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Alexis Semtner

Oil and Acrylic on Linen

Oil and Acrylic on Linen

Alexis Semtner’s abstract paintings utilize optical illusion to distort the viewers spatial awareness. According to Semtner, her use of visual falsity is used to denote perception and draw attention to how ubiquitous the notion of hallucination is in the human mind. I like the comforting and almost calming colors juxtaposed to the disconcerting Escher-esque environments, I think that the combination works well to create a world of constantly changing perceptions.

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Next Day Flyers Presents: Andrew Paul Kerr

Inspired by street art, DADA, and German expressionism, Andrew Paul Kerr‘s digital collages explore the juxtaposition of the tangible physical world with it’s struggles, death, beauty, and wonder with that of the spiritual and what happens when these two worlds collide.


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The Street Art Heaven At Les Bains

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Despite its 130 year history Paris’ building known as Les Bains was declared unsafe in 2010.  The building will undergo renovations and reopen in 2014.  In the meantime, however, the building’s owner has opened it up to street artists.  The residency program, known as One Day One Artist, allows artists to work in the sprawling building. The result is a kind of street art heaven.  A small selection of the artists involved are pictured here: (respectively) The Atlas, Seth, Sambre, Jeanne Susplugas, SWIZ, Philippe Baudelocque, ZeeR, Thomas Canto, and STEN LEX.   [via]

Ryo Yoshii’s Evocative Watercolor Portraits Bleed With Internal Beauty And Intensity

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Ryo Yoshii is a Japanese artist who produces beautiful and evocative watercolor portraits. With an impressive control of the medium, Yoshii is able to capture the minute details of the face — such as the lines around and light within the eyes — while also introducing a surrealist blur: hair melts into the paper, tears streak and divide the body, animal faces are fractured over top of human ones. In a haze of dreamlike pastels, the portraits express both external character and internal life, unveiling moments of deep introspection.

Brimming with depth and sensitivity, Yoshii’s work can be read as metaphorical explorations of inner emotional worlds. Despite the stoic faces, which steadily meet the viewer’s gaze, there are signs of fluidity and instability within. The unpredictability of the watercolor medium lends perfectly to this depiction of inner turmoil and intensity, as the colors — much like our emotions — bleed invisibly from the body into the surrounding environment. As expressed in the beautiful blend of colors, no emotion exists in singularity in Yoshii’s work; instead, everything fuses together in a spectrum of experiences.

Yoshii is currently studying art in Japan, and his works can be viewed on his DeviantArt. (Via Art Fucks Me)

Ziska’s Icelandic Pyramids

I’ve always wanted to head out to Iceland to discover new art, design, and stalk Bjork. Now I can also head over there to check out Ziska’s Pyramid paintings.

Morgan Road Gallery; A Makeshift Exhibit Space

The Many Mistresses of Captain Cola (Part 1)

The Many Mistresses of Captain Cola (Part 1)

I’m delighted to feature Stephen Alan Yorke , who has created an exhibit space simply by observing, documenting, and titling changes in one corner of the world. In Bromley, Kent there exists a ledge on Morgan Road – a paneless brick recession – that frames the littered objects left there by passerbys. Stephen has deemed this small walkway moment the Morgan Road Gallery. The artists themselves will forever remain anonymous, but their contributions become works when infused with Stephen’s titles such as The Many Mistresses of Captain Cola (Parts 1 and 11) and The Trident of Lucifer Jr.

Pavlos Tsakonas’s Technicolor Trompe-L’œil

Pavlos Tsakonas creates hyperrealistic trompe-l’oeil paintings that confuse and delight the eye all at once. Each piece is a technical marvel with real shadows juxtaposed next to artificial ones to create a 4th dimension of creative awesomeness!