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Geometric Form and Pattern: The Art of Giorgio Viva

A geometric painting with stripes that become squares of patternUntitled, acrylic on canvas

Giorgio Viva is an Italian artist currently based in the United States. Viva’s practice is varied, with the artist producing both visual art and music. Viva’s visual art portfolio showcases a fascination with geometric form and pattern.


An abstract geometric painting with purple and yellow tonesUntitled, acrylic on canvas

 

I really enjoy Viva’s abstract paintings. The works are wildly colourful, and often utilize repeated forms like lines or other, more…

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Impossible Objects: The Art of Zhestkov Studio

Maxim Zhestkov produces work with partners and collaborators under the umbrella of Zhestkov Studio. The studio’s artworks often utilize digital techniques to create futuristic impossible objects that defy the physical limitations of a gallery space.


A still from an animated film of a digital bubbleOptics (still)

 

Much of Zhestkov’s recent work involves 4k animation, with animated objects often laid over images of gallery and museum spaces to help foster a more realistic, tangible…

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The Collage Art Portfolio of Ugur Gallenkus

A photo of a tulip field next to a photo of machine guns laid out on the groundUntitled

Ugur Gallenkus is a turkish artist who uses collage art to juxtapose images of privileged Western cultures with images of war-torn nations in the middle east. The artist’s works are unflinching, often jarring, and dissect reality while still allowing the viewer space to form their own opinions.


A collage of two images of children playing in very different landscapesUntitled

 

The artist’s technical skill with these collages lends to closer examination of the images -- the photographs that he…

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Alien Landscapes: The Art Portfolio of Al Mefer

A photo of some monolithic buildings over a gradient skyUntitled

Al Mefer is a photographer who uses his talent at capturing images to distort and remix familiar settings and structures, producing images of alien landscapes and architecture, giving the viewer a never-before-seen view of both man-made and natural features.


A photo of a building against an orange skyUntitled

 

I really enjoy the science fiction aesthetic that runs through Mefer’s entire portfolio. With series titles like Alien Architecture and Deserts of the Future

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Surreal Iterations: Art by Emil Alzamora


A metal sculpture of a human formGullfoss, bronze

Emil Alzamora was born in Lima, Peru; lived in the United States and Spain growing up; and is now based in New York. The artist’s current practice is largely focused on the human figure, with Alzamora creating abstracted, surreal iterations of recognizable forms in two and three-dimensional media.


A sculpted bust with abstracted elementsOn the Royal Road 15, ceramic, gold overglaze

 

The artist’s approach to sculpture is fascinating. Some of the works…

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The Art Portfolio of Dominique Cheng


An abstract ink drawing with intersecting black linesIsland II, sumi ink on paper

Dominique Cheng is an illustrator and installation artist with a background in architecture. The artist’s current portfolio features quiet, dense artworks made with minimal colour and small, fine marks that intersect and interact to create a larger whole.


An ink drawing featuring numerous fine details of an abstracted landscapeArk, ink on trace

 

I really enjoy the overall monochromatic, black-and-white aesthetic of Cheng’s portfolio. The focus on line art and white space…

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The Photography Portfolio of Alex Stoddard

A photograph of a figure in front of striking lightningYou Only Live Twice

Alex Stoddard is a photographer based in Los Angeles, California. The artist’s works often utilize elements of fantasy and the supernatural, combining human figures with natural landscapes and creating a sense of dreamlike immediacy.


A photograph of a female figure underwaterFar From Air

 

Stoddard’s recent works are highly imaginative -- many of them seem almost like realized versions of illustrations for comics or story books. There’s a great sense…

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Humanity, Technology, Nature, and Scienc: Art by Studio Drift

An installation consisting of a large concrete box suspended in a galleryDrifter (installed in New York, 2017)

Studio Drift is an arts collective founded by Lonneke Gordjin and Ralph Nauta, two artists from the Netherlands. The duo’s works comment on the intersection between humanity, technology, nature, and science, and are often made in collaboration with professionals in scientific fields.


