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Jordan Kasey’s Surreal Paintings Of Faceless Beings And The Natural World

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Baltimore-based artist Jordan Kasey creates large-scale oil paintings of surreal scenes that include monumental figures and objects. In these strange worlds, her subjects occupy entire compositions and are often distorted by a canvas’ constraints. Although they could seemingly exist anywhere, we see them fused with both the aquatic and natural landscape.

There’s an emphasis on hands and fingers in Kasey’s paintings. We’ll often see pair of hands hugging or carefully cradling colorful, rock-like objects. Fingers on opposing hands match up to form tiny arches that make her faceless subjects look as though they’re plotting something. It doesn’t feel sinister, though, but almost absent of any emotion whatsoever.

While some of Kasey’s works are devoid of identifying details, others replace the expected with the unexpected. Facial features are altered with aquatic rocks, coral, and sea plants. It creates an odd-yet-familiar place whose tightly-rendered subjects begin to approach a level of uncanniness. While we know Kasey’s work is fantastical, it looks realistic enough that we might try and apply logic to it.

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Bradley Harms’ Man Vs. Machine

Bradley Harms’ paintings are heavily influenced by digital art, geometric art, and technology but  painstakingly created  by hand one brush stroke at a time.

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Hudson Bec Happy Paper World

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Magic Mountains! Prismatic pines! Fantastical fireworks! Behold the world created by giants Hudson Bec.

 

 

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Ted Parker’s Sunny Disposition

In Ted Parker’s positive world of blank smiles and happiness naked women are dragged around by their husbands, dogs smoke, couple drink tea naked, lions play basketball, and police officers touch each others genitals all with a giant smile on their faces.

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Alex Sandwell Kliszynski Photography

Alex Kliszynski shows us what happens if you play with Barbies when you’re young.

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Alberto Guedea Zamora

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Alberto Guedea Zamora is a multi-disciplinary artist from Toronto, Canada. Abstract in every sense of the definition, his presence lacks a concrete existence in his own work- often posing with his face covered by a tangle of hair or his body colored by some bright paper. He become a ghost, keeps distance and remains impersonal. You can see a longer in depth interview with him and the full text I’ve paraphrased at Things of Desire (“Canada’s Alternative Art Weekly”).

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Justin Tyler Close

Justin Tyler Close’s photography portfolio has something for everyone.

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London’s 2:54 opened for The xx and Once Again Bring Back the Shoegaze Buzz of the 90’s

Sister’s Colette and Hannah Thurlow make up 2:54 who opened up for The xx at their recent LA dates and also played one powerful in-store set at Amoeba Music in Hollywood. I chatted with Colette after their Amoeba performance and she told me how much they love Los Angeles and want to move here… yes please! I for one have always been obsessed with female fronted bands of the 90’s like Cocteau TwinsLush, and Curve (one of my all time favorites) so it didn’t surprise me that Alan Moulder produced their debut self-titled record (he’s married to Toni Halliday from Curve/Chatelaine). Check out their new video for their single Sugar after the jump and see them live when they head back to Europe later this month.

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