Timothy Bergstrom

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Just found out about Timothy Bergstrom, a young painting student at SAIC and one of the mighty Jose Lerma‘s students. I must say I approve. Big, awesome, weird paintings made out of lots of stuff like floss, glue, string, paper and paint, of course. Check it out!

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Genevieve Lawrence

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Is Genevieve Lawrence a Theosophic occultist?  Using secret, mystical insight to call home the star-walkers who built the multidimensional Pyramids?  Is she conjuring devious spells with strange hieroglyphs?  Based in abnormal, impious, and non-Euclidean geometry, the pictures come together around glowing cubes and patterned triangles.  This feels like the same dark magic on the one dollar bill or the Egyptian Book of the Dead.

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Tetsuya Ishida

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Like clues in a crime scene, Tetsuya Ishida’s paintings use a million tiny details to tell their story. The note on the table, the eerie playtime carnage–Ishida’s work often speaks of the uncertain union between Man and Machine. But I think the most unsettling thing about his paintings is that the human figures’ reactions range only from complacency to mild concern, as if I re-enacted deadly car accidents with my toys on a daily basis. In a tragic act of irony, Ishida himself was hit and killed by a train in 2005.

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Ketta Ioannidou

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Despite the psychedelic colors, Ketta Ioannidou paints calming, ethereal images, reminiscent of grasses drifting underwater. Her common use of the spiral, a symbol of feminine fertility, and the rhythmic nature of the paintings, lends her pieces a kind of ancient mysticism. These paintings make me feel like I’ve forgotten something really important, not like I just missed another court date, but something that really matters.

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Power of Selection Part 2

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I apologize for shameful self-promotion, but I really couldn’t help myself. Here are some shots from The Power of Selection Part 2,  the second installment in my 3 part conquest to bring work to Chicago that otherwise doesn’t get shown here. Check it out!

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Daniel Albrigo

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Daniel Albrigo is a young New York based tattoo/visual artist. Mr. Albrigo has some serious talent in all facets of his art making, just check out these Genesis Breyer P-Orridge inspired paintings…

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Antoine Corbineau

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French artist Antoine Corbineau does a little of everything–painting, graphic design, video. Regardless of the media, his pieces “feel like carnivals or boardwalks, bursting with energy and life.” Corbineau’s organized chaos is achieved through bold injections of text and a bright but controlled color pallet.

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Taravat Talepasand

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Taravat Talepasand’s work is anything but subtle. As a dual citizen between Iran and the US, Talepasand work deals with both contemporary and traditional issues of both nations. Talepasand work puts symbolic and iconic images in new contexts, forcing you to view them in a new ways. “I had my own way of depicting things,” she explains. “I wanted to work on my own terms.” Beautiful and thought provoking. If you like what you see, Talepasand’s work will be featured in Beautiful/Decay’s upcoming issue!  Subscribe today to view more works by her, as well as other great artists!

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