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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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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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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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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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Charles Avery

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November 3, 2014

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Charles Avery has devoted his practice to the description of a fictional Island which he continues to elaborate with its own population, customs and cosmology, nature and architecture, expressed in the form of large-scale drawings, sculptures, installations, texts and moving images.
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Mark Manders

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November 2, 2014

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"Sometimes my work also has literal connections to archeology, or rather to history. In A Place Where My Thoughts Are Frozen Together, I set out to attach a human femur to a coffee cup. I thought it was interesting how the cup has gradually acquired a handle during its evolutionary process. I ended up giving the femur a small raised bump so that, together, the cup and the bone could hold a sugar cube. It looks like something has grown out from inside the bone in a way comparable to the relatively slow process whereby the handle of the coffee cup evolved. I think it's beautiful how both of them, powerless and armless, hold the sugar cube." -Mark Manders, Ronse, Belgium
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Antoine Cordet

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October 19, 2014

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Antoine Cordet is a young painter who lives in Paris. Having started with graffiti and studies in Architecture and Furniture Design, he decides to dedicate itself completely to the painting. He work with acrylic on canvas and try to define the incomprehension of this world that sometimes finds it surprising with a mix between realism and abstraction.
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Eugenia Loli

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October 13, 2014

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"It's important for me to "say" something with my artwork, so for the vast majority of my work there's a meaning behind them. I usually do this via presenting a "narrative" scene in my collages, like there's something bigger going on than what's merely depicted. Sometimes the scene is witty or sarcastic, some times it's horrific with a sense of danger or urgency, some times it's chill. I leave it to the viewer's imagination to fill-in the blanks of the story plot." -Eugenia Loli, collage artist, Milpitas, California.
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Save Last Gasp Publishing!

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October 11, 2014

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Our good friends over at Last Gasp publishing who are in their 45th year of creating and distributing some of the finest books in art and alternative literature are running a Kickstarter campaign for their fall line. This campaign is near and dear to our hearts because as many of you probably know, the world of print has been going through many changes and difficulties in a digital age and for those that appreciate art you know having a finely printed book is a completely different experience than viewing online. We are doing our part to support them because there's nobody else like Last Gasp out there and we want them to keep on keepin' on. They have supported many of the artists we love and we hope you join us in supporting their campaign, they have lots of cool prizes so please check it out!
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Gan Chin Lee

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September 30, 2014

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Gan Chin Lee is a Malaysian painter who renders his subjects in a photo-journalistic style around the public marketplace.
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James Rawson

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September 26, 2014

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Filled with iconic brands, sex appeal, and chocolate, James Rawson's paintings are kick ass. Originally from and still residing in Norfolk, England, James rejects the grey and somewhat dreary landscape of Norfolk by embracing pop art and pumping vibrant colors into his works.
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Tangshi

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September 17, 2014

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Tangshi is a painter based out of Changsha City, Hunan Province, China. Many of his beautifully rendered paintings have a photo-journalistic feel with a unique twist of surrealism. Possibly a modern Chinese Norman Rockwell?
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Tapestry in the Digital Era

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September 14, 2014

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Catherine Tipping is based in Melbourne at Magic Johnston Studios, Collingwood. She creates pixelated & morphed tapestry by using a wool needlepoint to create a tension between the labor intensive character of stitching wool and the kind of subjects selected.
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Paintings by Anna Conway

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August 29, 2014

Anna Conway is an American contemporary oil painter who lives and works out of New York City. She is a graduate of Cooper Union and Columbia University School of Arts.
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One Piece of Art: Stephanie Buer

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August 20, 2014

The work of Stephanie Buer strikes a chord in me, it's lonely, isolated and quiet. Every one of her pieces makes me want to step in to have a moment of humbled silence to appreciate both the human impulse to create and capacity to abandon. Come along as we see the process for one of here new pieces, Happy Bday.
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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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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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