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Philip Rantzer

 photo Img381jp_zps10866f46.jpg  photo 32_21_zps40370a0e.jpg Philip Rantzer is one of the giants of contemporary Israeli art. His work in sculpture, assemblage, mobiles, mixed media and drawing using found objects are zany, sardonic and magical. Never forgetting his childhood in an Israeli transit camp, he uses found materials to create dada and surreal masterpieces. His work also owes a debt and pays homage to fellow Romanian Constantin Brancusi. Rantzer's works deal idiosyncratically with larger themes of civic justice, class warfare, and environmental destruction. But the objects themselves never lose a sense of childhood wonder and fascination blending horror and humor to jolt the viewer's thought processes. (via Michael Hittleman Gallery)  photo 32_16_zps6b4b1ec9.jpg  photo 32_15_zps27531de6.jpg

Alessandro Twombly

 photo light1_zps71838ee1.jpg  photo light4_zpsc4ef50e0.jpg 'Though Alessandro Twombly's motifs are essentially botanic in origin, the themes oh his work touch on emotion, lyfe cycles and their expression in art. The sense of space and proportion, combined with the simple effect of juxtaposed colours, is sufficient to produce the sensous illusion of a floral texture, a profusion of scent, a field of wild irises. Elsewhere, in a flower unconventionallybut passionately depicted, the spectator is torn between the sheer luxuriance of forms and colours and the desire to remember where and when the sensation of these extraordinary images was first encountered.' (via UnDo.net and Galerie Forsblom)  photo light3_zps349aaa7b.jpg  photo light_zps72ef9f78.jpg

Ohad Meromi

 photo 201301251845505fd_zps109f40a1.jpg  photo Ohad-Meromi-The-Psychedelic-Protagonist-sketch-to-an-abandoned-monument-2009-Styrofoam_zps80f1c4f2.jpg Ohad Meromi <-- sculptor, born 1967, Kibbutz Mizra, Israel; Lives in New York; Education: Bezalel Academy of Art and Design; 2004 M.F.A., Columbia University, New York.  photo foto_arte_OHAD_MEROMI_03_zps889c408e.jpg

Todd Brainard

Todd Brainard "Looking at things from just outside the expected point of view is integral to Brainard’s work; this unique perspective is the through line in each of his highly keyed paintings. While Brainard’s landscapes have the look and feel of real life, they pulsate with the light and color of a surreal fairy tale. His vibrant skies are as readily reminiscent of lollipops as of a dusky sunset, of coloring books as of catastrophe. In the majority of these paintings, the connection between earth and sky remains prominent, almost primal, and is enhanced by a deft use of scale and composition. Vast swaths of lush grass or barren earth counterbalance expansive skies while lights, buildings, trees—any evidence of human habitation—fill a lively but comparatively narrow strip between land and air."

Arne Quinze

 photo tumblr_mlt6ixHVap1rkp0z7o1_500_zps2e95a123.jpg  photo 5-hommage-a-alexander-calder-by-arne-quinze-at-mamac_zpsc8380bf7.jpg  photo tumblr_mlt6jyjEWr1rkp0z7o1_500_zps709be5f6.jpg Arne Quinze was born in 1971 in Belgium and lives and works in Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium. In the eighties he began working as a graffiti artist but he never finished an official art education. Quinze creates large and small sculptures, drawings, paintings, and large-scale installations. Smaller works, sketches, and drawings are the basis and research for his large installations. Recurring fundamentals in his oeuvre are the use of multiple types of wood, including salvaged wood; electrical colors in fluorescent paint; and themes referring to social interaction, communication, and urbanism. Since a while he's doing research towards large steel installations. What drives Quinze is the belief in the possible realization of an idealistic society where all individuals communicate and interact, aiming to bring people together and push them into a vigorous dialogue. In his urban vision, communal activities flourish and social cohesion is the norm. His installations are built to provoke reaction and to intervene in the daily life of passersby confronted with his sculptures. His unconventional public installations have challenged perceptions in the city centers of Belgium (Cityscape, The Sequence), Germany (The Traveller), France (Camille, Rock Strangers), Lebanon (The Visitor), China (Red Beacon) and the USA (Uchronia, Timegate), among others. In every culture Quinze comes across, he unravels physical processes, drawing inspiration for his oeuvre, and is fueled by overwhelming optimism. Every new creative breed captures his research and study on interaction, and urban movement expressing the continuously evolution of human beings and their surroundings. Besides building architectural sculptures, he creates complex art pieces and video installations inscribing his vision in society of how people see themselves and society. Works as Bidonvilles, Stilthouses, Chaos and My Home My House My Stilthouse, My Secret Garden have been shown on several exhibitions.  photo tumblr_mlt6i0ocTS1rkp0z7o1_500_zps6e964af4.jpg  photo tumblr_mlngc4As1S1rkp0z7o1_500_zps77cd8e8d.jpg

