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Francesca Woodman

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July 24, 2015

Art - Francesca Woodman - Empty Kingdom
Francesca Woodman took her own life in 1981 at the age of 22. Raised in Colorado, laid to rest in New York, she was known for her haunting black and white portraits, of which she was often the subject.
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Aaron McElroy

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June 18, 2015

Aaron McElroy - Empty Kingdom - Art Blog
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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Ernesto Artillo

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June 10, 2015

Ernesto Artillo - Empty Kingdom - 2015
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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Kim Kei

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June 3, 2015

Kim Kei - Empty Kingdom - 2015
LA- based  Kim Kei is a hybrid artist, straddling the worlds of photography, painting, and sculpture.
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Selina Mayer

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May 27, 2015

Selina Mayer - Empty Kingdom - 2015
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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Seung-Hwan Oh

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October 20, 2014

Art Blog - Seung Hwan Oh- Empty Kindgom
Seung-Hwan Oh is an experimental photographer and microbiologist working in Seoul, South Korea. In his recent series, Impermanence, "...he cultivates fungus that he applies to his film. Through this process, the microorganisms slowly devour the film...the intended result is what appears through disappearance...".
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Deenesh Ghyczy Part Dos

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October 13, 2014

Art Blog - Deenesh Ghyczy - Empty Kingdom
In June of 2012 we featured German painter extraordinaire Deenesh Ghyczy, with his fragmented portraits. Here is new work from the Berlin-based artist who continues his practice of creating works that are serene, contemplative, and gaze into each subjects' deeper conscious.
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John Grade

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August 25, 2014

Art Blog - John Grade - Empty Kingdom
The work of John Grade is dynamic and ever-changing; interested in natural material, form, decay and the passing of time, Grade creates sculptures both indoors and outdoors. He works in all scales, but his most astounding works are site - specific large sculptures, that often travel to canyons, mountains, glaciers and bodies of water to take on completely new meaning and form.
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Natasha Cousens

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August 18, 2014

Art Blog - Natasha Cousens - Empty Kingdom
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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Beccy Ridsdel

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August 11, 2014

Art Blog - Beccy Ridsdel - Empty Kingdom
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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Uchujin- Adrian Storey

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August 4, 2014

Art Blog - Uchujin - Empty Kingdom
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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Rogelio Manzo

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July 28, 2014

Art Blog - Rogelio Manzo - Empty Kingdom
"...I find a brute yet honest identity of my subjects..." states Rogelio Manzo. His journey as an artist began studying architecture, but the rigidity and formality of architectural practice led him to painting where he creates chaotic, dark and brooding, yet harmonious "portraits".  His past in architecture is not lost though, as geometric elements sneak into his paintings that are made of resin panels, silk and other fabric. His subjects faces are draped in sweeping swatches of blue, orange and vivid white hues while hints of their personality seep through.
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Sophie Kahn

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July 21, 2014

Art Blog - Sophie Kahn - Empty Kingdom
Sophie Kahn  is a sculptor that combines digital and analog technology such as 3-d laser printing and ancient bronze casting to create stunning, fragmented figures. As she states "they engage questions of time, history, vision, identity and the body." She recently received her MFA in Art & Technology Studies at the Art Institute of Chicago and has been featured in a number of gallery shows across the United States. ENJOY!
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Robert C. Jackson

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July 14, 2014

Art Blog - Robert C Jackson - Empty Kingdom
It wasn't until the mid 1990s that Robert C. Jackson settled into painting as a career. Taking his experiences as an engineer and pastor, Jackson creates Realist paintings littered with popular American brands and objects. Seemingly playful at first, they are highly sophisticated and controlled, with imagery akin to Koons and Johns, although each piece is uniquely Jackson's own. Read an interview with Robert here. ENJOY!
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Melissa Gamwell

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July 7, 2014

Art Blog - Melissa Gamwell - Empty Kingdom
Melissa Gamwell is a sculptor based out of New York. She creates pieces that are akin to singular studies in abstraction of common industrial objects, working primarily in ceramic and metal. Strangely shaped spoons and small vessels are cast in polished bronze or muted pastels. Her sculptures are as much about form as they are about surface.
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Ben Thomas

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June 30, 2014

Art Blog - Ben Thomas - Empty Kingdom
Ben Thomas is a photographer based out of Melbourne, Australia. He travels the world creating dizzying images of city and landscapes. His technique, called tilt-shift photography, utilizes the camera in such a way that within one click Thomas is able to transform otherwise sprawling (hard to capture in one shot) urban-scapes into small toy-like places. He  recently published a book called Tiny Tokyo: The Big City Made Mini. ENJOY!
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Seth Clark

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June 23, 2014

Art Blog - Seth Clark - Empty Kingdom
Designer and artist Seth Clark creates beautiful collages focusing on the beauty of decay and collapse within architecture. Within the deterioration, he writes, "there remains a gentle resolve...it is as if the buildings were content with their circumstance...They are on the brink of ruin, yet appear dignified in their state. Something very energized and present is trying to escape out of a slow history of abandonment." His pieces are quite painterly, with subdued hues and an attention to detail that borders on realism, he has created works of structures that do not exist, yet are entirely familiar.
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Justin Plakas

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June 16, 2014

Art Blog - Justin Plakas - Empty Kingdom
Justin Plakas is a multi-media artist. His mediums include collage, photography and video. His works are highly experimental, involving the body, design and landscape. Here are selections from a recent collage series that are subdued, seemingly vintage, yet futuristic.
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Kristian Evju

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June 9, 2014

Art Blog - Kristian Evju - Empty Kingdom
London based artist Kristian Evju creates beautiful drawings and paintings that are slightly surreal; mixing portraiture with symbols of another time. Educated at The Edinburgh College of Art and the Chelsea College of Art and Design, Evju has had a number of solo exhibitions in Europe and recently made his work available in prints. ENJOY!
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Jason Martin

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June 2, 2014

Art Blog - Jason Martin - Empty Kingdom
Jason Martin paintings are thick. They are textural surfaces that redefine what it means to paint. He uses his material fully, with caution and finesse, his canvasses are smooth, rough, and sexy, exuding so much energy -with simply one color. His works are more like sculptures than paintings and exemplify new minimalism at its finest. ENJOY!
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