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Andrea Kowch

 photo kowch-an-invitation_zpsa75974d8.jpg  photo merry-wanderers_zps05039188.jpg  photo kowch_queens-court_zpsf9222e1b.jpg  photo kowch_in_the_hollow_48x36_zpsca321efe.jpg " The stories and inspiration behind my paintings stem from life’s emotions and experiences, resulting in narrative, allegorical imagery that illustrates the parallels between human experience and the mysteries of the natural world. The lonely, desolate American landscape encompassing the paintings’ subjects serves as an exploration of nature’s sacredness and a reflection of the human soul, symbolizing all things powerful, fragile, and eternal. These real yet dreamlike scenarios serve as metaphors for the human condition, all retaining a sense of vagueness because I wish to involve the viewer in uncovering the various layers of mood and meaning to form their own conclusions, despite the fact that my main idea will always be present. As a people, we share a common thread, and as active participants in an ever-changing modern world, the purpose of my work is to remind viewers of these places that we feel no longer exist, and to recognize and honor them as a part of our history that is worth preserving. In juxtaposing the human form with animals and a bygone uninhibited American landscape, I provide glimpses into “rooms,” those oftentimes chaotic places we possess internally. The rural, Midwestern landscape of my home state serves as backdrop for the stage of human emotions and the animals present are vehicles for expressing the feelings and underlying tensions suppressed behind the human mask. Symbolic explorations of the soul and events concerning our environment are expressed through the combination of these elements to transform personal ideas into universal metaphors." - Andrea Kowch  photo kowch-thecape_zpsec00128d.jpg  photo kowch_the_visitors_48x60_zps79e542cb.jpg  photo SAM_0019_zps7616f7f2.jpg

Beyond the Surface by Egor Kraft

 photo tumblr_mdfhpptoUJ1ra3jlho1_1280_zps0fadf9b7.jpg  photo tumblr_mib9efRuCd1qe31lco1_1280_zps095872af.jpg  photo tumblr_mib9efRuCd1qe31lco2_1280_zps3c4e9c32.jpg Stills from Egor Kraft's Beyond the Surface video. It is 'a visual metaphor of existential freedom, predominance of essence over existence, and conditionality of boundaries it also has a sculptural dimension related to the evolution of form. The space as a black absolute presented as an allegory of authentic freedom as well as the narrative links to the discourse of how the consciousness and existence are related to each other.'  photo tumblr_mib9efRuCd1qe31lco3_1280_zps2b48576c.jpg  photo tumblr_mib9efRuCd1qe31lco4_1280_zps99a69792.jpg

Igor Morski

 photo ridicule_igor_morski_FSS_zps181d8281.jpg  photo 1340779853_igor-morski-14_zps3bf5d265.jpg  photo 53c107a7b6295a015a68712aa23ce984_zps2d37e654.jpg Igor Morski <-- (b. 1960) Polish graphic designer, illustrator and set designer. Presently, he focuses on mixed media graphic art, based mainly on photo manipulation, drawing, recently also 3D. Igor Morski is co-owner of a graphic design studio Morski Studio Graficzne in his hometown. His advertising art has been commissioned by Saatchi & Saatchi Singapore, Saatchi & Saatchi Sydney and Abelson Taylor among others.  photo 1340779884_igor-morski-15_zps7666aa1e.jpg  photo surreal-Illustrations-byigor-morski24_zpsef890beb.jpg  photo 1340779821_igor-morski-17_zps4e4219c4.jpg

Aluminium Landscape

 photo tumblr_mc26yiPI8Z1r3wk1zo1_500_zps66e7436e.jpg  photo _MG_0103L_zpsfb39af44.jpg This object may seem as a creation of nature in away it visualizes the transitions or surrounding nature, such as changes in weather and sun rays or colors of sky and surroundings. Yet it very artificial as it comprises complex geometrical balance achieved by one piece of huge aluminum sheet. The conflicts within the architecture create its complex expressions. For instance, aluminum is hard but is smooth in its impression. The exhibit is organically formed and yet consists of innumerable geometrical shapes. The exhibit will be placed on the sunken garden in the second basement floor. Visitors can enjoy in many ways,by walking on the exhibit or seeing its whole picture from the ground level, 8 meters above. Location : Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo. Link here.  photo IMG_7428L_zpsfe013464.jpg  photo _MG_0170L_zps7db41e01.jpg

