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Aleksandra Rdest

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Richly pigmented work from Canadian Aleksandra Rdest. Her organic paintings are inspired by “sound waves, clouds, particles and cells on a microscopic level. The point of departure for these works is growth and decay; cellular division and multiplication, weather patterns biological colonization. My love affair with colour gives rise to these paintings which are created by richly layering veils of paint to form a deep surface.” Find Aleksandra’s work at Newzones in Calgary, and Sopa Fine Arts in BC.

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Here’s a quirky personal project from the mind of Jorge López Navarrete – “two different people each time -always unknown for me- perform exactly the same conversation.” Can someone explain to me the significance of the 3-D glasses?

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Ryan Wallace

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Inspired by singularities, LHC and other high science, Ryan Wallace creates complex abstract images based on visual data. Nerdy? Yes. Completely beautiful? Also, Yes. Keep an eye out on this young New Yorker. Upcoming projects include a group show @ Cinders, a solo exhibitions @ Morgan Lehman, and a curatorial endeavor @ Raid Projects LA.

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Nick and Sheila Pye

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Creepy beautiful work by Canadian artists Nick and Sheila Pye that “expose the painful parts of romance: she leads him across a floor strewn with broken glass, intentionally causing him to cut his feet, he makes her jump rope blindfolded in a circle of fire until she collapses, they wet their underpants and lick each other’s eyeballs. Such are the actions performed by Nicholas and Sheila Pye, a married couple from Canada whose practice encompasses film, performance, video installations, and photography, through which they explore what happens when people fall in and out of love. The collaboration between the unmarried Marina Abramovic and Ulay seems the most likely precedent to the Pyes’ approach to art making.” Can anyone confirm if the text about Marina Abramovic and Ulay is true? Check out the rest of the article at Art Info.

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Wizard Smoke

Personally, I never understood how dudes could sit in perfect rapture in their basements, eating cereal and wearing vans, watching other dudes ride around on wooden planks with wheels for hours on end. (OK, I secretly wanted to be one of those dudes.) Anyways, thank you, Salazar for creating a dusty, semi-mystical video with colored smoke and potions that at least, for an instant, made me feel what it’s like to be one of those dudes.

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Guitar Gremlin Shred Specters Riff Wraifs

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Epic hesher Skinner will be exhibiting all new works at Grass Hut this Jan 8, 6-9pm. For the show “My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama,” he’s designed a legion of spectral-axe-ular demons straight from the Necronomicon of Rock! And don’t think this is damp in the annals of a strictly-dude dungeon, there are babin’ guitar-esse heroes like Lita Ford of the Runaways and Anne Wilson of Heart. May the most righteouss riff win!

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Jenna Gribbon

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Jenna Gribbon’s paintings parse and reorganize images “not (into) natural spaces, or dream space, but waking brain space.”  Psychologically loaded, I find it hard to figure out what is going on, but I can’t look away either.  Jenna worked as an assistant to Jeff Koons, maybe laboring on some of his billboard sized photorealist paintings is where she got some of her chops.

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Eric Zener – submerged

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The beautiful paintings of Eric Zener explore the great unknown beneath the water’s surface. Some of his underwater images are haunting, while others feel like an endless summer vacation. Either way his art will leave you anything but dry.

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