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Obtuse Categorizations: Art by Marco Maggi

A wall collage made from small white stickersAbecedario Venecia (detail), sticker mosaic, archival stickers on museum board

Marco Maggi was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, and now splits his time between Uruguay and New York. The artist’s works act like obtuse categorizations and utilize mundane and temporal materials including office paper, tinfoil and apples.


An art installation of pencils holding strings against a wallPutin's Pencils (detail), 9 Soviet-era color pencils and bowstrings


I enjoy Maggi’s paper works – they tend…

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Wire Sketches: Sculptures by David Oliveira

A wire sculpture that looks like a drawing of a womanUntitled

Born in Lisbon, Portugal, David Oliveira is a sculptor who is known for his wire sketches that mimic rough drawings in three dimensions. These sculptures function only when seen at a particular angle, and otherwise dissolve into abstraction.


A wire sculpture created around a chair to look like a woman sittingUntitled


I’m really impressed by the attention to detail in Oliveira’s works. Looking at online images of these, some of them definitely achieve the look of a drawing hastily…

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Expressionism With Minimalism: Art by Heike-Karin Foell

An abstract painting with splashy blue marksNature is a Style

Contemporary artist Heike-Karin Foell currently lives and works in Berlin, creating abstract paintings that blend expressionism with minimalism. In her exhibitions, Foell has been known to display her paintings alongside found objects and books that offer conceptual clues.


A painting made with deep blue colors and fast marks#3

Foell tends to paint on raw canvas, using thinned painted layered on in loose, gestural brush marks. Though the work is truly abstract, each…

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Delicately Detailed Illustrative Paintings by Goto Atsuko

A painting of a woman with green hair among red flowersAsobi No Tochu, cotton cloth, glue, pigments, gum arabic, ink, lapis lazuli

Japanese artist Goto Atsuko creates delicately detailed illustrative paintings, often featuring somber-looking female faces. Using a pale, desaturated color scheme and great attention to fine details, the artist builds up cold, ethereal beauty.


A painting of a human face wrapped in vines and other foliageDream Monster V, cotton cloth, glue, pigments, gum arabic, ink, lapis lazuli

Atsuko uses an interesting range of…

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Perfectly Sketchy: Artworks by Will Barras

A black and white drawing of a figure and a large black catUntitled

Illustrator Will Barras’ artworks are rendered in a perfectly sketchy fashion, with contoured lines curling like tendrils of smoke to form objects and figures. The artist works with deep, saturated colors, as well as sketchbook offerings in black and white.


An outdoor mural by Will BarrasOutdoor Mural


The sense of movement in Barras’ sketchbook artworks is quite wonderful, where different figures seem interconnected by the same lines, and the…

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Symbolically Figurative Works by Caitlin Keogh

A painting of a blue figure with leaves emerging from itUntitled (Leaves), acrylic on canvas

Caitlin Keogh is a painter and illustrator who’s symbolically figurative works dredge up the uncomfortable parts of fashion and femininity.


A painting of a headless figure in a suitThe Guest Lecturer

Female figures often appear in Keogh’s paintings, though they tend to be headless or otherwise removed from all humanity, becoming objects as much as any other items that appear in the images. The artist often makes visual allusions to…

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Individuals in Uniform: Photography by Charles Fréger

A photo of two men in traditional dress in YokainoshimaYokainoshima

Charles Fréger takes photographs of individuals in uniform and in culturally significant dress. The artist’s photographs are taken in a very straightforward, documentary style, focusing as much on clothing as on the people wearing it.

A photo of a woman in traditional dressBretonnes

In general, the artist creates his work by travelling to a specific area or community and photographing people dressed in everything from theatrical costumes to ceremonial outfits.…

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Natural Textures: Art by Ryan Tippery

An ink drawing that looks like tree bark or woodUntitled, ink on paper

Ryan Tippery produces mixed media works that seem to reference natural textures while toeing the line between representation and abstraction. Frequently using ink and acrylic paint as media, the artist’s works are high-contrast and desaturated.