Michael S. Parker

 photo thumb1_zpsef5eebcd.jpg  photo thumb_zps0481571e.jpg  photo sisters_zps983a9366.jpg " My aim is to make memorable images. I choose to paint implied narratives through representational realism. It is my goal to make images that invite the viewer to participate in the narrative, to find themselves reflected in and connected to the characters within the story. I find that the implied narrative is a strong way of conveying emotions and meaning that people can interpret and connect to in many different ways. I search for levels of meaning within the painting, not only with the narrative but also through references to art history and my own personal artwork. Through my work, I seek to find interesting moments that present themselves through everyday living. I draw upon personal experiences as well as from the observations of others." - Michael S. Parker  photo 423597_262574027152263_476892509_n_zpsd8ddd599.jpg  photo livelovelaugh_zps24f51c2a.jpg

Leena Nio

 photo 21_bongari_zps1d51746c.jpg  photo 21_ruusu_zpscac4c50d.jpg  photo 21_neulosnaama1_zps0aca2d23.jpg Leena Nio <-- (Born 1982) lives and works in Helsinki, Finland. In 2010, Nio received an MFA from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts. Recently, Nio has been part of solo and group shows at The Armory Show; Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki; Copper Smithy, Fiskars, Galleri Forum Box etc. Her works has been collected by Kiasma, Saastomoinen, Heino Collection, Jenny Antti Wihuri Foundation, State Art Collection, among others.  photo 19_insiderotsider1_v2_zps7eba7045.jpg  photo 21_inst9_zpsaa0bb39d.jpg

Ni Haifeng

 photo DSC_5664_zps2aa3b17d.jpg  photo DSC_5412_zps8fdd2626.jpg  photo para3_zps9e3ded36.jpg  photo DSC_5311_zpsd7fe114e.jpg Ni Haifeng's practice stems from an interest in cultural systems of return, exchange, language and production. Through mediums of photography, video and installations, Ni explores the simultaneous creation and obliteration of meaning while drawing attention to the cyclical movements of people, products and goods that are often reflective of patterns of colonialism and globalization. Aims to subvert the status quo and counteract preconceived notions of art are, in Ni’s words, an effort towards reaching a ‘zero degree of meaning’. The concept of uselessness, seen in the desire to offset ‘the production of the useful’ that is central to the operative conditions of consumerism and the ‘dominant economic order’, plays a key role within Ni’s practice, lending his works a distinct political and social dimension.  photo para7_zpscadd994b.jpg  photo para1_zps07004fde.jpg  photo para4_zpsee54377f.jpg  photo para2_zpsee4033b6.jpg  photo para8_zpsd0fbba4f.jpg

John Cuneo

 photo howard_pyle_zps5a38e8c4.jpg  photo simmons_zps35eae0be.jpg  photo bill_maher_zps4ab27514.jpg John Cuneo, humorous illustrator whose work appears in many national publications including Atlantic Monthly and Esquire Magazine.  photo pj_orourke_zps43f35feb.jpg  photo lou_gambaccini_zps70c2b74e.jpg  photo 9952522818_zpsc4b7a4b2.jpg

Richard Deacon

 photo deacon-3_zpsfa07020e.jpg  photo Nothing-is-allowed-v2_zps33c6de06.jpg  photo Nothing-is-Forbidden-v3_zps7a5b6ffa.jpg Richard Deacon (born 15 August 1949) is a British abstract sculptor, and a winner of the Turner Prize. Deacon's work is abstract, but often alludes to anatomical functions. His works are often constructed from everyday materials such as laminated plywood, and he calls himself a "fabricator" rather than a "sculptor". His early pieces are typically made up of sleek curved forms, with later works sometimes more bulky. Deacon's body of work includes small-scale works suitable for showing in art galleries, as well as much larger pieces shown in sculpture gardens and objects made for specific events, such as dance performances.  photo Nothing-is-allowed-v-1_zpsf62c0d79.jpg  photo installation-1_zps2f1dbbd7.jpg