Tom Friedman

 photo Untitled_Pizza_1_High1_zps317944b9.jpg  photo Untitled_Pizza_Detail_1_High0_zps36faf90c.jpg Tom Friedman (b. 1965, Saint Louis, MO) makes extraordinary work that explores ideas of perception, logic, and possibility. His often painstakingly rendered sculptures and works on paper inhabit the grey areas between the ordinary and the monstrous, the infinitesimal and the infinite, the rational and the uncanny. His work is often deceptive, its handmade intricacy masked by a seemingly mass-produced or prefabricated appearance. Friedman’s deadpan presentation implies content and form are seamless; expectations are overturned as the viewer slowly perceives that chasm between illusion and reality. Friedman's work has been internationally exhibited in galleries and museums, including solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Fondazione Prada, Milan; Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall; the South London Gallery, and numerous other institutions.  photo large_zpsbd435375.jpg  photo Untitled_White_Bread_1_High0_zpsb041bdd5.jpg  photo Friedman_Frieze_booth_70_zps77c1e126.jpg

Mikko Lagerstedt

 photo fa3ee75d75df11fc8c211eba7c7c657b_zps9e8d1f02.jpg  photo ffa215c116f556e38002a0e6cde201d7_zps841773fa.jpg " I'm a self-taught fine art photographer from Kerava, Finland. I was born in November 1982 in a small town in Finland. My photography journey started in December 2008 and I fell in love with it straight away. I have always been interested in drawings and paintings, finally when photography found me, I knew it was my vision. My goal is to capture the feeling I had when I took the photograph - it's the most important thing in my photographs. I love to view the world from different perspectives. In our lives, things can go so fast that we forgot to enjoy these short moments - if I can make people stop and see the beauty of life and feelings, I have succeeded." - Mikko Lagerstedt  photo 272f6217bab34444822074695d20b1a9_zps990c6946.jpg  photo 9ff13c923325c6e7a0fb23eb32cd3eac_zps800279c6.jpg

Rachel Maclean

 photo Candy-Girls_Reduced_zps712a86f1.jpg  photo Skin-and-bones_zpseda6b4c5.jpg " My work slips inside and outside of history and into imagined futures, creating hyper-glowing, artificially saturated visions that are both nauseatingly positive and cheerfully grotesque. I am a Glasgow based artist working largely in green screen composite video and digital print, often exhibiting this alongside props, costumes and related sculpture and painting." - Rachel Maclean  photo Hello-Boys_Reduced-copy_zpsd5041f9c.jpg

Elizabeth Zvonar

 photo unnamed1_zps1b39d3d5.png  photo unnamed_zps7e7d16fb.png Vancouver-based artist Elizabeth Zvonar is a Vancouver based artist. Since graduating from Emily Carr Institute in 2001, her work has been shown in local, national and international exhibitions, including at the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; Cohan and Leslie Gallery, New York; Western Front Gallery; Vancouver; Queensland University of Technology; Brisbane; Geisai, Tokyo; and Consolidated Works, Seattle, amongst others.  photo unnamed2_zpsbc72feb8.png

Michael Leavitt

 photo YayoiKusama_zps58c88e24.jpg  photo the-art-army-royalty-by-michael-leavitt-1_zpsa0ee46e3.jpg  photo MikeLeavittVanGogh_zpscf23efac.jpg " I’m on this planet to work with my hands. Too many ‘weekday warriors’ fight to align work with passion. Too many complacently disengaging from life if they fail. Life is too short without the best of our talents and passions at the plate. I don’t struggle to find my place. So I struggle with my work’s limited ability to aid the worldwide issues I can’t ignore. I always hope my art can help the world more than it ever will. The world is in constant peril. Visual art, the load-bearing cornerstone of a healthy culture, is dying. Too much of the art world is content with this status quo. Shedding the fear of politics can re-ignite art’s pilot flame at the core of culture. A humanity with no connection to the arts is composed of people with no connection to each other. If no one else is engaged with effectively changing these circumstances, I am." - Michael Leavitt  photo MikeLeavitt_JeffKoons_zpsc3f7ddd9.jpg  photo NECAMorganSpurlock_zps01a32ef6.jpg

Alvin Epps

 photo Nas_zps18ad6fd5.jpg  photo Stripes_zps7a8835f6.jpg Illustrator Alvin Epps share a portfolio online, and it's chock-full o' amazing work. Love finding people I didn't know about who are totally awesome!  photo Posterboy_zps500d5061.jpg

