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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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Mythology With a Modern Twist: Illustration by Camille Chew

A lithograph and acrylic painting of the Gatekeeper moon deityThe Gatekeeper, lithograph and acrylic


Camille Chew is a New York-based illustrator whose works focus on themes of fantasy and dark magic. The artist’s works are packed with visual symbolism and stylized figures that blend mythology with a modern twist.


A tarot card of The Empress designed by Camille ChewThe Empress, digital illustration

I’m really a fan of the style that Chew employs to create her illustrations. The elements of each image are rendered in a very two-dimensional…

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Detailed Yet Quiet Illustrations by Manjit Thapp

A page from a silent comic by Manjit ThappSilent Comic (detail)

Manjit Thapp is a UK-based illustrator whose detailed yet quiet illustrations range in application from book covers to comics to fashion designs. Utilizing a combination of figurative drawing and abstracted shapes and scenarios, the artist creates images that depict the everyday with a slightly dreamlike edge.


A fashion illustration by Manjit Thapp for Miu MiuMiu Miu/ Pre Fall '16


I find Thapp’s comic works quite charming – the artist is very good at…

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Casual Strokes of Color: Art by Blair Prentice

An illustration composed of colors laid over a photograph of a personUntitled, illustration

Blair Prentice is a multidisciplinary artist currently based in New York. Working in the fields of illustration, graphic design, photography, and art direction, Blair works in a distinctly illustrative style, marrying bright, casual strokes of color with sketchy line art.


In his painted works, Blair favors small details and forms packed with small details. I like the way the artist chooses to forgo strict…

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1920s and 30s Aesthetic: Painting by Jared Joslin

A painting of a flapper girl in a carnival shooting galleryShooting Gallery, oil on canvas

Jared Joslin is a painter, originally from Fort Collins, Colorado. The artist is skilled in realistic painting, and has a particular affinity for the American 1920’s and 30’s aesthetic.


I really enjoy the way that Jared combines his nods to bygone eras with more modern painting techniques and color schemes. Many of his images focus on a centrally-placed figure, with darkened backgrounds and dramatic…

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Mechanical Animals: Art by Jessica Joslin

A sculpture of a turtle made from animal bones and gold detailsUntitled


Jessica Joslin combines an arts background with training in the professional trades to create her fascinating mechanical animals. Sculpted from real and replica animal bones, as well as metals, wood and altered found materials, Jessica’s sculptures are equal parts eerie and ornate.


I find Jessica’s constructions really incredible. Each sculpture is fabricated expertly, with almost no evidence of the artist’s hand.…

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