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Bart Hess Revisit

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April 9, 2014

Bart Hess, first featured back in 2011, is a Dutch artist who uses a variety of materials to mould strange and otherworldly figures, blurring the line between these alien textiles and human skin.
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EK Interview: Eckehard Fuchs

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April 8, 2014

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Eckehard Fuchs is a painter from Germany, residing in various cities throughout Europe. His paintings are equally playful and dark, muted yet colorful and curious. Sometimes abstract, and other times incredibly direct.  This interview is one of many from a roster of artists, as part of a ongoing collaboration with 5 Pieces Gallery, in Berne, Switzerland.
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Kilian Eng Part III

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April 8, 2014

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Swedish illustrator Kilian Eng creates beautiful atmospheric alternative worlds with a color palette that reminds us the wistful 80s. Much of his inspiration comes from the interest in both classic and futuristic themes of science fiction and nature. Kilian was on Empty Kingdom’s Top 100 Artists list of 2011 and featured on September 2012 and January 2011.
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EK Interview: Federico Lombardo

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April 7, 2014

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Federico Lombardo's watercolors have so much feeling and emotion to them.  Though stark they are raw and visceral, I'd love to see one in person.  He is one of another artist with the 5 pieces Gallery whom we are proud to interview and feature, so check out what he has to paint and say.
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Stéphane Coutelle

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April 7, 2014

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Stéphane Coutelle is a French photographer who has just released his latest series entitled 'Insomnies'. The intimate photos portray the beginnings of an untold story of women's wanderings. The pictures are shot in unspecified locations to carry a strong cinematographic dimension.
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Richard Ross

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April 7, 2014

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Richard Ross is a photographer based out of California; he focuses on a certain topic, often forgotten or overlooked, at any time, from museums to apocalyptic shelters. He travels the world to photograph places unseen or hidden, pronouncing the power that government institutions have over individuals. His most recent series,  Juvenile in Justice, is a raw, candid look into "young American juveniles housed by law in facilities that treat, confine, punish, assist and, occasionally, harm them". The series has been published into a book of the same name, and has been featured on NPR, CNN, PBS, Wired.com and Harper's Magazine. I highly encourage you all to explore his visually stunning, haunting, and socially pertinent work. ENJOY!
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Garden City Movement – Move On

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April 6, 2014

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Garden City Movement's latest music video entitled "Move On" features ambient tones and hypnotic beats tied in with a beautifully shot music video. Produced by INI-MA Productions and directed by Michael Moshonov and Lael Utnik. The video stars Yarden Toussia Cohen and Gloria Bess. Watch the video after the break!
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Mizuno Junko

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April 4, 2014

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Mizuno Junko is a Japanese manga artist based out of Tokyo. Her drawing style blends with colorful, childish sweetness with blood and terror that's termed Gothic kawaii or a kawaii noir style. Junko's art has a pop-art and psychedelic flair, and a sizable proportion of her published work is colored, rather than the black and white format typical of most Japanese comics.
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Ivan Peretz

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April 4, 2014

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Ivan Peretz is a Russian photographer who is currently living in St. Petersburg. Without the a generic photographic background, his raw talent is something that cant be taught.
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AJ Fosik (REVISIT)

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April 3, 2014

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Always a privilege to post about an EK veteran! Believe me, our borderline-unhealthy infatuation with the incredible craftsmanship of AJ Fosik is perfectly justified. The impeccable detail and composition in his wooden sculptures,  has landed him on our site several times including two features (one on February 2010 and one on November 2011) an interview and a spot on EK's top 100 list consecutively on 2010 and 2011.
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Roberto Ferri Part II

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April 2, 2014

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Roberto Ferri is an Italian fine art painter whose work is heavily inspired by Baroque painters such as Caravaggio and other old masters of Romanticism. His paintings display such tranquilizing tones that alleviate the viewers eyes, while accepting the realization of such convoluted and surreal actions each character uncovers. Ferri was also featured back in January 2012.
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Lalla Essaydi Revisit

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April 2, 2014

Lalla Essaydi, featured back in 2012, is a Moroccan-born artist who delves into Islamic calligraphy to give a voice, and an intricate veil, to her subjects. The tension between the richness and the confinement in her photographs hints at the complexities of Arab female identity, and the voyeuristic Western tendencies thereof. Her two latest series, Bullet and Harem Revisited are potent, luminous, and absolutely breathtaking.
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Clarisse Rebotier

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April 1, 2014

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French photographer/digital artist Clarisse Rebotier and photographer Thomas Subtil teamed up for their series entitled 'Animétro' portraying wandering animals roaming the subways of Paris. Each animal is digitally situated and reacts to it's surroundings within given live scenarios.
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Nuno Moreira

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April 1, 2014

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Nuno Moreira is a talented photographer from Portugal currently residing in Tokyo. His most recent work, a book titled "State of Mind." is a superb collection of private moments with the human condition.  With well calculated  shadows, focal points and composition, each image touches on a unique intimacy of the moment it's capturing. His book is currently available on his website.
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EK Interview: Casey McKee

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March 31, 2014

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  The art of Casey McKee is dynamic, spanning an array of subjects, some serious others not, and maintaining degree a levity.  He is one of a number of great artist from 5 pieces Gallery whom we are proud to be spotlighting.  Check out his interview and take a look at his work!
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MANGLO IS BACK *NSFW

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March 31, 2014

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MANGLO aka Yukaman is a Japanese digital illustrator who draws with cute, child-like vibrant colors and seemingly playful tones, but the direction behind these Japanese manga drawings are absolutely sadistic and menacing. We're happy share them with you and be sure to check out her previous feature back in February 2011.
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Nonotak Studio

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March 31, 2014

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Nonotak Studio is a collaboration between animator Noemi Schipfer and "architect musician" Takami Nakamoto. In 2011 they were commissioned by a French architect to create a public mural in Paris and the duo has been constructing dizzying audio and visual installations since. Deep, brooding, and ambient soundscapes are coupled with beautiful geometric patterns of light that sway in space as the viewer is fully immersed. Nonotak Studio have taken their pieces to festivals throughout the U.S. (i.e.; New York) and Europe (primarily). I secretly imagine myself wandering the streets of Paris late, late at night and stumbling into one of these installations, they are so tricking RAD!
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Feature: The Tall Trees Of Portland

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March 30, 2014

On April 3rd the Hellion Gallery in Portland will be opening a show centered the art book The Tall Trees of Portland.  Matt Wagner, the gallery owner, has curated the Tall Trees of Portland as an art book featuring a number of awesome Portland artists and is one of several such books he has executed and has planned.  Check out some of the art in the book and the interview with Matt regarding the book and if you're in the area head to Hellion Gallery on Thursday!
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Serge Gay Jr.

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March 29, 2014

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Serge Gay Jr. is a Grammy nominated illustrator / fine artist / graphic designer currently based out of San Francisco, California. Early on he embarked on a journey of self-discovery aimed at unlocking the potential of his deep seeded creativity through education. New World School of the Arts in Miami exposed him to relationships, concepts and experiences to nurture, develop and channel his artistic instinct. The College for Creative Studies in Detroit would then help him to further refine his skills and build the foundation for his art career.
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ECHO ╳ Lewis Arnold

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March 28, 2014

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ECHO is a cryptically challenging drama that ensnares both its characters and audience in tensely constructed atmosphere. Directed by Lewis Arnold and written by James Walker.
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