Hattern

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Hattern is an up-cycling design collective based in Seoul, South Korea.  They aim to create practical and beautiful products by extracting pattern from waste.  To see more from Hattern, click here.

Christien Meindertsma

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“Christien Meindertsma explores the life of products and raw materials. For her first book, Checked Baggage (2004), Christien purchased a container filled with a week’s worth of objects confiscated at security checkpoints in Schiphol Airport after 9/11. She meticulously categorized all 3267 items and photographed them on a white seamless background. Christien’s second book, PIG 05049 (2007), is an extensive collection of photographic images that documents an astounding array of products that different parts of an anonymous pig called 05049 could support. With this book, Christien reveals lines that link raw materials with producers, products and consumers that have become so invisible in an increasingly globalized world.

With her designs Christien Meindertsma aims to regain understanding of processes that have become so distant in industrialization. Her work has been exhibited in MOMA (New York), The V&A (London) and the Cooper Hewitt Design museum (New York). For her book PIG 05049 she won three Dutch Design Awards (2008) as well as an Index award (2009). For the Flax Chair she won the Dutch design award and Future Award ( 2016) Christien graduated from the Eindhoven Design Academy in 2003.”

Text and images from christienmeindertsma.com

Sarah Maple

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Sarah Maple is a British visual artist. A lot of her inspiration originates from being brought up as a Muslim, with parents of mixed religious and cultural backgrounds. Blurring the lines between popular culture and religious devotion in an unfailingly mischievous manner, Sarah’s aesthetic narrative urges the viewer to challenge traditional notions of religion, identity and the societal role of women.

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Andrea B. Farina

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Andrea is most known for her intricate embroideries and gouache paintings but she continues to experiment with a wide variety of mediums. Much of her work explores the human body and what defines us beyond our anatomy. She often partners vulnerable figures with intimately detailed patterns to give these intangible entities a physical form.

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Rajni Perera

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I explore issues of hybridity, sacrilege, irreverence, the indexical sciences, ethnography, gender, sexuality, popular culture, deities, monsters and dream worlds. All of these themes marry in a newly objectified realm of mythical symbioses. They are flattened on the medium and made to act as my personal record of impossible discoveries.

My approach to the deconstruction of the non-European, female body image, delving into the miniaturist aesthetic as in “The New Ethnology”, “The New Archaeology” and the “Yogini” series, manifests itself in the form of re-appropriated religious icons. Leveraging embellished photographic portraiture as in “Maharajas” and “Maharanis” challenges contemporary notions of masculinity viewed through the non-European, female lens.By painting these object-beings, I am engaging in a discussion with the viewing audience about the aesthetic treatment of gender and the non-European sacred and secular body in a popular culture context.

These saccharine women and stoic men, flaunting their blood, breasts and armor around and throughout the stretched paper surface, conceal violent stories and ideologies; a complex dichotomy that is not explored or discussed in internationally (or more particularly Western) circulated imagery of Hindu and Tantric gods and goddesses. It is much the same for the ethnic body image, as represented in print media and online or screen culture. The semiology becomes reduced, simplified and pared down to suit a blander ideological palette.

In my work, I seek to open and reveal the dynamism of these icons, both scripturally existent, self-invented and externally defined. I am creating a subversive aesthetic that counteracts antiquated, oppressive discourse, and acts as a restorative force through which people can move outdated, repressive modes of being towards reclaiming their power. To see more of Rajni Perera’s work click here

 

**Images and text from http://www.rajniperera.com/

Isabelle Feliu

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Isabelle Feliu is an illustrator originally from Québec City and currently living in Oslo, Norway.  Her illustrations are mainly about fashion, often coupled with scenes of interiors, nature, and animals.

I love Feliu’s melding of contemporary fashion illustration with a variety of art historical influences.  Her busy, somewhat flattened interiors and lounging ladies remind me of Matisse, while the stark stripes in a Paul & Joe illustration recall the strong striping of Mary Cassatt’s prints.  Tropical nudes in bold colors speak to Gauguin and the figures roaming among verdant foliage recall Rousseau.  Additionally, her women are refreshingly solid, with thick legs, rounded shoulders and rather tiny heads; a wonderful departure from the exaggerated twig-limbs of most fashion illustration.  Feliu’s women make the case for high fashion as accessible to all body types.

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Sabina Ott

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“Sabina Ott is known for her broad range of work– from painting to installation to sculpture– and her central role in the art world as teacher, administrator, and as the founder of the exhibition space Terrain, which invites artists to create installations and performances using the exterior of her Oak Park home. She earned both her BFA and MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Exhibiting since 1985, Ott has participated in over 100 solo and group exhibitions at institutions in Sao Paulo, Brazil; Auckland, New Zealand; Melbourne, Australia; and many cities across the US. Her work is in numerous museum collections including The Whitney Museum of American Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Oakland Museum of Art, and has been reviewed in Art in America, Art Forum, New Art Examiner, The New York Ties and The Los Angeles Times, among other publications. She has received a Guggenheim fellowship for 2015-2016 and recently held solo exhibitions at the Chicago Cultural Center and the Hyde Park Art Center. She is Professor of Art at Columbia College Chicago.”

All text and images from Sabina Ott .

Johnson Tsang

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Johnson Tsang is a Hong Kong sculptor specializing in ceramics, stainless steel sculpture and public art work. Tsang’s works mostly employ realist sculptural techniques accompanied by surrealist imagination, integrating the two elements, “human beings” and  “objects”, into creative themes. Since 1993, Tsang’s works have been exhibited in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Spain and Switzerland and collected by local and overseas museums and collectors.

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Shannon Heath

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Shannon Heath was born in Australian and is now living and creating in Portland, Oregon. With a natural ability to marry colour, pattern and composition and over a decade working as a designer, the foundations were laid for her next creative endeavour as an abstract expressionist painter.Heath’s signature style employs ethereal pastel palettes building layers in dramatic, emotive tableaux. She works with methods of layering and extraction primarily with acrylics and non-traditional painting tools. The process, the transformation that takes place-building layer upon layer, is something that has always fascinated Shannon. It’s the act of painting itself, which conveys pure human emotion directly onto the surface.

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Texas Isaiah

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“Why are you afraid of being photographed? Can a familiar environment lead you to withdraw from that fear? What does a communicative space look like to you? What does it feel like? What does it taste like? Do you trust you are being seen? Do you feel loved when you are being photographed?

My work investigates and documents gender, race, and sexuality through the intimate relationships individuals cultivate with places through experience and memorization. I am interested in the previous, topical, and imminent textures that are imbedded in physical places and how it corresponds with our bodies. By primarily photographing the outdoors, as well as making the use of light and shadows, I aim to record the visual dialogue between the environment, the individual, and myself.

I am inspired by what it means to be seen and loved when you have your photo taken.”

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images & text from http://kingtexas.net/