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Abstract Sculptures by Isabel Nolan


A sculptural work  consisting of a curled metal tube and a forest scene on the wallThe weakening eye of day, mild steel, wadding, wood, thread

Isabel Nolan works primarily as a sculptor. Her works explore form indiscriminately, whether mimicking plants or man-made objects. She often focuses on bringing the form of one artistic medium into a different one.  

 

An example of this that I particularly like are Nolan’s abstract sculptures that mimic the form of pencil sketches and doodles in notebooks. The artist has…

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Hypnotic Structures: Sculpture by Anthony Howe


A kinetic sculpture composed of many plates of stainless steelOcto 3, stainless steel

Anthony Howe is originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, and now resides in Orcas Island, Washington. Howe’s artworks take the form of large-scale, outdoor kinetic sculptures that move with the wind. These hypnotic structures take many different forms but are generally abstract, calling to mind flowers, radio antennae and complex cellular structures.  

 

Treefoil, stainless steel 

 

Howe’s work was initially…

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Origins and History: Art by David R. Harper


A diptych featuring a figure in a painting overlaid with patterned embroideryThe Fall, embroidery

David R. Harper’s artworks explore the origins and history of various materials, and connecting classical art with modern methods.

 

Harper works primarily in sculpture and embroidery. I find his embroidered works particularly interesting. In them, the artist references classical paintings, emulating certain painting styles, but omitting parts of the works and replacing these parts with monochromatic or patterned…

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Advertising and the Body: Art by Elizabeth Zvonar


A wall-mounted sculpture using mannequin handsHands Across the Universe, 4 adult-sized mannequin hands, custom mount

Elizabeth Zvonar’s works frequently use isolated fingers, feet and eyes as well as references to high fashion to explore advertising and the body. The Canadian artist uses a vast array of media in her work, ranging from hand-cut collage to cast sculptures and found objects.

 

A close-up detail of a collage work held up by plaster cast high-heelsThe Spectre, The Serpent, The Ghost, The Thing, aluminum-mounted photo print, gold-plated…

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Naive, Childlike Sculptures by Liz Craft


A tiled table with a three-dimensional pair of lips functioning as an ashtrayAshtray Table, ceramic tiles and steel

American sculptor Liz Craft creates figurative works that explore notions of cliché, counterculture and marginalized groups of people. Her naïve, childlike sculptures have a messy, accessible workmanship that upon closer inspection reveals conceptual depth.

 

A fibreglass sculpture of a woman lying on a couchNicole Couch (Pink, Fuschsia, Orange), fibreglass and paint

I enjoy the way that Craft’s sculptures seem to have a sense of humour about…

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Cities in the Sky: Installations by Tomas Saraceno


An installation featuring nets strong enough to support human weight, high above the groundIn Orbit, installation

Tomas Saraceno was trained as an architect, a fact which instantly becomes clear upon viewing his works. He creates large, interactive installations that are like cities in the sky.

 

His recent installation, In Orbit, comprises a network of white mesh nets and mirrored globes suspended high above a gallery space. Viewers can walk over and through the different levels of netting, creating the feeling of walking on…

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Intense Moodiness: Art by Patrick Bjorsrud


A painting in black and white of a strange robed figureUntitled

Patrick Bjorsrud is a Norwegian artist who uses a deconstructed style to express human experiences and behaviour. His style is often very loose and rough, using overlapping sketches and heavy, quick brushstrokes to form an image - or several images on top of one another.

 

A layered figurative drawing in coloured crayon on paperTerry Hawkins: Sadistic Snuff Man 25, crayon on paper

Bjorsrud works in a variety of media including drawing, painting and sculpture. I really enjoy…

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Nostalgic Images: Painting by Nate Burbeck


A panoramic painting of children playing in a suburban streetLakeville, Minnesota, oil on canvas

Nate Burbeck’s paintings take everyday scenes as their subjects, often featuring rural settings, cars, and small town dwellings in landscapes across the Midwestern United States. There is something vaguely melancholy about Burbeck’s works, like a certain sense of disrepair or entropy in the images of deserted streets and graffiti on bridges.


