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Parallel Worlds: Photo Manipulations by Michal Karcz


A digitally manipulated photo of a broken road under a strange architectural structureSpiritual Archives

Photographer and digital artist Michal Karcz creates parallel worlds through his surreal photo manipulations. These artworks are often inspired by music, movies and dreams and have a great science-fiction or fantasy feel to them.

 

Karcz manipulations are quite impressive – he manages to blend the real with the digitally altered in such a way as to make the two barely distinguishable from one another. In his photos,…

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Film Landscapes by Sonya Stefan

Black Givre & Sonya Stefan, AV performance

 

Our featured artist today is Sonya Stefan. Sonya is a dance, media and performance artist and is currently completing her MFA at Montreal’s Concordia University.

 

Sonya creates a variety of media in her practice, including documentary films, video installations, and digital images. As a co-founder of Montreal-based art collective Groop Index, Sonya’s works are frequently collaborative.…

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Cryptic, Layered Prints by Jess Richter


A print work with two human figures obscured by patternFrom Fairy Tales to Barns and Storms, silk screen with hand tinting

Today we’re looking at the work of featured artist Jess Richter! Jess is a printmaker working primarily in silkscreen and intaglio, exploring Eastern European heritage and the events of WWII. Her works used layered patterns and images to create a cryptic feeling.  

 

A gallery screen capture from Jess Richter's art websiteJess' gallery of works from Displaced

 

Many of these cryptic, layered prints have a vintage feel,…

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Raw Fantasy: Art by Joni Belaruski


An ink drawing of a punk cupid talking to a hummingbirdOK Cupid, pen and ink on paper

Joni Belruski currently lives and works in London, U.K. It is here that the artist creates her brash and expressive drawings that explore themes of raw fantasy, desire and death.

 


A drawing of a bull done for an album coverJoy of Nothing, album artwork for Foy Vance

Dark, thick black lines and splattered paint add an element of violence and energy to Joni’ works. She uses human and animal figures in her works, and the animals often seem to be…

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Studio Sunday: Henry Moore


A black and white photograph of Henry Moore working in his studio

 

It’s Studio Sunday! Let’s look inside the studio of sculptor Henry Moore. Moore is well known for his large-scale sculptures made with marble and bronze that have been installed as public art in cities around the world. The sculptures are loosely figurative, often using exaggerated curves and bulbous shapes to give the impression of human bodies in movement. The Art Gallery of Ontario currently houses the world’s largest…

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Headlines: Crowdfunding, Art Theft and Banksy

1) WildLife Digitized in Macauly Library

 


The logo for the Cornell Library of Ornithology

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Macaulay Library is following the trend of creating digitially accessible libraries of information by beginning the process of digitizing its library of nature sounds. Just as Matt Parker's Imitation Archive project preserved the sounds of ancient computers, perhaps this project will immortalize the sounds of birds and other wildlife that hover on the brink…

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The Fabric of Memories: Art by Lisa Lackey


An sewn portrait of two sisters from behindSisters' Heads, fabric and thread on canvas

Today’s featured artist is Lisa Lackey. Through her work with textiles and embroidery, Lisa expresses the fabric of memories.

 

The artist’s works are composed in a similar manner to paintings, sometimes using canvas as surface, onto which she sews and embroiders patterns and other scraps of textile. In one of her wall quilt works, she even sews bits of canvas onto another type of fabric…

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Darkly Humorous Collages by Serena Stevens


A collage of a doll, a glass of milk, and a page from a book among other imagesDon't Want Anymore

Serena Stevens is a painter and collage artist who currently lives and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Serena’s paintings mimic collages, juxtaposing black and white images and settings with bright coloured figures and backgrounds. Each image seems to be based in several different eras at once, where elements of everyday life come together with unexpected consequences.

 

Two collaged and painted images of old women in various environmentsWith Age, oil and collage on panel

I find…

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Colourful, Bulbous Sculptures by Elyse Graham


A synthetic sculpture made to look like a geode with bright glossy insidesVoid #16, latex and urethane

Elyse Graham lives in Los Angeles, California, where she creates her colourful, bulbous sculptures made from latex, urethane and other synthetic materials.

 

Graham’s most recent project, her Geodes, is a series of brightly coloured geodes that have been made from layers of coloured latex and urethane, occasionally incorporating other ingredients such as plaster and sand. These sculptures are like fantasy…

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Striking and Polished Photography by Aly King


A photograph of a woman with bright orange hair wearing a mask of flowersUntitled

Today’s featured artist, Aly King, is a professional photographer currently based in London, England. Her photography has been published in a number of well-known magazines including The Times, Life Magazine, and the Daily Mail.

 

Aly’s striking and polished photography really shows off the her talent for framing a shot. In her latest series, the Queens, she uses variations on lighting and costume to lend each model a…

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Spiritual and Cosmological Images by Emily K. Grieves.


An acrylic painting of a grassy skyline with symbolic markings in the skyAbierto (Open), acrylic on canvas

Our featured artist today is Emily K. Grieves! Emily received her BFA from the University of Montana, and now resides in Teotihuacan, Mexico. In her artistic practice, Emily creates murals, paintings, and drawings Influenced by spiritual and cosmological images.


A painting of a female saint in front of a roseOur Lady of the Sacred Rose, acrylic on canvas

In her recent works, Emily focuses on human figures, drawing from the idea of muses and…

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Studio Sunday: Roy Arden


A photograph of Roy Arden's art studio

 

Roy Arden is a Canadian artist currently based in Vancouver, BC. For today’s Studio Sunday, take a look at Arden’s studio!

 

Arden was originally known for his photography, but has more recently branched out into multiple mediums including film, sculpture and painting. The artist’s photographs frequently concern the urban environment, and the changing landscape of the city over time. A more recent work involved compiling…

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Conceptual But Friendly Paintings by Erin MacKeen


A bright yellow abstract painting on raw canvasThat Thing They Say About Time, acrylic on raw canvas

Today let’s take a look at the artwork of Erin MacKeen. Erin is a geometric abstract painter creating conceptual but friendly paintings that focus on bright colours, shapes, and lines.

 

An acrylic painting on raw canvas with geometric shapes and neutral tonesPaul's Silver Square, acrylic on raw canvas

Erin’s recent works are bright and playful, focusing on large, central shapes. Frequently working from a single block of colour as the focus, the…

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Headlines: Billionaires, Cats, and Very Old Books


A digitized page from the 17th century Chinese Manual of Calligraphy and Painting

 

1) Digitization Saves 17th Century Chinese Illustrations

 

The world’s oldest multi-coloured printed book has been digitized for the Cambridge University Library. The 17th century manual of calligraphy and painting by Chinese author Shi zhu zhai shu hua pu was so delicate that opening the book was strictly forbidden until the digitization process began. Now available for viewing on Cambridge University’s digital library site,…

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Data Translation: Artwork by Ryoji Ikeda

Supersymmetry, 2014 promotional video

 

Ryoji Ikeda is an artist from Japan who uses sound, light and digital elements to explore data translation and human perception.

 

Ikeda's  works are almost exclusively in black and white, and frequently come in the form of huge projected screens, big enough to cover the whole wall of a gallery space. Many of the artist’s pieces are installations that rely on audiences interacting with and…

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