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The Art of Recycling

THE ART OF RECYCLING with Mariska Nell. About Mariska Nell Mariska Nell is the artist and Interior Designer behind Design By Mariska. As an artist, Mariska’s work focuses on combining art and recycled materials to create something beautiful. Where some see empty soda cans and Nespresso Capsules as items that should be tossed into the trash, Mariska sees art. It is for this reason that…
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Art and Neuroscience

Thomas Boldt writes about Art and Neuroscience - Meet the PEMs newest member. In the midst of an increasingly overflowing media landscape, museums and galleries around the world have been exploring new ways to entice visitors (and patrons) no matter which side of the divide they come from. Many people consider art and science to be polar opposites, yet one gallery is actively courting science…
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Naoshima: Where Nature and Contemporary Art Become One

Naoshima: Where Nature and Contemporary Art Become One by Ana Brdar Naoshima is a town composed of a cluster of islands that lies on the rugged coast of south Japan in the Seto Inland Sea of the Kagawa Prefecture. Once a sleepy fishing village with little tourist appeal due to excessive pollution of the waters surrounding it, Naoshima has since transformed into a pilgrimage site for art and…
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Artist Profile: Anila Agha

Artist Profile: Anila Agha by Thomas Boldt The internet has an incredible power to remove boundaries in a number of areas of life, and few people know this better than Pakistani-American artist Anila Agha. Originally born in Lahore, Pakistan but finishing her art studies with an MFA from the University of North Texas in 2001, Agha recently found herself receiving a great deal of free press for…
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The Art of Rayonism

Ana Brdar writes about Natalia Goncharova and The Art of Rayonism. One of the most prominent painters to come out of Russia in the first half of the 20th century, Natalia Goncharova and her groundbreaking style redefined the path of contemporary and abstract art in Russia. Together with her partner, fellow artists Mikhail Larionov, she originated a new art movement called Rayonism. Even…
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The SprayPrinter

Check out what Thomas Boldt has to say about the The SprayPrinter. Most of the hype in the world of printing lately seems to be focused around 3D printing. While it can be used in some fascinating ways by sculptors and installation artists, artists who work in two-dimensional media might feel like they're getting a bit ignored by the march of technological progress. A new tech startup from…
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Yayoi Kusama

The Colorful World of Yayoi Kusama

Read about The Colorful World of Yayoi Kusama by Ana Brdar Yayoi Kusama is one of the most prolific artists to emerge from Japan in the postwar period. The body of work that she created over the last five decades is extensive and diverse, and it helped establish Kusama as a creative force who has transformed and continues to influence the world of contemporary art, fashion and…
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The Groundbreaking Abstraction of Helen Frankenthaler

by Ana Brdar Helen Frankenthaler, one of the most prominent painters of the postwar period, mastered a distinct style of painting that left an indelible mark on the landscape of American contemporary art. Influenced by the artist of first-generation Abstract Expressionism such as Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline and Lee Krasner, Frankenthaler introduced her own technique that broke away from…
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Artist Portfolio

Building Your Online Portfolio

Building your online portfolio by Thomas Boldt Self-promotion is probably one of the most important tasks for any type of artist, but it's not always as easy as we'd like. It's an old story: a fantastic artist has an impressive body of work, but somehow manages to remain completely undiscovered simply due to not being temperamentally suited to show off their own work. Some artists are great at…
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Rethinking the Idea of the ‘Starving Artist’

Ana Brdar explores rethinking the Idea of the 'Starving Artist'. The concept of a passionate, yet unrecognized artist, one who rejects material goods and “bourgeois” lifestyle in fear of compromising their artistic integrity, is neither new nor unfamiliar. In fact, the origins of this phrase can be traced back to La Vie de Bohème, a 19th-century novel by the French author Henri Murger,…
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