Aaron Nagel

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Aaron Nagel was born in 1980 in San Francisco, CA. He is a figurative oil painter who resides in Oakland, CA. Having received no formal training, he is entirely self-taught; a fact at odds with his classical approach to surrealism. In his current work, he explores specific themes of guilt and power, always associated with his views on the perils of organized religion and theism.

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Shredded Money

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One million dollars of shredded currency was used as the medium for a series of 10 sculptures by Sebastian Errazuriz and Thomas McDonell. Each of the 10 sculptures was offered for sale after the New York exhibition, at the price of 100,000 dollars per sculpture. Errazuriz and McDonell purchased the shredded bills from the United States Bureau of Printing and Engraving, and created the work after forming a partnership and entering into a contract that guaranteed appropriate distribution of all income derived from the Million Dollar Project. The sales from the sculptures were intended to allow the artists to recover the hundreds of thousands of dollars invested in their art education and to palliate future unemployment. The United States Treasury Department, by way of the Bureau of Printing and Engraving, stipulates that currency residue cannot be sold as “commercial art.” Errazuriz and McDonell insist, however, on their right of expression with artistic purpose and further on their right to make a living from their art. Link.

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Stephen Appleby-Barr

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‘In the last four years, Appleby-Barr has quickly become internationally renowned for his Old Master-style paintings with a contemporary twist. Curious and well-read, Appleby-Barr plays with classical literature and portraiture by infusing them into his own, partly fictional and partly autobiographical, narrative paintings. The delightfully dark world he creates has its own set of rules and conventions, where cat or doll-headed figures are not out of the ordinary. His remarkable facility to render materials such as fabric, fur and armor in extraordinarily realistic detail draws a comparison with painters including Rembrandt and Lucien Freud.’ (via Nicholas Metivier Gallery)

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Beverly Semmes

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Beverly Semmes is an internationally recognized artist who has been showing her work since 1990. Her first exhibitions were two concurrent project rooms at PS1 and Artist’s Space in New York City. Other early exhibitions included a large installation at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, N.C. and a room-scaled work made for the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. By the mid-1990s, she was exhibiting work across the United States and in Europe. European projects at this time included solo shows at such major venues as the Camden Arts Centre in London; the Pecci Museum in Prato, Italy; and the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin. She was also included in several important group shows early in her career, such as Plastic Fantastic Lover at the Blum Helman Warehouse in New York City, Bad Girls at New York City’s New Museum, and Bad Girls West at the UCLA Art Museum in Los Angeles.

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Louise Hindsgavl

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Louise Hindsgavl mainly works in porcelain. Her works have a distinctly narrative expression, both when she works with one-off pieces and with more utilitarian items. She wants us to experience the multiplicity of ceramics through her work, while at the same time stimulating our imaginations. Louise Hindsgavl feels that we often let the pre- determined images of others dictate our taste. She wants to change that tradition and to this end her works often have surrealist undertones, where she produces a form of alternative reality for the viewer to enter. (via Volta 10)

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João Ruas

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João Ruas (b. 1981) is a visual artist from São Paulo. A Bachelor in Graphic Design, he has worked inside studios in the United Kingdom and Brazil before dedicating himself exclusively to personal artwork and illustration.

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Christina Papagianni

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” I was born in Athens, where I live and work up to now. The time I spend on my art is precious and beloved and my work at it has become a big part of me. I always try through my art to ascribe emotions up to a unique approach, mine. I use mostly pencils, but I have also used oils, acrylics, pastels and watercolors.” – Christina Papagianni

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Ron Gilad

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Contrary to his design philosophy, it would seem that Ron Gilad’s form does follow his function. Gilad has committed his body and mind to materializing of ideas, creating design pieces of astringent thoughtfulness, wit and elegance. Currently a New Yorker, Gilad is a well-established and esteemed Israeli-by-origin designer who quickly drew the attention of curators, galleries, designers and press even while still a student at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. A graduate of the Industrial Design Department, Gilad’s fascination with “deconstructing” the function of an object has resulted in a broad body of work, ranging from furniture to jewelry to whole interiors.

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Britain After Dark

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” I’m a 20 year old Photography student at Manchester Metropolitan in England. Having grown up in Newcastle one of England’s party cities and being in the North East, heavy drinking is a weekly occurrence. Whilst working taking photographs inside nightclubs you are employed to make people look as beautiful as possible. Glossing over the obvious excess which leads people to loose control of their bodies and often their morals. Then going to Manchester for University, another party city and working more it seemed to become more obvious that this non-glamorous, often quite grotesque side of going out is usher to one side, often due to the intoxicated state leaving memories of the night hazy or gone. Therefore I decided to go out and try and capture these moments which de-glamerise excess drinking. ” – Stewart Honeyman

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Clemens Hollerer

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Clemens Hollerer, born 1975 in Bruck an der Mur, Austria, works in a variety of media, including site-specific installations, sculpture, and photography. His works deal with construction and de-construction, with architecture in transition, and with transformative processes of space. (via ACFNY)

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