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Steven Ketchum

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Looking through Brooklyn-based artist Steven Ketchum’s illustrations is like watching half of a television show interrupted by an unfocused screen. The figures in his drawings seem confused….either by themselves or each other.

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18th Century Engravings By Antonio Basoli Feature Intriguing Towns Made Out Of Typography

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Antonio Basoli was an Italian artist who lived between the 18th and 19th century, and was a man with a vision. He created this architectural alphabet engravings called Alfabeto Pittorico (Pictorial Alphabet). The images don’t just depict letters, but elaborate buildings that use letterforms as their structure. It includes every letter except for the j, because it doesn’t exist in the Italian alphabet. They called it i lunga and it’s written with an i.

Soft, monochromatic images are full of intricate details, and we’re able to see every brick of a building in addition to the billowing clouds in the background. With each letter, Basoli creates a different setting and mood. Some landscapes are tranquil and idyllic-looking, filled with lush vegetation. Others are war-torn, and we see giant cracks in the foundation of buildings. Whatever the occasion, each is its own story with a compelling narrative of men versus themselves and also versus nature. (Via Sploid)

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Colin Henderson

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Colin Henderson, a designer and illustrator, enjoys captivating the viewer through the use of bold coloring, shapes, and patterns. I was happy to sense that not only does he seem to absorb inspiration through classic video games, mainstream media (do I see Flava Flav in one of them? I think so!) and street culture, but the inspiration from various ethnic art.

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Broken Fingaz Crew

A straight acid trip. Broken Fingaz Crew has captured the eye with their vibrant, colorful, in your face artwork. Infused with artful humor, I chuckled at some pieces as my eyes were immersed in this cauldron of comic book style color. “Our dreams are your nightmares”; a tagline that speaks volumes about their work.

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Chris Anthony’s Most Normal Person I know

As a photographic artist and filmmaker, Chris Anthony’s world is anything but normal. His large scale photographs are an intersection of Renaissance set and costume design, melted with a process that employs both antique photographic equipment and the modern technology of post-production. Anthony’s work is lush and painterly. He creates an image that is akin to film work in its narrative, both cinematic and containing all the elements of a story left open-ended.

For this body of work, Anthony rented an old hotel in Downtown Los Angeles once owned by Charlie Chaplin to create a sweeping backdrop of space lost in time. He photographs his subjects in mid-dream, or in a state of semi-consciousness. The scene is amplified by distinct props and the presence of small figures, visions manifested from the sub-conscious. It is not sure if they are evil or guardian.

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Tal R: “armes de chine”

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Victoria Miro Gallery will present the latest body of work by Danish artist Tal R. From 2005 to 2008, in his dynamic studio christened ‘Palace’, Tal R has extended his practice to integrate the fields of dance, film, theatre, cabaret, music and fashion. The works from armes de chine are deeply rooted in this period of intense experimentation.

 

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Simon Monk’s Encapsulated Hero Paintings

Simon Monk lives and works in London. He has an ongoing body of work entitled Secret Identity that consists of various action figures painted with oils exactly to scale. Depicting these figures within a plastic confine allows for a reflection on consumerism and  commodification. These encapsulated mythic heroes are simultaneously honored and belittled.

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