Trace Heavens by James Nizam

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Trace Heavens,” an exhibition of photographs by Vancouver-based artist James Nizam, is the result of patience and, perhaps, obsession. The large black and white photographs depict the transformation of darkened rooms into uncanny light sculptures that intersect elegant geometry with math-class daydreaming. Bridling sunlight into streamlined rays via perforated and sliced walls, and with the aid of artificial fog to intensify the slants of light, Nizam creates imagery that might bend our perception of photography.

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Gregory Hodge

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Gregory Hodge was born in Sydney in 1982 and currently lives and works in Canberra. He is a PhD Candidate at the Australian National University School of Art. Hodge constructs compositions from an array of collage source material including painted abstract motifs on drafting film, coloured paper and masking tape before rendering these collages in paint. Using complex and systematic technical processes including trompe-l’oeil, cast shadows and manipulating paints’ translucent and opaque qualities, the paintings playfully mimic the physical fragility and provisional nature of the source material. This visual trickery within the abstract picture space presents the viewer with complex multiple visual experiences. Surface and materiality become imaginative entry points yielding potential clues as traces of the process are signalled via the shadows and illusion of collage, though not explicitly revealed.

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John F. Malta

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John F. Malta was born in East Cleveland, Ohio and currently lives and works in New York City. John is a recipient of the 2012 Xeric grant and has exhibited his work in Taiwan, Australia, Vancouver, New York City, San Francisco, Portland, Los Angeles, and widely across the Midwest. John has drawn pictures for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Vice Magazine, Showpaper, Blood is the New Black, Bloomberg View, Lands’ End Canvas, Wrap Magazine UK, The Stranger, Thunderkiss Coffee Roaster, Steamy Press UK, Plansponsor Magazine, Dickies Workwear, The Willamette Week, and Surfing Magazine.

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Bang by Ai Weiwei

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Here’s Ai Weiwei’s Bang installation incorporating 886 antique wooden stools for the 2013 Venice Art Biennale. Link here.

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Sarah Maycock

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Work by the talented Sarah Maycock- illustrator, artist, designer based in South East England.

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Jared Tharp

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” My paintings (as of late) are about nostalgia. I was born in 1981 and I have a soft spot for the art, music, and culture to come out of that decade. I love the sound of analogue synthesizers and the look of hand made art. I’m interested in the parallels between nostalgia felt for past experiences and the nostalgia felt for past decades. I’m originally from Stockton, CA. I currently live in Sacramento. ” – Jared Tharp

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Cement Paintings by Erik J. Sommer

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Erik J. Sommer is a a New York City based contemporary artist specializing in mixed media creations.

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KwangHo Shin

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All the figures appearing in Korean artist KwangHo Shin‘s works are individuals and self-portraits. ‘The spirit he wanted to inspire the figures with is that of a distorted hero’s or another character unidentifiable with eyes. Majority of specific people are the figures whom he depicts. He distorts a figure trying not to transform the mind and social environment unique to him. It is not the transformation from a person to no person, but from a specific to an ordinary person. He himself is flown into it. It is the method to include his own artistic experience and value. Though it is not clear where to use, works of arts become the criteria in grasping the reality. They reveal thinking while making the figure seen thinking. A specific person is thought while lump of dyes are loaded on a canvas. It’s inefficient to say ‘painted with a brush’. The lump moves freely all over the canvas without staying at a point. A face is treated as the spirit of common people who gaze at the world, rather than as a person. The biggest significance is put on the expression of the inner mind when facing an empty canvas. It is a way of revealing it as a thing to the world rather than representing a person. This is his second characteristics.’

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Sergei Isupov

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” For me, I find clay to be the most versatile material and it is well suited to the expression of my ideas. I consider my sculptures to be a canvas for my paintings. All the plastic, graphic and painting elements of a piece function as complementary parts of the work.” – Sergei Isupov

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Livia Marin

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” My artistic practice has been characterized by large-scale installations and the appropriation of mass-produced and consumer objects. I employ techniques and strategies that are characteristic of Sculpture, Installation and Process Art. I employ everyday objects to enquire into the nature of how we relate to material objects in an era dominated by mass-production, standardization and global circulation. My work was initially informed by the immediate social and political context of Chile in the 1990s that amounted to a transition from a profoundly and overtly disciplinary political regime (under seventeen years of dictatorship) to one of an economic, though no less disciplinary, regime with a strongly developed neo-liberal agenda.” – Livia Marin

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