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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 Mikalene Thomas


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

Mikalene 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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Ghostly Forms: The Art Portfolio of Theodora Allen


A painting of three candlesThe Triad, oil on linen

Theodora Allen is a Los Angeles-based artist who paints in oil on linen, creating subtle, ghostly forms that appear at once calculated and playful. The artist favors figurative subjects in her paintings, though she tends to avoid the human form, focusing instead on plant life, objects, and transient forms like fire and light.


A faded painting of a snake in dark huesThe Snake, No. 1, oil on linen

I find Allen’s use of colour in her works quite…

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The Art Portfolio of Charles Gaines


A pixellated tree in complementary coloursNumbers and Trees, Central Park, Series I: Tree #7, Katelyn, acrylic, inkjet print and plexiglass

Charles Gaines is a California artist who has spent much of his life producing drawings, installations, and media artworks that deliberately remove evidence of the artist’s hand. Gaines’ works are firmly conceptual, and unconcerned with era-specific political or social implications.


An acrylic and inkjet work depicting a treeNumbers and Trees, Central Park, Series 1: Tree #8,…

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Angels and Mythology: An Art Portfolio by Peter Mohrbacher


A digital painting of an angel with an obscured faceThe Lament of Sathariel

Peter Mohrbacher is a Chicago-based artist and designer who creates beautiful digital paintings and prints based on the idea of angels and mythology.


A digital painting of a plantlike figureSuchlaph, Angel of Verdency

Mohrbacher’s series of angels offer a fascinating update on classical subject matter. The artist infuses each digital painting with elements that seem straight from classical paintings, along with the cybernetic, the futuristic, and the…

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Folk-Art Tradition: The Art Portfolio of John Caple


A painting of houses by John CapleShady Woods and White Cottages, acrylic on canvas

John Caple is a self-taught artist who creates paintings in a folk-art tradition. The artist tends to work in mixed media, producing scenes of rural and country life that are often infused with memories and figures from his own past.


A painting of a man in a squat white buildingThe Hermitage, acrylic on canvas

 

John Caple’s paintings are the perfect blend of eerie stillness and warm, children’s-book-style illustrations. They…

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Dollhouse-Sized Dioramas by Ronan-Jim Sevellec


A sculptural diorama of a building interiorUntitled

French artist Ronan-Jim Sevellec specializes in creating tiny dollhouse-sized dioramas of various interior scenes. Most of the artist’s works depict buildings in and around Paris.


A small diorama placed on a staircaseUntitled

 

It’s fascinating to see the amount of detail that goes into each one of Sevellec’s art pieces. Photographs of the dioramas taken close-up leave some ambiguity as to whether this is a full-sized room, or a small-scale sculpture. The…

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Paint and Colour: The Art Portfolio of Jack Vanzet


A painting made with a single brush markSingularity

Australian artist Jack Vanzet explores paint and colour through flowing abstractions that treat individual brush marks as figures in their own right. The artist’s works often look like close-ups or details of a larger artwork.


A painting of an orange brush mark on a dark backgroundNorthSouth

 

Vanzet’s dreamy abstracts celebrate the materiality of paint and the act of painting itself – each work seems to represent a moment in time where the artist’s hand blended with the…

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