Stefaan De Croock / Strook

 

Strook is the word used to refer to the collage work of Bruges-based artist Stefaan De Croock. His signature collage art causes viewers to take second look as familiar shapes come into focus through unusual combinations of reused mediums, such as old wood doors and concrete slabs. Upcycling is an important part of Stefaan’s creative process, and he’s constantly on the search for old wood items. Stefaan never paints or treats these pieces, instead embracing their patina.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Barnaby Whitfield

 

Miami-born artist Barnaby Whitfield works with a slew of mediums – pastel, oil, chalk, charcoal, and more – to create portraits that feel as though they have one foot in this world and the other in the next. Each one looks as though it’s breaking through the veil.

 

 

 

 

 

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Ezra Yew Wah Ng / Labels

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When Ezra Yew Wah Ng finished design school in 2014, he embarked upon a self-discovery art project entitled Labels. The end result features his efforts at proving himself against the many labels that get thrown at us as people and sharing his side of the story through hands-on craftsmanship and physical prints.

 

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Angie Cass

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Angie Cass is a multifaceted artist, and that’s putting it mildly. The self-proclaimed illustrator and animator also works with wallpaper, gift wrap, tissue, origami paper, house paint, lacquer, and found items for design and fine art projects. My favorite is her latest – a series of 3D projects contained in old tins.

 

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Tracie Cheng

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Tracy Cheng works with layer upon layer to create a textured story with paint and lines. Space, depth, structure, and fluidity give each piece so much motion and life. And Cheng’s degree is architecture lends itself well to her incredible understanding of art and design.

 

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Diem Chau

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Embroidery thread is Diem Chau‘s slingshot and porcelain cups and plates are the target. I’m loving the unexpectedness of this pairing of common mediums and the delicate minimal outcome. Her current work explores the periphery of moments forgotten and faded or too brief for us to retain.

 

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Alexandra Levasseur

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Alexandra Levasseur‘s creates her masterpieces with acrylic and pencil on wood, and each one has an all around calming presence (she typed as she watched election poll coverage). Each scene is manipulated to reveal something unexpected, the Milky Way here, an ocean view there.

 

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Derek Root

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Oil, wax, canvas, and wood. Those four things, along with some serious vision and blending skills, are all that go into each of Derek Root‘s creations. Feels a little like you’re walking through clouds though, no?

 

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Joey Slaughter

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An artist can nearly always describe their work better than anyone else, and such is the case with mixed media creator Joey Slaughter. His color transitions hold much meaning, as do the combined contributions of man and machine to each piece.

My paintings and constructions investigate the “look” of digital information as it is transmitted around us, providing an overabundance of stimuli and therefore, distractions. I create abstract works that references conversations, usually a direct communication between two people. I wonder how a simple conversation is absorbed between people, how they’re connected, and what the conversational wavelengths would look like. The main idea is to create abstractions from conversations if you could see sound waves from analogue and digital devices passing through and around people.

 

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Sandra Chevrier

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Montreal-based artist Sandra Chevrier is creating some of the best pop art I’ve seen in quite some time, mixing her own painting and illustrations with comics. Her work begs you to take the time to look at every detail, dissecting the male-dominated fantasy world from the oppressed woman lying beneath.

 

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