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Bergen Design

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Playful, sophisticated graphic design by Bergen. I love it, especially the use of color.

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Charmaine Olivia at The Shooting Gallery

This week, The Shooting Gallery in San Francisco debuted “Ritual,” a solo exhibit by painter Charmaine Olivia. For “Ritual,” Olivia shrouds her signature female portraits with a veil of mysticism and magic, citing astrology, druidism, and the goddesses of ancient Greek mythology as inspirations. The beautifully haunting, almost spectral quality of Olivia’s female subjects is a result of her signature blend of realism and fantasy. While maintaining intensely realistic elements, many of the women are stripped down to their innermost layers, and further, into the paintings themselves, as translucent skin drips into bare bones, and tousled tresses fade into abstracted lines, revealing the grain of the wood surface beneath. “Ritual” presents these portraits as altars, flanked with offerings of flowers, candles, bones, and bottles, transforming the gallery into a place of worship, inviting us all to partake in a sacred ceremony to Olivia’s dreamy deities. View the show at The Shooting Gallery until February 4.

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Ria Brodell

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Self-Portrait as Freddie Mercury, circa 1985

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Self Portrait as Miami Vice Dude

Artist Ria Brodell aspired to don Freddy Mercury’s tight white jeans and signature ‘stache, and the Miami Vice Dude’s cool calypso-linen pantsuit rather than play princess or tea party. What I love most about her achingly sincere self-portraits posing as dubious icons of masculinity is the tangled web of complications it weaves. What does it mean for a queer woman to paint herself in goache as Carey Grant, a gay man playing a straight man in sexuality-restricted 1950’s Hollywood? Hmm….what do you guys think? Any of you boys rather play with Barbie than GI Joe’s?

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Jared Yamanuha’s Intricate Patterns Cut Into Photographs Of Hawaiian Imagery

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Hawaiian artist Jared Yamanuha takes his own photographs of iconic Hawaiian brands and images and expertly cuts finely detailed shapes into them. For these pieces, Yamanuha treats the photographs as raw material, applying the most amount of detail and intensity as possible.

“The whole collection is centered under the idea of ‘omiyage’ or the Japanese act of bringing small gifts back to friends from abroad. All of the pieces in my collection make reference to that tradition,” said Yamanuha. “I feel that I was able to authentically showcase a slice of Hawaii.”

Yamanuha most recently had his work featured at In4mation in Honolulu. In February and March of next year, Yamanuha will also be showcasing his work in San Francisco at the Museum of Craft and Design. (via booooooom and in4mation)

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Made With Color Presents: Francisco Alarcon Ruiz’s Digitally Carved Paintings

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Premier website builder Made With Color and Beautiful/Decay have teamed up again to bring you exclusive artist features. We show you exciting artists and designers who use Made With Color to create a clean and modern website. But it doesn’t just help artists create a minimal, mobile-responsive website; Made With Color also allows them to do it in only a few minutes without have to know any coding.This week we’re excited to share the work of Made With Color user Francisco Alarcon Ruiz.

In Francisco Alarcon Ruiz’s work one finds a surprising harmony between nature and technology. Ruiz brings digital techniques such as routers, 3D printers, CAD and animation software and seamlessly blends them with wood and other natural materials to create abstractions that look like a futuristic archeological dig. The surface of each piece is carved and scraped by machines exposing a hyper spectrum of color that was once hidden. Using chance and randomness to his advantage he intentionally adds a method that can potentially add errors. These elements of chance don’t hold his work back. In fact they add a playful element to the work that brings about unique elements that might not otherwise appear. The artist states

‘My work oscillates between contingency and control, visualized through material experiments resulting from new techniques that I develop to negotiate with the representation of abstraction.’

Discover more of Francisco Alarcon Ruiz’s work on his Instagram Account.

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Alexis Anne Mackenzie’s Fragile Hand-Cut Forms

We have featured the work of San Francisco based Alexis Anne Mackenzie in the past (here). She continues to master the art of hand-cut collage with her pieces that spell out various words entirely with found imagery. In recent works she has disregarded letters in favor of abstract compositions on found paper. New forms are constructed from tenuous slivers of paper layered over book pages of flowers and various plants. The result is a meticulously crafted body of work that addresses natural beauty and fragility.

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Social Decadence

Immortilized vapid party pictures of ridiculousness by Leah Tinari. Her exhibit opens at Mixed Greens this weekend.

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Mathematical and Generative Graphics by Tom Beddard

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Tom Beddard plays around with home-brew programmes that can generate interesting pictures and are interactive nature. He also does what any good open-source artist does: offer the source-code for download. This particular project (result of “true fractal structure in three dimensions”, which renders out to look like a couple thousand year’s worth of exquisite pottery study) is called the 3D Mandelbulb Ray Tracer. So if you’re feeling a bit like foraying into “graphical-geekery”, go check out Tom’s site and code!

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