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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...

By: Brian
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John J. O'Connor: paintings and drawings.

INTERVIEW: JOHN O’CONNOR

John Jerome O’Connor is known as a painter, illustrator, sculptor, and photographer, though the mediums often blend into highly-processed, conceptual works which have made him difficult to pin down. Take O’Connor’s Sunspot series, for instance, from his last show at Pierogi Gallery (November 2013). The artist snapped a series of selfies that captured a variety of moods,...

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BEN SNEAD

At first glance, Ben Snead‘s paintings of fish, frogs, and insects in appealing patterns seem readymade for nature trail guides. His specimens are drawn with the kind of exact hand known to early biology textbooks in the pre-camera era. Snead quickly moves beyond them, however. His patterns recall similar sketches done by M.C. Escher some seventy...

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JACK KIRBY

The late Jack Kirby (1917-1994) remains, in my estimation, one of the true 20th century visionaries to come out of New York City. To comic book cultists and illustrators alike, Kirby is the medium’s doyen. To the larger art world, however, his work is mostly unassessed. His many comebacks also rivaled that of Frank Sinatra....

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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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AGNES DENES

The Hungarian-born, New York-based Agnes Denes hardly needs our little blurb to draw attention to her work. Lauded since the early Eighties, the artist has filled NYC’s urban landscape with some of its most puzzling and transcendental public sculptures, including the 1982 installation of a two-acre golden wheat field in the Lower Manhattan’s Battery Park....

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