An artwork made from hundreds of illuminated drones in flightFranchise Freedom (pictured December 2017, Miami, Florida)

 

I enjoy the monolithic quality of the duo’s works.…

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The Art Portfolio of Dorian Gaudin


A wall-hanging artwork made from bent sheet metalUntitled

Dorian Gaudin is a French-born artist currently based in New York. In his practice, Gaudin explores form and materiality in works that combine sculpture, painting, installation, and assemblage.


An art installation consisting of numerous mechanical and metal componentsUntitled

I’m really drawn to the mechanical, sci-fi-inspired aesthetic that runs through many of Gaudin’s works. Some pieces use metal piping and have the cursory appearance of recognizable tools and artefacts, only to unravel upon…

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Mathematical Precision: Art by Tanya Goel


A bright painting with geometric elementsValue Study, oil on canvas

Tanya Goel was born in New Delhi, India, and studied art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Yale University. The artist’s practice combines mathematical precision with traditional methods of painting and art-making.


An artwork made up of geometric notation across a raw canvas fieldField, notation in X, Y, Z

 

It’s fascinating to look at Goel’s works and imagine just how much painstaking work went into producing each abstract image. In many cases it seems…

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The Prolific Drawing Practice of Susan Te Kahurangi King


An abstract drawing with bright colours and dense line artUntitled

Susan Te Kahurangi King was born in New Zealand, and began drawing as a child in the 1950s. Early in her childhood, the artist lost the ability to speak. Since then, her prolific drawing practice has served not only as an artistic outlet, but a creative mode of communication.


A drawing made using bright colours and abstracted figurative formsUntitled

 

I really enjoy the kaleidoscopic colours and equally wild compositions that the artist utilizes in her works. Te Kahurangi King packs an…

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Blocky Wall-Hanging Pieces by Mary Obering

A geometric optical illusion paintingPA III - PS3, egg tempera and gold leaf on gessoed panel

Mary Obering is an American mixed media artist and painter. The artist’s works walk the line between painting and sculpture, usually taking the form of heavy, blocky wall-hanging pieces that combine elements of minimalist painting and geometric abstraction.


A geometric painting with planes of warm colour and gold leafBlocks V, egg tempera and white gold leaf on gessoed panel

 

Obering’s portfolio is very cohesive even across multiple…

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Spatial Interventions: Art by Olivier Ratsi


An installation view of a light-based artwork with deep red tonesFRAME PERSPECTIVE (Echolyse project), wood, LED, computer, software (installation view at Dostyk Plaza, Almaty, Kazakhstan)

Olivier Ratsi is a French visual artist who lives and works in Paris. In his artistic practice, Ratsi uses a combination of sound, video projection, painting, and other media to create installations that play off of the physical space of their location while creating new spatial interventions.


An installation view of a geometric light work projected onto a screenPELE-MELE (Echolyse…

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Minimalist Paintings by John Zurier

A monochromatic abstract painting made using deep green tonesStapi, oil on linen

John Zurier was born in Santa Monica, California, and now lives and works between Berkeley, California, and Reykjavik, Iceland. The artist is known for his minimalist paintings that tend toward a monochromatic colour scheme, focusing on the texture and arrangement of brush marks across the canvas.


An abstract painting on linen using Earthy, natural tonesAt Havalsnes, distemper on linen

 

Some of Zurier’s paintings, and the way he emphasizes the texture and materiality of…

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The Art Portfolio of Mikael Christian Strøbek

A sculpture made with brightly coloured shapesPC/BT/GS

Mikael Christian Strøbek is a Berlin-based artist who works primarily in sculpture, painting, and installation. The artist’s works are produced with an incredible sense of geometric precision, and seem to shed light on the mathematical and geometric principles present in each space they are installed.


A photo of a geometric sculpture in a gallery spaceThree/50/C.Black

 

I really enjoy Strøbek’s sculptural works, especially those made with narrow, coloured metal bars.…

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