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Boris Draschoff

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June 27, 2014

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"These are the central concepts of my artistic essence. The transformation of motives therefore is a clearing of reality through optical reduction and refraction of contents. In this way it allows each observer an exempt view on the essential marrow. In this connection my process follows strictly the etymological translation of the word kaleidoscope, which has its roots in the greek language and means 'to see beautiful forms'." -Boris Draschoff, Berlin, Germany
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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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Heidi Taillefer Returns

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June 26, 2014

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Heidi Taillefer's work is a painstakingly detailed homage of how the human spirit predominates despite technological advances of our time, by blending mechanical and mythological elements in her paintings. We had a chance to interview this talented Canadian artist on January 2012 after having been featured twice before on EK, on February 2010 and on February 2011... I'm pretty sure we all got a big crush on her by now.
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Christina Pettersson

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June 25, 2014

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Swedish artist Christina Pettersson explores resurrection and savage demise on a grand scale once reserved for history painting. Her large graphite works on paper reference classic mythology and literature, and include herself as the recurring female figure surrounded by animals, most particularly birds.
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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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Monika Horčicová

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June 24, 2014

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Monika Horčicová is a Czech sculptor/installation artist who constructs human skeletons with 3-D printing in a very surreal juxtaposition. Many of her structures presents itself through a repetitive cycling pattern as well as experimental evolved mutations.
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Katerina Belkina Part III

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June 24, 2014

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We bring you the latest work by Russian artist Katerina Belkina. She was first featured on July 2011 and again on July 2013. Her digitally manipulated photography creates a minimalist atmosphere of clean surfaces and unblemished spaces; Reflecting the materialistic, almost artificial and isolated experience of living in today's modernized society.
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Zin Lim

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June 23, 2014

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Zin Lim is a fine art painter born in Seoul, South Korea and currently resides in San Francisco, CA.
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Seth Clark

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June 23, 2014

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Designer and artist Seth Clark creates beautiful collages focusing on the beauty of decay and collapse within architecture. Within the deterioration, he writes, "there remains a gentle resolve...it is as if the buildings were content with their circumstance...They are on the brink of ruin, yet appear dignified in their state. Something very energized and present is trying to escape out of a slow history of abandonment." His pieces are quite painterly, with subdued hues and an attention to detail that borders on realism, he has created works of structures that do not exist, yet are entirely familiar.
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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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Tomoko Kashiki

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June 20, 2014

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The portraits Tomoko Kashiki creates are fragmented, and at times placed in a limiting space that traps the women within an intimate world of beauty, desire and dreams. Her aesthetic is reminiscent of Heian Buddhist paintings and Bijinga, pictures of beautiful women in pinewood gardens, a style derived from Kyoto, the city in which Kashiki was born and raised.
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Serge Gay Jr. Part II

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June 20, 2014

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It's only been 2 months since we shared Serge Gay Jr.'s work (previously featured in March 2014), but he's been busy pumping out more of his grizzly graphic art which brings him back to our humble little site so soon. Based out of San Francisco, California, Serge draws his inspiration from his surroundings, his Haitian background, and the coastal cities he grew up in.
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Mojo Wang

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June 19, 2014

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Mojo Wang is an illustrator/digital artist based out of Shanghai, China who draws eccentric oddities and themes of queer intimacy.
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Laurence Vallières

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June 19, 2014

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Laurence Vallières is a talented sculptor based in Montreal Canada. Inspired by the works of authors like Georges Orwell and Art Spiegelman, Vallières uses animal imagery to metaphorically comment on political issues and social behavior. The impressive craftsmanship and grandiose scale of her carboard work is nothing short of amazing. Her work will be shown in Germany at Colab gallery from June 14th to October 25th and in Spacejunk gallery Grenoble from September 18th to November 15th.
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Brianna Capozzi

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June 18, 2014

Brianna Capozzi is a photographer based out of New York whose images are full of a gelatinous, almost pulsating beauty. Capozzi veers away from the conventional glossiness of fashion photography, employing the female body to create startling, unusual scenes - odd glimpses of a story that linger provocatively on the tongue. A teenage dream.
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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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Alison Scarpulla is Back!

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June 17, 2014

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Photographer Alison Scarpulla was featured way back in March 2010 and was also one of Empty Kingdom's Top 100 Artist of 2010. She continues to shoot alternate worlds and reveals hidden colors to dream-like landscapes.
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Markus Manowski

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June 17, 2014

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Markus Manowski is a multifaceted artist from Zabrze, Poland. His work is a somber juxtaposition of abstract shadows and colors with pictorial elements of found photographs and images from his own archive of pictures and drawings. This combination allows for a progression from one piece to the next, creating dialogue between the artist and his medium; The transition mirrors a radical shift in the social environment in his past, documenting a journey from a communist regime to West Germany. Also known as Daze Maxim, Manowski is not only well versed in visual mediums but is also a well established musical artist with a substantial body of work as a musician, producer and performer in the field of electronic music.
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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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Justin Plakas

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June 16, 2014

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Justin Plakas is a multi-media artist. His mediums include collage, photography and video. His works are highly experimental, involving the body, design and landscape. Here are selections from a recent collage series that are subdued, seemingly vintage, yet futuristic.
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