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The Definition of Art Part 1

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July 24, 2014

The Definition of Art - Empty Kingdom - Interview - Website
--- Art: noun \ˈärt\ 1: something that is created with imagination and skill and that is beautiful or that expresses important ideas or feelings. --- Can art be defined?  As an abstract concept possibly but on a personal level the definition of art can be as diverse as the viewer.  In that vein we have decided to ask some of our favorite artists to tell us what Art means to them.  Here's what they've said:
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“The Ghillies” by Polixeni Papapetrou

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July 18, 2014

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Polixeni Papapetrou is an Australian photographer who was featured back in May 2012. The artist's past and current project entitled "The Ghillies" has a recurring theme of subjects presented in concealed identities within various natural environments.
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Elizabeth Weinberg

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July 16, 2014

Elizabeth Weinberg is an American photographer based out of Los Angeles. Her stunning series, Of Recklessness and Water, is smooth and viscous, a shimmering film that manages to capture that our endless fascination with the sea in all it's stages - from uncanny stillness to raucous, tumbling waves. "The cure for anything is salt water," said Isak Dinesen, "tears, sweat or the sea." Weinberg's collection captures this exactly.
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Sung-Seok Ahn

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July 7, 2014

Sung-Seok Ahn - Empty Kingdom - Art Blog
South Korean artist Sungseok Ahn’s series entitled "Historic Present" questions the memory of past from the fast changing scenery of today. By overlapping a historical location with an old image of that exact place, he questions the way we treat our history and explores the dynamics between space and time at the same time.
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Ben Thomas

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June 30, 2014

Art Blog - Ben Thomas - Empty Kingdom
Ben Thomas is a photographer based out of Melbourne, Australia. He travels the world creating dizzying images of city and landscapes. His technique, called tilt-shift photography, utilizes the camera in such a way that within one click Thomas is able to transform otherwise sprawling (hard to capture in one shot) urban-scapes into small toy-like places. He  recently published a book called Tiny Tokyo: The Big City Made Mini. ENJOY!
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Witchoria

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May 27, 2014

Witchoria - Empty Kingdom - Art Blog
Victoria Siemer aka Witchoria is a visual artist/graphic designer based out of Brooklyn, NY who manipulates landscapes in a minimalistic manner. Go to her website and check out all the variety of diverse works that's also overwhelmingly unique and original. Expect to see a lot more of her on Empty Kingdom in the near future.
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Sunghee Lee

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May 13, 2014

Sunghee Lee - Empty Kingdom - Art Blog
Sunghee Lee is a South Korean photographer based out of France who captures the beauty of abandoned places.
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Owen Perry

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May 13, 2014

Owen Perry is a Canadian artist who creates stunning photographs of stark and sweeping landscapes, the curves and cusps and nostalgic silence of the wild.
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Dania Shihab Part II

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May 2, 2014

Dania Shihab - Art Blog - Empty Kingdom
Dania Shihab is an Iraqi photographer living between Australia and Spain. Working as a doctor in the emergency department, she needed a release. Photography became her outlet for her creativity.
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Titus Simoes

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April 23, 2014

Titus Simoes is a Belgian photographer who creates raw, resplendent impressions of gritty slices of life across the american west and central europe, slices that slick and stick to the back of your teeth, a taste that cannot be forgotten.
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Jacob Fellander

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April 16, 2014

Jacob Fellander is a Swedish artist who creates beautiful, sweeping cityscapes, capturing a multitude of perspectives, whole swathes of overlapping moments in time.
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Alexander Gronsky

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April 14, 2014

Art Blog - Alexander Gronsky - Empty Kingdom
Alexander Gronsky explores the fine line between the urban and rural. Working in Eastern Europe and Russia, he documents what appears to be crumbling infrastructures, seemingly desolate and abandoned, though peaking lights and small bodies indicate otherwise. Unkept suburbs with graffiti and litter are strewn with people seeking leisure and relief in wooded patches and corners of beaches with looming industrial structures and cityscapes not far behind. His composition and color palette are refined and lend to the unusual serenity these images evoke. Urban decay is real.
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Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison

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April 11, 2014

art blog - Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison - Empty Kingdom
Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison are a married couple who have been collaborating for about 20 years creating fine art photographs. Robert is originally from Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and Shana is from Tulsa, Oklahoma. They now both live and work out of Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Their work narrows in on the relationship between Humans and the Environment which surrounds them. Pillaged landscapes scarred by human excess are portrayed in ParkeHarrisons photogravure, collaged and printed works. The realisticy unreal photographs are brilliant interpretations of how human behavior has a direct effect on the environment.
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Ivan Peretz

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April 4, 2014

Art Blog - Empty Kingdom - Ivan Peretz
Ivan Peretz is a Russian photographer who is currently living in St. Petersburg. Ivan is a completely self-taught photographer without a formal background from an art school.
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FUKE

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March 26, 2014

FUKE - Empty Kingdom - Art Blog
FUKE is a Japanese fine art photographer based out of Kagawa Shikoku Japan.
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Abelardo Morell

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March 26, 2014

Abelardo Morell is a Cuban-born photographer fascinated by the ancient technology of camera obscura, turning entire rooms into delicate pinhole cameras. He travels among the insides of our world, the intimate rooms where we make our lives, projecting the glorious outside in with lush, dizzying results. His rich, lapping image create an unnerving vision of reality that appear tantalizingly more realistic than ours.
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William Hundley

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February 22, 2014

William Hundley - Empty Kingdom - Art Blog
William Hundley is a photography based out of Austin, Texas who shoots with an experimental approach by blending surreal and unusual oddities.
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EK Interview: Christophe Pouget

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February 14, 2014

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Christophe Pouget stitches photos together to create a melange of life, showing more of scene than any single photo ever could.  His work brings places to life, showing not only the action of the moment, but of many moments, all at once.  Check out his interview:
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Daniel González

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February 14, 2014

Daniel Gonzalez - Empty Kingdom - Art Blog
Daniel González is a photographer based out of Medellín City, Colombia who captures everyday experiences in relation to nudity and space. As landscapes change with the notion of time passing, he explores the human body's fragility as it endures metamorphosis.
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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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