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Jon Huck

Jon Huck - Breakfast series

 

Jon Huck‘s “Breakfast” series exhibits portraits of people along with exactly what they ate/drank that morning. Some of these people bear a striking resemblance to their food! I’m fond of these parallels, especially the one between the bald man and his hard-boiled egg. 

 

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Deb Sokolow

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Chicago-based illustrator Deb Sokolow is a conspiracy theorist. Or at least that’s what her work seems to suggest. Creating long, linear, installation-based drawings which look similar to the kind of thing your typical movie serial killer has on his wall, Sokolow pays tribute to the great American tradition that is the modern conspiracy. Her work always has a strong narrative, usually featuring a nameless narrator uncovering some kind of sinister plot; plots which may involve anything from office life to the government (of course) to gangster movies to Barbara Walters.

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Dana Goldstein

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Kentucky-born, SCAD-educated photographer Dana Goldstein’s work is comprised of candid, documentary photos depicting (among other things) youth culture in the late 00s. At times reminiscent of Nan Goldin, the images showcase both the innocence/fun and lack thereof of growing up nowadays. I particularly enjoy the photos of gutter punks.

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Francisco Infante-Arana & Nonna Gorunova

Francisco Infante-Arana & Nonna Gorunova

Gorgeous sculptures that uses mirrors to force nature into interrupting itself. I see tons of art on Flickr sites that do the same thing but with Photoshop and Googled nature images, (don’t get me wrong, I like those too) but this the real thing! I can’t find very much information on the artist duo- I’m assuming they were husband and wife or something… Wiki search rewarded me this: Francisco Infante-Arana formed an artists’ collective known as the Movement Group & continues to be one of the premier Russian avant-garde artists. “Nonna Gorunova” yielded me results only in the context of Francisco. It would be great if any of you readers can shed more light on them! You can find more of their work on this LiveJournal photo community.

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Iranian Artists in Exile

I’m sure everyone is familiar with what’s going on with the political turmoil in Iran right now, and if you aren’t, there’s plenty to read about in the news. Here’s a video (it’s really quite beautiful) from Iranian Artists in Exile Youtube page. “… As you read these words, the people in Iran have taken to the streets in nationwide protests. Despite brutal government suppression tactics the Iranian people are courageously fighting for their rights. As antiriot police batons crush the bones of demonstrators whose only protest is election fraud, Iranians are screaming for the world to hear them: WE DENOUNCE MAHMOOD AHMADINEJAD!”

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Helle Mardahl

The Loaded Woman 2009, acrylic on linen, 76 x 65 images via LaViolaBank Gallery

The Loaded Woman 2009, acrylic on linen, 76 x 65 images via LaViolaBank Gallery

The works of Helle Mardahl vary in medium with paintings, sculpture and collaged photographs addressing human fallacies and inventive absurdities. The artist’s background in fashion is demonstrated by the precise coordination and arrangement of shape and color embodying the figures. They don exaggerated features and contorted body parts and are masked to the point of sheer spectacle and wonderment. The artist’s interest in bedazzlement and burdened woe is a convincing combination of Rembrandt’s hobo drawings and Nick Cave’s soundsuits.

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Gaspar Lepage

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Gaspar Lepage is the pseudonym of Bristol artist Marcello Velho. His work, which is mostly animated GIFs, explores the pre-Web 2.0 era internet aesthetic (Geocities, basically) through content consisting of strange half-robot/half-monster creatures in environments inhabited by weird plants, graffitied walls, and lots of bubble writing.

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