” The idea of the single soul is the basis of Western religion and society. It is the source of our individuality and our desire. And the portrait defines this self, by exposing the soul through a clarity of vision. We feel we can sense the texture of this soul through the details and subtleties of the subject’s expression and manner.” – Maciek Jasik
Zlatan Vehabovic, b. 1982 Banja Luka, lives and works in Zagreb, Croatia. Vehabović earned his Ph.D. in painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. Vehabović is among the most highly regarded young artist in Croatia having won First Prize for Zagreb Salon 2010, The International Association of Art Critics (AICA) Award 2010, as well as an Essl Award in 2007, (Emerging Artists in Southeast Europe) 2010, and with solo exhibits in 2011 and 2013 at Lauba Museum in Zagreb, Kranjcar Gallery, Zagreb (2011). (via Marc Straus)
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Experimental Bookshelves by Ulterior Projects (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) – Using code to generate furniture.
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).
” 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
Office coffee cup concept design by Tomislav Zvonarić of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Link here.
” 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
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.