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Amy Swartele

Amy Swartele is a Belgian and American painter who can touch deeply if one is open to test boundaries. Swartele’s paintings develop from traditions of surrealism and expressionism, using illusion and an evocative use of paint to speak to the nature of existence. Currently living in upstate New York, Swartele is strongly inspired by her upbringing in Belgium, Holland and England. Swartele received her BA with Honors from Wesleyan University, and her MFA from SUNY at Buffalo.

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Robert Lawarre

Very interesting sculptures by ceramic artist Robert Lawarre. Have a look.

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Craig Hawkins

Craig Hawkins is a graduate with a B.F.A in Fine Art from Valdosta State University(2001) and is currently seeking a M.F.A. at the University of Georgia. Drawing since the age of two, Hawkins grew up in multiple cities including Laurinburg, NC, Greer, SC, Roanoke Rapids, NC and Warner Robins, GA, Valdosta, GA, and Athens, GA where he currently lives. Hawkins describes his work as, “the evidence of taking truth and imagining it”.

Shawn Barber

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” In 1995, at twenty-five years old, I finally got off my ass, went back to school and started to take responsibility for my actions, my future and myself. It didn’t happen overnight. It didn’t happen in two years. Change comes from the willingness to allow new ideas, different opinions and maintaining an open mind to the infinite possibilities there are when one is willing to take chances. Believing in what you do and DOING what YOU want to do, creates opportunity and builds an empowering state of mind. ” – Shawn Barber

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Christine Rusche

Christine Rusche works directly with the architecture and the specific character of the room in which she finds herself for her three-dimensional room drawings. When you enter a room drawing, the play of the light/dark contrasts allows for very varied views and perceptions of image and architecture. A room within a room is conjured up when combined with the mooia products. (via Procedes i-d)

Laser Bread

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a) Papa Smurf gets angry, turns into the Hulk b) Kermit the Frog about to walk across hot coals c) The Blue Man Group carving a pumpkin d) Bert and Ernie making out, while Cookie Monster watches e) The Simpsons . Made me laugh. Haha. Thank you Laser Bread!

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Kevin Russell

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I’m enjoying the sketches of Kevin Russell, from Florida. See also: his Flickr stream Looks goodness!

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Marc Bijl

Marc Bijl – Born in Leerdam, Netherlands, lives and works in Rotterdam and Berlin. Love the burning peace sign.

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Evan Penny

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You are looking at the carefully crafted sculptures of South African born, Toronto-based sculptor Evan Penny. Stunning really. So mighty impressive. Also see: Ron Mueck

Mutatoes

Mutatoes is a collection of “non-standard fruits, roots, and vegetables found at Berlin’s super- and farmers markets.” Uli Westphal‘s been gathering and photographing these Mutatoes since last year and is still diligently adding to the group, and rightfully so since “the Mutatoproject serves to document and archive these last survivors of biological variety.”