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Galleria Gum Presents: Camila Valdez

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February 13, 2016

"Miss Popcorn XL" Giant hyper realistic popcorn bucket with legs wearing red stockings.
Galleria Gum, a fantastic gallery founded by Andrea Pasin, in the heart of the Wynwood Arts District (Florida) represents some talented artists doing great work. Here we highlight Camila Valdez, a young and emerging argentinian artist who creates hyper-realistic leggy dessert sculptures. When constructing her anthropomorphic sweet treats, Camila selects materials which highlight the bold colors and exaggerated shapes of classic desserts. Utilizing such materials as fiberglass and epoxy resins, which are later hand-painted in order to attain a surreal glow, proof is given that her art is a matter of taste.
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Fusion Frames by Darryl Cox

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February 12, 2016

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Darryl Cox spends his days in Central Oregon forest searching for the ideal tree branch to blend with frames. Each distinct project involves woodworking, painting, and a bit of sculpting. He creates a limited 20-30 pieces per year.
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Tatsuya Tanaka

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February 7, 2016

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Japanese artist Tatsuya Tanaka recreates everyday scenarios by assembling everyday objects. He's been featuring a new piece daily on his website called miniature-calendar.com for the past 4 years.
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Gabriel Dawe Revisit

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February 3, 2016

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Gabriel Dawe creates site-specific installations that explore the connection between fashion and architecture, and how they relate to the human need for shelter in all its shapes and forms. His work is centered in the exploration of textiles, aiming to examine the complicated construction of gender and identity in his native Mexico.
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EK Interview: May von Krogh

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January 22, 2016

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May von Krogh's ceramics have a common thread, they're soaked in emotion, each a conscious and meaningful meditation on a theme. Besides that, each is an isolated incident, a standalone testament to her ability to create novel and nuanced work. Aesthetically they are deep and penetrating, most of her subjects are children, which makes their expressions all the more effective. Check out her interview
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EK Interview: Paul Kaptein

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January 15, 2016

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Wood is alive, and Paul Kaptein's work is a living testament to the human personality, warped, flawed, smooth, and beautiful. In his work he means to remove thought, to use wood to explore the space between the meaning, the quiet places, where the most of everything is. Check out his interview:
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EK Interview: Timothy Hyun-Soo Lee

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December 28, 2015

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Timothy Hyun-Soo Lee's work is honest, revealing, and raw, and his interview is nothing less. His willingness to admit to having an anxiety disorder deserves merit alone, but the method through which he explores and discusses every spectrum of his mind, whether dark or light, is art that makes one pause and think. Check it out:
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Visceral

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November 28, 2015

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Both Colombian photographer Paola Rojas H. and illustrator David Pérez's latest series entitled Visceral portrays models displaying the human anatomy from 'inside out'. They chose blue and red as their primary colors to represent the frozen body and the fiery heart.
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Homebodies by Calvin Ma

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November 5, 2015

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"I utilize the action figure form in my sculptural work to explore personal issues and struggles with social anxiety. As an adult, I face difficulties in the social environment. Meeting new people, being in the company of strangers, crowds, peers and intermittently among friends and family brings about a heightened nervousness that takes over and impedes my ability to function socially..." -Calvin Ma, San Francisco
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EK Interview: Adam Niklewicz

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October 6, 2015

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Adam Niklewicz is an amazing sculptor, and dedicated enough an artist to eat a piece of toast buttered with orange paint. His work discusses his experience as an emigrant in America, having come with no knowledge of the language, and made his way as an artist. Check out his interview:
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Nicola Samorì Revisit

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August 24, 2015

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Nicola Samorì is an Italian artist who paints at a completely different level and dimension. His baroque style and gothic themed portraits leave behind dismal everlasting emotions. He was first featured in back in September 2011 and January 2012 with an exclusive EK interview. Nicola Samorì is hands down one of Empty Kingdom’s greatest featured artists.
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May von Krogh

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July 26, 2015

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May von Krogh is an artist based out of Larvik, Norway who works with ceramic sculptures and installations.
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Paul Kaptein

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July 20, 2015

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Paul Kaptein is an artist based out of Perth, Australia who creates wooden sculptures of the trippy kind...the one kind that I love.
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Takeshi Haguri

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July 16, 2015

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Originally hailing from Nagoya, Japan, Takeshi Haguri creates detailed wooden sculptures of traditional figures from Japanese art and culture covered in intricate tattoos. I'm tickled pink (I actually have no idea what that phrase means to be honest) to be back, but as Ricky Ricardo said, all of us in the EK fam-bams "have a lot of 'splaining to do" for being MIA for so long.
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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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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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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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EK Interview: John Grade

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May 18, 2015

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John Grade is a large scale installation artist based out of Seattle, his work is made from natural materials with the intent that it will decompose and return to the earth. He discusses his link to nature, the fetishization of the naatural world and how his work addresses both. His work was previously featured in August of 2014.
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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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