Yung Cheng Lin

The raw and peculiar fine art photographer Yung Cheng Lin is Tainan, Taiwan based. He has a calming yet straight forward approach when it comes to contorting and distorting his viewers. Lin has been featured on Empty Kingdom numerous times and we also had an interview with him back in 2016.

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EK Interview: Hanna Jaeun

Hanna Jaeun tells EK about her artistic process and her surreal paintings that often incorporate religious iconography. Her works are playful alluring yet melancholically unnerving in their presentation of cathartic subject matter. Through her subjects, Jaeun extends a certain set of circumstances at hand.

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EK Interview: Tim Barnard

Tim Barnard‘s illustrations are a mash-up of so many enmeshed and overlapping subjects, and some of his works find their way into public/alternative spaces. Within his confines of a gray scale, he plays with dimension, perspective, and text.

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EK Interview: Amber Chavez

In her photography, Amber Chavez speaks to the solitary subject within the confined space of their interiority. The destruction, the suffocation, the rawness, and the vices are carefully provoked. Chavez invigorates recognizable subject matter and through it, she coaxes her viewers into her work. This, in turn, suggests a certain (auto)biographical narrative. Check out Chavez’s…

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EK Interview: Stephanie Buer

The imagery of Stephanie Buer‘s paintings and drawings recalls her time spent in Detroit, Michigan. While dilapidated and human-free edifices dominate her works, Buer speaks to Detroit’s artistic initiatives and to the changing cityscape. Check out Stephanie’s other Empty Kingdom interview and post !

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EK Interview: James Rawson

James Rawson identifies the spoils of popular culture and its devastating/distracting effects. His boisterous paintings involve issues of digital voyeurism and they question the fulfillment that voyeurs receive from their action. Through this, Rawson explores the ubiquities of society and detachments from reality. Check out more of Rawson’s work at the EK Shop and his…

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EK Interview: Susannah Martin

Susannah Martin exposes the human form in naturalistic and photo realistic scenes. On canvas, her vividly painted subjects interact with land and animal and express a contemplative curiosity. Through them, Martin speaks to themes such as the German political landscape and she makes clear her rich understanding of the history of art. Empty Kingdom first…

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EK Podcast #1: Brett Amory

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…

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EK Interview: Tamara Lichtenstein

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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Headland Of Dreams

“This project is based on a text called “Promontorium Somnii” written by Victor Hugo in 1863 and dealing with the continuum between real and dream. Hugo talks about our need to find something within ourselves than can help us sail through the remains of dreams and the will-of-the-wisps of illusion. He claims that “sleep is…

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Collages by Rocío Montoya

Rocío Montoya is a photographer/new media artist based out of Madrid, Spain. Her experimental collage portraits are approached with personal explorations by transforming reality and manipulating images to convey their perception of the environment through aesthetic experiences.

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