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Aesthetics of Architecture: Art by Margaret Griffith

A photograph of an installation by Margaret GriffithCommonwealth, handcut paper (installation view at Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA)

Margaret Griffith is originally from Winston Salem, North Carolina. Griffith draws on the aesthetics of architecture, using elements like wrought-iron and chain-link fencing to build up new and different sculptural forms.


A sculpture made from twisted copper cut into curling shapesDerby, copper


Griffith creates sculptures, as well as drawings and public works. I’m quite taken by her sculptural…

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Medium of Spider Webs: Art by Michael Anthony Simon

A photo of a spider web lacquered by Michael Anthony SimonSmile 10.5.2013.17:47:57, lacquer on Nephila Clavata spider web

Michael Anthony Simon is from Chicago but relocated to South Korea in 2009. Still based in the Korean countryside, Simon has taken to the unusual medium of spider webs to form the substrate for his lacquered sculptural works.


A pair of spider webs that have been lacquered in pink and yellow huesPink and Yellow in Excited States, lacquer on Nephila Clavata spider web

While the process and idea of using spider webs in artwork is fascinating…

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Astrological Figures: Art by Jesse Bransford

A mixed media artwork by Jesse BransfordSic Itur Ad Astra, acrylic paint, watercolor, and ink on paper

New York-based artist Jesse Bransford creates illustrative images that often feature esoteric concepts and astrological figures, blending splashy, abstracted painting techniques with ruled lines and an almost mathematical sensibility.


A mixed media artwork featuring the outline of a tarot cardThe Door (Atu 18), acrylic paint, watercolor, and graphite on paper


I enjoy the partly minimalist, flatly-colored style that Bransford…

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Light as Circular Figures: Painting by Randall Stoltzfus

A painting by Randall StoltzfusCorona, acrylic dispersion with gold leaf on recycled polymer canvas

Randall Stoltzfus grew up in rural Virginia and later studied painting in Washington, D.C. His current practice is focused on detailed landscape paintings that view light as circular figures, creating paintings that sit somewhere between abstraction and figuration.


A painting with many overlapping circles of a blue gradientStorybook, acrylic dispersion with gold leaf on recycled polymer


Stoltzfus’ method of dividing the…

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Stylized Standing Figures: Sculpture by Gosia

A sculpture of a standing figure with painted-on featuresBeneath the Waves, polymer gypsum

Gosia is a sculptor who was born in Poland and now lives and works in Toronto, Ontario. The artist’s works often take the form of highly stylized standing figures, created with simple, pale human forms embellished with moments of color and added materials to elevate them to a new conceptual level.


A sculpture of two standing figures with blue paintInto the Ocean, polymer gypsum


I really love how much Gosia is able to convey using fairly clean and…

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Shifts in Identity: Art by Hayv Kahraman

A painting of disjointed figures on raw linenAsk one prisoner to come close to translate for another, oil on linen

Hayv Kahraman was born in Baghdad, Iraq, and is now based in Los Angeles. Her artworks often express her early experiences as an Iraqi refugee and the shifts in identity associated with coming to the United States. Kahraman’s works take the form of figurative paintings and abstract sculptures, with occasional overlap between the two styles.


A painting by Hayv KahramanHouse in Gaylani, oil…

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Light, Shadow, and Texture: Art by Arantzazu Martinez

A painting of a woman in a white dress by Arantzazu MartinezVedma, oil on wood

Arantzazu Martinez is a painter originally from Vitoria, Spain and currently residing in New York. The artist is known for her photo-realistic figurative paintings that play with light, shadow, and texture to create sumptuously deep images.


A painting of a tree growing out of a rocky outcroppingHideout, oil on linen


I’m quite amazed by not only the artist’s skill in painting the fine details of an image, but also with her range in subject matter. Martinez’s…

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Retro-Futuristic Digital Illustrations by Rik Oostenbroek

A digital image by Rik OostenbroekKarma (design for

Dutch artist and designer Rik Oostenbroek specializes in retro-futuristic digital illustrations as part of a personal practice and client-based work. Using a deep, almost psychedelic color palette and intricate, flowing lines, Ooostenbroek creates dynamic images that reference both modern aesthetics and past trends.


A set of typography designs by Rik OostenbroekTypography


I like the effect that Oostenbroek gets by using bright colors that work…

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Heavy, Earthy Installations by Dineo Seshee Bopape

A photograph of a sculptural installation by Dineo Seshee Bopapesa____ke lerole, (sa lerole ke____ ), mixed media installation (Art in General, New York)

Dineo Seshee Bopape is a South African multimedia artist based in Johannesburg. Bopape’s art often comes in the form of heavy, earthy installations utilizing wood, soil and building materials, often in combination with electronic equipment and found objects.


A photo of an installation in a Paris galleryUntitled [of occult instability] (feelings), installation (Palais de Tokyo, Paris,…

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Modernist Aesthetics: Sculpture by Rand Hardy

A colorful abstract sculpture by Rand HardyFuturama/Kachina Kar, aqua resin, paint

Sculptor Rand Hardy draws on both contemporary and modernist aesthetics to create sculptures that have an almost anachronistic feeling to them. Working as an artist since the 1960’s, Hardy’s style has evolved yet has retained a very distinct sense of self.


An abstract bronze sculpture from the 1980'sForms of the Mouth, bronze

Throughout the 1980’s and 90’s, Hardy’s works tended to use raw, industrial materials like wood,…

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Multiple Exposures: Experimental Photography by Jessica Eaton

A photographic image by Jessica Eatoncfaal 260, pigment print

Jessica Eaton is an experimental photographer who creates abstract images using traditional photographic materials in a decidedly non-traditional manner. Many of Eaton’s photographs are based on multiple exposures of simple objects that are then heavily processed using analog development techniques.


A photographic image by Jessica Eaton after Sonia DelaunaySonia 03 (Sonia Delaunay, Diagonale, 1970), pigment print

I love how different Eaton’s works look from any…

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Sugar-Coated Grotesquerie: Art by Christian Rex Van Minnen

A 2016 painting by Christian Rex Van MinnenUnititled

Christian Rex Van Minnen’s paintings offer viewers a delightfully confusing blend of bright, friendly forms and biological terror. The artist’s paintings reference classical portraiture and still-life painting styles, adding bits of candy, vaguely occult imagery and tattoos to create bizarre, sugar-coated grotesquerie.


A 2015 painting by Christian Rex Van MinnenUntitled

I’m really impressed by the consistent, incredibly detailed realism in Van Minnen’s works.…

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Futuristic Schematics: Art and Design by Ash Thorp

An illustration for Ash Thorp's project Lost BoyIllustration for Lost Boy

Ash Thorp is a graphic designer, illustrator and digital artist who has worked on a number of video games and films. Ash’s work tends to have a gritty tone favoring futuristic schematics and computer graphics.


A digital reel of Thorp's work thus far


Because of the collaborative nature of Thorp’s work, he often takes on different roles in each project, leading to a finished product that may look…

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Solitary Figures: Art by Malcolm T. Liepke

A painting of a young woman lying on a blue floorBlue Angel 1, oil on canvas

Malcolm T. Liepke is a painter originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Liepke’s works are primarily figurative, usually focusing on solitary figures, though occasionally depicting a scene with more than one person.


A painting of a woman holding a cigaretteEnd of Day, oil on canvas

I find Liepke’s style of painting quite inviting. The artist paints in a gestural, flowing style that celebrates his hand and presence in each work. Many of…

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