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October 11, 2014

THE LAST GASP - EMPTY KINGDOM - KICKSTARTER
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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EMPTY KINGDOM TOP 100 Artists of 2013

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January 31, 2014

TOP 100 2013
[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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Midnight Moment: Eye Test ╳ Times Square Arts & 2×4

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November 10, 2013

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A culmination of artistic imagery covering the theme of the human eye project onto electronic billboards during the Midnight Moment event in New York’s Times Square. A beautifully crafted feat founded by 2x4 in association with Times Square Arts, TSAC and AIG/NY.
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EK Interview: Jean-Paul Frenay

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August 25, 2013

Art Blog - Jean-Paul Frenay - Empty Kingdom
Jean-Paul Frenay is a visual artist currently based in Brussels, Belgium that has touched upon a healthy palette of media bases such as: film, VFX, performance pieces, interaction installations, experimental video, photography, and even music (I, The Phoneix). With such a busy schedule, we here at EK were more than appreciative to have him take the time and divulge us about the mindset behind his varying projects, and what continues to artistically drive him forward to this day. Check out the full spread of Q&A after the jump. Enjoy!
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EK Interview: Defasten

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July 21, 2013

Art Blog - Defasten - Empty Kingdom
Montreal-based motion-VFX-filmmaker Patrick Doan (running under the name of Defasten) presents a bulk of his work through geometrical layers of abstract subject matter. Our conversations with the artist helped us reveal how computer graphics become a tool for storytelling and expression. Check out the Q&A interview after the jump!
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EMPTY KINGDOM TOP 100 Artists of 2012

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January 31, 2013

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[Photo by: Lauren Treece] The beginning is, in fact, finally here. After shifting through exactly 1470 posts for the entire 2012 calendar year, a dozen pots of coffee made, several holes punched in the drywall during heated deliberations, and several concussions suffered from office supplies hurled at each others' heads, we proudly present the third annual EMPTY KINGDOM TOP 100 Artists of 2012!
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EK Interview: Dark Matters

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January 28, 2013

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Copenhagen-based studio Dark Matters consists of only a handful of multi-talented creatives constantly experimenting with the dual nature of light and shadow. Their endeavors share no analog or digital bias, but rather a mutual hybridization that has allowed them to generate spectacular videos and live visuals. Check out the exclusive Empty Kingdom interview with said studio after the jump!
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Adam Voorhes part two

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January 17, 2013

art blog - Adam Voorhes - empty kingdom
Adam Voorhes was previously featured on March 2010 for his phenomenal photographs of fragmented, exploiting objects. His curiosity and original style expand further exploring not only the make-up of an object, but the relationships between his subjects.
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2013: THE BEGINNING IS NEAR

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January 3, 2013

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2012 was an unpredictable, fast, scary, wild, and beautiful year in many ways. While the media want to talk about the Mayans and debate the end of the world, to tell you the truth none of that matters. Because every day is somebody's last day on earth. Every day people lose loved ones who mean the world to them. While we would love nothing more to speak only of the beautiful wonderful possibilities of the new year, 2012 was sobering in many respects and it would not be honest to ignore some of the incredible human tragedies of the year.

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Antoni Tudisco

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October 23, 2012

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Antoni Tudisco is a graphic designer/digital artist hailing from Hamburg, Germany. Tudisco has worked for numerous clients, such as Coca-Cola, Reebok Woman, VANS Indonesia, and MTV Philippines among many others...and today, we take a look at Tudisco's digital 3D work from his personal series.
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Michael Marsicano Revisit

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October 8, 2012

art blog - Michael Marsicano - empty kingdom
The illustrative work of Michael Marsicano is an explosion of awesome that has resinated  in my head since i first saw his work on June 6, 2011.
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The Revisit of GHOSTCO

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September 20, 2012

art blog - Ghostco - Matthew Woodson - EMPTY KINGDOM
I'm not sure if I'm biased because he is a fellow Adventure Time fan but it certainly gives Ghostco aka Matthew Woodson an edge above most illustrators I admire. Ever since I saw him on EK on November 2010, I've wanted to emulate my comic book style to his work but his is an untouchable brand of terrific!
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Moxy Creative: Sweet and Simple

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August 2, 2012

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Superbly creative and down to the bare minimum are the works from Moxy Creative House. They were featured back in November 2010 and are still killing it with simplistic designs. Amazing how even the most basic of symbols, can unite us as a collective through nothing more but pop culture references. Plus their taste in movies, not too shabby.
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Look ma! No breaks!

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July 26, 2012

art blog - Bicicleta Sem Frio - empty kingdom
The chaotic, intricate and raunchy awesomesauce that is Bicicleta Sem Frieo is back after their epic EK Interview! This illustration studio collective from Brazil was first featured on April 23rd 2010. Just as I figured, their psychedelic product definitely hasn’t lost its touch; sexy ladies and rock n’ roll combined with sheer artistic brilliance never go out of style.
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Grzegorz Domaradzki

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July 19, 2012

art blog - Grzegorz Domaradzki - GABZ - empty kingdom
With an incredible flare for design and fantastic skills with graphite, this illustrator/graphic designer/video game enthusiast mixes traditional and modern techniques and creates an infusion of sick chromaticity; I present to you Grzegorz Domaradzki, but you can call him GABZ.
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Jeff Soto Part Two… with a Vengeance!

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July 5, 2012

art blog - Jeff Soto - empty kingdom
Street artist/painter/digital artist extraordinaire Jeff Soto, was featured on EK back October, 2010. He's been working on some sick art for some of my favorite bands along with some splendidly complex personal pieces. His work covers a range of styles and media that somehow stay signature and never fall short of creativity.
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Something Savage

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April 22, 2012

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The culmination of stunning work from Brooklyn-based studio Something Savage comes from the imaginative mind of self-taught designer / animator Daniel Savage. Savage works within both architectural and digital spaces, his projects spanning from personal nostalgia all the way to high-end commercial productions.
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Andres Guzman Part Deux!

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April 19, 2012

art blog - Andres Guzman - empty kingdom
Andres Guzman is an illustrator once featured by our lovely Konahrtist back in March, 2010. Aside from developing his own collage like style pieces,  he's been up to all sorts of shenanigans with the likes of  Front Magazine and amazeballs people like I Self Devine, Grieves and Rhymesayers Ent.
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Jung Von Matt: Lego

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March 18, 2012

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Jung Von Matt's German agency recently released a minimalistic ad campaign for LEGO. The series features a lot of our favorite iconic cartoon characters from South Park (which is currently the main image) to The Simpsons. You can probably identify all of them before reading the captions below.
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Mr. Ian Wright

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February 28, 2012

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Mr. Ian Wright creates pixel-based artwork using all kinds of different materials.  Ian is motivated by trying to push his work somewhere new. He prefers to let the materials used to influence the outcome of his artwork.   I believe he is from the UK.  But what do I know, I'm not a journalist, and I'm just a bunny.

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