Jan Kaláb

 photo London-red-circle_zpspxzbs65b.jpg  photo London-DET-WEB_zpsqcpwuh8k.jpg When Jan Kaláb was born in 1978 in Czechoslovakia, graffiti was not to be seen in the Eastern World. In the nineties, as the country was opening itself to western influences, he became one of the pioneer of the local scene, and founded an iconic crew, the DSK. Sleepless nights around train yards, light tubes at police stations and above all hard work on his style: he went through all the classical steps of a writer’s career. Through Europe, he made a name for himself as Cakes. Next step to the Hall of fame: New York, where he made a big impression by painting whole cars in 2000, alongside with Key and Rome. Around the same time, he found a new way to push his own limits and challenge himself: 3-D Graffiti. Under the name of Point, he sculpted huge abstracts letters he chose to put in the streets and on the walls. The highest the better. This was another form of graffiti, in daylight, and without a spray, but truthful to the spirit of competition and innovation of the urban scene. Those sculptures lead him to abstraction, a path he’s been exploring through canvas from 2007, using acrylic painting and brushes. In the meantime, this admirer of Kupka graduated from the Academy of fine Arts of Prague – becoming the first Czech writer to do so. Jan Kaláb had his first solo exhibition in 2008 in Prague. Others solos took place in Romania, Argentina, Germania or in the United States. With time, his forms became more and more geometric. He used colourful squares and circles as an obsessive vocabulary for infinite variations around depth, time, and motion. Playing with circles conveyed organic imperfection and swing into his work. Dynamic is also crucial in his recent experiments, when he took pictures of some of his paintings in the streets of New York or other cities. The project became a social one when he realised he needed help from strangers to carry the canvas. This is no surprise, since collective energy is crucial in his creative process. The artist is very invested in collective events. He’s the co-creator of a highly dynamic cultural space in Prague, called Trafačka. More than 160 exhibitions took place there from the opening in 2006 till the closure in 2015. On his own or collectively, the motto is the same: always getting higher, always inventing new forms – a tribute to the soul of graffiti.  photo London-WEB-750x750_zpswnjxa3zv.jpg  photo London5_zpstnn0f05i.jpg

Haiyang Wang

 photo 3_zpszkuyahpl.jpg  photo 4_zps4ymoh50d.jpg  photo 1_zpsqfpblozu.jpg Haiyang Wang was born in 1984 in Shandong Province. In 2008, he graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, where he specialized in painting and engraving. His talent as a painter was discovered early and earned him several awards. More recently, Wang Haiyang has been internationally noted for his animation work: the films Freud, Fish and Butterfly and Double Fikret were awarded at the 55th DOK Leipzig Film Festival (Germany), at the 11th Summit of the Montreal Animation Film ( Canada), the 25th Holland Animation Festival and were selected from more than twenty other international festivals. In 2012, Wang Haiyang was awarded the "Young Talent" of the Today Art Museum in Beijing. Currently, he lives and works in Beijing.  photo 7_zpsbumkxzkh.jpg  photo 2_zpsnhm3hzgh.jpg

Natural Disasters by Erin O’Keefe

 photo ND_Walk-the-line_548_zpsgwzaywkg.jpg  photo ND_Much-Ado_533_zpslrgzum84.jpg " This series of photographs are still life images made in my studio. I am keenly interested in making straightforward studio photography that appears to have been manipulated - using analog means to reference digital effects, and playing with the awareness that our trust in photographic images has been so thoroughly undermined. The title of the series “Natural Disasters” refers to both the external brand of disaster that seems to arrive daily in the news or at our doorstep, and the internal variety – the failure of our eyes to find legibility and coherence in the images we make of the world." - Erin O'Keefe  photo ND_Mirror-Mirror_548_zpsuukvv4pn.jpg

Brandice Guerra

 photo guerra-diprosopus_7.75x7.75_zpshwyzgls2.jpg  photo guerra-the_prince of vilas_county_8.75x11.75_zpsjm12fy4v.jpg  photo guerra-chicagoist_review_5-27-15_zpsg3ownrzk.jpg " Oddities, disease, and death have long fascinated artists. My attraction to morbid imagery is the product of a profound love of nature coupled with a fear and subsequent fascination with disease. My attraction to natural, life-sustaining, beautiful things is at uncomfortable odds with my attraction to natural things that can also cause suffering and death. It is borne of an overarching interest in subjects that exist in between or just outside of established categories. My paintings of these images are records of my attempt to try to understand and classify things for which there might not be a tidy classification. My work often contains images of animals. I am interested in historical interactions between science and art and the use of animals as symbols in art and visual culture. Studying animal symbolism can allow us to better understand our own nature and the nature of our relationship with the creatures with which we share our world. Drawing and painting and the study of natural history have been married since before the Enlightenment. Illustrations of animals provided access to knowledge and wonder that could best be communicated visually. Wonderment is a kind of intellectual passion. I think it can lead to better appreciation and stewardship of animals and by extension the entire natural world." - Brandice Guerra  photo guerra-california_condor_head _study_ 4x4_zpswqjykbce.jpg  photo guerra-el_almiqui_con_sus_hijos_guantanamo_9.75x7.75_zpse8af9jhd.jpg

