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EXPRESSIVE CHARACTERS BY DAVID CHUNG

by Ariadna Zierold

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David “The Chung!!” Chung’s relatable body of work revolves around the recognition and acceptance of ourselves and our complex human emotions. Occasionally placed in unfortunate and/or awkward scenarios, The Chung!!’s colorful and expressive menagerie of characters are a study of his own personal day to day life. Packed with humor and heart, his work helps remind us to stop taking life so seriously and take a moment to step back and laugh at what is essentially ourselves.
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Although born in Albany, New York, David spent the majority of his early childhood in Hong Kong and Taiwan. The remainder of his youth was spent in Upstate New York where he graduated from high school. After attending the University at Buffalo for 2 years, he eventually transferred and graduated from the College for Creative Studies (Detroit, MI) as an illustration major in 2006. David’s work has been featured in galleries around the world and he currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, baby and dog. During the day, when he isn’t painting or working on designer toys, David works in the animation industry and is currently an Art Director at Dreamworks TV. He has worked on shows such as “Futurama”, “Robot and Monster”, “Clarence”, “Regular Show” and “Sanjay and Craig.”

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SCI FI LANDSCAPES BY BEEPLE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Mike Winkelmann aka Beeple (previously featured here) is a graphic designer from Appleton, Wisconsin, USA who has makes short film, VJ clips, and everydays. He has released a picture every day for the last 10+ years. He has also released a series of Creative Commons live visuals that have been used by electronic acts such as deadmau5, Taio Cruz, Tiësto, Amon Tobin, Wolfgang Gartner, Flying Lotus and many others. He currently releases work on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder imprint.

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‘STUDIO VISIT’ BY NICOLAS SASSOON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Vancouver, Canada based Nicolas Sassoon has been working on massive GIFs that span the width of a browser and actually require scrolling. His latest work, Studio Visit, depicts a studio space complete with wall panels, a brick fireplace, and multiple LCD screens. Today Sassoon is one of the most interesting artists working in the field of GIF-making and new media. He shows all over the world and has been included in exhibitions at the New Museum, the Museum of the Moving Image, and the New Orleans biennial Prospect.

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The body of work Sassoon has been producing there is called Pandora, which is the name of the street where the artist has lived, off and on, for the past four years. The series’ title also refers to small actions that have unforeseen and far-reaching consequences, and perhaps even to the darkness of the Internet. Sassoon’s pared-down aesthetic reflects that somber mood.

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EXHUBERANT VISUALS BY SAIMAN CHOW

by Ariadna Zierold

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Brooklyn based Saiman Chow (previously featured here) is a multi- disciplinary creative, working under the titles of artist, animator, director, designer and illustrator. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Chow immigrated to Los Angeles in 1991, graduating with a BFA from Art Center College in 2001. Constantly re-inventing his approach, Chow’s work spans media and takes a variety of forms, from intricate stop-motion animations to digital illustrations and fine art.

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