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Benjamin Degen

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Expressive use of color, text, and perspective from NY artist Benjamin Degen. He also sports an extremely cool homepage on his website – simple but catchy and effective. Folksy yet refined, his work reminds me a little bit of Seurat. Find more at Guild & Greyshkul Gallery.

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Scott Espeseth

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Scott Espeseth’s works draw from cartoons, children’s books, and the doodles we used to sketch into the margins of notebooks when we were supposed to be taking notes. (Who says memorizing the state capitals is more important that creative expression, anyways?)  Espeseth says he draws in order to get lost in a different space and time, often to reminisce. He favors a wide range of media that are “commonplace, overlooked, and sometimes obsolete,” from silverpoint to the humble ballpoint pen.

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Sadao Hasegawa

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Prominent homoerotic artist Sadao Hasegawa’s amazing work. His work combined cultural icons from all over Asia: his native Japan, Thailand, Bali and India, creating graphically and sexually compelling images.

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Sol Calero’s Neo-Folk Sculpture and Installation

Sol Calero‘s work investigates the ancestral through a visual language which includes fabric constructions, found objects and images, archives, painting and drawing.  Family clippings and photos overlap with house-plants and altered images of ancient ruins, tools for remembering and misremembering.  Her recent project “Column Study” includes research into the origins of found West German ceramics, notated on their bases, which are assembled and disassembled, unclear if they constitute an ancient column discovered by archaeologists or a domesticated kitsch Brancusi sculpture.  Her fabric works include capes used in abstract ritual performances and also wall pieces which operate in the vernacular of painting, often created with the discarded clothing of her family members.  The work is often balanced between worlds, warm traditions with cold minimalism, personal narratives with pages torn from children’s craft books, the hot chaos of Venezuela with the cold European winter.  Her project-based practice also includes running the gallery space Kinderhook & Caracas in Berlin with frequent collaborator Christopher Kline.

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Goodbye Miss Busenbark!

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Chillin' B/D Steez at the Office

Elyse Busenbark, it is with a heavy heart embossed upon antique letterpress stationary set that I bid ye farewell. Where to begin waxing philosophic of your many talents? Your enthusiasm, hard work, tolerance of Ziggy’s tummy-shames and epic masterminding of our new and improved intern binder have all brightened everybody’s days here at the office! Not only have I grown so fond of you that I call you by your spirit name (as opposed to the serial number we assign to all B/D interns), I will actually miss you! All jokes aside, we here at B/D wish to issue you a resounding thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all of your help during your time here! And…Elyse is a great graphic designer. (That’s why we hired her, duh.) Check out some of her work after the jump…and leave a comment wishing her well! Better yet email her and give her freelance work!

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Ellen Roger’s Ghostly Glamor

Ellen Roger‘s Ghostly photographs are glamourous, sexy, and creepy all at once.

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Preview: Christian Maychack at Jeff Bailey Gallery

Brooklyn artist Christian Maychack has put together a solo exhibition entitled Flats which opens TONIGHT at Jeff Bailey Gallery (625 West 27th Street, Manhattan) and runs through October 6th. This is the artist’s third solo show with the gallery and it looks absolutely amazing. Wood, epoxy, clay, and pigment come together in swirling compositions with really unique textures. Maychack recently received a painting fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Looks like he deserves it. See more work from Flats after the jump.

Images courtesy of Jeff Bailey Gallery.

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Beccy Ridsdel’s unorthodox dinnerware

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English ceramist Beccy Ridsdel has worked as ceramics technician at York College for nearly 10 years and recently discovered her love of bone china and porcelain. Her latest work is an installation set up as an interrupted laboratory experiment – ceramics being dissected, like an autopsy, to find out what lays beneath the surface. This dinnerware cruelty/beautification was inspired by her mother, who is also a ceramist!

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