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Detailed Abstract Line Art by Penabranca


An abstract line art work in the shape of a sunburstUntitled

 

Originally from Brazil, Bruno Borges is an artist based in New York. Under the moniker Penabranca, the artist creates finely detailed abstract line art with a vaguely occult feel to it.

 

I love Penabranca’s line-art designs, and the way the artist utilizes simple forms and symmetry to create deceptively complex images. Each works well as a standalone abstract art piece, though a number of them are also well-utilized as…

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Life Beside Death: Art by Jan Van Oost


A sculpture of a woman in black lying on the floorBlack Widow, plaster, textile and hair

Jan Van Oost is an artist and sculptor originally from Belgium. Van Oost’s works explore life beside death. Many of the artist’s works are monochromatic, focusing on form and materials and using the shape of the human body as a means of exploration.

 

A cast silver sculpture of a hand with its fingers in a skullSalome, cast silver

I enjoy the somewhat ghostly appearance of Van Oost’s sculptures, particularly his frequent use of skulls as a motif. His…

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Light Topical Illustrations by Olya Kirilyuk


An illustration of a crowd of people looking at their phonesThe Beat (Up) Generation

Illustrator Olya Kirilyuk works in a combination of digital and traditional media, drawing a wide variety of subjects from bright urban scenes, to storybook pictures to graphic designs. The artist’s light topical illustrations incorporate cartoon aesthetics and highly detailed realism.


A sketch of some older urban buildingsUntitled, urban sketch

Krirlyuk’s recent series The Beat (Up) Generation is an interesting example of the artist’s ability…

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Drama and Mystery in the Landscape: Photos by Frederick Ardley


A photograph of an autumn forest by Frederick Ardley

 

Frederick Ardley is a British photographer who seeks to bring out the drama and mystery in the landscape. Ardley has traveled around the world, taking photographs of expansive landscapes in many different countries and climates.

 

Ardley puts a huge emphasis on sky and lighting in his photographs, creating images that draw the viewer in with their incredible depth and scope. In his cityscapes, like his series on Dubai and Milan, the…

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Pop and Consumer Culture: Paintings by Brandon Bird


A painting by Brandon Bird of people playing video games without Harrison FordNo One Wants to Play Sega with Harrison Ford, oil on canvas

Los Angeles-based artist Brandon Bird’s paintings and drawings are heavily influenced by pop and consumer culture, with a half-cynical, half-humorous edge. The majority of the artist’s works feature recognizable figures both from fiction and reality.

 

A painting of the exterior of a Sears store in TorranceTorrance, oil on board

A recent series by Bird comprises a number of paintings of Sears store exteriors. The exteriors are…

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Paintings of Mosh Pits by Dan Witz


A painting by Dan Witz of a packed mosh pitBrite Nite 1, oil on canvas

Dan Witz is a New York-based painter and street artist whose work often takes the form of shadowy, or high-contrast paintings that emulate interior nighttime lighting. Witz is well-known for his series of paintings of mosh pits, where crowds of detailed figures collide across the canvas.

 

A painting by Dan Witz of a lamp against a dark red curtainEcono Lodge, oil and mixed media on canvas

I find Witz’s mosh pit paintings really interesting, both in the choice of…

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Interactive and Novel Media: Artworks by Serkan Ozkaya


A photo of two people lying on top of many foam figures in the bottom of a gallery spaceProletarier Aller Laender

Serkan Ozkaya is a conceptual artist who uses interactive and novel media to work outside of traditional gallery spaces, creating artworks that question the nature of art making. Ozkaya is especially interested in art appropriation and reproduction - issues concerning the true authorship of works.

 

Many of Ozkaya’s works take a political stance, such as Proletarier Aller Laender, an installation made up of…

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Delicate Food Portraits by Joel Penkman


A realistic painting of a gelatin dessert with whipped cream on topSummer Fruit Jelly, egg tempera on gesso board

Illustrator Joel Penkman specializes in delicate food portraits, often featuring classically British and American snack foods and sweets. Penkman was born in 1979 in New Zealand, and later moved to the UK to work as a graphic designer and artist.

 

An egg tempera painting of two ice cream cones with fudge and caramelIce Creams 3, egg tempera on gesso board

I love the attention to detail that Penkman gives to his works. Whether it’s taking care to depict…

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Construction and Form: Photography by Bernd and Hilla Becher


A set of nine photos depicting similar framework housesFramework Houses Slate

Bernd and Hilla Becher were a German conceptual photography duo particularly known for their grid-patterned photographic multiples of buildings and industrial structures. The majority of the works from the pair are in black and white and seem to focus intently on the construction and form of man-made objects.

 

The duo married in 1961 when they were both working as freelance photographers for an advertising…

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Illustrations for a Digital Age by Sachin Teng


An illustration of a woman with floral patterned skinDysphoria, illustration for Supersonic Electronic Annual

Sachin Teng is an artist and illustrator from New York. Teng holds a BFA in Communication Design from the Pratt institute. The artist’s practice is packed with bright, poppy illustrations for a digital age.

 

A digital illustration of a decaying bionic armBionic Decay, illustration for MIT Tech Review

Teng has provided illustrations for a variety of well-known publications including the New Yorker, Popular Mechanics, Wired…

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Light in Spaces: Installations by James Turrell


A light installation using natural and artificial white lightVeils

James Turrell is an installation artist who, in recent years, has developed a style that celebrates light in spaces. Turrell’s installations are often minimal, using lights in single saturated colours or complimentary colour combinations to create different moods and feelings within a space.

 

While the artist equally favors bright, neon colours and natural lighting, I really enjoy the works where Turrell enhances the qualities…

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Oddly-Shaped Canvases: Art by Tomokazu Matsuyama


A diptych on two irregularly shaped canvsesMother Ship, acrylic and mixed media on canvas

Tokyo-born Tomokazu Matsuyama is a painter who works with bright colours and oddly-shaped canvases to create works that really draw the viewer in. Matsuyama is currently based in New York.

 

A simplified robot shaped like the BuddhaBuddhamaton, wood, electronic motor, acrylic, metal, styrofoam, paper

 In conjunction with a sculptural and installation-based practice that uses equally bright colours and simplified, pop-culture…

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Intangible Concepts: Art by Ryan Gander


A bronzed pair of old sneakersYour Nostalgia

Ryan Gander chooses to focus on intangible concepts rather than the physicality of his works, and as such, has a practice that is extremely conceptual and equally varied in terms of medium.

 

In some cases, his materials mimic others, for example in I Is…, a marble sculpture of an unidentifiable mass blanketed by a white shroud. In another work, a pair of animatronic cartoon eyes is set into the wall of the gallery,…

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Alien Monoliths: Art by Dan Corson


An outdoor sculpture with several monolithic structures lit with coloured LEDsNepenthes Paisleyi, painted fibreglass, steel, LED's, sensors, GFRC

Public and installation artist Dan Corson creates large indoor and outdoor forms that look like alien monoliths. Often using curved, bulbous shapes and incorporating coloured lights, Corson’s installations are thoroughly modern.

 

In his indoor installation works, Corson plays with the space of the gallery itself, using lighting structures and phosphorescent materials…

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Dark and Complex: Art by Yusk Imai


A mixed media image of a bull composed on multiple imagesTake Control, mixed media on canvas

 

Yusk Imai is a self-taught visual artist who is currently based in Berlin. The artist’s mixed-media artworks are dark and complex, usually depicting animal forms made from human elements, or vice versa.

 

Each of these works carries a certain dream-like quality, particularly in the ways that the images seem to shift, growing more complex or apparently changing their meaning entirely with multiple…

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