Polina Zioga

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By Kira Heuer in New Art on Sunday 23 November 2008

Polina Zioga’s piece Under the Surface interrupted my Wednesday afternoon doldrums, consisting of mind-numbing admin duties that creep up on you after weeks of neglect, and swept me off to a land where I became a Mermaid. A Mermaid Princess, if you will. In this beautiful underwater world that I created in my mind, I have all the state of the art materials to show off my new cloister. The pink seaweed marsh that I welcome my honorary fishy friends to swim through when entering the grounds is made of a fine material that comes from the Indian Ocean region, where the coral reefs are considered gold. Eco friendly, of course.

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Liisa Kruusmägi

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By Zolton in New Art on Tuesday 18 November 2008

The work of Estonian artist Liisa Kruusmägi blows my mind. It hits me like the first blast of sunshine after a long and chilly winter.

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Andrew Brandou

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Art on Wednesday 12 November 2008

California-based artist Andrew Brandou draws from the children’s books, as well as the tripped-out, cult obsessed, disillusioned zeitgeist of the 70s when his early consciousness took shape. The storybook-ish quality of his works creates a sort of narrative of the tectonic shifts that have taken place in the psyche of an entire generation — anthropomorphic animals frolic in subtly Japanese-lacquer-inspired landscapes as gas-mask-wearing cops creep, grinning skulls loom, elevated freeways overwhelm the rising sun, and bloody murder scenes remain hidden just beyond the view of the paintings’ innocent subjects.

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Michael Dotson

Ilana Kohn Reader Find

By Ilana Kohn in New Art on Saturday 8 November 2008

The work of Washington DC-artist Michael Dotson goes a ways to satisfying my insatiable colour sweet tooth. His work makes my eyes light up. Colour aside, Dotson’s cleanly simplified, geometric renderings of various spaces are a treat. Often abstract to the extent that it’s difficult to truly interpret the space, it ultimately leaves the imagination with something to chew on.

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Fawad Khan

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Trends on Thursday 6 November 2008

Though his colourful murals, installations, and drawings look playful and whimsical, at the heart of Fawad Khan’s work is a dark and complex political struggle with violence and identity that takes place through, on, and in, public vehicles. The New York-based artist was raised in Pakistan and speaks of being ridiculed when he was a child as he boarded a bus in Karachi for being born in Libya. The vehicles Khan renders and replicates are not only symbols of place and authority (the New York City cab and the US mail truck) and gathering places (public buses), but also have become weapons, as the constant news of car bombs reminds us every day.

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Ilgvars Zalans

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By Zolton in New Art on Thursday 6 November 2008

Working out of Latvia, Riga, artist Ilgvars Zalans creates lush, vibrant pieces that are at once unsettling for their mashed up textures as they are eerily and awkwardly beautiful. Of his art, he says: ‘I focus on images and motifs that are fundamental, archetypal, and universal in human experience, as opposed to those that are socially determined’.

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Tal R

Ilana Kohn Reader Find

By Ilana Kohn in New Art on Wednesday 15 October 2008

I recently stumbled across the beautiful work of Isreali artist Tal R in all it’s raw and colourful splendor. Rough, spontaneous texture, tapestry-like compositions, and artfully placed drips all come together within Tal’s folksy oeuvre. I can’t even really decide which I’m swooning over more — the Grosz-like paintings or his fantastically raw drawings.

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Mike Bertino

David Mikula Reader Find

By David Mikula in New Art on Tuesday 30 September 2008

This is Mike Bertino and his work absolutely wonderful. He’s got this original, almost lo-fi Tim Biskup thing going on and it makes me really want to grab a beer with him.

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Claire Kurzmann

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By Zolton in New Art on Tuesday 2 September 2008

Australian artist Claire Kurzmann creates bright, luminous work that reminds me of misspent childhood days down by the local candy store. Of her artwork, she says: ‘I’d try and draw realistic beings but they’d never work, they always looked odd. They turned out the same way each time. Then I realised that they looked actually […]

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The pre-revolution artwork of Xiaoqing Ding

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By Gerry Mak in New Art on Tuesday 19 August 2008

New York-based artist Xiaoqing Ding’s work draws from traditional Sung Dynasty scroll paintings as well as from more recent forms, her figures looking as much like the cherubic babies in festive Chinese New Year art (known as Nian Hua) as they do the sultry flappers in cigarette ads in 1930s Shanghai. Her images have an ethereal and slyly erotic quality, referencing Chinese mythology, pre-revolution film, and subtly personal narratives.

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Robert Mars’ portrait of old Las Vegas

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By Zolton in New Art on Tuesday 20 May 2008

This insightful and striking series of artwork by Robert Mars looks at an ‘old Las Vegas that is being replaced by corporate themed mega-casinos’.

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Tabitha Bianca Brown

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By Zolton in New Art on Thursday 8 May 2008

The richly coloured portrait work of atist and designer Tabitha Bianca Brown is infused with tinges of ‘retro, pop, funk’. As she says, ‘that’s my art in a nutshell’. And so it is.

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Carla Tennenbaum

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Eco on Saturday 26 April 2008

Brazilian artist Carla Tennenbaum has come up with some pretty awesome decorative pieces made completely out of discarded EVA foam, the non-biodegradable stuff usually used to pad sports equipment.

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Aaron Jasinski

Jenn Porreca Reader Find

By Jenn Porreca in New Events on Tuesday 15 April 2008

Aaron Jasinski’s artwork is an exciting blend of futuristic space women, witty humanism, and colorful displays of illustration.

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Exotic animal paradise

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By Zolton in New Illustration on Friday 20 October 2006

So I have this recurring dream. Well, not really a dream as such. More a footnote on the thesis on life; a ‘mental meandering’ where my mind flows to a secret place which only I and Paul McCartney can access.

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