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Joanne Mattera

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” Two concerns have engaged me throughout my career: color and geometric order. The grid is the underpinning of these concerns. Within its rigor I organize repeated elements—usually a stripe or square—painting them with a succulent brush that is at odds with the reductivism of the composition. I have long referred to my work as lush minimalism, a term that’s as tongue in cheek as it is true. The saturated color I use, influenced by Siennese paintings and Indian miniatures, is nevertheless of its own time. A 21st-century palette embodies different intensities, transparencies and chromatic relationships. The encaustic paint I use for much of my work brings a differently refractive quality to the color than other mediums, as well as optical depth and substantive texture. ” – Joanne Mattera

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Batucada

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Batucada is a collection of objects hammered and anodised that create a special sort of liquid feel to metal. All pieces are laser signed Jahara Studio/ 2010. This work talks about process and music, as rythym is the main inspiration for the pieces, by hammering and leaving marks to each object, an unique result shows up in each piece.

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Sterling Ruby

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Sterling Ruby’s three dimensional structures engage with traditional considerations of sculpture being inherently relative to the human body: things which occupy real space (rather than painting’s illusionary space) are experienced physically. Measured against minimalism’s hallowed purity of the object, where form is asserted on a conceptual level, Ruby’s Kiss Trap Kismet is a radical convergence of the sublime and abject. Presented as a towering arch, Kiss Trap Kismet poses object as organism – primal, totemic, exuding a raw, animal power in its visceral aesthetic. Mounted on a graffitied plinth, Ruby’s sculpture teeters between instinctive revulsion and stounding beauty, drawing reference to contemporary ritual, aggression, and urban experience.

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Michael MacGarry

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Michael MacGarry is a visual artist based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He holds a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from the University of the Witwatersrand. His work investigates the ongoing ramifications of Western imperialism within the African continent. Of particular concern are the mechanics of control and vested interest that inform the journey of culturally symbolic languages and products from the so-called ‘centre’ to the ‘periphery’ (and vice-versa) via established global trade routes that define and manipulate the peripheral context through an insidious process of inclusion and exclusion. Select components of his production are authored under the avatar of All Theory. No Practice. (via Brodie/Stevenson)

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Andy Ward

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Andy Ward is a UK based freelance illustrator. He studied painting at the Norwich School of Art before moving to London, spending eight years freelancing for editorial and advertising clients. His focus has since broadened to include toy design, jewelery and fashion, after spending six years living and working in Italy.

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Straight Line Design Inc.

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Straight Line Design Inc. is a custom furniture design and manufacturing company owned and operated by designer Judson Beaumont since 1986. Based in Vancouver, Canada.

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Jordu Schell

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‘ Renowned designer and sculptor Jordu Schell worked in the film and television industry for over 23 years, his long list of credits include: Avatar, The Mist, Narnia, Alien Vs. Predator: Requiem, 300, Dawn of the Dead, Hulk, Scary Movie 3, Alien Resurrection, Planet of the Apes. Jordu Schell is also the owner and head designer of Schell Sculpture Studio. The studio specializes in creature and character design, props, prototypes for toys and model kits, general special effects work, and creature design classes and has been providing concept art in the film and television industry for over ten years. ‘ (via Nucleus Gallery)

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Richard J. Evans

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Love this laser-cut wooden letters project by Richard J. Evans, a UK-based creative re-toucher and freelance graphic designer.

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Jorge Miguel

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Jorge Miguel is an amateur photographer from Spain that utilizes digital manipulation to create striking images. Showcased here some pretty great photographs from the series De cabeza. More on his Flickr.

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Marlene Dumas

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Marlene Dumas (B. 1953, Capetown, South Africa) The relation between art and female beauty, art and pornography, female models and models of art have been a constant theme for Marlene Dumas. Her work recalls the painterly gestures of Expressionism, whilst combining the critical distance of Conceptual art with the pleasures of eroticism. Some of her images are derived from polaroids of friends and lovers, others from glossy magazines and porno pictures. Through her delicately painted oil-on-canvas or ink-and-watercolour works on the female form as well as portraits of children and imagery from contemporary events, she comments on the state of painting today. (via Frith Street Gallery)

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