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James Austin Murray

 photo 4everest_lrg_zpsd073f017.jpg  photo 1_zpsa36a1150.jpg  photo 1fornicating_lrg_zps12e50c18.jpg " For the past 20 years, James Austin Murray has worked through many different approaches in his art – from tightly rendered graphite cityscapes to pure white abstraction, works on paper, metal, canvas and board, flat and multi-dimensional. It is through these various incarnations that he has settled upon a pure black palette driven by an automatic and deftly intuitive hand. Murray’s commitment to his painting process, his adoration of pigment and its possibilities is extraordinary. I believe Murray is at the apex his formative, and dare I say narrative, synthesis." (via Lyons Weir Gallery)  photo 6invincible_lrg_zps791d1d95.jpg  photo 7empathic_lrg_zps101639aa.jpg

Marta Marzal

 photo 8678137601_20976fb1f6_b_zpsf135ce93.jpg  photo 8514054664_a9f25fd8b6_b_zpsa59e1d40.jpg I’m mysteriously drawn to these lovely paintings by Marta Marzal. More here.  photo 8428574738_4ac5598e10_b_zpsda8e1d7b.jpg

Shi Xinning

 photo dmg_after_shi_xinning_3_zps679d6210.jpg  photo shi_xinning_mccarthy_zps7c9950c9.jpg  photo dmg_after_shi_xinning_2_zpseae1d5c6.jpg Trained in China, Shi Xinning’s paintings are influenced by both social realism and European styles. Using the authoritative qualities of both, Shi embarks on history painting with a twist. Taking his imagery from iconic press photos, Shi’s canvases faithfully represent the world as we know it: the Yalta Conference in familiar 40s sepia tone, the Queen Mum in carriage emblazoned in newspaper black and white. It’s only on second glance that Shi’s alterations become evident. Nestled between Churchill and FDR and conversing happily with royalty, Mao takes his place amongst the great leaders of the 20th century. In China-fying history, Shi investigates dynamics of both the west’s Eurocentric, and China’s isolationist past world views. Humorously illustrating the Chairman’s import and omnipresence in 20th c Chinese society Shi’s insertion of Mao into the fabric of western collective conscience seems entirely plausible. Infusing the totems of propaganda currency with a sense of normality and humility, Shi re-authors the most cherished moments of collective memory with a ‘Forrest Gump’ effect, creating a specious mythology based in Hollywood schmaltz and unabashed optimism.  photo shi_xinning_royal_zps5f9b71e4.jpg  photo Untitled-1_zps6cbf44b1.jpg  photo 2953605775_6dd2f573b4_b_zps8e2213b4.jpg

Yung Wun Yoo

 photo 1292813711879_500_zps353db73b.jpg  photo 1292813623542_500_zps82a9da8a.jpg  photo 1292813793769_500_zps1cf8a722.jpg Yung Wun Yoo <-- Born in Seoul 1972; Lives and works in Seoul; Graduated from Hongik University of Graduate School with a Master's degree in Sculpture Art in Agust, Seoul, Korea.  photo 1292813538902_500_zpsc7360e20.jpg  photo 1292813890231_500_zpse6744253.jpg

Beat Zoderer

 photo Beat-Zoderer-at-CIA-by-Michelle-Aldredge2_zpsfbc5d377.jpg  photo Beat-Zoderer-at-CIA-by-Michelle-Aldredge1_zps13f78315.jpg Beat Zoderer(born 1955 in Zurich, Switzerland) is considered to be a representative of the geometric-constructive art. He sees himself as both, an advocate and a ‘Nestbeschmutzer’ (someone who bedraggles the own nest) of classical constructivism, develops his own virtuous variety by using fantasy, intelligence and esprit. As he uses vocabularies of historical constructivism, his works is reminiscent of the work of Mondrian, van Doesburg or Venet. Zoderer often uses office or household items (found in department stores) as raw material for his works to revive constructivism. He prefers items with no sentimental value but with a distinctive basic form. His target is a systematization and minimalization of design instruments, however the result is a luscious and rampantly ornament.  photo Beat-Zoderer-at-CIA-by-Michelle-Aldredge3-550x412_zpsda060306.jpg

Out of Water by Simon Duhamel

 photo af5c3a156bb6afe_file_zps227624c0.jpg  photo e00a6b4fb7be3b3_file_zps614458a0.jpg Somewhere between photography and illustration, influenced by cinema and pop culture, Simon Duhamel's visuals registers in a modern approach to photography. Both photographer, retoucher and director of photography, Duhamel knows how to create unique scenes and ambience for each of his realizations, providing each project with a distinct visual signature. Early 2009, Simon co-founded Made of Stills, a community of Montreal artists involved in visual arts that now shares a 5500sq ft space, including 2 studios. He now runs under Consulat, an agency he co-founded in 2013 in collaboration with photographers Guillaume Simoneau, Jocelyn Michel, Maxyme G. Delisle and producer Sebastien Boyer.  photo 14d366dee75df9d_file_zps4f65817e.jpg  photo 58ce766b4af8bb8_file_zps2ee2f9e2.jpg

