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Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada is a Cuban American urban artist and a founder of the New York Culture Jamming movement. Since the late 1990s, he has been replacing the faces of cultural icons chosen by advertisers with the faces of anonymous people to question the controls imposed on public space, the role models designated and the type of events that are guarded by the collective memory. Rodríguez-Gerada´s unique direction was mentioned in Naomi Klein´s book No Logo and was a precursor of the use of anonymous portraits now common in street art. His spectacular interventions are created for the sake of bringing awareness to relevant social issues. His large scale time base works avoid negative impact on the environment, challenge the conformity in contemporary art and allow for a reflection that goes beyond the completion of the piece to focus in its concept, process, and the metaphor that comes forth because of the material chosen. (bio from artist website)
To see more, visit JorgeRodriguezGerada.com.
Born in 1945, Jacques Resch is a French born artist living in Africa. Influenced by artists including Bosch, Breughel and Dali, Resch’s works are also inspired by modern technology and world politics. He particularly admires Bosch, because Bosch “uses dreams to adventure into the interior of the human spirit.” However, while Bosch depicted the temptations of man by the devil, Resch depicts modern day problems that plague the world, such as pollution, poverty and war.
Resch enjoys being spontaneous with his work, because he thinks that “errors show the feebleness of human nature.” His work is also influenced by technology such as television and the internet which barrage people with images and cause the viewer to become passive. Resch encourages the viewer to become active and to examine for themselves the problems that afflict the work today. (bio from artist’s website)
To see more, visit JacquesResch.com.
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American artist Bill Carman (featured) has a new exhibition entitled “Optical Allusions” now on at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, California.
Carman’s award-winning work straddles the line between narrative and surreal. A trained artist having earned an MFA in fine arts from Brigham Young University, Carman has since achieved notable success with his imagery as well as garnering an impressive list of clients including Macmillan Publishing, Random House, and LucasArts. His achievements include the children’s book,What’s That Noise? In addition, he also currently teaches art at Boise State University. (bio from Gallery Nucleus)
Gabriel Karagianis grew up in Illinois and began to seriously study art while attending Woodstock High School. He was awarded a scholarship to The American Academy of Art in Chicago and after graduating in 2003 with a degree in multimedia/web design, he shifted his focus back to drawing and non-digital media. He has been painting with oil paint since 2007 and it is his medium of choice.
“My work is composed of recurring dreams, universal religious themes, and contemporary crisis. What interests me is the ancient mind, and how the dreams of the ancient mind reverberate and take shape in the contemporary world. The subjects of my work are set in a posthistoric world and they are depicting timeless conflicts of the heart and soul. Like the ongoing transformation of the ancient mind, so is the ongoing tranformation of my own objectives. “
To see more, visit Gabrielshorn.org.
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Jylian Gustlin is a native Californian and grew up in the San Francisco bay area. She has been shaped by the technology explosion of Silicon Valley and her art reflects her in-depth knowledge of that technology.
“I knew that if I finished, I would never make art” is how Gustlin explains leaving college one semester short of a degree in computer science and mathematics to attend the Academy of Art College, San Francisco. After completing her BFA, Jylian fused her understanding of computers and her passion for art to became a graphics programmer for Apple Computer, Inc. Now, Jylian uniquely combines the effects of modern technology with traditional techniques. While painting in acrylic and oil paints, her artwork often conveys the same complex layered effects possible in computer programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Just as she challenged the creative limitations of the latest computer software, Gustlin experiments with a variety of materials to discover their effects. Working with two-part epoxy resin, oil and acrylic paints, charcoal, wax, gold leaf, pastel and graphite on board, Gustlin draws, paints, scratches on her surfaces.
Figures have always been an important part of Gustlin’s work. Her characters are frequently set in an alien-like landscape, moody and brooding, yet at the same time, depicting a sense of future. For the last several years, Jylian has been working on a series of paintings, related to the Fibonacci mathematical theory which is based on the numbers 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, and so on. Fibonacci mathematical calculations create rectangles and shell spirals based on the incrementally increasing numbers. She is also exploring the relationship of Fibonacci numbers to the petals on flowers and how to use these ideas in paintings as well as the relationship of Fibonacci to musical scales and the 5-tone scale, 8-tone scale, and 13-tone scale. She continues to explore science and mathematics and how it intersects with the arts. (bio from Jylian Gustlin.com)
To see more, visit Jylian Gustlin.com.
The twin brothers HOW and NOSM (aka Raoul and Davide Perre) are graffiti artists and professional muralists residing in New York. Born in the Basque country of San Sebastian, Spain, the Perre brothers grew up in Düsseldorf, Germany practicing the Bronx-born art form of graffiti. Their late teenage years were spent spray painting the world, visiting many of the more than 50 countries in which they both left their remarkable artwork on any kind of surface including subway trains. During a visit to New York in ’97 HOW and NOSM were asked to become members of the legendary TATS CRU, and permanently relocated to New York shortly thereafter in ’99 – a move that marked their transition from painting on trains, and even the Berlin Wall – to creating elaborate murals for a number of known commercial clients such as SONY.
As members of TATS CRU, the Perre twins have lectured at universities including M.I.T. and their work has appeared in numerous films, music videos, documentaries, and most recently, the windows of the historic department store, Lord and Taylor.
HOW and NOSM have been featured within the pages of numerous publications, including the New York Times and the New Yorker, and even stirred the likes of the Rev. Al Sharpton with the controversial undertones of subjects manifested within their art. As adept with a spray can as only few artists could ever hope to be with a brush, and best known for their medium, Perre’s body of work includes everything from skateboards and collectible toys to large scale multimedia sculpture – and for that matter, anything they can get their hands on. (bio from artist’s website)