Peter Shmelzer

 photo timthumb_new 3_zpsehahdhwy.jpg  photo timthumb_new 2_zpsfbo1yafr.jpg  photo timthumb_new 5_zpshtiz6uvc.jpg " I see visual art as a method of measuring and reflecting the world and our place in it. Like the written or spoken word, it is a system for elucidating that which evades our immediate understanding. There is a contemporary compulsion to impose trends and to forecast even the most ephemeral and unpredictable of things through the endless collection of data. Though this has yielded great social/scientific/economic fruit, it may be ill-suited to deal with the absurdity of human interaction. Images that work entirely outside the world of reason may be better-suited to telling the story of how we act and interact. I have tried, in my work, to create a mythological vocabulary outside of traditional religious or historical systems. Characters are set outside of identifiable context (they cannot be placed in time or located in a particular culture) but their faces are real, familiar, human faces that may remind the viewer of a neighbour or a friend (though, admittedly, gone terribly wrong). The primary aim is to evoke an emotional response and, then, to allow the viewer to speculate on the narrative. Why are these people here? How did they get this way? What are they doing to each other?" - Peter Shmelzer  photo timthumb_new_zpsx5lghqf2.jpg  photo timthumb_new 1_zps33wf9mbv.jpg  photo timthumb_new 4_zpszmrjiabw.jpg

Femke Hiemstra

 photo felix-de-foret_zps1tfyrnod.jpg  photo -----_zpszkq8hhqb.jpg  photo OMG_zpsbmq5pi9i.jpg Amsterdam based painter Femke Hiemstra’s meticulously tight, jewel like mixed media paintings and exquisitely rendered black and white drawings are homes to a dark fairytale land where inanimate objects come to life and frolic with animal neighbors. Lollipops become ship captains, strawberries become giant wrestlers, and vegetables become Halloween gods with lantern eyes. Femke occasionally uses typography in her work, using words from various languages and letters in her paintings to further enhance the narrative while still retaining a playful sense of mystery, or as a visual device to frame in the scenery, as if you were looking at her world through a secret window. She also uses found objects to paint on, such as boxes and wrappers, to create imaginary products with magical properties.Drawing from a range of influences, from firework wrappers to Japanese woodblock prints, Femke’s use of both pop culture detritus and child-like fantasy create a vibrant playground for the imagination, with each piece looking like a portal for a fantastic adventure, which is left up to the viewer to imagine the story that lies inside. (via Roq La Rue)  photo --by-Femke-Hiemstra_zpstc7uab0d.jpg  photo 14345_102451976443443_1000003592268_zpsuebyjlv5.jpg

Gaia Alari

 photo loose_ropes__still_tied_knots_by_marie_esther-d7mgnyh_zpsqso57wc3.jpg  photo in_this_shirt_i_can_be_you_by_marie_esther-d7k2tau_zpsc3llc75k.jpg Gaia Alari, also known as Marie-Esther, is an entirely self-taught artist from Milan, Italy. Since 2009 she dedicates her free time from medical studies and work to improve her skills in the field of traditional art, mostly using mixed media on paper. Inspired by many artists, such as the old italian classics but also the most contemporary ones, she has always shown a strong wish to find a style and identifiability of her own. Curious and creative, she focuses on depicting ethereal and overlapping images, in order to visually represent the intricacy of human nature, psyche and emotions. Her works have been often described as exquisitly surrealistic, oniric, touching and intense.  photo slowly_we_unfurl_by_marie_esther-d7jea61_zpsl8decaj2.jpg

Daniel Gordon

 photo Woman_with_a_Blue_Eye_zpsrbvspnxz.jpg  photo Portrait_II_zpsazaepwv3.jpg  photo RedEyedWoman_zpsy5oix3gt.jpg Daniel Gordon (b. 1980 Boston, MA; raised in San Francisco, California, USA) earned a Bachelor of Arts from Bard College in 2004, and a Master of Fine Arts from the Yale School of Art in 2006. His notable group exhibitions include New Photography 2009 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and Greater New York 2010 at MoMA PS1. He is the Author of Still Lifes, Portraits, and Parts (Mörel, 2013), Flowers and Shadows (Onestar Press, 2011) and Flying Pictures (powerHouse Books, 2009). He is the winner of the 2014 Foam Paul Huf award, and exhibited his work in a solo exhibition at the museum in 2014. Gordon has been a critic in photography at the Yale School of Art. He is represented by Wallspace in New York City, and lives and works in Brooklyn.  photo Untitled-1_zpsfms0ibmu.jpg  photo 01322_zps3wt70wew.jpg  photo 01320_zpsbtbeodqy.jpg

Vlada Mirkovic

 photo 30022_127339463961547_4570929_n_zpsasa1oqcr.jpg  photo 1467478_744757995553021_2124202448_n_zpslzgbj6zl.jpg Vlada Mirkovic - Born in 1954 in Gornji Milanovac. Educated in Gornji Milanovac and Belgrade. Since 1989, he has been living and working as a free-lance artist. He has taken part at several group exhibitions, including the Forth International Biennial of Miniature Arts in Gornji Milanovac (1996). He has also had solo Exhibitions in Belgrade (1994 – 1998 - 2001), Gornji Milanovac(1995), Geneva (1996) and Cacak (1999). Mirkovic` is a representative of a fantastic figurative confession in Serb Art, a composer of a self-created and personified visual myth. He is an obvious lunar painter, a kind of storyteller expressing himself in paintings. It is impossible to omit and reject certain literary aspect in the domain of fantastic painting. This visual alchemist of an inner space balances between reality and daydream. Mirkovic`’s paintings is a closed work housing a universe of sand watches, seashells, dolls, keys, hangings, and small wooden chests being a symbol of harmoniae mundi. The space at his painting is esoteric underground more alike metaphysical embodiment than concrete metaphysical reality. Vlada Mirkovic`’s painting emits the feeling of persecution, dreary loneliness and pettiness of human essence in the sand ocean that swallows everything. This artist paints the dark night of a soul discussed by mystics.  photo 1524591_744758905552930_1394149600_n_zpsu8ijd8kr.jpg