Alice Aycock

 photo 9sculptureba_zpsuriaipja.jpg  photo 9sculpturebc_zpscn5w1g3s.jpg Alice Aycock was born in Harrisburg, PA. She received a B.A. from Douglass College and an M.A. from Hunter College. She was represented by the John Weber Gallery in New York City from 1976 through 2001 and has exhibited in major represented by Galerie Thomas Schulte in Berlin and Fredric Snitzer Gallery in Miami. Her works can be found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, NY, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Museum, the Louis Vuitton Foundation, LA County Museum, and the National Gallery. She exhibited at the Venice Biennale, Documenta VI and VIII in Kassel, Germany and the Whitney Biennial. She has had two major retrospectives.  photo 9sculpturebb_zpscfulwo2k.jpg  photo alice-aycock-park-avenue-paper-chase-waltzing-maltida_zpstztqk7tg.jpg

Steve Cutts

 photo rat-trap-web_zps9hbb54wu.jpg  photo 934330_orig_zpsjxpjzdtx.jpg  photo 818758_orig_zpsdfukd0us.jpg " I'm an illustrator and animator working in London. I previously spent several years as an illustrator at London creative agency Glueisobar working on digital projects for a wide range of clients including Coca-cola, Google, Reebok, Magners, Kellogg's, Virgin, 3, Nokia, Sony, Bacardi and Toyota. In 2012 I left Glueisobar to venture into the world of freelance and since then I've been working with production houses and agencies such as Analog Folk, Lean Mean Fighting Machine, Stink Digital, The Gaia Foundation, Athlon and Bite Global to name a few. My work has also been featured on various television channels throughout the world, including the Adult Swim network and Channel 4. I mainly work with After Effects, Photoshop, Flash and Cinema 4D." - Steve Cutts  photo 4895042_orig_zpsjodesq1b.jpg  photo 1379104_orig_zpsopzfgeen.jpg


 photo 1010_abyss60_2_1024x1024_zpsyczl6xbb.jpg  photo 12_DSC9174_grande_zpskzlijqky.jpg  photo 05_DSC9161_grande_zpsdgirys3z.jpg 1010, pronounced “ten-ten” lives and works in Hamburg, Germany. Though he’s a veteran graffiti and street artist, 1010 recently came to recognition on the international stage for his series of op-art murals, illusionary works which suggest colorful portals inhabiting the urban landscape. These massive works have appeared throughout Europe, India and South America. For his gallery shows, 1010 scales down his oversized murals into smaller, and more tangible works comprised primarily of acrylic paint on hand-cut paper. 1010 is represented by Hashimoto Contemporary.  photo 02_DSC9154_grande_zpsqe5vi9wr.jpg  photo 20_DSC9191_b712d6b8-7a68-4644-8211-3f37b87e5f4c_1024x1024_zps77xkepik.jpg

Par Avion

 photo par_avion_portrait_zpsxlcodzl4.jpg  photo par_avion_long_zpsvwjkm4i7.jpg  photo par_avion_detail1_zps4pey3itp.jpg  photo par_avion_money_zpsxpfrpm5a.jpg For Par Avion, Sydney-based artist duo Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro have acquired a small Cessna airplane, from a scrap airplane merchant in their native Australia. The artists then deconstructed the entire body by cutting it into small pieces and applying postage directly to the surface of each. These 69 parcels were then sent onward to Frey Norris by air freight over a period of a week and arrived by a much amused and occasionally confused postal carrier.  photo Sean_Claire_web_install_2_zpsbkttq8c9.jpg  photo Sean-Claire_origami-airplane_lg_zpsxp3lcpdl.jpg

Maggie West

 photo jourdan-miller-by-maggie-west-2_410_zpshjdxqzz8.jpg  photo jourdan-miller-by-maggie-west-7_410_zpsve37bgpk.jpg  photo jourdan-miller-by-maggie-west-9_410_zpsoktzbgzl.jpg  photo jourdan-miller-by-maggie-west-3_410_zpsdqljw8zb.jpg Say hello to Los Angeles-based beauty photographer Maggie West . Loveliness.  photo jourdan-miller-by-maggie-west-1_410_zpsyhni8uto.jpg  photo jourdan-miller-by-maggie-west-4_410_zpsd8r87ylg.jpg  photo jourdan-miller-by-maggie-west-5_410_zps848xc8dg.jpg

Sarah Louise Davey

 photo image 1_zpsjnuwfngo.jpg  photo image 4_zpsgaiirazf.jpg  photo image_zps99fplb5z.jpg " Through the vessel of the figure and materiality of clay, I create sculptural objects and installations to evoke intuitive, visceral responses informed by our subjective notions of physical image and societal norms. I question my own experiences of these through the various personalities that emerge with each hybrid portrait, as they are often a mix of whimsical beauty and exaggerated macabre. Posture and pose illustrate the psychological scope of the feral female while their wide-eyed gazes portray an emotional duality that is constantly evolving within each beastly image. At the heart of these works is the eternal push and pull of the spirit. The two-headed beast, the twin within, living just beneath the skin, sharing the shell and breathing life in through the cracks. They are psychic creatures blistered by hope and beaten with twinges of nostalgia." - Sarah Louise Davey  photo image 5_zps0geerbib.jpg  photo image 2_zps7u4fvqbm.jpg  photo image 3_zpshltkvjgn.jpg