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Marcela Cardenas

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April 18, 2014

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Marcela Cardenas is a fine artist based out of Medellín, Colombia who incorporates many mediums such as painting, drawing, and taxidermy installations revolving around the relationship of nature and animals.
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AJ Fosik (REVISIT)

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April 3, 2014

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Always a privilege to post about an EK veteran! Believe me, our borderline-unhealthy infatuation with the incredible craftsmanship of AJ Fosik is perfectly justified. The impeccable detail and composition in his wooden sculptures,  has landed him on our site several times including two features (one on February 2010 and one on November 2011) an interview and a spot on EK's top 100 list consecutively on 2010 and 2011.
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Sue Kneebone

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March 24, 2014

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"My art practice explores ways in which the social and environmental chain of effects from the past follow us into the present. Central to my studio practice is the transformative process of mixed media assemblage and photomontage that allow for new associations to be made from fragmented clues found in museums, photographs and archival material. I am particularly interested in the ramifications and legacy of the Australian colonial settler culture. My works explore the intersections between nature and culture, history and memory to imagine other ways of knowing the past and how it shadows us in the present." -Sue Kneebone, Australia
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Penny Byrne

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March 14, 2014

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Melbourne, Australia based visual artist Penny Byrne creates powerful political messages using vintage porcelain figurines and found objects. These darkly humorous figurines span a range of issue such as global politics, pop culture, and the environment. A well respected ceramics conservator, Byrnes meticulously forges her wonderfully twisted figurines with great precision. http://www.saatchionline.com/PennB
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Tasha Lewis Returns

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March 11, 2014

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Tasha Lewis is a talented mixed media artist previously featured for her guerrilla cyanotype Butterfly Installations in 2012 and her sculpture series Moments of Thaw in 2013. Her most recent series consist of handsewn collage sculptures using toned cyanotype and Inkodye prints of photographs that assemble into each figure.
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Jason Borders

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March 7, 2014

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“My work is a form of self-hypnosis. Its a way of turning off cognitive thought and simply reacting. Its very meditative. It is escapism, though in a certain sense, its a form of hyper-existence- of living purely in the moment. In this way the work becomes a method of overcoming fears. That said, a large part of what I do involves a familiarization with death. My belief is that, as painful as it can be, looking directly at death helps you to live your life with intent and purpose. In this light, the work I do delves into a place where the lines between life, death, fantasy and reality are blurred." -Jason Borders, Portland, Oregon.
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Gino Rubert

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February 25, 2014

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Barcelona based mixed-media artist Gino Rubert’s work revolves around “the new man and woman, the contemporary couple in a time after the pill, after the strikes in May 1968, after the rise of Feminism, after all the politics and laws were developed to equalize men and women's rights and opportunities,” says Rubert. “My characters are set in some kind of utopia. They are individuals who express their gender and nature without arrogance, complexity, or fear.”
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Simon Schubert

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February 24, 2014

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Simon Schubert is an installation artist based out of Cologne, Germany who engages on the idea of psychological reflection, isolation, and the concept of existence. The surrealist is heavily influenced by the writings of Samuel Beckett.
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Dave Young, Eddie Colla AND Hugh Leeman AT 111 MINNA

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February 17, 2014

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Dave Young, Eddie Colla and Hugh Leeman are at it again, they currently have a show at 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco!  Though they have been working together for a while, this show is meant to be less a collaborative effort and group show.  Nonetheless, it's interesting see how their work and thought processes have evolved, both individually and thanks to their collaborations.  Check out the interview and if you're in The City check out the show!
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Sebastien Ospina

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February 12, 2014

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Sebastien Ospina aka Underball is a collage artist based out of Mexico City who creates juxtapositions from minimal to eccentric styles with elements of fashion and vintage clippings.
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Christophe Doucet

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February 4, 2014

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Christophe Doucet sculpts space as much as materials. His vision ranges wide, from the material elements that configure a territory, to the symbolic elements that make it possible for people to live in it. He carries out implementations and shapes that trouble the common representation of the places where he performs.
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EMPTY KINGDOM TOP 100 Artists of 2013

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January 31, 2014

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[Photo by: Shelbie Dimond] 939 is the magic number for EK in 2013. 939 only has 4 factors: 1, 3, 313, 939...which doesn't really have any significant meaning relating to our TOP 100. AMD made a CPU called the Socket 939 back in June 2004...but we're not sponsored by them nor any other computer tech company to supply us with the machines that we need to run EK. The year 939 in Roman numerals is CMXXXIX...which doesn't mean crap since none of us use Roman numerals anymore. According to HistoryOrb.com, 4 major events took place in year 939 that were documented: July 8th (The Major Occultation, or Ghaybat el-Kubra of Muhammad al-Mahdi), August 6th (Battle at Simancas - Spain beats Moors), October 2nd (Battle at Andernach: King Otto & Hermann of Zwaben beat Eberhard of France & Giselbert of Lutherans), October 27th (Edmund I succeeds Athelstan as King of England)...which all has nothing to do with EK. Nonetheless, 939 is the exact number of posts we had to sift through for 2013 in order to bring to all of you art-fiends our fourth annual EMPTY KINGDOM TOP 100 Artists of 2013!
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Noé Sendas

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January 28, 2014

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Berlin based artist Noé Sendas' exploration of loss is a central motif underlying in his repertoire. Noe's work explores the theoretical and material constructs of the body, the observer’s perception mechanisms and the discursive potential of exhibition methods.
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Oscar Parasiego

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January 26, 2014

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Oscar Parasiego is a Spanish multi-disciplinary visual artist currently based in Birmingham. His two series entitled 'Anamnesis' and 'Diaspora' are projects about identity in relation with its mutability according to the environment.
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Taisuke Mohri

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January 24, 2014

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Japanese artist Taisuke Mohri's pencil work renders 'cracked' glass portraits in a hyperreal way. His craftsmanship is bar none and the details of his color portraits are beautifully chromatic.
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Miss KK

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January 23, 2014

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Just when I thought street art couldn't throw me another curveball, Miss KK comes out killin' it with originality. This Hungarian street artist's arrangements of imagery and cheeky commentary on pop culture, formulate a fresh take on the most iconic images of today's culture.
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EK Interview: Elizabeth Merritt Kong

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January 20, 2014

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We featured Elizabeth Merritt Kong earlier last year, originally from Southern California, she is currently in Chicago, studying and refining her work.  Elizabeth uses a wide swath of media, her work is mythic and eye catching in the depiction of her subjects.  Check out her interview:
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Francine Spiegel

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January 15, 2014

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New York based artist Francine Spiegel creates large acrylic portraits of the monstrous feminine. She portrays all types of women in glamorous & gorrific ways by combining and slapping paint, goo, slime, and chewing gum. Spiegel’s sexual distortions and visual conundrums is mixed-media at its finest.
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‘I Don’t Really Miss You’ by Lindsay Bottos

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January 1, 2014

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Lindsay Bottos' series entitled 'I Don't Really Miss You' is a threaded embroidery memontos that's a permanent collection at the Alchemy of Art Gallery in Baltimore, MD. The artist is currently a 21 year old senior at the Maryland Institute College of Art // photography major, book arts concentrator, gender studies minor, with a focus in fiber arts.
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L’entre Jambe ‘The Crotch’

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December 21, 2013

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French artist Cécile Hug gathers beetles, seashells, flowers, and all forms of elements from nature to create a peculiar form of undergarments. Her series entitled "L'entre Jambe" which translates to "The Crotch" was just featured at Ok Color - Les Pépins in Paris, France.
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