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Portfolio ANIMAL KINGDOM

PICTURE THIS   Humans exist on a spectrum—we oscillate within the vagaries of gender, time, reality and imagination. Lania D’Agostino’s work displays such complex humanity—we are always moving, shifting, progressing, while remaining closely linked to our original selves. D’Agostino relies on discipline as well as whim to carry out her work. …

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Portfolio Mood Indigo

PICTURE THIS A kind of beautiful desolation pervades Karen Klinedinst’s photograph “Morning Moon.” In muted grays, blues and browns, it exudes a disquieting stillness: bare trees, patches of snow on a riverbank, chilly water. Taken, manipulated and edited entirely on Klinedinst’s iPhone last year along the Cache la Poudre River near …

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Against the Grain

“Transcentricity”—the latest series of multimedia (paint and paper) collages by Maria Mendoza—posits the idea that stillness can be claimed within an atmosphere of brisk activity. A ring—cut from a page—turns against the grain of the page’s original pattern. Within that ring, another ring winds in the opposite direction. At the …

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Intimate Details

“I’m not a pervert,” says Cody Pryseski of his repertoire of nude paintings. Sure, Pryseski does post Craigslist ads for his models and invites them to his Canton studio to strike NSFW (not safe for work) poses, but the Maryland-based figurative painter has only one thing on his mind: Making …

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Future Tense

The passing of time and the collection of memory can be as physical as they are experiential. The poignant work of Baltimore-based artist Michelle Dickson explores this juxtaposition through her collection, “Neither Mine Nor Yours.” As a process-oriented artist, Dickson began with a cast of her own face combined with …

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Playing Solitaire

We’ve all seen one at some point: a lone rowhome in a now-vacant lot, resistant to the forces that demolished its neighbors. These houses, whether monuments to socio-economic devastation or the will to survive (or both), are the subjects of artist Ben Marcin’s “Last House Standing” photography series. “My intention …

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Ghost World

Let’s talk about our strong personal connections to biodiversity and climate change. No takers? Okay, let’s talk about our strong personal connections to peanut butter. Chocolate. How about Atlantic codfish?  Memories stirring? Good. That’s exactly what artist/creator Miriam Simun wants when you participate in GhostFood, a food truck sponsored by …

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Identity and Paradox

When D.C.-based artist Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi starts a new piece, she lays a wood panel on the floor of her studio and pours paint on it. She has to move quickly to level the paint and contain it on the panel. The process is physical, fast and unpredictable. She then …

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