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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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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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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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Crystal Barbre (NSFW)

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October 31, 2014

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Seattle-based painter Crystal Barbre recent series called ‘Magnetisme Animal’ feature powerful, female figures with various animal heads in sexual poses and activities. Some of the paintings portrays lovely bodies and beautifully rendered animal aspects. Some of her other works have the feminine characters engaged in and clearly enjoying explicate sex acts.
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Louise Zergaeng Pomeroy

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October 24, 2014

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Louise Zergaeng Pomeroy is a graphic artist and illustrator based in London. Her magnificent obscure and surreal oddities is hand drawn with pen and ink, occasionally adding digital color.
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Seung-Hwan Oh

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October 20, 2014

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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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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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Manabu Ikeda

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October 6, 2014

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Manabu Ikeda is an illustrator born in Taku City, Saga, Japan who currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin. With his acrylic pen, he creates enormous and extremely intricate detailed work by portraying themes of civilization within nature but with an epic & chaotic outline. Many of his artwork can take up to a year to complete.
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Jessica Stoller 2.0

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October 3, 2014

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Once again, New York-based artist Jessica Stroller graces our pages with her brilliantly crass sculptures. Featured early this year in March, we had to take another look at her works.
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Pierre Fudaryli (NSFW)

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September 25, 2014

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Pierre Fudaryli is a Mexican digital artist who photo-manipulates his subjects heavily influenced by Salvador Dali. The philosophy behind his work is described as "The daily geometry of our death, from birth until we cease to die." compose what he calls "altered reality of human energy". Graphically describing the behaviors in different states, different vectors fired in all directions in a fractal way, both introspection and projection.
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Body Bags: Oil Paintings (NSFW)

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September 19, 2014

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Salvadorian artist Fábio Magalhães paints inconceivable acts and positions in a truly gruesome yet astonishing manner. In which, he creates contours of a very disturbing reality. His hyper-realistic rendering and conditions, metaphorically connects images of his own body, feelings and banal situations.
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Justin Hopkins

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September 15, 2014

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Justin Hopkins is a painter originally from Mukilteo, Washington who currently resides in Los Angeles, California. He varies in a wide range of looks and styles, pushing the boundaries of his creativity.
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Camille Kachani

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September 10, 2014

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Brazilian artist Camille Kachani is sculptor who forms unusual objects based around themes of nature and art. He clashes the organic and the inorganic between the natural and unnatural by a process of brilliant artistic endeavors.
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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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