Tartan Ribbon by Adam Ferriss

 photo 903x600xrsz_h600_6_25jpgpagespeedic_c6ikU2gci_zps1190b926.jpg  photo 925x600xrsz_h600_6_6jpgpagespeedic80hMv_g83K_zps8b97b187.jpg  photo 902x600xrsz_h600_6_15jpgpagespeedic3YSz4lKQ3m_zps26536711.jpg Adam Ferriss was born in Richmond, VA in 1988. After receiving a BFA from The Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD he relocated to Los Angeles, CA where he currently resides. His recent work utilizes the RGB Tricolor separation process and pixel sorting algorithms as procedural mechanisms to initiate iterative changes in light and pixel structure.  photo 896x600xrsz_h600_6_3jpgpagespeedicdpjKBZ5B9S_zps04617aa9.jpg  photo 918x600xrsz_h600_6_26jpgpagespeedic9DDIpACeKK_zps6474fd4c.jpg  photo 900x600xrsz_h600_6_19jpgpagespeedicaa8GDuZhnt_zpsf1fe7722.jpg

Frans Franciscus

 photo DK_Plage_website_zps7916541f.jpg  photo WMMafter-Memling_zps4241dad1.jpg  photo CX_theNewlake_after-Memling_zpse2caee5a.jpg The works of F. Franciscus present an exhibition highlighting modern art mostly inspired by classic European paintings often with a biblical background. The artist’s sources of inspiration include pieces by painters like Hendrick ter Brugghen, Caravaggio and Bronzino. He combines or re-arranges compositions of old masters depicting biblical stories in an up-to-date and idiosyncratic fashion. His themes are put in a modern context in an intelligent way, resulting in humorous and appealing art that can sometimes shock the viewer as well. Franciscus´paintwork is in no case meant to insult but allways tries to create space for a broader view on human kind. F. Franciscus (27 April 1959, Utrecht) studied at the Utrecht School of Art. He lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In addition to paintings his work includes sculptures and films. Since 2012 Franciscus created under the name Franciscus & Franciscus together with spous Rienus Gündel Franciscus a growing series digital portraits named “Digital studies after Memling”. There have been exhibitions by Franciscus and by Franciscus & Franciscus in galleries, artfairs and museums in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Jordan, Spain, Swiss, South Africa, U. K. and U.S.A.  photo R-I_zpsf84bc162.jpg  photo BdK_zpse54e595b.jpg  photo BB-after-Memling-2012_zps5a4e5afd.jpg

Bill FitzGibbons

 photo Bill-Fitzgibbons-LightChannels7_zps6afc5e9d.jpg  photo tumblr_mra90dO9l01s90ws2o1_1280_zps41b361fd.jpg  photo LightRailsbyBillFitzgibbons_04_delood_zps7e2448e0.jpg Bill FitzGibbons received his BFA in Sculpture and Art History from the University of Tennessee, and his MFA in Sculpture and Multi-Media from Washington University in St. Louis. Bill has received over thirty public art commissions in five countries. In 1979 he became the first curator at Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis, Missouri. From 1985 until 1988 he was appointed as the Director of Sculpture at the Visual Art Center in Anchorage, Alaska. In 1988 he became the Department Head of Sculpture at the San Antonio Art Institute. In 1991 he was selected as a Fulbright Scholar for the Hungarian Art Academy in Budapest, Hungary. Bill has served on the adjunct faculty at Trinity University in San Antonio and has been the Executive Director of the Blue Star Contemporary Art Center since the summer of 2002. Currently Bill serves on the board of directors of the International Sculpture Center.  photo light-channels4_zpsf0573839.jpg  photo 7c6e934205c0c2dced4254f295348a47e2c379291377329357_zpsb0a89c64.jpg

Marco Chin

 photo editorial_92h_zpsc3497b1f.jpg  photo editorial_92c_zps3f5069b0.jpg Marco Chin (previously blogged): "My work explores issues related to gender and sexuality through the re-presentation of the male figure and the subversion of traditional male archetypes. The most recent piece, "Machoman" is a wearable soft sculpture plate that alludes to armour and creates a dialogue between forms traditionally thought of as masculine and effeminate."  photo editorial_92g_zps6734af49.jpg