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Ellen Altfest

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August 20, 2014

Ellen Altfest is a painter based out of New York, who creates stunning spans of realist canvas. Her images are technical, meticulous but pervaded by a prickly sense of overwhelmingness awkwardness. From hairy bottoms to silent logs, the truth of the fact is that Altfest's paintings are honest, strikingly so.
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Forest for the Trees

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August 19, 2014

FOREST FOR THE TREES is a Portland based art event that will generate 15 beautiful murals across the city. This will be the second year that they blow it away. Take a look at the post to see the murals as they develop! The following artist are part of the show: Blaine Fontana, Blakely Dadson, Brendan Monroe, Curiot, DALeast, Faith47, Gage Hamilton, JShea, Mary Iverson, Maryanna Hoggatt, Mateu Velasco, Never Satisfied, NoseGo, OGI, Paige Wright, South Salazar, Spencer Keeton Cunningham, Rather Severe, The Lost Cause, Zachary Yarrington.
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Dashi Namdakov

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August 19, 2014

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Dashi Namdakov is a multidisciplinary Russian artist who is best known for his incredible sculptures. All of his works are spiritually charged and full of mysticism and shamanism. He is a member of the Russian Union of Artist and was also titled honorary “Siberian of the Year’. He's kind of a big deal.
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Shawn Huckins Pt.2

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August 19, 2014

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In a world where the art of Linguistics is drastically taking a turn, Shawn Huckins merges our present day internet colloquialisms with classical portraits of the 19th and 18th century. His latest series titled "The American __tier" uses this blend of opposing timelines to comment on an era where America idealistically looked toward the future and "the merging of peoples and cultures" vs. where we are now. Huckins was previously featured on EK on July 2012 and as the intricacies of the instant messaging world have grown, so has the quality and humor of his work.
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Natasha Cousens

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August 18, 2014

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Natasha Cousens creates sculptures that can be considered a new form of taxidermy. Instead of the real thing, her pieces are beautifully crafted wooden sculptures of woodland creatures like foxes, deers, and rabbits. These cute forest dwellers are often embellished with decorative elements such as floral wreaths or guised in an unnatural color; making Cousen's work soft, whimsical and fun.
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Tall Trees of Portland

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August 17, 2014

At the Northwest Music fest in Portland this weekend Hellion Gallery will have a tent featuring a show called Tall Trees of Portland. The show features an installation from AJ Fosik as well as pieces by Morgaine Faye, Blaine Fontana, Zach Johnsen, Maryanna Hoggatt, Jon Macnair, Lauren Gonsalves, Susannah Kelly, Amy Ruppel, Brett Superstar, Cole Gerst, Jen Lobo, Jennifer Parks, Martin Ontiveros, Brin Levinson, Joe Shea, Stella Im Hultberg, Bradley Delay and Keith Carter. The assorted artists have rendered their depictions of 12 Inch Album covers which will all be on display. So if you're in Rose City come check out the music and the art!
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Markus Schinwald

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August 15, 2014

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Austrian artist Markus Schinwald’s work is centered around the body as a cultural construct, as an incessantly actualized site at which the subject is constituted both in its identity and its instability and transversality. He is not true to one medium, but rather nomadic as he appropriates methods and/or devices from cultural theory, film, and poetry, among others. Dysfunctionality and disorder are key notions in his work.
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Angela Fraleigh 2.0

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August 15, 2014

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Angela Fraleigh received a BFA in painting from Boston University and continued on to receive a MFA in printmaking from Yale University. She currently teaches painting, drawing, and advanced studio seminar at Moravian College.
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Ruby James

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August 14, 2014

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Ruby James is a Seattle based portrait and fashion photographer who controls the sun in majestic ways.
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Kevin Cooley

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August 13, 2014

Kevin Cooley is an American photographer, whose images exhibit his peculiar fascination with light - a spectre which pools, surges, takes resplendent refuge in the dark corners of his frames.
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Daniel Martin

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August 12, 2014

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Dutch artist Daniel Martin's most recent work comprises explicit portraits of defiled faces, and the images have an unsettling expression. It feels like the portraits were deliberately damaged after the painting was completed. This consciously cultivated spontaneity in painting is intrinsic to Martin's work. A misshapen tree, that imperfection of beauty, is a source of inspiration to Daniel Martin.
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Peter Martensen

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August 11, 2014

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Peter Martensen is a fine art painter residing and working out of Hellerup, Copenhagen. The artist is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Odense, Denmark who creates paintings in bleak and atmospheric moods set in a beautifully surreal, dream-like state.
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Beccy Ridsdel

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August 11, 2014

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Beccy Ridsdel is a sculptor working primarily with  ceramics. In this series, Art/Craft, she acts as a doctor performing a surgery to dissect the object to discover what is within. The installation is comprised of a number of plates, mugs, and handles and as the surgery continues, she peels away more and more layers only to discover the same material, again and again.  Much of her other works includes whimsically crafted decorative objects such as small houses and boxes.
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Gilmetric

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August 9, 2014

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Since being featured back in November 2011, Andy Gilmore has continued to deliver a steady supply of hypnotic geometric graphic designs whilst injecting more and more intricate detail and mathematical precision into his work with every piece.
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Gustavo Peña Paintings

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August 8, 2014

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As the summer starts to fade away, Dominican artist Gustavo Peña paints the colors, activities and essence of what this sunny season was all about. His library of work is expressionistically beautiful up-close at the same time lighthearted and peculiar, which all feel like his personal photos over the years.
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Kaethe Butcher

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August 7, 2014

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Kaethe Butcher is a 23 year old German artist who illustrates women in very erotic and provocative ways. She’s heavily influenced by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, as well as Art Nouveau, which gives her seductive drawings a touch of romance.
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Mike Brodie

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August 6, 2014

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Mike Brodie, otherwise known as the Polaroid Kidd, left home at 18 to drift across the US, crisscrossing the continent by freight train. Brodie spent three years travelling, camera in hand, photographing the people he encountered along the way. His resultant photobook, A Period of Juvenile Prosperity, is at once intimate and dirty, defiant and seductive.
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‘Alone Together’ by Andrew Lyman

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August 5, 2014

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Andrew Lyman is a photographer based out of Atlanta, Georgia. His series entitled ‘Alone Together’ portrays conjured feelings of intimacy and solitude through manufactured and found interactions. Be sure to check out Andrew’s earlier series ‘Fleeted Happenings’ which was featured January of this year.
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Justin Mortimer

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August 4, 2014

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Justin Mortimer is an obscure fine art painter who lives and works out of London. He was first featured on Empty Kingdom back in March 2011.
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Uchujin- Adrian Storey

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August 4, 2014

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Uchujin translates to "alien", and is the moniker for photographer Adrian Storey. A British photographer and filmmaker living in Tokyo states that he "would rather be an alien than an outsider". This statement speaks to his work, as each of his series explores those that live outside the confines of social expectations and norms. He travels widely and has worked as the director of photography for a 2011 documentary titled Twende Berlin, that is about activism in public spaces. His photography is honest, compelling, at times, dark and very much rooted in documentary. Check out his website for more film and photography!
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