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Pooling, Melting Color: Art by Holton Rower


A monolithic artwork by Holton RowerVenus

Holton Rower creates works that hover halfway between painting and sculpture. Using layers upon layers of thin poured paint, Rower creates psychedelic patterns out of pooling, melting color.

 

Rower creates both two-dimensional and three-dimensional forms with this paint-pouring method. I appreciate the artist’s two-dimensional works both in the way they evidence the artist’s hand and process, and in the way that Rower edits…

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Beauty and Loneliness: Photography by Mark Broyer


A photograph of a shopfront in HamburgUntitled

German designer and photographer Mark Broyer expertly captures the beauty and loneliness of urban environments. Broyer has photographed both city and landscape in a range of locations, but all his works seem to draw on the nature of human intervention without human presence.


A photo of a darkened parking area in Hamburg, GermanyUntitled

 

Broyer, a multi-disciplinary artist, takes photographs under the name “Into the Life.” I find this title interesting, given that most of the…

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Multimedia Assemblages by Tal Barel


A photo of a sculptural artwork by Tal BarelUntitled

New York and Tel Aviv-based artist Tal Barel works with room-installations and dreamlike multimedia assemblages. The artist’s work combines this wide range of disciplines into single pieces or gallery-filling series that seem to function as one object, conceptually.


A detail view of an artwork by Tal BarelUntitled (detail)

 

The artist’s recent series Recto Verso comprises a number of wood frame constructions that look like free-standing windows placed in the…

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Fascination of the Unknown: Art by Lu Chao


An oil painting of a greyscale tree with human facesRiver Black Forest, oil on canvas

Lu Chao is an artist based in London and Beijing. Using oil paint and other traditional media, the artist explores the beauty and fascination of the unknown, taking as inspiration the Socratic Paradox – the notion of knowing that we know nothing.


A painting of a clear glass containerContainer No. 2, oil on wood panel

Lu’s recent works are mostly created in greyscale, and each image seems to follow a narrative, though the exact nature of…

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Evocative Figurative Paintings by Jordan Casteel


A painting of two young black men sitting outside of a shopJoe and Mozel (Pompette Wines), oil on canvas

Jordan Casteel lives and works in New York, where she creates evocative figurative paintings of urban life and residents. Casteel’s painted subjects tend to be pictured in candid poses and situations, with a sense of deliberateness in expression and details.


A painting of a figure sitting on a subway with face obscuredSubway Hands, oil on canvas

 

I like the blend of realism and style in Casteel’s paintings. Her subjects gaze intently out of the…

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Stark and Eerie: Images by Jesse Draxler


A photo collage of an obscured faceUntitled

Mixed media artist Jessie Draxler works with photography, collage, and traditional drawing materials. The artist’s images are stark and eerie, often presenting off-kilter human figures and scrambled, partially obscured faces.


A black and white drawing of a simple faceUntitled

 

Jesse works almost exclusively in black and white, a choice that makes the works themselves seem mature and somehow mysterious, particularly when seen in series. I enjoy the way the artist…

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Dramatic, Monolithic Paintings by Pierre Soulages


A large horizontal painting in textured blackPeinture 130 x 390cm, 6 Aout 2012, acrylic on wood board

Pierre Soulages lives and works in Sète and Paris, France. Throughout his career, Soulages has been known for painting, engraving, and sculpture – his recent works seem to combine all three disciplines in dramatic, monolithic paintings.


A painting made with heavy black acrylic paintPeinture, 202 x 159 cm, 19 Octobre 2013, acrylic on canvas

 

I adore Soulages’ recent series of heavy, black gallery-sized paintings. These…

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Retro-Futuristic Aesthetic: Art by Johnathan Chapline


A painting of three-dimensional figurative forms in blue and pink tonesUntitled

Painter Johnathan Chapline was born in Georgia and lived in Texas before moving to Brooklyn, NY, where he is currently located. The artist’s works are neon-colorful with a hopeful, retro-futuristic aesthetic.


An abstracted still life painting of objects on a tableUntitled

Chapline’s works are abstracted, but maintain recognizable human and object figures. This deliberate, stylized abstraction combined with the three-dimensional depth of the paintings makes the works feel like…

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Dynamic Shapes: Sculpture by Carol Bove


An installation view of Carol Bove's sculpturesThe Equinox (installation view at MoMA NY)

Brooklyn-based artist Carol Bove is known for her large-scale sculptures of curved, abstract forms. Bove’s works with steel and concrete take on an interestingly organic aesthetic, with imperfect, dynamic shapes that seem to buck the traditional appearance of the media.


A photograph of a flat sculpture by Carol Bove on a rail roadMonel, silicon bronze and stainless steel

 

I really enjoy some of Bove’s recent gallery works, where sculptures with…

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The Importance of Form: Art by Keshav Ramaswami

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Designer, musician and artist Keshav Ramaswami creates work under the studio name AA/K/AA/R/A, a stylized form of a Sanskrit word which roughly translates into English as “formation.” Certainly, Ramaswami’s entire portfolio speaks to the importance of form.

 

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I really enjoy the monochromatic, ultra-modern aesthetic of much of the art and design in Ramaswami’s portfolio.…

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American Wastelands: Art by Marc Trujillo


A painting of a Costco interiorUntitled

 

Los Angeles artist Marc Trujillo paints portraits of American wastelands. Trujillo’s delicately rendered images of wholesale stores, fast-food restaurants, and gas stations are somehow stately, yet desolate.


A painting of a strip of road with fast food restaurantsUntitled

Trujillo’s paintings are quite impressive in the level of detail that the artist is able to capture. The paintings of Costco interiors in the artist’s North American Purgatory series are especially…

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Pared-Down Cubism: Art by Rob Bailey


An illustration of various product bottles on a neutral backgroundSake Beauty product

U.K.-based illustrator Rob Bailey specializes in clean lines and large planes of color. The artist’s highly contemporary mode of pared-down cubism lends itself to editorial and advertising purposes, to which Bailey is no stranger.


A digital artwork depicting Kirk and Spock from Star TrekKirk & Spock (Zeit Magazin)

 

I quite enjoy the overall upbeat tone of Bailey’s illustrations. Though the subject matter varies widely from lighthearted to more serious, and while each…

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Contemplative Alterations: Art by Stev'nn Hall


A mixed media artwork based on a photograph of flowersFALLEN GRACE No. 2, photography, acrylic, and ink on birch panel

Stev’nn Hall is a Toronto-based mixed media artist. The artist’s recent landscape works center on familiar places, taking a photographic base to which the artist adds his own contemplative alterations, aiming to produce a particular mood.


A painting of clouds rising over a blue skyFEVER DREAM No. 3, photography, oil, and ink on birch panel

The recent landscape works in Hall’s portfolio seem to reference…

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Delicately Composed: Painting by Pang Jiun


A painting of a setting on a Chinese riverGuilin Scenery, oil on canvas

Pang Jiun is a Taiwanese painter whose works take a contemporary approach to traditional Chinese painting styles and subject matter. Jiun’s works are delicately composed and tend toward very desaturated color schemes.


A painting of misty mountains surrounding a riverMisty Mountains, oil on canvas

 

I love the sense of calm in most of Jiun’s works – natural landscapes and architecture feature prominently, but the images are devoid of human figures…

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