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EIGHTIES VIBES BY YOKO HONDA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Yoko Honda‘s use of vibrant neon colors and the swirly, zig-zagged and geometrical designs that defined the decade completely bring you into the 80s. Through a combination of digital painting and print, she constructs scenes of resplendent kitsch, made up of palm trees, motels, neon signs and swimming pools, all inter-dispersed with structured lines, tiles or interior architecture.

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LIVERIED SPACECRAFTS BY PETER ELSON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Peter Elson was an English science fiction illustrator whose work appeared on the covers of numerous science fiction paperback novels, as well as in the Terran Trade Authority series of illustrated books.

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Elson, whose illustrations often placed detailed, brightly liveried spacecraft against vividly colored backgrounds, influenced an entire generation of science fiction illustrators and concept artists.

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GRUNGE PSYCHEDELIA BY JOEY SALAMON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Detroit based Joey Salamon is an American artist / designer who is recognized for his vibrant, neon highly detailed illustration. Joey’s handcrafted images regurgitate blended influences from grunge, psychedelia, politics and history communicating his eccentric vision of the world.

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Known for his detail-oriented, eye-popping and colorful psychedelic work, Salamon credits many themes as inspirations for his creations such as; botanical illustration, ancient cultures/civilizations, cityscapes, outer space, the use of repetition, the 60s counterculture/90s grunge movement, contemporary fashion and street art.

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ART BRUT BY AUGUSTIN LESAGE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Augustin Lesage was a French coal miner who became painter and artist through the help of what he considered to be spirit voices. He was untrained and is considered an Outsider artist, part of Art Brut. His work is also categorized as part of the spiritualist movement in art.

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Lesage claimed, that he would never have any idea about what he wanted to portray. “I never have an overview of the entire work at any point of the execution. My guides tell me, I surrender to their impulse“.

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KINETIC SCULPTURES BY JOHN EDMARK

by Ariadna Zierold

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Much of John Edmark‘s work celebrates the patterns underlying space and growth. Through kinetic sculptures and transformable objects, he strives to give viewers access to the surprising structures hidden within apparently amorphous space.

While art is often a vehicle for fantasy, his work is an invitation to plunge deeper into our own world and discover just how astonishing it can be. In experiencing a surprising behavior, one’s sense of wonder and delight is increased by the recognition that it is occurring within the context of actual physical constraints. The works can be thought of as instruments that amplify our awareness of the sometimes tenuous relationship between facts and perception.

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