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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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Traditional and Contemporary Aesthetics: Faig Ahmed


A handmade wool carpet that seems to blur and become abstractOiling, handmade woolen rug

Faig Ahmed is a sculptor and installation artist from Baku, Azerbaijan.  In his current practice, Ahmed uses fragments and patterns from traditional Azerbaijani rugs to create sculptures and installations that combine traditional and contemporary aesthetics.

 

In his carpet works, Ahmed keeps part of the original pattern and then weaves the remainder of the carpet into a different, often bizarre or surreal…

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Beauty and Desolation: Photography by Matt Emmett


A photo of a grand hall of an abandoned houseImperfect Symmetry

Matt Emmett of Forgotten Heritage is an urban explorer and photographer, capturing beauty and desolation in the places he visits. Matt has photographed many abandoned locations all over the world, capturing in various states of decay as they slowly return to wilderness.

 

His series of photos of the same locations show the progression of nature as it retakes a space and how certain spaces become overgrown sooner. …

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Huge Outdoor Sculptures by John Grade


A photo of a net-like sculptural structure in the forestLa Chasse

John Grade installs his huge outdoor sculptures in public areas, forests, and in the gallery. These bulbous, abstract constructions are made of a variety of materials including wood and interesting starch-based resins.

 

A photo of several large, lantern-like constructions being swallowed by the tideElephant Bed

 

Grade is interested in the tradition of land art, and manipulating the natural landscape itself to form art pieces that are temporary and transient. While his constructions are sturdy and not…

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Complex Imaginary Vehicles by Modestas Malinauskas


A painting of a strange and complicated imaginary shipReach Land

Modestas Malinauskas is a Lithuanian artist who paints amazingly complex imaginary vehicles in dream-like settings. Many of Malinauskas’ paintings look like they could be concept art for a space fantasy novel or a comic book. The detail he achieves in his paintings is incredible – each ship seems to be cobbled together from a collection of scrap materials and sheets of metal, strips of tape and string – they are even…

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Weird and Wonderful Collage by Eugenia Loli


A collaged image of a huge pair of Ray-Bans on a distant beachElysian Field, collage

Check out these surreal collages by Eugenia Loli! Loli currently lives and works in California. Her weird and wonderful collage illustrations focus on the human figure, often incorporating it into otherworldly scenarios.


A collaged image of a sheriff with flowers coming out of his headZimbardo, collage

In making her collages, Eugenia starts with a base image and then builds around it. Sometimes collaged images are placed so that they appear to take on the function of another…

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Geometric Invasions: Digital Art by Cy Tone


A digital image of three white spheres floating over a fieldUnknown Flying Object

Cy Tone is an artist and designer from Italy. His digital works are amazing geometric invasions, where three-dimensional cubes and spheres hover in photographic landscapes.

 

It’s intriguing the way that Tone manipulates reality – his shapes are often translucent, or they have mirrored surfaces, and while they don’t appear to physically touch the landscapes that they are placed in, they interact in the way…

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Sci-Fi Flowers: Sculptures by Choe U-Ram


An installation view of a light fixture made of metal piecesUna Lumino, metallic material, motor, LED, CPU board, polycarbonate

Choe U-Ram is a Korean artist who specializes in large-scale metallic sculptures of sci-fi flowers, insects, and fantasy creatures.

 

The sculptures have a futuristic, yet steampunk aesthetic to them, combining sleek, smoothly fabricated pieces of metal with distinctly mechanical elements. Many of these sculptures are kinetic, such as floral forms that open from a bud…

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Painting with Photography: JeeYoung Lee


A photograph of a woman playing in a room filled with giant legosGamer, pigment print

JeeYoung Lee is a Korean artist who makes a practice out of painting with photography. Rather than taking photographs of existing scenes, Lee dreams up bizarre, imaginative, images and sets which she then builds and photographs. The result is like getting to look inside the artist’s dreams.

 


A photo of a young woman almost hidden in a dreamlike set of lily padsResurrection, pigment print

I love how Lee places herself in all of these photographs, essentially making them…

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Illustrated Crystalline Structures: Karina Eibatova


An illustration of a universe sliding off the side of a tableEverything is Possible

These illustrated crystalline structures are by artist Karina Eibatova. Born in Russia and now based in London, Eibatova’s works focus on the spiritual and hopeful aspects of nature. She has a particular interest in crystals, space imagery, and flowers, often combining one or all of these ideas – sometimes with human figures – to create surreal, psychedelic illustrations.

 


An illustration of two crystal forms on paperAmazonite-Morganite

Eibatova works…

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Quiet Night Time Paintings by Trevor Young


A painting of a deserted gas station at nightIntroduction to the Pump, oil on canvas

Trevor Young’s quiet night time paintings express a view of modern life that isn’t often seen, or only seen by those who happen to wander about at night. The artist’s images of, in particular, deserted gas stations in the middle of the night, are strangely nostalgic for me, and while they have the potential to seem menacing or creepy, in fact they seem peaceful, and the deserted nature of the…

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An Illustrative Eye: Paintings by Chrystal Chan


A painting of a young girl with a house balanced on her headWhere My Mind is My Heart is Also, oil on board

Painter Chrystal Chan works with an illustrative eye, painting strange scenes that echo the vignettes of classical figure painting, but seem like they could be pictures accompanying a grand fairy tale. Born and raised in California, the artist has always had a special interest in the spiritual and occult worlds, and many of her paintings express these ideas, as well as simple feelings…

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