A painting of the long grass and puddles under a concrete overpassLong Meadow Lake, Bloomington, Minnesota, oil on canvas…

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Complex Surreal Worlds: Art by Hannah Yata


A surreal painting of a bat sitting in a cluster of blue flowersMorpho, oil on panel

Each of Hannah Yata paintings are complex surreal worlds, where part-human, part-animal subjects interact with bizarre alien landscapes.

 

A painting of a female figure with two swan headsDemeter, oil on canvas

Technically, Yata is quite skilled, rendering her subjects in extreme detail, creating almost photorealistic depictions of these strange dream worlds. She usually works in oil on panel, using bright colours and fine blending techniques to achieve a smooth…

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Parallel Worlds: Photo Manipulations by Michal Karcz


A digitally manipulated photo of a broken road under a strange architectural structureSpiritual Archives

Photographer and digital artist Michal Karcz creates parallel worlds through his surreal photo manipulations. These artworks are often inspired by music, movies and dreams and have a great science-fiction or fantasy feel to them.

 

Karcz manipulations are quite impressive – he manages to blend the real with the digitally altered in such a way as to make the two barely distinguishable from one another. In his photos,…

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Colourful, Bulbous Sculptures by Elyse Graham


A synthetic sculpture made to look like a geode with bright glossy insidesVoid #16, latex and urethane

Elyse Graham lives in Los Angeles, California, where she creates her colourful, bulbous sculptures made from latex, urethane and other synthetic materials.

 

Graham’s most recent project, her Geodes, is a series of brightly coloured geodes that have been made from layers of coloured latex and urethane, occasionally incorporating other ingredients such as plaster and sand. These sculptures are like fantasy…

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Data Translation: Artwork by Ryoji Ikeda

Supersymmetry, 2014 promotional video

 

Ryoji Ikeda is an artist from Japan who uses sound, light and digital elements to explore data translation and human perception.

 

Ikeda's  works are almost exclusively in black and white, and frequently come in the form of huge projected screens, big enough to cover the whole wall of a gallery space. Many of the artist’s pieces are installations that rely on audiences interacting with and…

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Strange, Fluid Forms: Sculpture by Jon von Bergen


A sculpture where the gallery wall appears to be stretching into a glass vitrineAnti-Precious Moment, MDF, polymer-gypsum, plexiglass, flocking, wall paint

Sculptor John von Bergen’s recent practice involves strange, fluid forms and partially coloured objects. Some of his work’s seem to be actively attempting to escape the gallery space – or in some cases, infiltrate it.

 

Von Bergen also has a propensity for creating interest in the mundane. His Sentimental… series places seemingly random objects, all…

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Digital Sculptures by Maxim Shkret


A digitally rendered three dimensional foxFox

Russian artist Maxim Shkret creates stunning three-dimensional digital renderings of animals and human figures. His unique layered style allows the viewer to focus on every contour of the figure, while adding a tactile, sculptural quality to the otherwise smooth digital work.


A digitally rendered image of a white wolfUntitled

Shkret’s digital sculptures are depicted in close up, with the eyes of the face often serving as the focal point. The artist renders the eyes with a…

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Adorable Tiny Art by Evan Lorenzen


A tiny book page detailing a major event in human historyThe Mini Book of Major Events (detail)

Evan Lorenzen creates cartoonish illustrations that offer a strange look at pop culture, history and animals. The artist’s recent works focus on black and white depictions of pop cultural figures, and experimentation with different surfaces.


A photo of two tiny tarot cards being held in someone's finger'sTiny Tarot

I’m especially a fan of Evan’s adorable tiny art pieces. These illustrations and book art pieces are whimsical yet amazingly delicate…

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