Brenna Murphy’s bridge to an alternate reality

Portland-based artist Brenna Murphy uses “contemporary folk art tools” (3D graphics, video game development software, virtual reality, 3D printing, etc.) to close the gap between our imagination and reality. The artist combines mystical, ancient themes with futuristic, psychedelic ones to create a unique world of their hybrid. Murphy’s beautiful geometric work is portrayed in an installation…

Caitlin Keogh’s twisting graphic paintings

Keogh’s acrylic paintings, done in a pastel color scale in a style reminiscent of both sign painting and decorative wallpaper, communicate several desires simultaneously while retaining a darkly romantic feeling. Caitlin Keogh has been marked by several respectable art publications in the last few months (Art in America, Artforum, and Cultured Magazine) as being a…

Alternative abstract photography by Tatiana Gulenkina

Russian-born photographer Tatiana Gulenkina pushes contemporary abstraction in the photographic medium with every one of her projects. The one primarily featured here consists of long-exposure shots of large bodies of colored ice, melting over a six hour period. As Gulenkina works with both traditional darkroom methods of photo capturing as well as more modern methods,…

Alicia Reyes McNamara’s vivid dialogue through installation

Brought up in the Mexican-American community in Chicago, Alicia Reyes McNamara brings out vibrant Latin culture and color in some aspects of her work while whitewashing it out in other areas. Her recent installations hold a different quality apart from her older sculpture and painting as she creates a stronger sense of setting and dialogue…

Monumental abstraction from Frauke Dannert

Frauke Dannert is an exceptional collage artists that maximizes the outcomes of her craft by repeating her images, diminishing their individual gravity, and creating something beautiful, foreign, and obelisk out of their parts. Finding her collage fodder through photocopies, the internet, and newspaper clippings, Dannert oftentimes finds a certain strong and architectural element to focus…

Gushing hyperrealistic still lifes by Eric Wert

Playing with themes of reflectivity and bursting moisture, Eric Wert manipulates the genre of still life painting into fantastical proportions of extreme saturation of color as well as composition. The artists takes this classical (and oftentimes viewed as “stuffy”) art form from its era of origin and wrings it out to its contemporary potential with…

Joanna Szproch’s impassioned photography

Polish-born, German-based photographer and mother Joanna Szproch has refined and transformed her contemporary style as she expresses the beauty found in the spaces between vulgarity and innocence, the blunt and nonchalant. Szproch applies a flurry of polishing, light colors to set the mood for the beautiful variety of texture found within her work. The artist’s…

Diana Copperwhite’s exploration of abstracted memory

Irish artist Diana Copperwhite explores the concept of memory and abstraction through her brilliantly colored paintings. Her palette knife strokes push and pull a viewers eye in and orderly yet dizzying composition of directions, making centerpoints of silhouetted figure shapes that remind us of the nature of these pieces as an exploration of something inside…

Texture and color smash together in paintings by Sam Friedman

The New York native and resident, Sam Friedman, paints in a seemingly loose but simultaneously exact manner, creating organic images built up of different fields of color and pattern. These designs can be perceived as representations of the natural world, such as topographical lines and textures reminiscent of waves, bubbles, and grasses. Friedman creates these…

Jake Silby’s stirring photographic compositions

Contemporary photographer and New Zealand native Jake Silby manipulates the world around him to display itself in beautiful, moving compositions of simple interchanged between color scheme and texture. The artist graduated from Massey University with a degree in design and has since taken his talents to New York and London where he has most recently…

Ben Venom’s quilted graphics

After graduating with his MFA from San Francisco Art Institute in 2007, Ben Venom’s artwork has become an iconic meeting place between traditional domestic craft and cutting punk imagery. He describes his style as, “…opposing forces colliding at lightening speed.” His symbols derive from the occult, heavy metal, mysticism, vintage tattoos, and motorcycle gangs. The…

Danny Fox’s paintings of ritual and change

Painter Danny Fox exercises a constant practice of addition and elimination as he builds up his large scale paintings in which he strives to leave only what is necessary to communicate his themes. He is iconically known for his recurring implementation of the horse as a symbol in his works. Though the horse in artwork…