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Leo Villareal

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Leo Villareal received a BA in sculpture from Yale University in 1990, and a graduate degree from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Interactive Telecommunications Program. Recent exhibitions include, a survey show organized by the San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA, which continues to tour several museums in the United States. He has completed many site specific works including, Radiant Pathways, Rice University in Houston, Texas; Mulitverse, The National Gallery of Art, Washington DC; Diagonal Grid, Borusan Center for Culture and Arts, Istanbul, Turkey; Stars, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, New York, and the recently installed Hive, for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority at the Bleecker Street subway station in Manhattan. Among the projects Villareal is currently working on, Bay Lights for the Bay Bridge in San Francisco will spectacularly light the bridge, reflect on the water, and glisten throughout the city. Villareal is a focal point of the James Corner Field Operations design team that will renew Chicago’s Navy Pier, and commissioned installations at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, and The Durst Organization in New York City, will be in visible public spaces. Villareal’s work is in the permanent collections of many museums including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum, Kagawa, Japan; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

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Ida Ekblad

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Ida Ekblad’s chance-based art practice is a literal reflection of her peripatetic methodology, a special kind of no-holds-barred urban folk art. The production of her sculptures, paintings, music and poetry revolves around ‘drifts’ taken around the cities in which she will be making the work. Like a scavenger on a mission to extract essential, survival sustenance out of the discarded remains of contemporary culture, Ekblad collects materials on her walks, sifting through piles of rubble from demolished buildings and industrial heaps of metal.’ (via Saatchi Gallery)

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Mojan Vadie

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” Like music, art can create a strong emotional link with its audience, touching all senses at once. And just as an instrument can consume its musician, the canvas can overpower the artist, guiding him to paint what he truly feels deep inside. With each brushstroke, the canvas responds and leads you to the next stroke…each color, as each musical note, working synergistically to create a greater whole…, a final outcome that can profoundly move its audience. And as a symphony, the outcome of an artist’s exploration is more than what meets the eyes. Each stroke and each color lay a foundation from which to build upon…, a progression of one feeling to the next. My paintings have colors that play and work together underneath the surface to create an artistic expression of my feelings. There are no shapes, no boundaries…just an outpouring of emotion represented through color attempting to take you to an emotional plateau not yet realized before.” – Mojan Vadie

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Boris Pelcer

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Boris Pelcer (b. 1985, Sarajevo, Bosnia) is an artist & designer based out of Milwaukee, WI, USA. His work is inspired by the sublime & the enigmatic facets of the human psyche, the human condition & the cosmos. He divides his time between personal & commercial projects. The challenge of balancing the two fields helps him continually evolve.

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Nathan Pearce

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Nathan Pearce is a talented photographer from Southern Illinois. Love his work. Check them all out here.

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Noi Volkov

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Noi Volkov was born in 1947 in Agapovka, Russia. He graduated from Odessa Grecov Art College in 1967 with a BA in Fine Art, and from Leningrad Mukchina College in 1973 with an MA in Fine Art and Ceramics. He has been residing in Maryland, USA since 1990.

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Emmanuelle Ly

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Some cool interesting creature/character designs from artist Emmanuelle Ly. Would you like to see more? Link here.

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Crossword Puzzle Mug

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Get your word game on with this ceramic mug topped with a crossword puzzle graphic! Includes a handy pencil for your convenience. Buy here.

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Jen Mann

Jen Mann Graduated OCAD U with a BFA in 2009. She Lives and works in downtown Toronto. Jen talk about her art here.

Erika Huffman

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” In the winter of 2010 I bought a DSLR camera with the intention of taking pictures of my 8 month old son. My slow compact camera just wasn’t fast enough to keep up with my son, or so said the salesman who talked me into spending several hundred dollars more than I had initially intended. I drove home from the store with buyer’s remorse, wondering why I had let myself be suckered into spending so much money. When I looked through my new camera’s viewfinder for the first time, however, I was reminded of my love of photography that I had long ago forgotten. I am a shy and introverted person by nature but have a strong desire to connect with people. Photography allows me a safe place to do that. These photographs are a record of shared moments of intimacy and are, as such, reflections of both myself and my subjects.” – Erika Huffman

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