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EK Podcast: Lucien Shapiro

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February 29, 2016

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Lucien Shapiro is a dear dear friend of Empty Kingdom, one of the oldest and coolest. He is a badass sculptor and a very original, thoughtful human. In this episode we dive deep into his career. We interviewed him in the lobby of the Kabuki Hotel in SF. He is doing a nationwide tour of a fear collecting ritual that is explained in the podcast. I highly suggest checking it out, I missed the first one in SF but I'll be sure to be at the next one, because well I got some things to get off my back. I bet you do too.
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EK Shop: James Rawson

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February 29, 2016

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James Rawson -James’ work blurs the boundaries between collage and painting, using preparatory paper collages as reference for his larger paintings. He aims to reflect the multi-layered visual experience we all live in. Appropriating the very images that have become implicit in our society, James’ work disturbs our sense of reality and confuses our perception of popular culture.
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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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Mark Thompson

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February 27, 2016

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Mark Thompson is a painter based out of the U.K. who develops and ultimately ‘makes‘ a version of the world seen through the isolation of his personal memories. The filter of his memory appears to retain only what is personally important, and the inevitable mix of his own history and experience fills in the gaps.
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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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MERKUR PRESENTS: Ayça Şen

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February 24, 2016

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Presented by Merkur Gallery -Şen, who sees the coincidences, come ups; shortly, the flow of life in its own rhythm as the flow of nature in its own rhythm, she considers ‘’Where to look from” a visual extension of personal confrontation and personal change. In this sense, when all conceptual explanations can be perceived as an intervention to the whole of personal life, the ‘’contradictions’’ that she handles come into play and by wriggling from vertical media, they get into horizontal media, which can make concessions too.
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Cristina Coral

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February 24, 2016

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"My approach to photography and its development was almost entirely self-taught. I immediately understood what the camera could have given me in terms of experimentation and discovery of the world around me and more over of myself. Photographing has become an imperative language." -Cristina Coral
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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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Johnson Tsang: Artist Update

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February 21, 2016

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Johnson Tsang is a highly imaginative, witty, and dark porcelain sculptor based out of Hong Kong. He was previously featured in October and April 2013. Tsang continues to innovate and create otherworldly juxtapositions.
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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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Shaun Downey

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February 18, 2016

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Shaun Downey’s portraits draw on influences as varied as Dutch masters and comic books, grounding a centuries-long tradition of figure painting firmly in the present. Employing a realist style, Downey creates emotionally evocative portraits, mostly of women, in fully realized settings where the figure’s face and mood are equally informed by their environment.
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Hellion Gallery: EMA Show

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February 16, 2016

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Hellion Gallery in Portland, OR is currently having a show with a number of phenomenal artists. They were tasked with each making an Ema, a small wooden plaque on which prayers or wishes are written. These are then left hanging for spirits or gods to see. The pieces are diverse and beautiful as their creators. Additionally a number of the artists in the show took a few minutes to answer a prompt, so check out the show if you're in the Hood! And check out their work and thoughts:
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Michael Carson

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February 16, 2016

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Michael Carson’s glamorous scenes, set in bars, clubs, cafés, and dance studios, are marked by a hazy realism reminiscent of French impressionist and post-impressionist works by artists such as Edgar Degas and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Carson, who was formally trained in design, brings elements of fashion and architecture into his work, but his foremost commitment is to the art of painting.
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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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Galleria Gum Presents: Camila Valdez

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February 13, 2016

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Galleria Gum, a fantastic gallery founded by Andrea Pasin, in the heart of the Wynwood Arts District (Florida) represents some talented artists doing great work. Here we highlight Camila Valdez, a young and emerging argentinian artist who creates hyper-realistic leggy dessert sculptures. When constructing her anthropomorphic sweet treats, Camila selects materials which highlight the bold colors and exaggerated shapes of classic desserts. Utilizing such materials as fiberglass and epoxy resins, which are later hand-painted in order to attain a surreal glow, proof is given that her art is a matter of taste.
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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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Fusion Frames by Darryl Cox

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February 12, 2016

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Darryl Cox spends his days in Central Oregon forest searching for the ideal tree branch to blend with frames. Each distinct project involves woodworking, painting, and a bit of sculpting. He creates a limited 20-30 pieces per year.
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Andrea Torres Balaguer

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February 10, 2016

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Andrea Torres Balaguer is a photographer based out of Barcelona, Spain with a beautiful minimalistic approach.
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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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EK Interview: Mary Iverson

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February 8, 2016

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Mary Iverson is a painter from Seattle, her works depict a natural world overrun and polluted by consumerism. The nature in her art is beautiful and vibrant in its own right, but to it so marred by shipping containers and their tendrils is a striking image, indeed. Check out her interview:
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