An abstract painting in black and white on beige paperUntitled, ink and acrylic on paper

There’s a certain satisfying simplicity to Tippery’s works. I like being able to focus on the texture of both the materials being…

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Abstract Structural Forms: Art by Susan Hefuna

An abstract sculpture with the form of an odd buildingBUILDING A, cast bronze, black patina


Susan Hefuna favors intertwining lines and abstract structural forms in her work. Hefuna spends her time in Cairo, Düsseldorf and New York, creating works of sculpture, drawing, photography and more.


I like seeing the way Hefuna’s drawing practice translates into her sculpture practice. In many cases, it seems as if the two-dimensional subjects in the former come to life as three-dimensional…

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Social and Sensory Experiences: Art by Pedro Reyes

An installation consisting of musical instruments made from decommissioned weaponsDisarm, instruments made from decommissioned weapons

Pedro Reyes is a conceptual artist from Mexico City. Using a wide range of materials and techniques, Reyes creates artworks that both create and comment upon social and sensory experiences.


Reyes’ artworks are often designed to be directly utilized or experienced by participants. For example, the 2013 work Cuerpomaticio takes the form of a box full of strange objects, made from…

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Photographic Limits and Perspectives: Art by Noémie Goudal

A photographic image made with an alien sphere sitting in a landscapeStation II, lightjet print

Noémie Goudal uses her background in photography to explore photographic limits and perspectives. Goudal creates images exploring not just the existing photograph but its potential, as well.


A photographic image of an unidentified structure on an empty beach

Observatoire III, Lambda print on Baryta paper 


A frequent motif in Goudal’s works are monolithic structures placed in locations that offer little contextual information. For example, in the series, Observatoires…

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The Search for Meaning: Art by Laura Berger

A painting of several people waving patterned blanketsCeremonies for the Self

Chicago-based artist Laura Berger creates artworks that explore the search for meaning on a personal, human scale as well as on a larger, societal one. The works are figurative and tend to feature simplified human forms interacting with minimalist backgrounds and objects.


A painting patterned with similar naked human figuresTides


Though she works in many media including digital art, painting and sculpture, I find that her paintings are where Berger’s style…

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Ultra-Simplified Style: Illustration by Ben Wiseman

An illustration of a man's legs stepping on a woman's hands on a ladderUntitled

Ben Wiseman is an artist and graphic illustrator based in Brooklyn, NY.  His bright, ultra-simplified style has graced the covers of magazines including TIME and Newsweek.


I’m really impressed by Wiseman’s ability to convey an idea in the most concise possible image. A majority of his graphic works feature a single subject placed in the center of a monochromatic plane. Oftentimes, the subject itself will be reduced to a…

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Odd Facets of the Human Form: Art by Evelyn Bencicova

A photograph of a model from behindUntitled

Evelyn Bencicova was born in Bratislava, Slovakia and is currently studying art in Vienna. Working mainly with photography, Bencicova’s artworks capture the odd facets of the human form in stark view with bits and pieces of added detail.


A photograph of numerous figures in an academic theatreASYMPTOTE, collaboration with Adam Csoka Keller

In some of her recent artworks, Bencicova has been experimenting with coating the body in a type of visual “second skin,” a coat of wax…

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Scenes From Science Fiction: Digital Art by Beau Wright

A digital artwork combining mountains with rendered curvesFalls

Atlanta-based digital artist Beau Wright – working under the pseudonym Aspen Excel - creates surreal objects and scenes, using fragments of earthly phenomena and digitally rendered elements. The resulting works have the effect of incredible scenes from science fiction.


A digital artwork incorporating geometric shapes, rocks and treesTwister

I really love the blend of natural and synthetic textures present in each of Wright’s works. In recent pieces, the artist seems to display an…

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