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ALEX GREY

For those inclined to the more mystical side of contemporary art, there is perhaps no bigger name than Alex Grey. His mix of new-age design, ancient iconography, op-art, and fractal imaging has made Grey the avatar of an anarcho-spiritualist movement that includes other visionaries like Paul Laffoley and Jonathan Marshall, to name but a few. Grey’s...

By: Brian
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REY-ZORRO

Rey-Zorro (nee Claudia Rey) spent the last thirty years deconstructing popular modes of communication and has now arrived at a new expression she calls “disinstallation.” At its heart, disinstallation takes cultural signifiers—advertisements, logos, superheroes—and removes them from their native context. If it sounds like Pop-Art Mach 2, the Brooklyn-based Rey gives the style a makeover that accounts for the conspiratorial...

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VERS

If you’ve seen a mural by Brooklyn graffiti artist Vers, you’ll never forget it. Not only is his style easily recognizable, it also towers above most works being done on the streets today. Tagging mostly his own nom de plume, Vers bends and twists the fonts into cyberpunk shapes that evoke  the futurism of transportation and recall, at...

By: Brian
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JACK JERZ

Brooklyn artist Jack Jerz describes his work as “Savage capitalism in the form of highly consumable/disposable art comics and literature.” On his Instagram profile, he calls himself a sci-fi artist. However he chooses to be labeled, Jerz seems to’ve come out of nowhere with his recent wave of spacey, architectural illustrations. They are influenced as much...

By: Brian
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ISAAC ABRAMS

Back in 1965, a small gallery on E. 10th Street in Manhattan boasted a group show titled “Psychedelic Art.” A hand-drawn poster declared it: “The first showing of its type anywhere.” The gallery was called CODA and its owner was an artist named Isaac Abrams. That show celebrates its fiftieth anniversary this summer, though time...

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FEATURE: ARNOLD HELBLING

Ever wonder what it would be like to leave everything behind? To walk off into the distance and never be heard from again? If so, you’re not alone. “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation,” wrote Henry David Thoreau in 1854, “and go to the grave with the song still in them.” In transcendentalists like...

By: Paolo
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