Martha Friedman

 photo Friedman_MechanicalDisadvantageI22_zpsf05tq6j9.jpg  photo 01947_zpslundrqkn.jpg Martha Friedman was born in Detroit in 1975. She received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA from Yale University. She also studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Exhibiting in several solo exhibitions at Wallspace Gallery in New York, Friedman has also been included in a number of group exhibitions, including New York Minute at MACRO in Rome (2009), Time-Life Part Two at Taxter & Spengemann in New York (2009), a public work commission from the Public Art Fund at Metrotech Center in Brooklyn, NY (2008) and Bunch, Alliance and Dissolve at the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati, OH (2007). Her work has been reviewed in a number of publications, most notably the New York Times, Artforum.com and Art Review. Friedman has also held a number of teaching positions at universities including Yale University, Pratt Institute of Art, The Cooper Union and Princeton University, among others. Friedman currently lives and works in New York City.  photo 01550_zpsnz8aex3j.jpg  photo Friedman_MechanicalDisadvantageIII11_zpsn2teg8gm.jpg

Laura Bernard

 photo 4d61fd29746501.5601c65d2d109_zpsqvzmnrsj.jpg  photo 74387029469057.55f49059b6a49_zpsabazt8f6.jpg " I am an illustrator and visual artist from Wellington, New Zealand, soon to move to Melbourne, Australia. My work is my mystical, whimsical and slightly surreal interpretation of the world and my experiences." - Laura Bernard  photo f6c72730085913.5612dc957e807_zpsh2i6mr6a.jpg  photo 828d4229840395.56062b0bd2746_zpsgyubjmys.jpg

Ron Nagle

 photo 3040217705_zpsgqgpzlmn.jpg  photo r5_zpsmfg7ml1i.png  photo Nagle-Chow-Mein-Man.4lowres_zps0htbmccb.jpg Ron Nagle is known for his intimately scaled sculptures, each made up of ceramic elements that are slip-cast, fired, and embellished with epoxy details. Some are glazed to a hot-rod finish, others textured like stucco and then airbrushed. Despite the work’s three-dimensionality, Nagle explains, “everything is done, even subconsciously, from a flat point of view.” Nagle was born in San Francisco in 1939. He began working with ceramics during the 1950s as a high school student. In 1961 he apprenticed to Peter Voulkos at the University of California, Berkeley, and later exhibited his work alongside Voulkos, Ken Price, and other innovative West Coast artists working in clay. His work is inspired by such artists as Giorgio Morandi, Phillip Guston, and George Herriman, and by such varied forms as Japanese Momoyama ceramics and Hawaiian funerary monuments.  photo tumblr_nj45hxbmsu1s9acypo1_1280_zpsjsqkhn0b.jpg  photo 16.-Dr.-Bob-Cobbler-915x915_zpsgo57wmdv.jpg  photo Fiestasiesta.3_zpsiuthj1wv.jpg

Tomoo Gokita

 photo 16460200373_2b3f673e43_b_zpslkmd4nwm.jpg  photo 16894135749_022412c1c8_b_zpsy61dsta4.jpg  photo 16894135799_b0bf77a4c9_b_zpskmohcht3.jpg  photo 16872957137_69b8b6affb_b_zpszyslncwc.jpg Tomoo Gokita (b. 1969) lives and works in Tokyo. Honor Fraser Gallery has presented two exhibitions featuring Gokita's work to date: Heaven (2009) and Vanity Drunko (2007). In 2014 Gokita was the subject of the large-scale solo exhibition, Tomoo Gokita: The Great Circus at the Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art in Sakura, Japan. His work has also been included in such thematic shows as Wonderful My Art, Kawaguchiko Museum of Art, Yamanashi, Japan (2013); The Unseen Relationship: Form and Abstraction, Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art, Sakura (2012); Gateway: Japan, Torrance Art Museum, CA (2011);VOCA 2009: The Vision of Contemporary Art, Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo (2009); New York Minute, Macro Future Museum, Rome (2009); and Collected Visions, Pera Museum, Istanbul (2009).  photo 17080356815_442f1a5888_b_zps0lryshft.jpg  photo 2_zpskz29dmfo.jpg  photo 1_zpszbcgjteo.jpg

Tadas Sidlauskas

 photo loop_tadassidlauskas_small_zpssikg41ak.jpg  photo sleepanddream_tadassidlauskas_small_zps5ghgnnqp.jpg " My work consists of both, realistic and abstract elements. I work mainly with oil paints. Every piece of art I create is personal to me for different reasons. While creating the work, I'm more interested in conveying mood and emotion than simply trying to copy the exact scene or idea that I have in my head. I use color, ornamentation, abstract shapes, human figures and other elements to build an emotional connection with the viewer. I spend a lot of time traveling and it heavily affects my art." - Tadas Sidlauskas  photo thoughtstadassidlauskas_zpszrpiovpx.jpg  photo loop2_tadassidlauskas_small_zpsayzcksim.jpg