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Eckart Hahn

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Eckart Hahn was born in 1971 in Freiburg/Breisgau. Eckart Hahn has had numerous shows in many German and American galleries. His works are parts of prestigious collections in Europe and North America. In 2005, he received the Prize of the Artists Association in Württemberg.

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Roger Hiorns

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Roger Hiorns’ sculptural work generates and inhabits interstices between dissentient ideas: construction and destruction; the theological and the technological; temporality and permanence; authoritarian control and organic spontaneity. His objects are threaded with an unease that ties them, and our experience of them, to the amorphous, unrelenting global anxiety which suffuses our everyday understanding and reality. (via Luhring Augustine)

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Beniamino Leone

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Here’s a super talented painter hailing from Rome, Italy — Beniamino Leone.

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Salustiano

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Absolutely fantastic work from Spanish artist Salustiano. More to view here.

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Dana Holst

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Dana Holst is a mid career Canadian artist based in Edmonton, Alberta, working primarily in painting, drawing and printmaking. Holst’s work is an ongoing investigation into the human experience, focusing on the self and it’s place within society. Themes of social stereotyping and power struggles between the sexes are habitual for Holst who obsesses with depicting the female experience in conflict. Her girl figures are usually dressed in frilly costumes with matching hair bows and equally menacing emotions. Mysterious scenarios for the wayward girls include hunting for wild animals and living out fairytale fantasies in an attempt to find and exert power.

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Michael Murph’s Gun Country

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‘Artist Michael Murph has created Gun Country, a site specific installation that consists of 130 toy guns for the open art competition ArtPrize this year.’ Link.

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Hikari Shimoda

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Based in Nagano, Japan, Hikari Shimoda first studied illustration at the prestigious Kyoto Saga University of Art and Aoyama Juku School before beginning her career as a contemporary artist in 2008. Soon afterward, Shimoda was selected for her first solo exhibition at Motto Gallery in Tokyo, and since then has held exhibitions annually in galleries worldwide, spanning Japan, the United States, Canada, and Milano, Italy. Shimoda’s artwork paints a world where cuteness and horror coexist, and fantasy meets reality. She credits the Japanese pop culture she grew up with as the main source of inspiration of her Lowbrow “Irasuto” style, which means artwork made by people inspired by anime and manga. There are often children putting on heroic costumes such as Superman and “shojo” or magical girls, an anime sub-genre of young girls who use magic. Through depicting children especially, Shimoda reveals the problems people in today’s society struggle with from within. Children possess a simple existence because their identity is ambiguous which provides her with an original point of view. In her “Whereabouts of God” portrait series of other-worldly horned children, she also comments on Christianity’s anointment of Jesus Christ as savior of humanity and mirror of our fantasy heroes. These characters not only represent heroism but an adult desire to watch our children grow and defend the world we have constructed. With each new piece, Shimoda advances her search for salvation and her deeper understanding of this chaotic world.

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Victor Safonkin

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Victor Safonkin (born August 22, 1967 at Saransk) is a surrealist painter. Victor Safonkin’s work is self-described as Eurosurrealism or European classic surrealism & symbolism. His work is redolent of Salvador Dalí or more particularly Hieronymus Bosch. Victor’s work has been highly acclaimed and in 2005 he was invited to exhibit at the European Parliament in Brussels. The rock band Killing Joke used his Inhuman Rearing as an album cover in 2006. Viktor Safonkin is featured in the 2007 Venus and the Female Intuition, published by SALBRU. Safonkin has been called “one of the most brilliant artists I have seen in a long time” by master Surrealist Professor Ernst Fuchs.

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Huy Lam

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” My latest expression are these light sculptures that I’ve created. The idea came about when I was left with a bunch of edison bulbs after different DIY build and while hanging out with a friend, I’d noticed he had a bunch of offcut wood laying around. Using the wood as the base, I drilled holes for the bulb(s) and dowels and played around with compositions. I wanted to create a sense of atmosphere and I did this by using different width and length dowels. A perception of depth and space is also created by the shadows. I hope you enjoy them.” – Huy Lam

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Matt Sheridan Smith

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With a practice that includes photographs, found objects, text, video-projection and sculpture, Matt Sheridan Smith manipulates a variety of mediums to address notions of authorship, the readymade, originality, and value. Considering the value of artist’s labor, its relevance within a historical context, means of self-portraiture, and the precarious relationships between language, objects and representation, Smith employs ready-made, standardized or prescribed material to reveal the poetic effects of seemingly banal content, technologies, or conventions. As a platform for critical discourse, his practice is specifically designed for the fluid exchange of ideas between artist and viewer, viewer and art. In The Front Room, Smith presents a new suite of text paintings and sculptures derived from a game in Julio Cortazar’s 1963 novel Hopscotch, in which characters join the dictionary definitions of two homonyms using a conjunction such as “isn’t that.” Creating a false equivalence through proximity and a set of found poetry, these generative texts seek simultaneously to objectify the original word and force it to disappear in the face of its meaning. In presenting these texts–one from the novel and one by Smith–with a series of sculptural analogs and correspondences that give no indication as to which came first, Smith complicates the relationships between text and illustration, object and caption. (via Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis)

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