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EK Interview: Tim Barnard

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April 25, 2016

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Tim Barnard's illustrations are a mash-up of so many enmeshed and overlapping subjects, and some of his works find their way into public/alternative spaces. Within his confines of a gray scale, he plays with dimension, perspective, and text.
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EK Interview: Amber Chavez

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April 22, 2016

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In her photography, Amber Chavez speaks to the solitary subject within the confined space of their interiority. The destruction, the suffocation, the rawness, and the vices are carefully provoked. Chavez invigorates recognizable subject matter and through it, she coaxes her viewers into her work. This, in turn, suggests a certain (auto)biographical narrative. Check out Chavez's work in her EK feature from 2011!
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EK Interview: Stephanie Buer

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April 18, 2016

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The imagery of Stephanie Buer's paintings and drawings recalls her time spent in Detroit, Michigan. While dilapidated and human-free edifices dominate her works, Buer speaks to Detroit's artistic initiatives and to the changing cityscape. Check out Stephanie's other Empty Kingdom interview and post !
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EK Interview: James Rawson

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April 11, 2016

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James Rawson identifies the spoils of popular culture and its devastating/distracting effects. His boisterous paintings involve issues of digital voyeurism and they question the fulfillment that voyeurs receive from their action. Through this, Rawson explores the ubiquities of society and detachments from reality. Check out more of Rawson's work at the EK Shop and his feature !
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EK Interview: Susannah Martin

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April 4, 2016

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Susannah Martin exposes the human form in naturalistic and photo realistic scenes. On canvas, her vividly painted subjects interact with land and animal and express a contemplative curiosity. Through them, Martin speaks to themes such as the German political landscape and she makes clear her rich understanding of the history of art. Empty Kingdom first featured her works in March 2013.
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EK Interview: Shae Detar

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March 25, 2016

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Shae Detar's photography portrays the world she wishes to see. Borrowing from the surreality of nature, Shae paints photographs in brilliant pastels, making work that is visually stunning. Her models are predominantly naked, taking the photographs out of time, and giving them an other worldly sensation that, to quote Goldilocks, is just right. Check out her interview for more about how rad she is:
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EK Interview: Mr. Mead

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March 24, 2016

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Mr. Mead's surreal illustrations examine his personal fears, materializing as looming and haunting forms. These dandified and often masked animal-people provoke viewers with their bizarre gesticulations. Mr. Mead animates the inhabitants of the darkness, often providing these characters with finely trimmed suits.
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EK Interview: Hobby Buddies

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March 21, 2016

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The world of Ursula Sprecher and Andi Cortellini is a foray into the diverse microcosms that we as humans all inhabit. At the microscopic level, their photography showcases a number of groups of people, all unique on a personal level, brought together by a single passion. On a macroscopic level, it speaks to the human condition, that despite our differences we can find common ground in our unique experiences. Their work revels in the human experience, and the story each of us has to tell.
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EK Interview: Mojo Wang

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March 18, 2016

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Mojo Wang is an illustrator whose work is thought provoking, addressing deep and powerful emotions, loss, emptiness, personal emotions. Across the board, Mojo's stark depictions of the world are intense and poingant.
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EK Interview: Stephanie Henderson

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March 14, 2016

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The work of Stephanie Henderson is steeped in symbology and meaning. Her dark and mysterious pieces make me stare in thought, wondering what was going on in her mind when she painted them, and what's going on in the piece itself.
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EK Interview: Julien Mauve

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March 11, 2016

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Damn but do I love the photography of Julien Mauve. His range is immense, discussing everything from the future of our society and world in his ethereal and haunting abandoned cities, to the lost innocence we seem to have forgotten, to the darkness of the world and the futility of our attempts to drive that darkness away. Check out his interview:
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EK Interview: Evelyn Bencicova

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March 7, 2016

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Evelyn Bencicova's photography is at once unnerving and beautiful in its symmetry, it makes a mockery of the human ability to over indulge cooperation. Her colors, whether brilliant red or quiet gray, pop out of the photograph, screaming into your eyes at the speed of light, but seemingly faster. My, oh my is her work something to marvel at. Check out her interview:
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EK Interview: Gabriel Grun

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March 4, 2016

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Gabriel Grun's work is heavily influenced by renaissance and baroque paintings and it shows. Openly sexual, and unabashed about everything that he wants it to be, Gabriel's work is a world of fantasy, of the myths and legends of humanity laid out in full color, full splendor. Colorful and gorgeous, his paintings draw you into their warm, waiting arms and hold you there.
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EK Interview: Ben Young

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February 29, 2016

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Ben Young is self taught, his sculptures capture the ocean in its quiet moments, the solitude and humility one feels when confronted by something so immense and unyielding. Check out his interview:
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EK Interview: Lauren Marx

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February 26, 2016

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My oh my do I love the work of Lauren Marx. Violent, brutal, unrestrained, her art makes me feel primal and stirs something ancient and normally restrained within me. Colorful, beautiful, and elegant, her content is a contradiction, carnal yet refined. And as a person she is deep, insightful, and honest. Her interview is touching and a damn good read:
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EK Interview: Joel Rea

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February 22, 2016

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The world of Joel Rea's art is vast and overwhelming, in both scope and meaning. Where does the dream stop, and the real begin? Who knows, as Joel stitches the two together so seamlessly, ice clad rocks, starry and cloud filled skies alluding to a harsh nature, an untamed world foreign to humans. Tigers, powerful and scary to a lone human. And in the middle of it all, men and women, clad in the trappings of modern society, out of place in the real, at home in the surreal. Check out his interview for more more more and existential exploration to boot!
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EK Interview: Mario Dilitz

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February 19, 2016

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Mario Dilitz works with wood to create touching, meaningful sculpture. His works are a sort of expose on the human condition, bare emotion painted across bare wood. Our vulnerable, withdrawn, most quiet moments are his focus, and damn does he depict them well. Check out his interview:
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EK Interview: Seung-Hwan Oh

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February 15, 2016

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Seung-Hwan Oh's work has been eaten away by bacteria revealing a something far beyond anything a portrait could be. They are terrifying and beautiful, nightmarish and colorful. Check out his interview:
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EK Interview: Ben Thomas

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February 12, 2016

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The photography of Ben Thomas makes our world look like a model set. In the most extreme, this can be an exercise in humility, forcing one to consider how infinitesimal we are as human beings, and how tiny our race is in the scope of our planet, and in the greater context of the universe. On another end they provide a window into the beauty and achievement of our species, the monuments we have constructed to ourselves and the world we have wrought together. Check out his interview:
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EK Podcast: Christine Wu

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February 9, 2016

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A truly delightful and insightful interview with the one and only Christine Wu (www.misschristinewu.com) who has a fantastic solo show currently showing at Thinkspace Gallery in Los Angeles until Feb. 20th! Check it out! The podcast is a bit long but worth every second
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