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Jonathan Zawada

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Jonathan Zawada does, in simple terms, just about everything! He’s been on both ends of production, as an art director and as a designer for 2D design, but has also dabbled with fashion design, and has a few tshirts out for Japanese label 20 Million Fragments and Urban Outfitters.

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Caroline Achaintre Hand Tufted Wool Paintings

Caroline Achaintre proves that you don’t need a drop of acrylic or oil to make amazing paintings. Achaintre’s hand tufted wool pieces mix abstraction, grotesque imagery, and geometric shapes to create powerful images that make you question what painting can be and should be. (via vvork)

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Iris van Herpen

Iris Van Herpen

 

We usually don’t post about emerging fashion designers, but Iris van Herpen is definitely an exception to this rule. Her designs, handmade with lace, leather, wire gauze, and gold brass, are sculptural masterpieces! Excellently crafted and textured, her designs are fierce, futuristic, and feminine (yay, alliteration!). The Dutch fashion designer only graduated from the ARTEZ School of Arts in Arnhem in 2006, but her unique, avant-garde fashions are already being showcased at Amsterdam’s International Fashion Week!

 

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Zachary Rossman

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Sickly sweet works from LA based artist Zachary Rossman. Such delicate use of naturally colored papers, and the drawings have hints of the hyper-detailed patterns that make my brain twitch with excitement.

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Simon Willems Crying Darth Vader

Simon Willems uses objects and characters from popular culture to create paintings with complex narratives.

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Tracey Emin’s Newest Work: I Followed You To The Sun

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With a somewhat brutal realness, artist (and YBA member) Tracey Emin confronts her viewers with work that is provocative, personal—and stakes claim to a sizeable piece of feminist-advised contemporary art landscape. She works in a variety of media, choosing to work in a combination of sculpture, painting and installation.

Her most recent body of work hinges on ideas of self-discovery, reflection and vulnerability. An installation of quiet, pleading text-based sculptures rest on tables surrounded by raw, harshly expressionist gouache drawings. It feels as though the work overall serves as some kind of confession, because it possesses a strange openness, even as the concepts float from neon to paper to projection.

I Followed You To The Sun is on view at Lehmann Maupin through June 30.

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Update-Thom Puckey

2009 "A.V. WITH KNIFE AND RPG-7"

2009 "A.V. WITH KNIFE AND RPG-7"


Sculptor, Thom Puckey has been in the game for some time now. His beautiful marble sculptures are breathtaking and his style is that of the iconic saying “sex, drugs, and classical greek sculptures?” YEAH. Pretty fun stuff.

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Geometric Wooden Gems Show Victoria Wagner’s Reverence To Downed Trees

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Victoria Wagner is an artist who is fascinated by unlikely pairings. Her set of gem-like sculptures called Woodrocks are comprised of wood and decorated with color, as she explains, “My eye generally and naturally tends toward tessellation and pattern, seeking a rhythm that mimics regular pulse. On the one hand, visual order provides a place for the senses to rest, while color relationships create problems for the brain to solve. I like this simultaneity.” The natural material and the unnatural oil pigments combine to create a precious object that’s small enough to be held comfortably.

Woodrocks serve as an iconic reference to the downed tree. They’re salvaged from local materials and painted to follow organic growth patterns and feature gradient spectrums.These sculptures were influenced by two books that Wagner read: The Golden Bough by Sir James Frazer and The Secret Life of Plants by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird. “Both pseudoscientific works that examine sentience among carbon-based life forms and human revelation, practical and metaphysical,” she explains. “Both books forced a recognition in my life-of my own personal reverence for the trees being downed in the forest surrounding my studio.” The result? Woodrocks.

You can purchase Wagner’s wooden gems at the Heather Marx Art Advisory shop.

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