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Paul Cowan

I’ve been quite impressed by the most recent endeavors of young Chicago artist Paul Cowan. After seeing presentations from Cowan at the Green Gallery East, Devening Projects, and most recently, Alderman Exhibitions, something seems really fresh about the work. Quick, gestural paintings paired with a sort of “dry humor” install techniques utilizing pedestals, chairs and balloons amongst other things in unconventional fashions. Check out photos from “Breaking the Law“, ” Three Card Monte“, and ” Causality Without Cause” after the jump.

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Caro Suerkemper

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Caro Suerkemper’s graceless ladies (you know who I am) are somehow classical and vulgar at the same time- perhaps because she uses mediums typically reserved for refined culture or antiquities, such as fine china and delicate gouache wash paintings to convey her gals, usually in awkward stages of self or imposed bondage.

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Adriana Duque Creates Sinister Visuals Of Old World Children

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Colombian photographer Adriana Duque uses digital photography to illuminate bizarre narratives taken from myth and the fantastical. Combining both the context of Western lifestyle with that of the rural Colombian world, Duque explores the uncharted territory of her mind through carefully crafted scenes and settings. This series, Anthology of an Obsession, features highly polished photographs, nearly monochromatic, of children interacting with a world before the one we know.

As said within her artist statement:

“Duque treats her medium as a kind of mis en scene in which she projects her child-centered concerns, in an apparently static dramatization of actions in which a sense of astonishment and anxiety is present that also points out to a collision between the normal and paranormal. Some of her photographs build illusions of mythical proportions developed with an almost religious ritual sense; photography in this terrain is a kind of romantic gesture that directs the viewer towards a transcendental experience. In the fictional fairy tale references there lurks a disquieting subtext of sadistic overtones related to notions of childhood identity.” (Excerpt from Source)

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Ginette Lapalme

Ginette Lapalme makes awesome illustration work about animals, animals loving animals, animal loving humans, and humans that remind me of animals.

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josef Bolf

Dark visions and childhood memories from Czech painter Josef Bolf.

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Miao Xiaochun

 

Miao Chunxiao’s new media work employs the latest three-dimensional computer technology to create  montage images and virtual realities that interpret historic artworks, especially classic paintings before and after the Renaissance.

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Matthew Stone

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Matthew Stone is an artist based in London who has practice in photography, performance, video, drawing, and sculpture. Stone is also a long time friend and collaborator with indie-favorite-carnal-lust-inducing fashion designer Gareth Pugh, providing soundtracks to his shows and films. Recent exhibitions and performances have taken place at the Baltic, the Royal Academy, the ICA and Tate Britain.

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Fantasy Island: Charles Avery’s Art Tells Us The Story Of An Imaginary Place

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Charles Avery‘s artistic practice is centered around a fictional island. Everything he creates has some connection to either the history of this place, or specimens and relics that are found there. Since 2004 Avery has been building the story of this place through intricately detailed drawings, sculptures, installations, and texts.

The gateway to the Island is the town of Onomatopoeia – once the stepping off point of the pioneers who first came to the place, turned colonial outpost, turned boom town, bustling metropolis, depression ravaged slum, to regenerated city of culture and tourist destination. (Source)

Avery builds on his own personal history as a starting point to this Island. Born on the Isle of Mull off the West Coast of Scotland, it seems as if he is commenting on the influence the British Monarchy has had over his home country, and also on numerous other countries and islands. His oeuvre is concerned with the progress of a nation – from rags to riches, and back again. The retelling of this folklore is a complex one. His work includes samples of the flora and fauna found there (different types of tree branches and birds), the fashions worn (a lot of different headpieces) and also studies of the local’s behavior. He creates a full anthropological study.

His past projects include “The Island” – concerned with the same place, just with the information organized differently. His attention to detail is so great, he even shows us the type of creature that we would encounter in the Island’s pantheon: a strange hybrid of dogs joined at the head, engaged in battle. Judging from these animals and the frenzied activity he depicts in his studies of the town square, this Island is definitely one I am glad to visit theoretically. (Via HiFructose)

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