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Odd Nerdrum’s Crime and Refuge

The artist exiled from his home created a theatre of characters in his imagined world, armed, beaten, and alienated, caught in conflict, ritual, love and rest; the afflicted and exhausted; these abandoned self portraits of a bloodied Nerdrum, cast as criminal, then as a weary man whose companions are outcasts, mutilated and war-torn, abandoned to the stern, severely beautiful landscape. We find the dead and the dying here, the victims of the aftermath, a record of the conflict between survivors and their struggle against despair.

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Metalheads: Brad Kunkle, Brooklyn, New York

“It’s the most controversial element in the history of mankind. It also implies love and spirituality. The spiritual implication comes from it’s use in organized religion. But if we look at gold outside this context, we can see why it has been used to inspire our spiritual senses, which for me is the way it reflects light.”

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Metalheads: Pam Hawkes, England, UK

My figures are still, icon-like, but often trapped within luxurious, decorative patterns. There are narratives of love, desire, disappointment, cautionary and celebratory going on here; it all depends literally on the viewer’s standpoint.

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Dino Valls, Madrid: When a Surgeon Paints

Consider the work of Spanish artist Dino Valls, trained as a surgeon yet who upon graduation made the decision to focus all of his energies on painting. But be forewarned: Valls does not ease into his subjects; he works forcefully and seemingly without fear. Or is it precisely because of personal fears that he makes these incisions?

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The Naked Paintings of Teresa Oaxaca

Consider the paintings of 22-year-old Teresa Oaxaca, a classically trained aritst who layers elaborate costumes onto her portrait subjects ~ as well as onto her own body. By all rights, what we take in before us ought to be thick with disguise. But are they? Or is the psyche somehow rendered even more transparent to the viewer’s eye?

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Alexandra Levasseur: Playing with Fire

“My stories are about the bipolarity of the human state of existence for sure. They reflect my inner uncertainties. Movement also means changes, transmutations! Changes in emotions, positions, locations, weather conditions; everything is related. Movement fascinates me at the point that I’m starting a major in film animation…”

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