Max Kauffman

 photo tumblr_n3a5d655h31s2tjy0o1_1280_zps696b1923.jpg  photo tumblr_n2ubwdkikg1s2tjy0o1_1280_zps7d3118c2.jpg " My work evokes a post apocalyptic DIY culture where structures and life itself are cobbled together out of anything at hand. It’s making the most out of what you have and what’s around you. Showing that our struggles, fears, victories and dreams haven’t changed much since the dawn of humanity. Portraying power and the ways it changes hands - among individuals, imparted to objects, and released from self. Organizing the chaos that forms our day-to-day lives into something that makes sense. Making the world smaller by emphasizing the interconnectedness of everything. I draw influence from everyday life, from the biological world past and present, and from the process of evolution. Artistically, indigenous art across South America, music of many forms, and the makings of modern folk purveyors get me inspired." - Max Kauffman  photo tumblr_n2cg5fSWhn1s2tjy0o1_1280_zps440a4a0e.jpg  photo tumblr_mscuiczkLl1s2tjy0o1_1280_zpsd84ed2ba.jpg  photo tumblr_mxatv4j93d1s2tjy0o1_1280_zpsfd916751.jpg

Jaeyeol Han

 photo f61ef61ebdf2b6e877b9dde6e2ad33b1_zps0f675eb2.jpg  photo b772e1a25b70a5ebff730b02b115faa4_zpsa4140b49.jpg  photo 06e2452c599c652ff7a763a990146139_zpsf0d00651.jpg 'Han’s faces are so empathically established on his canvases they can be described as sculptural. Occasional lightly applied lines, mere markers – remnants of the blocking in stage – remain visible; unaltered they cradle his heads. This heightens and breathes life into the sculptural effect; they have created a space for themselves against what would otherwise register simply as primed canvas. But it would be wrong to say the surrounding primed canvas entirely isolates. As a moderating force counterpoised to the paint out of which his heads are created it functions to provide space within which they have the option of movement. It registers through the paint film too; on occasion as the absence of paint, elsewhere seeping through the colour / stain of glazes. They carry a certain frission, an undercurrent of expressive potential; their intervals are charged. In formal terms these lend his images a degree of transparency. Beyond the limits of so narrow a view it’s a transparency experienced as permeability. Formal analysis has the option of deploying Gestalt psychology to explain how this or that hiatus, rift or pause in the paint surface evades surface consciousness, evades our everyday perceptions. Yet it has little to offer in response to how these discontinuities and pauses conspire to coalesce into the sensation of permeability, a permiability rejecting see-through transparency in favour of a sence of absorption. The force drawing Han's subjects together beckons to the viewer of his work.' Link: Jaeyeol Han  photo qMw2etv_zps0c6d3d94.jpg  photo 8bd0ca06f5b4e426130db8bb5e442912_zps0fbbc066.jpg  photo 8e83652ce0c9ba66861d9e3e27448758_zpsb142d15f.jpg

Cory Arcangel

 photo photoshop-cs-2011-002-digital-press-ih-RGB-518x674_zps488a2097.jpg  photo spectrum28r_web_629_zps38a111fe.jpg  photo photoshop-cs-2010-047-full-cropped-database-ropac_zpsd8bc769c.jpg Cory Arcangel (born May 25, 1978) is a Brooklyn, New York post-conceptual artist who makes work in many different media, including drawing, music, video, performance art, and video game modifications, for which he is perhaps best known Arcangel often uses the artistic strategy of appropriation, creatively re-using existing materials such as dancing stands, Photoshop gradients, and YouTube videos to create new works of art. His work explores the relationship between digital technology and pop culture. (via Wikipedia)  photo tumblr_l0e2p1XChW1qa5h7no1_500_zpse59f26b3.jpg  photo arcangel_4_zps0a0a07f9.jpg

Paul Kaptein

 photo 48a2991bec55b285710240cf853a70ad_zpsbd81d1e1.jpg  photo 81793497e0eff9ffecfec3a57743f659_zpsf23d700f.jpg " My work is broadly concerned with the agency of the present moment. By sampling various cultural and temporal trajectories, I’m exploring the notion of the now as a remix of past and future potentialities. This facilitates a renegotiation of perceptual truths resulting in an expression of things not quite truth, yet not quite fiction. Central to this is the underlying theory of emptiness (sunyata). Often considered a void, Sunyata offers endless possibility." - Paul Kaptein  photo 8275ea019dca8a931ad9debb3fb3a7e7_zps5cca0ff6.jpg  photo ae744728ca66a9254ed64c5f894c4953_zps6061cc5c.jpg