John Wesley

 photo B40038_zpse958bde5.jpg  photo jwe12-028_zpsdd02c1ec.jpg  photo wesley_zps79f4246f.jpg  photo jwe12-047_web_zps4dbf2467.jpg John Wesley (American, born November 25, 1928) is an American painter whose work bridges the aesthetics of Pop Art and Minimalism in both subject matter and style. A self-taught artist, Wesley began painting in 1953, while working as an illustrator for Northrop Aircraft in Los Angeles. His early career in the aircraft industry influenced his art, and lead to the presence of the airplane as a recurring motif in his work. In 1959, he married the American painter Jo Baer (b.1929), and one year later the couple moved to New York City, where Wesley would become part of the Pop Art movement and maintain close friendships with American Minimalist sculptors Donald Judd (1928–1994) and Dan Flavin (1933–1996). Although Wesley’s work often expressed more playful qualities than the work Judd created, Judd was an immediate and important sponsor of Wesley’s paintings, positively reviewing his shows and helping him to establish his reputation as an artist. Although Wesley adopted the flattened and brightly colored forms of Pop Art, his work did not criticize consumerism and seemed removed from Pop Art’s goals as he turned more to narrative, combining cartoon elements into his particular brand of high art.  photo jwe12-045_zps60990314.jpg  photo jwe12-041_zps6747da32.jpg  photo westspan_zpsc66a3510.jpg

Chris Riccardo

 photo tumblr_loe894GbIy1qftioao1_1280_zps99e4b4fa.jpg  photo tumblr_lofzk6JlH71qftioao1_1280_zps78823510.jpg " I make ceramic sculpture that some have said is shocking or disgusting. I believe I am only showing what we are all truly thinking or desire in some way. I do not set out to shock, because I don't believe anything I have created is shocking, I believe it is truth and honesty. If my work does shock or offend then I have struck a nerve in the viewer and I say, 'well done SIr!". It's the hypocrites I want, to present them with something so shocking, yet sculpturally beautiful that they can't take their eyes off of it!" - Chris Riccardo  photo tumblr_lofzogrvlk1qftioao1_1280_zps349f91e8.jpg  photo tumblr_lofz7sm9XG1qftioao1_1280_zps000dfed5.jpg

Stephen Finkin

 photo 420216-11060148-7_zps9b3a2c13.jpg  photo 420216-11061840-7_zps510f74c7.jpg  photo 420216-11062010-7_zps308f5060.jpg So much gorgeous ocean paintings from Stephen Finkin. Click the link for more.  photo 420216-11062180-7_zpsa777a226.jpg  photo 420216-11063070-7_zpse2b86683.jpg

Soheyl Bastami

 photo tumblr_mm0qc8FA8k1r3wk1zo3_r1_1280_zps2e6508fe.jpg  photo tumblr_mm0qc8FA8k1r3wk1zo2_1280_zps7145222d.jpg  photo tumblr_mm0qc8FA8k1r3wk1zo1_1280_zps09aa79ce.jpg Check out these incredible art sand sculptures by Iranian artist Soheyl Bastami. Hopefully this will inspire you to create one of your own next time you go to the beach.  photo Sandy_Sclupture_4_by_soheyl_zps358a300b.jpg  photo Sandy_Sclupture_5_by_soheyl_zpsb63ad388.jpg

Lukasz Wodynski

 photo 9_zpsb1563dbf.jpg  photo 13_zpsc7c6ffc4.jpg  photo 2_zpsa0eff2a1.jpg  photo 6_zps8a87c6e8.jpg " I am fascinated by the notion of time and the game of body and time. Transparency and mutual merging of the two create continuous interaction, transformation and transgression. By merging between the spheres of physicality and image I want to look closer at the processes and their metaphysics." - Lukasz Wodynski  photo 1_zpsf21a73ec.jpg  photo 16_zpsacf9ace7.jpg  photo 8_zps4424fb45.jpg

Debra Hurd

 photo image_zpse83ade87.png  photo image1_zps6031fce8.png  photo image2_zps1e68ca16.png "Art and music are my passions but it’s all art to me." Internationally acclaimed artist Debra Hurd studied art at both Southern University in Chattanooga, Tennessee and the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. For 15 years she was a graphic designer in Florida and Austin, Texas. She is also an accomplished pianist, having studied music since early childhood. Debra’s wild boogie-woogie and honky-tonk style still finds her in the recording studios and at live performances in Austin. She loves jazz, classical, and salsa styles, too.  photo image4_zpscfc5138d.png  photo image3_zps0221de50.png  photo debatwork_zpsbf3c2011.jpg