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Lauren Fensterstock

 photo LFKohlerInstall_web_zps13488e55.jpg  photo instalacion1_zpsa2b6521f.png Lauren Fensterstock is an artist, writer, and curator based in Portland, Maine. Lauren’s work is held in private and public collections internationally. Her artwork has been featured in recent exhibitions at The John Michael Kohler Art Center (WI), The Austin Museum of Art (TX), The Bowdoin College Museum of Art (ME), the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design (CA), The Ogunquit Museum of American Art (ME), the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (OR), the Portland Museum of Art (ME), The DUMBO Art Center (NY), and the Oliver Sears Gallery (Ireland).  photo Untitled-1_zps7c3aabc1.jpg  photo 5047d4b1769dfd28a44c4edc9199da66_zps090c0978.jpg

Meg Brown Payson

 photo 12_04-19_899_1000_zps0e6486af.jpg  photo 3_05-2_zpsc8d0d424.jpg " I am fascinated by the human need to construct meaningful order in a world filled with too much information. My work focuses attention on embodied perception and on that ordering intelligence which precedes and exceeds the limits of language. At the core of this interest is a love for one deeply familiar landscape, refreshed and illuminated by adventures in radically unfamiliar ones; and by a profound concern for the frequent dislocation of human culture from its place on a wild earth. My images are new worlds, unmoored in space and impossible to narrate. They are made of chance accumulations and abrasions of paint, each layer contributing new information and each layer leaving its trace. I seek to establish order in these new worlds by grouping and sorting all the bits; adding, intensifying or sublimating color and form until everything fits." - Meg Brown Payson  photo 12_04-17_848_1000_zps5768b669.jpg  photo 1_05-1_zpsb4c87c39.jpg

iCup

 photo f7bb33f6d58c4ba67d01a84ea00c1867_zpsfaf6215b.jpg  photo 3798e8215c9783b5e08ecceca14fdb20_zps172dfa1f.jpg Office coffee cup concept design by Tomislav Zvonarić of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Link here.  photo d86ea50f26829cdea666e51b1b4815bf_zps80023d00.jpg

Christy Langer

 photo vernal-emergance-e1327299443857_zps605e666a.jpg  photo love-bite_zpsd7a8048e.jpg  photo sevens_detail_zpsdf306c1d.jpg " My work as sculpture is inspired by my interest in the embellishment that can occur during the marriage of gradual ingestion and manipulation of reference. Each work, although deviated, are reconstructions of previously existing models; I utilize these animal forms to illustrate the disparity between reality and remembered experience. As the works evolve into an aesthetic state closer to realism while simultaneously referential origins based in truth degenerate, the boundaries between reality and falsity become blurred and permeable." - Christy Langer  photo double_bunny_zpsfe25d758.jpg  photo lean-b_zps83e3dfbe.jpg  photo Christy-Langer-studio-4_zps006f0c1b.jpg

Jolene Lai

 photo tumblr_n4206clF8l1qzamioo1_1280_zps3a20250c.jpg  photo tumblr_n4206clF8l1qzamioo2_1280_zps4190876e.jpg Jolene Lai is a Los Angeles-based artist and illustrator born and raised in Singapore. After studying painting at Lasalle-SIA College of the Arts in Singapore, Jolene studied graphic design at UCLA and spent a year working at movie-poster design house, The Refinery Creative, before returning to focus on fine art. She works primarily with oil on canvas or mixed media on water color paper. With bold use of color, shape and intricate detail, she creates images with a seductive aesthetic and subject matter that weaves in emotions of whimsy, melancholy, irony and absurdity.  photo tumblr_n4206clF8l1qzamioo3_1280_zps8c971e3a.jpg  photo NightMarket_zpsc9c1c170.jpg

Marks by Aaron Nagel

 photo keeper-sm_m_zps21370fb6.jpg  photo marks-small_m_zpsaf010049.jpg  photo The-Call_m_zpsa56fce4e.jpg Marks is Aaron Nagel’s largest and most cohesive body of work to date. The eleven oil paintings in this series use imagery of youthful women in the nude, often impaled by archery arrows. These figures embody Catholic martyrs such as St. Sebastian, offering atheists and skeptics an alternative to traditional religious symbolism. As Aaron is inspired by the contrast between power and the fragility of the human body, Marks is infused with imagery that is at once calm and violent.  photo biancadoeeyes_m_zpsd00b1546.jpg  photo 6a00d834cad15053ef015432d4dd42970c_zps894f4cfa.jpg

Dan LuVisi

 photo gto___homer___by_danluvisiart-d66wqvp_zps9c93ce1e.jpg  photo gto___lenny_and_carl___by_danluvisiart-d66sbo7_zpse17a91b7.jpg The portfolio of LA-based artist Dan LuVisi is definitely worth a look.  photo grand_theft_otto___part_1_by_danluvisiart-d665ndh_zpsb863a65e.jpg

Tim Whiten

 photo Whiten_2013_12_PercevalIDetail_zps0204b9cc.jpg  photo Whiten_2013_11_PercevalI_zps40873b76.jpg Tim Whiten is a highly prolific senior–career Canadian artist whose pursuits have long been rooted in the Transcendental. In over forty years of exhibiting, he has sought to navigate the territory of the human condition and it’s transformative potential with a body of work encompassing a myriad of forms both two- and three-dimensional, including site specific works, real-time systems, ritual performances, and mixed media installations.  photo whiten_2011_16_RebisI_zpsf3d40b08.jpg  photo whiten_2011_17_RebisI_zps7fe1dd24.jpg

Derrick Piens

 photo 30720-7406391-IMG_6055_zpse74b96c5.jpg  photo 30720-7406101-IMG_5980_zps853c5203.jpg  photo 30720-7406222-IMG_5999_zps7b40ba0d.jpg " My current studio practice considers the continuous process of transformation that materials and objects undergo throughout time. I create abstract, unidentifiable objects that evoke or depict a sense of the transient through the creative and constructive process and the overall sculptural form. I am interested in the evocative and emotive qualities of colour and its potential to direct and inform the viewer’s understanding of the work. I often consider the materiality of colour: the superficial qualities of applied surfaces verses colour that is intrinsic to the material itself and solid throughout. Sculpture defines a direct physical relationship between the viewer and the objects that they encounter and a conscious use of scale reaffirms that relationship. I make work that is relatable to the human body in scale to reinforce the physicality of material within my work." - Derrick Piens  photo 30720-7406331-IMG_6052_zpse78a42a6.jpg  photo 30720-4770461-Reef_2013_zps6d7e925c.jpg  photo 30720-3054116-IMG_4939_zps88317735.jpg

Kour Pour

 photo tumblr_mzgx80ZTBu1qgx105o1_500_zps546f1ad3.jpg  photo tumblr_miub5wlQmE1qgx105o1_500_zpsbbf8c565.jpg  photo tumblr_mzgwlsycP61qgx105o1_500_zpsdb282a02.jpg Kour Pour (born 1987) is a young British artist of part Iranian descent based in Los Angeles. He specialises in painting carpets. An exhibition of his paintings at the Untitled Gallery, New York, generated intense interest. All seven canvases, depicting Persian rugs and priced at $15,000 each, were snapped up by buyers.  photo tumblr_mzgvtfTnzs1qgx105o1_500_zps037a98ab.jpg  photo tumblr_mzgx3d6MKe1qgx105o1_500_zps7a024126.jpg