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Personal and Political Identities: Art by Fatma Bucak


A still from a video by Fatma BucakBlessed are you who come - conversation on the Turkish-Amernian border (video still)

Fatma Bucak was born in Iskenderun, Turkey, and now lives and works in both London and Istanbul. The artist is known for her works dealing with personal and political identities, which often take the form of multimedia installations or participatory experiences.


A photograph of an arrangement of objectsUndetermined remains (from series A Study of Eight Landscapes), archival pigment print

 

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Speculative Tech: Art by Tom McDowell


A digital artwork of a mech on a landing padMech Delivery

Tom McDowell is London-based concept artist who works with ideas and aesthetics from science fiction. The artist’s works range from highly detailed three-dimensional models of space ships and other speculative tech, to more stylized drawings and character concepts.


A sketch of a futuristic characterUntitled, from Sci-Fi Doodles series

 

I’m really enjoying browsing through McDowell’s collection of “doodles” – though many are just a single…

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Abstract Paradise: Art by Matthieu Venot


A photo of a building in the sunUntitled I (Montpellier), photographic print

Photographer Matthieu Venot captures views of an abstract paradise. The artist takes a minimalist approach to photography, seeking out the color and geometry of an architectural features and focusing in until the shapes take on new meaning.


A photograph of an apartment building with minimalist compositionUntitled III (BRUT), photographic print

 

I love Venot’s recent series of building portraits. In each of these photographs, a single apartment tower…

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Cultural Ubiquity: Art by Sam McKinniss


An acrylic and oil painting of a photo of PrincePrince, acrylic and oil on canvas

Sam McKinniss is a painter based in Williamsburg, New York. The artist is known for his detailed, painterly portraits of pop-culture figures. In recent years, McKinniss has become particularly known for recreating photos of celebrities and other bits of internet and Western cultural ubiquity, rendering them in detailed, classically-styled brush strokes.


A portrait of Lourde for her album MelodramaPortrait of Lourde for the cover of Melodrama

 

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Playful Cat Illustrations: Art by Kamwei Fong


A drawing of two cartoon catsMoo & Inky

Kamwei Fong is an artist based in Malaysia. Fong’s has recently become known on the internet for his playful cat illustrations that utilize a distinctive style of monochromatic ink work.


A drawing of a cat seen from behindKitty No. 12

 

Fong has a great eye for negative space in his works – most of the pieces focus on a central figure positioned in a way that draws the eye elegantly across the image surface. I can see definite allusions to the aesthetic…

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Expressive Nature: Art by Kaylee Dalton


An abstracted artwork with plant-like aestheticsDark Lush (landscape), encaustic monotype and mixed media on Stonehenge black

Kaylee Dalton’s uses a combination of printmaking, collage, painting, and encaustic to address the expressive nature of, well --- nature. Dalton’s layered, gestural approach to image-making results in artworks that are as lush as the plant growths that they reference.


A print and collage artwork with leaf-like formsLush No. 12 (landscape), encaustic monotype and mixed media on Rives BFK

 

For all the…

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Systems and Processes: Art by Rob Chavasse


An installation featuring a large palette of plasterboardMarsh Lane Diversion, diverted shipment of plasterboard (installed at Frieze London 2016)

Rob Chavasse is an artist who specializes in conceptual installations and video projects. Chavasse’s work is often site-specific, and the artist favors materials like household appliances, and manufacturing goods and tools to help him address common systems and processes.


A photograph of a gallery installation of radiatorsSlow Dance, radiators, extension cables, motor system (installed at David…

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Colorful Mountain Ranges: Art by David Wightman


A painted and collaged image of mountains and a lakeAndromache, acrylic and collaged wallpaper on canvas

David Wightman creates intensely colorful mountain ranges in a combination of acrylic paint and collaged wallpaper. The artist’s use of wallpaper lends a fascinating textural element to his works that stands in contrast with the sharply outlined shapes and bright, flat planes of color.


A painting of a mountain in pink and yellowOndine, acrylic and collaged wallpaper on canvas

 

I really enjoy the overall aesthetic that…

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Aggressively Gestural Paintings by Josh Smith


A painting of a leaf in deep, harsh red and black tonesLeaf Print VIII, monotype on Yupo paper

New York-based artist Josh Smith is known for aggressively gestural paintings and prints that take recognizable figures and render them nearly abstract with layered additions of thick, heavy brush marks and deep pigments.


A painting with the name Josh SmithUntitled (JSP10173), oil on canvas

 

I find Smith’s process, and its visual result, quite fascinating. In some of his earliest paintings, Smith utilized his own name as a base…

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Surreal Narrative Images: Art by Ray Ceasar


An artwork featuring a female figure overlooking a boat in constructionOde to the Navy, canvas print

Toronto-based artist Ray Ceasar creates eerie and surreal narrative images using digital modeling and texturing techniques. The artist’s works combine aesthetics, fashions, and motifs from a variety of bygone eras, resulting in anachronistic works that seem oddly timeless.


A digital rendering of a figure in dress from a past centurySolar Calm, single piece on wood panel

Ceasar’s figures have a very distinct look – their slightly rounded faces, pale skin and…

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Compositions in Ink: Art by Matina Galati


An abstract ink painting on paperink on paper

Matina Galati creates compositions in ink that focus on the texture and pattern of brush marks. In many of Galati’s works, the soft, tapering lines left behind by the hairs of a brush form natural textures that reference waves, rocks, and wood.


An ink painting with thick black and white linesink on paper

I enjoy the soft aesthetic that Galati achieves through her use of cream-colored paper and substrates. Rather than black ink on a harsh white background, the artist’s…

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The Limits of Paint and Pigment: Art by Julie Trudel


A painting made on a clear acrylic panelTransparence et Distorsion NNBN, acrylic paint and gesso on acrylic panel

Artist Julie Trudel explores the limits of paint and pigment in her artistic practice. Producing works that are optical and geometric in appearance, Trudel plays with viscosity, color interactions, and paint thickness to carve out a new identity for colors and shades.


A black and white painting with overlapping wave formsCroisements T22F1M, acrylic paint and gesso on Baltic birch plywood

 

I really enjoy the…

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Copyright and Ownership: Art by Jill Magid


A photograph of an installation piece by Jill MagidThe Offering/Tapete de Flores (installation view), natural and artificial flowers, dyed sawdust, salt, glue

American artist Jill Magid creates conceptual multimedia installations that deal with themes of copyright and ownership, as wel as the dissemination of information. Magid’s practice often incorporates performative aspects, with the artist communicating and forming relationships with various people who have access to certain…

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Organic Patterns: Art by Louise McRae


An artwork made with an assembly of painted woodRain Reign

Louise McRae uses her art practice to explore notions of time and space outside the picture plane. In her compositions, McRae utilizes, chunks of found construction wood, placing oddly-shaped pieces together to create organic patterns.


An assemblage of painted found woodSong for Tane

The artist tends to paint first on larger pieces of scrap timber, splitting them into smaller shards after the fact. These shards are then assembled as two and three-dimensional…

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Reproductions of Video: Painting by Judith Eisler


A painting of a close-up frame of a woman's faceDelphine (close-up), oil on canvas

Judith Eisler is a painter who draws inspiration from her works from classic cinema. Creating painted reproductions of video stills from classic films, Eisler blurs the line between types of representation and explores how added layers of visual technology serve to further abstract an image.


A painting reproducing the look of lighting in a filmMovie Lights 5, oil on canvas

Aesthetically, Eisler’s paintings are quite enticing. I like the way the artist…

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