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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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EK Interview: Uchujin – Adrian Storey

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November 17, 2015

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Adrian Storey is an alien. He's been traveling the world for the past decade and a half and as raw and uncompromising as his photography is, his words are possibly more-so. Honest about his successes, failings, frustrations, and appreciations, this is an interview to learn from. This isn't romanticism; this is the truth, brutal, and beautiful:
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Daisuke Yokota

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November 16, 2015

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Born in Saitama, Japan in 1983 Daisuke Yokota has that eye. I read somewhere he said Aphex Twin is his inspiration. Makes sense.
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Jakob Wagner

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November 14, 2015

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Jakob Wagner is a photographer based out of Herdecke, Germany. His series entitled Above the Ruhr 3 captures aerial landscapes high above the clouds. He has shot in several numerous cities from New York to Shanghai, the Middle East, and including various islands around the world.
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EK Interview: Hannah Yata

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November 12, 2015

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The work of Hannah Yata is a psychedelic statement of purpose for any willing to take the time and trip with her. Through her work she discusses the female identity, refusing to be confined by socialized prescriptions of vanity and over-sexualized tokenization, as well as the connection that humanity once had to the earth which has been eschewed by modern society and the repercussions of this departure. Check out her interview!
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EK Podcast #1: Brett Amory

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November 11, 2015

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Surprise! EK has a motherf*cking podcast! Yes that's right we are going to be doing in-depth interviews with the world’s greatest artists! First up: Brett Amory, an old friend of Empty Kingdom. We talk about the evolution of his career, his process, and the meaning behind his work. He currently has a solo show up at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, so check it out before it comes down! If you don't see the soundcloud embedded, click the link here: EK Podcast Brett Amory Interview
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Cinematastica by Tomer Hanuka

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November 11, 2015

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Tomer Hanuka was previously featured here. He is an Illustrator and a comics artist. He also apparently has a brother who is also a talented illustrator. I don't know who the older and it seems they get along but I wonder if they ever got in art wars growing up. "No you're better!" "No YOU'RE BETTER!!!!" "RRAAAHHHH!!!!" (start painting on each other's faces and giggling with brotherly love.) -His movie posters are pretty cool. You had me at Badlands and sealed the deal with Kubrick.
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Noell Oszvald

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November 10, 2015

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Noell Oszvald’s use of imagination really pushes the boundaries of creativity, making everything look effortless and yet very powerful. The 25 year old Hungarian photographer’s recent body of work deals with more minimalistic portraits, where as his earlier images has a lot more photo-manipulation.
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Shan Jiang Revisit

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November 8, 2015

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Shan Jiang is a digital illustrator and creative director originally from Shanghai and now currently based out of London. Jiang was previously featured back in June 2011.
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Homebodies by Calvin Ma

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November 5, 2015

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"I utilize the action figure form in my sculptural work to explore personal issues and struggles with social anxiety. As an adult, I face difficulties in the social environment. Meeting new people, being in the company of strangers, crowds, peers and intermittently among friends and family brings about a heightened nervousness that takes over and impedes my ability to function socially..." -Calvin Ma, San Francisco
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EK Interview: Tamara Lichtenstein

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November 3, 2015

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Tamara Lichtenstein has been a favorite at Empty Kingdom since we first saw her work. We're grit junkies, and Tamara has us hooked on her intense, sometimes straight, oft ethereal photography that is unabashedly honest and completely uncompromising. Take a taste and you might just get hooked too:
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Tuane Eggers

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November 1, 2015

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Tuane Eggers is a photographer from Laredo, Brazil with a dreamy set of ethereal images that really capture the spiritual tones of the forest.
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The Hero’s Journey

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October 29, 2015

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The Hero's Journey is a graduate project by Iskander Krayenbosch for University HKU. Since the beginning of time people are fascinated by stories of hero’s. But did you know there is a fundamental structure that's lies beneath all these tales of fantasy. Joseph Campbell, a famous mythologist, was the first to discover similarities within all ancient myths. He called it the Monomyth. According to him there are 17 stages in which every hero has to walk through one way or the other.
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EK Interview: Michael Ward

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October 27, 2015

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Michael Ward's America is a pastel wonderland. Quiet, reflective, and honest, his paintings reflect an America often looked at but rarely seen. His interview is a meditation on the evolution of art and the idea of Americana. I suggest you take a read.
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Ayu Nakata

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October 25, 2015

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Ayu Nakata aka "Mieze" is an illustrator based out of Osaka, Japan. She combines watercolors, acrylics, and pastels which gives off that dreamy serene effect.
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Weronika Izdebska

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October 22, 2015

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Weronika Izdebska aka 'ovors' is a freelance photographer and filmmaker based out of Łódź, Poland. Her collection of images brings out a certain keen sense of emotions and aesthetics by portraying an underlying theme of inner space and silence.
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Witchoria Part II

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October 20, 2015

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Victoria Siemer aka Witchoria is a graphic designer based out of Brooklyn, New York, who digitally composites reflective landscapes in a beautiful minimalistic manner. She was previously featured in May 2014.
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Pedro Covo

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October 18, 2015

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Pedro Covo is a painter and illustrator from Cartagena, Colombia.
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