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JASON LEINWAND

The current resurgence of psychedelic art in America should give some indication of the socio-political climate these days. In short: there seems no good news for the sobriety of centrism anymore; the left leans ever further left in counter-balance to the extremism on the right. Pop culture remains the reductive index of it all. Jason Leinwand‘s work lands...

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MARIA HOEY

Coin-Op is the nom de plume of sibling illustration team Maria and Peter Hoey. She lives in Brooklyn, he lives in Northern California. They do illustrations and graphic design work for a number of small and large companies, though the aesthetic is uniformly consistent from project to project. That style is referable to the Hoeys’ sleek, architectural, midcentury...

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ANOKA FARUQEE

There is a design element to Anoka Faruqee‘s work that makes it easy to mistake for machine-generated art. Not that it matters. (They’re actually handmade.) Her last show in San Francisco saw the artist dub her work “moire” (after the effect created when two or more offset patterns are overlaid). She splits her time between...

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CASSEY KUO

I met Cassey Kuo at the MoCCA Fest this past April, where she shared a table with a handful of other upstarts in the illustration biz. Kuo sold me two square prints, which looked like animation cells from some lost 1950s Disney film, though, in fact, neither were. They weren’t, so says the artist, in service...

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KIRSTEN HIVELY

Handmade signage, storefront windows, and the informal design of local mom-and-pop emporiums have been elevated to the aesthetic for decades now. Robert Frank’s landmark photo series The Americans (1958) was as much about vernacular architecture as it was the people who owned and frequented it in the postwar years. Simply put: signs tell stories. Far...

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TOMAS IVES

During the 1920s, Russian artist Vassily Kandinsky was amongst the few still clinging to a spiritual vision of art. All around him, the fascination was with primitivism, science, psychology, and populist ideals. Kandinsky, however, was neither a cubist nor a constructivist, though he ran along-side both with his colorful abstract paintings. Today, spiritualism in the arts...

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