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Noah “Flaw” Music Video

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June 30, 2015

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Latest mind-bending music video from Japanese electronic artist Noah entitled “Flaw”. The beautiful, hypnotizing and lush natural landscapes were shot in Southern Prefecture of Aichi, Japan. Directed by TAKCOM with ethereal visual effects by McRAY.
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Masha Demianova

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June 28, 2015

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Masha Demianova is a photographer based out of Moscow, Russia. This is her third feature on Empty Kingdom.
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Dirty Bandits

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June 26, 2015

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San Francisco based firm Dirty Bandit's series entitled 'I'm a Piece of Garbage' involves dragging in discarded items from the street and painting self deprecating phrases on them. Gui Machado photographed them on pristine, bright happy backgrounds, producing both a number of physical objects as well as a set of prints for this series.
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Nao Ikuma

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June 22, 2015

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Nao Ikuma is a Japanese artist who engraves beautifully dark toned etchings by combining humans with nature in otherworldly ways.
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Rebecca Szeto

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June 19, 2015

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"These works are an homage to an often lost sensibility and quality, not simply the look, of Old Masters' works. They (con)fuse realities between politics and consumerism, pointing to an endless loop of transformative regeneration and redemption. Paint and Brush are ripe for visual wordplay: Women's work and their brush off from much of art history, whitewashing of culture, and bristling at patriarchy, bourgeois ideals and waste." -Rebecca Szeto, San Francisco, CA
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Aaron McElroy

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June 18, 2015

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Brooklyn- based Aaron McElroy is a photographer that voyueristically captures moments of banal domesticity, particularly in the form of young women and the environments surrounding them. Washed out snapshots of crevices and curves of the female body carry with them a sense of privacy not otherwise caught.
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Jose Mertz

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June 17, 2015

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Jose Mertz is an illustrator/street artist based out of Miami, Fl. He focuses on pushing an experimental original style with inspirations coming from ancient civilizations, science fiction, to eastern philosophies.
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Sundays

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June 15, 2015

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Mischa Rozema and PostPanic Pictures' debut film project SUNDAYS completes a first step towards its Feature Film goal with the release of this ambitious proof-of-concept short. Much-anticipated and widely-supported by the international creative community (over 50K US Dollars was donated on Kickstarter alone for the live action filming part in Mexico City), SUNDAYS is directed by Mischa Rozema.
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Going by Alex MacLean

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June 11, 2015

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Pilot and photographer Alex MacLean's series entitled 'Going' provides clues to understanding the relationship between the natural and constructed environments. He's flown his plane over much of the United States documenting the landscape for many decades.
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Ernesto Artillo

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June 10, 2015

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Working primarily in Fashion, Ernesto Artillo is an editorial collagist, as I would like to call him. He transforms high fashion into fractured, distorted portraits, using photography and collage. His work varies from obscure, minimalist collage to more dizzying and surreal landscapes (at times echoing Cubism) with the human body being cut by bold stripes of color and abstract imagery. He has worked with the biggest names in fashion from Louis Vuitton to Burberry to Maison Martin Margiela.
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Bystander by June Lee

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June 8, 2015

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“Human beings cannot live alone; thus they form groups and societies. Ironically, however, this characteristic of human beings does not guarantee that individuals always form intimate ties with others.” -June Lee, South Korea
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Martha Persson

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June 4, 2015

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"I approach different gestures and tactile and haptic games. Through a merging of the banal and the forbidden I open up ways to see new perspectives on the depicted act and what is inherent to it. Simultaneously, my paintings are also a way of depicting a multilayered curiosity regarding the body and the flesh. It is an ongoing exploration of inherited human behaviours, embedded mechanisms and embodied expression." -Martha Persson, Gothenburg, Sweden
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Kim Kei

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June 3, 2015

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LA- based  Kim Kei is a hybrid artist, straddling the worlds of photography, painting, and sculpture.
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EK Interview: Justin Hopkins

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June 1, 2015

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Justin Hopkins's paintings are big and loud. There's a lot going on in and behind them. Check out Justin's interview to take a peek at what's going on behind the oil.
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Guillaume Amat

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May 29, 2015

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Guillaume Amat's photography series 'Open Fields' reveals each locations what viewers normally would never see in a photograph by paralleling multiple compositions lead by a mirror.
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Selina Mayer

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May 27, 2015

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Selina Mayer is a UK based photographer who creates eerily intimate black and white images of both the human body and form as well as landscape. They are fashioned in the style of the old photographic masters (think Avedon, Penn, Weston), focusing primarily on the figure; the curves, crevices, shadows, and marks of all humans. Her images capture the delicate balance between sexy and vulnerable. selinamayer.com
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Julien Knez’s Retro VHS

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May 26, 2015

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What if modern movies were released during the old analog days? What would they look like? French new media/graphic designer Julien Knez redesigned recent movies and TV shows with 80’s mock designs on VHS tape covers. How do they look? Freaking, spot on.
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Mark Khaisman’s Tape Noir

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May 22, 2015

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Mark Khaisman is an artist based out of Philadelphia who creates portraits with translucent packing tape. “Tape reflects everything in human nature from practicality and banality to democratic techniques, used one way or another, in everyone’s tactile experience.”
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Ren Hang

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May 20, 2015

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Chinese photographer Ren Hang has really taken the spotlight within the past few years. His banned, controversial and yet beautiful work has been showcasing all around the world and his most recent solo show was displayed at Capricious 88. The photographer portrays sexuality and queerness in it's rawest form while dealing with Chinese censorship.
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EK Interview: John Grade

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May 18, 2015

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John Grade is a large scale installation artist based out of Seattle, his work is made from natural materials with the intent that it will decompose and return to the earth. He discusses his link to nature, the fetishization of the naatural world and how his work addresses both. His work was previously featured in August of 2014.
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