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Light Sculptures by Qiu Minye

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December 10, 2015

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Qiu Minye creates her sculptures with an extra ordinary medium, light. The artist based out of Shanghai sprays light to embody a physical form, which leaves behind a unique silhouette we can familiarize with. Her series is entitled 'My God' and is an ongoing project.
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Why, Hello You.

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December 9, 2015

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It's been a long time coming, and we are excited to share with you what is just the beginning of something much, much bigger. Like Bambi to Godzilla big. What you shall witness is something completely new for us, which honestly makes us a little nervous. We are nervous because more than anything, we care about what all you kiddos in EK Land think about us and we never want to let you down.
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EK Interview: Rocío Montoya

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December 9, 2015

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Rocío Montoya's work is intriguing, her collages are a melange of emotion, pattern, and color. Her subjects are eye-catching and her backgrounds, though sometimes stark, serve to draw the viewer in and highlight her discussion. Check out her interview:
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Mary Iverson

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December 7, 2015

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Mary Iverson is a painter and public artist based out of Seattle. Her paintings focus on the shipping industry and its influence on culture and the environment. She teaches painting and drawing at Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon, WA, where she is a tenured faculty member.
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Derek Gores Art Basel Interview

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December 6, 2015

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Derek Gores is a large-scale collage artist based out of Florida. He goes over his current show which is currently being featured at Scope Art Fair with Think Space Gallery and Aqua Art Miami.
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Rinka Obitsu

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December 5, 2015

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A short featurette portraying Japanese calligraphy artist Rinka Obitsu's piece entitled 'Prayer'. Directed by Yutaka Yasuda and shot in Tenpaku, Nagoya during a heatwave of 38 Celsius (over 100 Fahrenheit) back in August 2013.
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EK Interview: Drew Young

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December 4, 2015

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Drew Young has been grinding out dark, dramatic, enticing art for a while. His newest series is no different, stuffed with substance, for anyone willing to take the trip with, Drew's work forces one to pause and take a few steps down the rabbit hole. He offers guidance on where the path might go, check out his interview:
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EK Interview: Troy Coulterman

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December 2, 2015

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Troy Coulterman has a show premiering at Hellion Gallery in Portland, OR, this Thursday, December 3rd. Surreal and absurd, his art is colorful and eye-catching, take a look at his interview and roll to the show if you happen to be in Portland!
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Empty Kingdom: Past, Present, & Future

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December 1, 2015

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Hello all you lovely people. It's been a very long time since we've spoken to you directly. We know this, and we sincerely apologize for our previous absence. It won't happen again.
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Anouk Griffioen Revisit

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December 1, 2015

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When we enter a room of artworks by Anouk Griffioen we find ourselves surrounded by colossal people, hybrid beings and shadows. The auras of these works can be frightening, strange and confusing, but they also arouse the viewer's curiosity about the inner beings inside her creations. Griffioen amalgamates reality and imagination; flora and fauna merge seamlessly into one another, thus forming surrealistic dream worlds.
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EK Interview: Nigel Van Wieck

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November 30, 2015

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Nigel Van Wieck is a painter whose portrayals of America feel as though they're from another time, even if the content is modern. From an era of romanticism and dreaminess, almost free of time if not for the trappings of culture that carry specific definition. His interview is refreshingly self-aware and his discussion of what his art is, and what art is to him, is one that forces one to pause to contemplate their own framing. Read on, comrades:
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Visceral

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November 28, 2015

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Both Colombian photographer Paola Rojas H. and illustrator David Pérez's latest series entitled Visceral portrays models displaying the human anatomy from 'inside out'. They chose blue and red as their primary colors to represent the frozen body and the fiery heart.
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Shuji Kobayashi

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November 26, 2015

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Shuji Kobayashi is a Japanese photographer based out of Tokyo.
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EK Interview: Steve Salo

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November 25, 2015

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Big brush strokes. Fat chunks of paint. The work of Steve Salo colorful as hell and incredibly human in its expression. Check out his interview:
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Charles Wilkin

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November 24, 2015

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"My work is a loose collection of thoughts and observations in many ways and less about one specific theme. I see it as being a reflection of the world we live in, with all its ugliness and cruelty. But from that, I strive to extract the beauty and empathy hidden underneath and within us all, revealing the unknown, the unspoken and intangible things that make us truly human." -Charles Wilkin, Brooklyn, NY
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EK Interview: Tom Gallant

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November 23, 2015

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Tom Gallant is well versed in pushing the limit. His previous discussions of sexuality and human form are deep, meaningful, and challenging. His newest series is no exception, addressing cultural mores and how they are passed down through time. Check out his thoughts:
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Jean François Lepage Revisit

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November 21, 2015

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Jean-François Lepage is a photographer whose working methods are closer to that of a painter. His paradoxically alluring and disquieting photographs bare evidence to a process in which he physically cuts, draws and works into their surface to intricately evolve and brutally deconstruct the original image.
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EK Interview: Peter Martensen

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November 20, 2015

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Peter Martensen's paintings are dark, haunting, and ethereal. They describe a world halfway between dream and nightmare, they are evocative and poignant. Check out his interview to hear the man himself:
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EK Podcast #2: N8 Van Dyke Interview

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November 19, 2015

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For the Empty Kingdom podcast's second episode, we spent a pleasant hour with an old favorite of ours -the great Nate Van Dyke, legendary artist/illustrator, and the tallest, most pleasant beer drinking man we've ever met. We first interviewed him for the never released art documentary that was our first project before even the website existed.
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Joseph Lee

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November 17, 2015

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Joseph Lee is a self-taught artist based out of Los Angeles. His portraits channel various observations ranging from pop culture references to the daily people he encounters on the street. His "faces" capture an external likeness while evoking the complexities of the human emotion beneath.
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