Mária Švarbová

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I’m often fooled into thinking a painting is a photo, but rarely the other way around. As much as I’ve seen of Mária Švarbová‘s pool-centric work lately, I never realized they were photographs rather than pigment on canvas until reading it on her site. Mária’s overexposed Swimm and Swimming Pool series feel downright unreal and otherworldly.

 

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Print Edition: June 2016

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Boathouse Artifacts Taxonomy by Mandy Mohler Photography // Change of Plans by Playtype //
Earth by Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co. // Ecuador Earthquake Lithograph by Juan Miguel Marin
(all proceeds from this sale will help the children of Portoviejo) // El Cacto by J3 Production

 

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Heart Anatomy by Art Kurka // High Five by Playtype // The Foothills by Jenny Tiffany //
Tin of Sardines by Ruth Broadway // Whale Scale by Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.

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AnaHell / Secret Friends

Ana Hell-1-Design Crush

 

I haven’t come across much fun art lately, that is until AnaHell‘s Secret Friends crossed my screen. She creates her quirky fun characters by having people almost fold themselves in half, then draws any number of expressions on their bare backs before posing them in a random environment and photographing them in a documentary style. If this doesn’t make you smile, well I don’t know what to say.

 

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Karmen Ayvazyan

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I don’t know a ton about Karmen Ayvazyan‘s backstory, but I love the outcome of everything she puts into her work. Her Hair series feeds right into my love of any and all art that includes the stuff.

 

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Nick Knight / Paint Explosions

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I’m in the best mood this week, and influential/visionary photographer Nick Knight‘s paint explosions capture how my guts are feeling. Destruction can be so captivatingly beautiful. Knight’s site SHOWstudio documents his creative processes from conception to completion – don’t you love a good behind the scenes?

 

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Jonathan Smith

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High contrast is difficult to ignore, especially in vast landscapes provided by nature herself. Jonathan Smith captures the world and its desolate landscapes at their most striking through his camera lens.

 

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Zsolt Hlinka / Urban Symmetry

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Budapest-based photographer Zsolt Hlinka captured a series of symmetrical buildings on the banks of the River Danube in Urban Symmetry. By removing the surroundings Hlinka emphasizes the uniform proportions.

If you get a closer view of the photographs, you may discover that none of the pictures show the building in its full form, but only its reflected part. After all, these fictitious buildings coming into existence perfectly grab and condense their original character into themselves, as if you could see human faces and different personalities on the building portraits.

 

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Print Edition: March

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Anchors Aweigh by Jon Contino // Becca Stadtlander Flowers by Little Otsu //
County Line by Max Wanger // Enjoy the Little Things by gumberrypl //
Fruit Art Print Set by Idlewild Co.

 

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La Vie En Rose (Color Wheel) by Yellow Owl Workshop // Night Night by Mathilde Cabanas //
Owl Sketch by Isaiah K. Stephens // Relax There’s Whiskey by Allison Comu //
Table Top by Lovely Sweet William

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