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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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Jan Fabre

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April 15, 2014

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All the works by Jan Fabre, the visual artist make reference to a belief in the vulnerable body and its defense, plus an observation of man and asking the question of how he can survive in the future. This fascination with the body and science originated in his youth, when, influenced by the research carried out by the entomologist Jean-Henri Fabre.
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Kim Simonsson

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April 14, 2014

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Finnish artist Kim Simonsson is a ceramic sculptor based out of Helsinki who creates adolescent characters carrying out mischievous acts. “Authority in it's many forms fascinates me and in my works I want to reverse the common beliefs by making the weak powerful.” -Kim Simonsson
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Alexander Biserama Becherer

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April 10, 2014

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Alexander Biserama Becherer is a tremendously talented artist with a repertoire of sculptures unlike any I've seen before. This German sculptor uses an array of materials such as hardened polystyrene, wood and metal to shape muti-dimensional clusters of words and images with impressive size and intricacy.
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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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Christopher Conte

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March 25, 2014

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Norwegian artist Christopher Conte began working in the prosthetics field making artificial limbs for amputees for 16 years. Throughout his time, he worked in obscurity creating biomechanical sculptures which reflected his love for biomechanics, anatomy and robotics. In June 2008, he left the field to begin his career as a full-time artist. Christopher uses a wide range of experience along with diverse materials and construction techniques to create one-of-a-kind arthropods and anatomies.
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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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Camila Valdez

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March 18, 2014

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Argentinian sculptor Camila Valdez literally creates life-sized eye candy, where Homer Simpson would uncontrollably salivate and make love to. Cakeland creator/sculptor Scott Hove and Camila would make sweet babies.
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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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Yoshitoshi Kanemaki

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March 11, 2014

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Yoshitoshi Kanemaki is a Japanese sculptor based out of Chiba Prefecture who chisels, forms, and morphs dual characters from blocks of life-sized wood.
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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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Jessica Stoller

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March 5, 2014

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Jessica Stoller is a sculptor based out of New York who specializes in ceramics and porcelain. She has received her MFA at the Cranbrook Art Academy and a BFA from College for Creative Studies. Stoller has exhibited her work in numerous shows throughout the US and in Berlin, Germany.
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Tony Matelli

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March 4, 2014

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Tony Matelli is an unusual and outlandish sculptor based out of New York who builds characters around deviant scenarios. When Howie Chen (Co-Founder of Dispatch) asked about describing his own work, Tony replied "I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about that. It’s one of those things that seems best unidentified, or like a stone that maybe is best left unturned. If those interests are revealed too explicitly, my attraction to them is diminished."
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“Shadow Circus” by Kirsten Stingle

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March 3, 2014

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"Storytelling connects us to one another and explains who we are. In an age in which the individual is often alienated, my work attempts to cut through the isolation by presenting common threads of the human experience. Early in my career, a fine arts degree in theater refined my understanding of imagery and taught me to use gestures as powerful expressive tools. However, it is through figurative ceramics that I am able to fully realize my narrative impulse." -Kirsten Stingle
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Clay Illustrations by Irma Gruenholz

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March 1, 2014

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Madrid based artist Irma Gruenholz creates three-dimensional hand-crafted illustrations out of clay. She studied graphic design and worked as an art director in an ad agency before embarking on a freelance career as an illustrator.
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Reverse Engineered at Hellion Gallery

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February 27, 2014

Reverse Engineered at Hellion Gallery
Reverse Engineered is currently showing at Hellion Gallery in Portland Oregon is a lineup of amazing artists, their names follow: AJ Fosik, Souther Salazar, JShea, Troy Coulterman, Michael Alm and Yoskay Yamamoto.  Put together with the intent of show casing a group of installation artists, the artists are as talented as they are different, from AJ Fosik's in your face emotional dynamism to Michael's naturalistic woodwork to JShea's oddly quieting meditations on the human condition.  If you're in Portland check it out!  Otherwise, take a look here:
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Ribbonesia

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February 26, 2014

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Ribbonesia is a modern ribbon company created by Japanese artist Baku Maeda. The word 'ribbon' and 'modern' is an understatement when describing Ribbonesia because these are more like life-size modern sculptures made with satin and silk. I wouldn't be shocked if he starts creating apparel in the near future.
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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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Petros Chrisostomou

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February 20, 2014

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Petros Chrisostomou photographs small-scale, ordinary, ephemeral objects in architectural models that he constructs himself, and then dramatically arranges, often employing lighting and staging conventions of the theatre. With the alteration of scale and reversal of the relation between object and environment, between imaginary and real space, his photographs challenge the viewer's visual certainties
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