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The Definition of Art Part 1

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July 24, 2014

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--- 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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One Piece of Art: Erin Riley

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July 21, 2014

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Erin Riley currently has several pieces at Empty Kingdom's Summer Show at 111 Minna.  In order to show everything that goes into one of her insightful and relevant tapestries, we have asked Erin to takes us along on the ride.  The life of 'History 37' follows as well as her thoughts throughout:
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EK Interview: Lucien Shapiro

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July 14, 2014

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Another fantastic artist at 111 Minna for the Empty Kingdom Art Show is Lucien Shapiro!  His pieces, made from found objects, create a cultural commentary revolving around identity, sexuality, rituals and modern symbology.  Check out his interview for a more in depth discussion from the man himself:
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EK Interview: Caleb Brown

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June 30, 2014

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Two of the insane and gorgeous paintings of Caleb Brown are currently hanging at 111 Minna for the Empty Kingdom Summer Show!  His work draws on real world crises and issues, both international and global, and the subsequent fallout.  Taking very real situations and issues and framing them through hyperrealism and photorealistic painting Caleb challenges what the viewer assumes and asks more about the social underpinnings, causes and effects of these catastrophes.
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EK Interview: Brin Levinson

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June 26, 2014

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We are honored to have two pieces from Brin Levinson (previously featured back in October 2013) at 111 Minna for the Empty Kingdom Summer Art Show that is still going on through July! Contemplating, humans, their place in the environment and the future of the world due to our actions, Brin poses a world in ruins.  Check out his interview:
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One Piece of Art: Joel Daniel Phillips

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June 24, 2014

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Joel Daniel Phillips, whom we interviewed this month, recently set off to Taos, New Mexico to spend some time working on new pieces for his new show with the Hashimoto Contemporary Gallery.  The show begins in September of 2014.  We have seized this fantastic opportunity and will be shadowing Joel through the life of a single piece.  For the next few days we will be posting photos, thoughts and commentary from Joel for the piece he is working on so that you can see it turn from a blank sheet of paper to one of the beautiful illustrations he is becoming known for.  Take a look!
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EK Interview: Derek Gores

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June 21, 2014

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Derek Gores has a two of his Full Volume series currently hanging at 111 Minna in San Francisco for the Empty Kingdom Art Show that goes from now until July!  His art address sexuality, fashion, and culture, check out his interview:
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EK Summer Art Show 2014

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June 18, 2014

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And after the smoke clears...we are pleased as punch to announce our very first art show as a smashing success! Friday, June 6th at the one and only 111 Minna Gallery was a night full of drinks, fun, amazing people, and most importantly, amazing art! EK would like to thank every single person that supported us, and all the artists both in the show and who came to the show (we hope to be working with all of you soon enough).
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EK Interview: Joel Daniel Phillips

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June 16, 2014

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The work of Joel Daniel Phillips is as beautiful and detailed as it is meaningful.  His illustrations depicting homeless and indigent individuals humanize a normally ignored class of the population, as visible as they are forgotten, Joel forces us to face what is around us every day but we do not see.  You can see two of his pieces currently at 111 Minna as part of the Empty Kingdom Art Show that goes through July.  Check it out if you have a moment!
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EK Interview: Amanda Elizabeth Joseph

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June 5, 2014

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We have featured and interviewed Amanda Elizabeth Joseph multiple times, and for good reason.  Her hyperreal figures are as honest as they caricatures and her interview responses are intelligent and well poignant.  We are honored to be bringing one of her pieces to the Empty Kingdom Summer Show.  Check out the interview:
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EK Interview: Adam Caldwell

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June 3, 2014

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Adam Caldwell is another fantastic artist who will be showing some pieces at the Empty Kingdom Summer Show NEXT MONTH!  His art draws into attention consumption, spirituality, sexuality, nature and our role whether as a part or separate from it.  Check out his interview:
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EK Interview: Karen Ann Myers

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May 29, 2014

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The work of  Karen Ann Myers discusses female gender roles, space, and self-perception.  We'll be showing some of her awesome work at the Empty Kingdom Summer Art Show so come through to see her work! And check out her interview:
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Antler Gallery Opening: Thursday

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May 28, 2014

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Antler Gallery in Portland Oregon is proud to present new works by Ajay Brainard and Nicomi Nix Turner this Thursday the 29th!  Nicomi's imagery draws heavily on the natural world and straddles the fine line between scientific natural history illustration and folkloric narrative drawing.  Ajay applies the traditional medium of oil painting to various surfaces and in this show around half of the pieces are done on various ephemera including antique sheet music and vintage record sleeves.
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EK Interview: Matthew Cusick

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May 26, 2014

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We interview Matthew Cusick  in the latest installment of our continuing collaboration with 5 Pieces Gallery. Matthew is an artist working primarily with maps, creating stunning collages of beautiful women, weaving highways, Americana iconography, and oceans.
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EK Interview: Jamie Vasta

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May 24, 2014

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Jamie Vasta will be bringing her amazing glitter art to the Empty Kingdom Summer Art Show.  Her work crosses renaissance fables with modern say subjects, creating entrancing work.  Check out her interview:
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EK Interview: Denis Peterson Part 2

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May 19, 2014

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Denis Peterson's work is soulful and gorgeous.  He depicts the humanity and dignity inherent to the human experience.  We are honored to say that one of his amazing pieces will be coming to the Empty Kingdom Summer Show. After reading his interview I spent the afternoon in the park talking to two homeless gentlemen and was incredibly thankful for the humility gained from just shutting up and listening to strangers talk about their lives.  What will you do?
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EK Interview: Michael Reedy

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May 19, 2014

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Michael Reedy will be bringing his psychedelic exploration of anatomy and geometry to the Empty Kingdom Summer Show!  His art is at once expansive, exploring life, death and all experience in between, and finite, teasing at confidence and addressing body image.  Check out his interview:
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EK Interview: Michael Page

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May 16, 2014

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 Michael Page has been making some dope art, trippy and unreal and overwhelming, his use of color would liquify a Crayola executive's brain.  We are super juiced to announce that he will be joining the Empty Kingdom Summer Show.  Check out his interview:
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EK Interview: Michael Ward

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May 13, 2014

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I love the modern day abandoned Americana mystique that Michael Ward's work seems to be steeped in.  There's a romance to it, the rich pastel colors seem to pop out and call to you to come visit these places that people walk but ignorant to the beauty Michael imbues them with.  We have the honor of featuring his work at the EK Summer Show, so come to The City if you can!
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Derek Gores at Select Art Fair

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May 10, 2014

Derek Gores has been interviewed and featured a number of times at Empty Kingdom, he will be joining us at the EK Summer Art Show but at the moment he is showing his work at Select Fair in NYC.  Go check it out if you have a chance!
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