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FICTIVE RITUALS BY TALA MADANI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Iranian-American artist Tala Madani paints a provocative and humorous discourse on cultural and sexual identity. Picturing the male domain in all its stereotypical glory, Madani’s portraits of Middle Eastern men play out fictive rituals of a deviant, distinctly female imagination: prayer gatherings twisted into homosexual orgies, birthday parties targeted for terrorist attack, and tattoos and body hair plucking construed as the latest in ultra-macho beauty makeovers.

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Painted with quick gestures, where oozing paint often doubles as bodily fluids, food, and stains, Madani’s compositions are derived from sketchbooks where countless studies provide the skeleton for her speedy execution. Madani’s pictures are also transformed into stop-motion animations where the artist photographs a freshly created scene over time—wet paint still glistening—resulting in stories of small calamities that are once hilarious, tender, and ghoulish.

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OVERPAINTED PICTURES BY ROSANNA JONES

by Ariadna Zierold

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UK based Rosanna Jones describes herself as a fashion and portraiture photographer, as well as a mixed media artist. She has all the necessary elements of alluring art; a distinctive and unique perspective, inventive technique and haunting imagery.

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Jones distorts and tampers with her photographs to create unique mixed-media pieces that are both beautiful and disturbing at the same time.

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“I love creating and capturing a beautiful moment, whether that be involving people or places, and then, in a way, destroying the innocence and aesthetic beauty of the image. Scratching away, or bleaching photographs is a way that I can relate to my images on a higher level; each scratch, tear or bleach mark symbolises how both society and the human mind have the power to destroy even the most beautiful of people or moments.” Rosanna Jones

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INTERPRETATION OF SPACE BY KATIE GRINNAN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles based Katie Grinnan uses sculpture, photography, sound, and video to explore the relationship between our visual and kinesthetic experience and our resulting interpretation of space.

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Grinnan’s most recent work reflects the search for structure and form within complex systems such as the brain and the universe that resist resolution and are largely speculative. It is the alchemical, yet paradoxical relationship between actual experience and our interpretations that has become the underlying focus of her work.

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PHOTOREALISTIC PAINTINGS BY JEN MANN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Toronto based Jen Mann is a talented artist who creates eyecatching and fabulously colored portraits of both men and women. Her photorealistic paintings are often paired with surrealistic aspects and explore subjects such as perceived beauty, identity and freedom.

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Mann’s colorful portraiture speaks without words and encompasses a full range of human relationships, narratives, and emotions. They’ve silently spoken about topics ranging from social conceptions to self-reflection.

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CONCEPT ILLUSTRATION BY ZEDIG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Alexandre Diboine is a 21-year-old French concept artist, self-taught in illustration. After taking 3-D classes for a year and a half in Paris, Diboine realized it was something he didn’t enjoy, and returned to 2-D illustration. His current goal is to work at Pixar Animation, Walt Disney Animation, or LAIKA. Diboine’s art is cheerful and vibrant. Like Moebius, 90s anime and Disney got together to make amazing pictures.

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