in Georgia and lived in Texas before moving to Brooklyn, NY, where he is currently located. The artist’s works are neon-colorful with a hopeful, retro-futuristic aesthetic.


An abstracted still life painting of objects on a tableUntitled

Chapline’s works are abstracted, but maintain recognizable human and object figures. This deliberate, stylized abstraction combined with the three-dimensional depth of the paintings makes the works feel like…

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Dynamic Shapes: Sculpture by Carol Bove


An installation view of Carol Bove's sculpturesThe Equinox (installation view at MoMA NY)

Brooklyn-based artist Carol Bove is known for her large-scale sculptures of curved, abstract forms. Bove’s works with steel and concrete take on an interestingly organic aesthetic, with imperfect, dynamic shapes that seem to buck the traditional appearance of the media.


A photograph of a flat sculpture by Carol Bove on a rail roadMonel, silicon bronze and stainless steel

 

I really enjoy some of Bove’s recent gallery works, where sculptures with…

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The Importance of Form: Art by Keshav Ramaswami

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Designer, musician and artist Keshav Ramaswami creates work under the studio name AA/K/AA/R/A, a stylized form of a Sanskrit word which roughly translates into English as “formation.” Certainly, Ramaswami’s entire portfolio speaks to the importance of form.

 

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I really enjoy the monochromatic, ultra-modern aesthetic of much of the art and design in Ramaswami’s portfolio.…

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American Wastelands: Art by Marc Trujillo


A painting of a Costco interiorUntitled

 

Los Angeles artist Marc Trujillo paints portraits of American wastelands. Trujillo’s delicately rendered images of wholesale stores, fast-food restaurants, and gas stations are somehow stately, yet desolate.


A painting of a strip of road with fast food restaurantsUntitled

Trujillo’s paintings are quite impressive in the level of detail that the artist is able to capture. The paintings of Costco interiors in the artist’s North American Purgatory series are especially…

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Pared-Down Cubism: Art by Rob Bailey


An illustration of various product bottles on a neutral backgroundSake Beauty product

U.K.-based illustrator Rob Bailey specializes in clean lines and large planes of color. The artist’s highly contemporary mode of pared-down cubism lends itself to editorial and advertising purposes, to which Bailey is no stranger.


A digital artwork depicting Kirk and Spock from Star TrekKirk & Spock (Zeit Magazin)

 

I quite enjoy the overall upbeat tone of Bailey’s illustrations. Though the subject matter varies widely from lighthearted to more serious, and while each…

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Contemplative Alterations: Art by Stev'nn Hall


A mixed media artwork based on a photograph of flowersFALLEN GRACE No. 2, photography, acrylic, and ink on birch panel

Stev’nn Hall is a Toronto-based mixed media artist. The artist’s recent landscape works center on familiar places, taking a photographic base to which the artist adds his own contemplative alterations, aiming to produce a particular mood.


A painting of clouds rising over a blue skyFEVER DREAM No. 3, photography, oil, and ink on birch panel

The recent landscape works in Hall’s portfolio seem to reference…

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Delicately Composed: Painting by Pang Jiun


A painting of a setting on a Chinese riverGuilin Scenery, oil on canvas

Pang Jiun is a Taiwanese painter whose works take a contemporary approach to traditional Chinese painting styles and subject matter. Jiun’s works are delicately composed and tend toward very desaturated color schemes.


A painting of misty mountains surrounding a riverMisty Mountains, oil on canvas

 

I love the sense of calm in most of Jiun’s works – natural landscapes and architecture feature prominently, but the images are devoid of human figures…

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Pop-Culture and Fantasy Figures: Painting by Clark Filio


A painting of a ghostly bicycle by Clark FilioUntitled

Clark Filio is a New York-based painter who works with a loose figurative style. Filio’s paintings of late have been concerned with depicting pop-culture and fantasy figures, drawing from a cinematic color palette and sense of composition.

 

A painting of a character from the TV series, Twin PeaksUntitled

 

I really enjoy the level of detail that Filio incorporates into his paintings – his style is a little splashy, and absolutely gestural, but with enough fine detail to…

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Social Constructs: Art by Devin M. Morris


A collage by Devin N. MorrisUntitled, collage

Devin N. Morris creates colorful collages, as well as media works in photography and video. Morris uses his practice to express and deconstruct American social constructs in the context of his own experience as a queer black man.

 

A collage in black and grey by Devin N. MorrisUntitled, collage

 

Collages build up spaces, with small, abstracted figures – the figures in the collages are usually all monochromatic or patterned, and seem to interact loosely with a…

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Vast Ink Drawings by Manabu Ikeda


A pen and ink drawing by Manabu IkedaRebirth, pen and ink

Japanese artist Manabu Ikeda is known for vast ink drawings on a scale rarely seen in this traditional media. Encompassing cascades of small details and figures, Ikeda’s works reveal themselves over time, on prolonged viewings.

 

A huge pen and ink drawing of a Japanese sceneHistory of Rise and Fall, pen and ink

 

It’s very impressive that all of this is done in the relatively simple medium of pen and ink. Each artwork takes a central station on the paper…

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Visual Representation: Conceptual Art by Alinka Echeverria


A composite image of an ancient vaseUntitled (from Nicephoria)

Alinka Echeverria is a Mexican-British artist who works in multimedia, creating installations, photo-collage and more. Echeverria’s background in anthropology informs her practice, which explores different modes of visual representation.

 

A photo-collage of women's eyesUntitled (from Nicephoria)

 

One series of Echeverria’s recent work looks at the portrayal of the female figure in artwork. The field notes for the series, titled

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Ghostly Portraits: Watercolors by Graham Dean


A watercolor painting of a figure holding up a digital screenScreen

Watercolor painter Graham Dean utilizes the blotches and washed-out fields created by his medium to produce ghostly portraits and figurative paintings. Combining watercolor techniques with collage, Dean makes images that are imbued with a sense of mystery and wonder.

 

A watercolor collage of a marathon runner590

The artist produces traditional watercolors with an interesting technique, painting separate sheets of paper with different colors and thicknesses of…

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