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The Acrylic Alchemist: The Art Portfolio of Michael Carini

An acrylic painting with numerous strands of coloured paintThe Day Pandora Set Me Free (Misteriora), acrylic on canvas

Michael Carini is an artist based in San Diego, California. In his practice, Carini is known as the Acrylic Alchemist, creating works in his titular medium that utilize geometric abstraction and saturated colours to achieve an effect that’s almost digital in appearance.


An acrylic painting with blue tones and elongated brush marksJust Floating On The Tears (Flears), acrylic on canvas

 

In his recent series The Boy in the Box,…

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The Photography Portfolio of Anne Ferran

An image of a woman holding up a large piece of fabricFrom the series Flying Colour, banner print, pigment prints (performer Eléonore Didier)

 

Anne Ferran is an Australian photographer. Throughout her far-reaching career, Ferran has been fascinated by history -- in particular, the unknown, anonymous figures that lived but have been otherwise forgotten by time. In her photographs, Ferran often seeks to explore the lives of these figures (often women), or lend a sense of agency to their…

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The Art Portfolio of Stephane Salvi


An artwork with pencil and paint lines applied in an abstract fashionvieillesse éternelle

Stephane Salvi is an artist who paints in a slightly abstracted, naive style, working in broad, deliberate strokes of bright colour, and building up figures in painted line art. The artist’s works are loose and exuberant, capturing a feeling more than distinct detail.


A painting with bright red and orange tonesle sculpteur

 

I enjoy the works in which Salvi combines painting with collage techniques. These works remind me a bit of pieces by fellow…

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A Portfolio of Street Art by Jim Joe


A series of three artworks by Jim JoePaintings from Look Means Memorize (installation view at The Hole, NY)

Jim Joe is an enigmatic, New York based artist best known for his street art. Joe’s works have been appearing on buildings, sidewalks, and street detritus for years, usually in the form of the artist’s name and some esoteric, pseudo-poetic text in a simple, all-caps scrawl.


A painting wuth the text "three sides of the same coin"A painting from Look Means Memorize (installation view at The Hole, NY)

 

I like the…

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A Portfolio of Paper Collages by Wallace Polsom


A collaged artwork depicting the shore of a body of waterTonalist Abstraction VI, paper collage

Wallace Polsom is an artist who creates layered, well-integrated paper collages that express a variety of emotions and experiences. The artist tends toward classical imagery in his collages, blending aesthetics from renaissance painting with more modern advertising paintings and other cut-out imagery.


A collage artwork of a royal person with a jewel over their faceGod's First, paper collage

 

In the series Life in the Bloodstream, Polsom’s collages take on…

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Volume and Form: The Art Portfolio of Alex Dodge

An oil painting depicting a crumpled newspaperThe Trauma of Information, oil on linen

Alex Dodge is originally from Colorado and is now based in Brooklyn, New York. In his artistic practice, Dodge creates paintings and mixed-media works that play with volume and form in a two-dimensional space.


A painting of a brightly coloured strip of fabric and a gloveMJ, oil and glass beads on linen

I find Dodge’s works fascinating to look at -- at first glance, some of his paintings appear to be textile-based sculptures. The way that the artist paints…

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Building Atmosphere: An Art Portfolio by Sydney Shen


A sculptural artwork made from metal[DATA EXPUNGED], steel, aluminum

Artist Sydney Shen creates room-sized installations and smaller, sculptural works that focus on asking questions and building atmosphere.


A sculpture made with a chair and some ropeMidnight Game, chair, rope, honey, doorknob, wax

 

I love the way that Shen incorporates fine details in her work. While each work is constructed in a manner that emphasizes the finer points, the artist goes to interesting lengths to reward the viewer for looking up…

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Spaces and Identities: The Art Portfolio of Mickalene Thomas


A portrait of a woman reclining on a sofaRacquel Reclining Wearing Purple Jumpsuit

Mickalene Thomas is an American artist who works in a variety of media including painting, photography, and installation. The artist’s works are often dense with patterned detail, overlapping textures, and colour, all of which come together into striking compositions, painting portraits of defined spaces and identities.


An installation of a home interior in a gallery spaceI Was Born to Do Great Things (installation view at Kavi Gupta Gallery,…

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Forms and Figures: The Art Portfolio of Aleksander Hardashnakov


A mixed media artwork with fragmented figuresWomen In The Zone, Aquarelle, chalk pastel, latex primer, matte fixative on lamb skin

Aleksander Hardashnakov is an artist who utilizes forms and figures that borrow image-making tropes from cubism and surrealism, while at other times inventing an entirely new visual language. The artist’s works encompasses, drawing and painting, as well as sculptural installation.


A painting with panels of different colours and imageryDesperate, oil and gesso on canvas

I enjoy the fragmented style of…

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A Present Lens: The Art Portfolio of Edgar Arceneaux


A sugar-coated book in a display boxThe Crystal Paradox

Edgar Arceneaux is an artist originally from Los Angeles. In his current practice, Arceneaux works in performance and media, as well as drawing and sculpture, exploring events of the recent past through a present lens that’s sometimes political and sometimes personal.


A document partly covered in sugar crystalsThe Crystal Paradox

 

Arceneaux’s recent work The Crystal Paradox is a good example of the way that the artist looks at history. In this…

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Placement and Installation: The Art Portfolio of Polly Apfelbaum


An installation with a spiral shape on a gallery floorBlossom, (installation view at D'Amelio Terras, NY)

Artist Polly Apfelbaum creates works that tend to defy categorization. Working in a range of media, the artist explores the physicality and materiality of art – both her own, and in general – often pushing the envelope of placement and installation.


An installation view of some tabletop abstract artworkColor Revolts

 

I enjoy the way Apfelbaum’s website portfolio is organized not by series, but by the physical placement of her…

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The Photography Portfolio of Darren Almond


A long-exposure photo of water under the full moonFullmoon@Seilebhig

British photographer Darren Almond captures beauty and desolation in his photographs of remote landscapes. The artist spends much of his practice travelling to uninhabited areas of wilderness in search of the perfect photo.


A misty photo of some treesCivil Dawn #5

 

A recent series of Almond’s works, collected in a book titled Fullmoon, comprises photographs taken at nighttime, using only the light of the full moon, captured with a long…

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Monolithic Abstract Forms: The Portfolio of Hiroyuki Hamada


A sculpture made from painted plaster#74, painted plaster

Hiroyuki Hamada was born in Tokyo and currently lives and works in East Hampton, New York. The artist produces works of sculpture, painting, and print that focus on monolithic abstract forms in black and white or neutral colour palettes.


A circular sculpture in black and white#64, enamel, oil, plaster, tar, and wax

 

Some of the artist’s sculptures remind me of large scale works by Martin Puryear. Like Puryear’s works, many of Hamada’s sculptures…

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The Photography Portfolio of Ben Thomas


A photograph of a vibrant public squareUntitled (from Chroma III)

 

Ben Thomas is a photographer who captures colour, light and setting to such a detailed degree that many of his works seem almost surreal. Rather than trying to recapture a “naked eye” view of the world, Thomas seeks to showcase a vision of the world that’s brighter and crisper than life.

 
A photo of a city taken from above

Untitled (from Cityshrinker)

 

Thomas is well-known for his early use of the “tilt shift” photography…

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