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Matt Doust

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Matt Doust was born in 1984 in Santa Monica, California. He grew up in Perth, Australia. In July 2011, he moved back to Los Angeles where he now lives and works. Doust was named a finalist in 2011 for Australia’s prestigious Archibald Prize.

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Bethany Krull

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Bethany Krull is a ceramicist living in working in the Western New York region. She earned her Master’s of Fine Arts from the School for American Crafts at the Rochester Institute of Technology and her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from the State University College at Buffalo. She is currently teaching at Buffalo State College in the design department. Her work has been exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally. Bethany Krull’s work explores human relationships with nature and the ways in which society requires nature to conform to human desires. Her works are humorous, playful, and often tongue-in-cheek. (via Burchfield Penney Art Center)

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Ruriko Nonogaki

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A cute dog sculpture wearing a traditional Japanese wedding costume at the National Art Center in 2010 by Ruriko Nonogaki.

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Plexus no. 4 by Gabriel Dawe

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Originally from Mexico City, Gabriel Dawe creates site-specific installations that explore the connection between fashion and architecture, and how they relate to the human need for shelter in all its shapes and forms. His work is centered in the exploration of textiles, aiming to examine the complicated construction of gender and identity in his native Mexico and attempting to subvert the notions of masculinity and machismo prevalent in the present day. His work has been exhibited in the US, Canada, Belgium, and the UK. After living in Montreal, Canada for 7 years, he moved to Dallas, Texas, where he obtained his MFA at the University of Texas at Dallas. For the final two years of his degree, he was an artist in residence at CentralTrak, the Artist in Residency program at UTD. His work has been featured in numerous publications around the world, including Sculpture magazine, the cover of the 12th edition of Art Fundamentals published by McGraw-Hill, and in author Tristan Manco’s book Raw + Material = Art . He is represented by Conduit Gallery in Dallas, and by Lot 10 Gallery in Brussels.

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Georg Herold

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‘Transformation is the power of the artist Georg Herold. Taking found and discarded objects, often from the careless remnant heaps of hardware stores, Georg Herold wraps and binds the raw materials once meant to be discarded, and forms them into sculptures that seem to embody not only life but personality, desire and ambition. The ambition of wood to live, to move out of its intended rooted state into a state of movement and levity, Georg Herold’s figures push the envelope like double jointed acrobats celebrating their new found freedom.’ (via Perry Rubenstein Gallery)

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Max Fesl

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Meet Max Fesl, a talented artist based in Munich, Germany. You can see some more of his work here.

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Rock Strangers by Arne Quinze

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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.

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Johannes VanDerBeek

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Johannes VanDerBeek examines notions of time, transformation, and dreams in his sculptures, installations, and 2-D works. VanDerBeek avoids a personal or “signature” style, instead using unconventional mixed-media and eclectic installations to create layered sequences of allegory that encourage viewers to consider (and re-consider) the ways in which material qualities can become condensed and distorted over time. (via Artsy)

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Ben Ashton

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Ben Ashton challenges us to look at what we are seeing and to question it by giving us a different perspective on a familiar world. His is one of the most exciting and original artistic visions of recent years: a Ben Ashton work is immediately recognisable for its finesse and exquisite skill, but also for the simple fact that it is totally different from anything else on the contemporary art scene.

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Anthony Sonnenberg

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” The work’s ultimate goal is to increase the capacity for empathy within the viewer. In order to do so, the work must illuminate certain aspects of the human experience that are consistent to all people. These aspects that form the emotional center of the work are uncertainty, vulnerability, and isolation. The darkness and pain associated with these aspects of the human experience can be difficult to recognize and should not be introduced to the viewer in a blunt manner. These emotions must be addressed through a circuitous series of aesthetic and conceptual facades. These facades are formed by employing the mechanisms of beauty, humor, and decadent surfaces that attract and focus the viewer’s attention and then serve as conduits to the darker emotional truths at the core of the work. Producing art that makes one confront the negative aspects of the human experience may seem at first a bleak task but it is done in the name of empowerment. The only way we can overcome these difficult elements of the human experience is to know them, embrace them, and connect with others through them.” – Anthony Sonnenberg

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