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Alyssa Monks Part Trois!

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July 10, 2014

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Alyssa Monks' ability to interpret impressive realism using minimum detail, makes her an exceptional artist. It's no wonder she's had two features on EK on March 2010 and May 2012 and an interview on June 2011. Not only that, she has been a part of our Empty Kingdom's Top 100 lists of 2010 and 2012 respectively. Here is a combination of her latest work as well as a look at her earlier stuff.
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Simone Crestani

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July 9, 2014

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"Man has always used natural elements for decorative purposes, often exploiting and modifying the nature to his own taste, with the only intent of owning the beauty. I have always admired with wonder and respect the nature, I believe that it is the greatest expression of beauty, that kind of beauty that satisfies the senses, that kind of beauty that only art can approach. That’s the reason why in my work I take inspiration from natural forms, repurposing them through a decorative key that preserves the elegance and poetry. A contemporary “Cabinet of Curiosity” where nature is respected not defaced, reproducing the essence by fragile and transparent shapes." -Simone Crestani, Venice, Italy
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The Abyss Table by Duffy London

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July 8, 2014

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"The Abyss Table" designed by Duffy London is a conversation piece as much as a functional one. But while previous works play with gravity, this new design is concerned with depth, and creates a geological cross-section as mesmerizing as the sea. The design team spent a year developing the table in their London studio, experimenting with sculpted glass, Perspex and wood, arranged like a 3-D representation of a geological map, until they re-created something of the mesmeric abyss that had first captured Duffy’s imagination.
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Casey Cripe

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July 8, 2014

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Art is a personal composition of the reality that surrounds us and artist/scientist Casey Cripe's work takes that concept to a crazy intricate level. Each piece is a map of the exploration of life, self and the universe. His ability to capture the beauty of anatomical figures and scientific complexities result in an imaginative juxtaposition of the surreal and hyper-real.
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Sung-Seok Ahn

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July 7, 2014

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South Korean artist Sungseok Ahn’s series entitled "Historic Present" questions the memory of past from the fast changing scenery of today. By overlapping a historical location with an old image of that exact place, he questions the way we treat our history and explores the dynamics between space and time at the same time.
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Melissa Gamwell

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July 7, 2014

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Melissa Gamwell is a sculptor based out of New York. She creates pieces that are akin to singular studies in abstraction of common industrial objects, working primarily in ceramic and metal. Strangely shaped spoons and small vessels are cast in polished bronze or muted pastels. Her sculptures are as much about form as they are about surface.
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Emeric Chantier

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July 6, 2014

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Emeric Chantier is a French sculptor/installation artist from Paris, France who evolves plants into skulls, weapons, people, and other objects that reflect society.
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Yung Cheng Lin 2.0

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July 4, 2014

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The elusive fine art photographer Yung Cheng Lin is Tainan, Taiwan based. His deliberately placed subjects and their unhinged poses leave you questioning what mysterious scenario is being played out. All his photos give you the sense that they are scenes from an abstract horror film. That's what I love the most about his photos. They don't seem to relate to each other, but once you look through them a story starts to emerge.
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Seyo Cizmic

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July 3, 2014

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Seyo Cizmic is a contemporary artist based in San Diego, California who creates installations that often contradict and challenges itself and the viewers.
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Adam Tan

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July 3, 2014

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If somber and slightly morose illustrations ever give me a warm and fuzzy feeling, they are likely done by Adam Tan. He uses a spectrum of ambient colors and shades to give a stillness that either complements or offset his varied pieces. This fellow Adventure Time enthusiast and talented mixed media illustrator resides in Auckland, New Zealand.
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John Stezaker

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July 2, 2014

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London based artist John Stezaker’s work re-examines the various relationships to the photographic image: as documentation of truth, purveyor of memory, and symbol of modern culture. In his collages, Stezaker appropriates images found in books, magazines, and postcards and uses them as ‘readymades’. Through his elegant juxtapositions, Stezaker adopts the content and contexts of the original images to convey his own witty and poignant meanings.
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Lena Klyukina

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July 1, 2014

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Lena Klyukina is an artist based out of Vilnius, Lithuania who draws up highly rendered themes of radical cyber punk illustrations which reminisce the psychedelic age of the 60s and 70s.
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N8 Van Dyke

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July 1, 2014

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N8 Van Dyke is a full time art making machine who manipulates any medium to his will, with sheer raw illustrative skill. He has provided his talents for the likes of Burton Snowboards, XBox, PlayStation, various rock bands etc. His work has also graced the covers of magazines all over the world including Taiwan, Australia and France.
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EK Interview: Caleb Brown

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June 30, 2014

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Two of the insane and gorgeous paintings of Caleb Brown are currently hanging at 111 Minna for the Empty Kingdom Summer Show!  His work draws on real world crises and issues, both international and global, and the subsequent fallout.  Taking very real situations and issues and framing them through hyperrealism and photorealistic painting Caleb challenges what the viewer assumes and asks more about the social underpinnings, causes and effects of these catastrophes.
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Birgit R. Deubner

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June 30, 2014

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Birgit R. Deubner is a London based multidisciplinary artist who focuses on the body, choreography and societal issues. Projects which she mainly inhabits between photography and painting explores researched and responded concerns of identity, body, renaissance painting, and the relationship between the practice of inquisition and contemporary cross-cultural relationships.
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Ben Thomas

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June 30, 2014

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Ben Thomas is a photographer based out of Melbourne, Australia. He travels the world creating dizzying images of city and landscapes. His technique, called tilt-shift photography, utilizes the camera in such a way that within one click Thomas is able to transform otherwise sprawling (hard to capture in one shot) urban-scapes into small toy-like places. He  recently published a book called Tiny Tokyo: The Big City Made Mini. ENJOY!
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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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