Explore Underwater Landscapes, Glitch Visuals, and Surreal Universes in our Top Art Stories of 2018

In the rapidly advancing digital age, art is becoming more important than ever. Today’s artists are faced with a difficult task: evolve and push boundaries, without losing the centre of their craft. Fortunately in 2018, we’ve featured several artists who are doing just that. Whether it be mixed media, digital art, video production or sculpture, we’re sure our featured selection of artists from 2018 will inspire you.

       

Simple Visuals Make Complex Art
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“I believe in a future harmonious symbiosis of nature and technology. I think that nature and technology are one and the same.”
- Sasha Katz

Moscow-based GIF artist Sasha Katz is a study in opposites: vintage and modern, digital and natural, animated still-lifes. Her playful GIFs utilise pastel backgrounds, plants, and technology, and move with a gentle life-like effect. All in all, there is more to her GIFs than first meets the eye.

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Underwater Ballet
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“I find it interesting to visualise a ‘digital’ world in a physical way. I also wanted to play with the idea of real and not real, it’s timely in a world where everything seems more and more fake.”
- Kamiel Rongen

Amsterdam-based abstract audiovisual artist Kamiel Rongen, also known by his alias Waterballet, creates videos documenting explosive underwater reactions. His work De Tuin van Julin, created with paint, water, and a camera, focuses on the balance of sound and visuals. Becoming submerged in this audiovisual landscape is a pleasure.

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100 Days, 100 Bottles

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“I was on my sofa in the week between Christmas and New Year 2017, surrounded by my sketchbooks and wondering why I had not yet pursued the ideas I’d been working on for the last six years. Right then and there, I made the decision to take a year to fully concentrate on developing a new body of work.”
- Anna Whitehouse

Ceramic designer Anna Whitehouse made an important decision this year which we were happy to document: she challenged herself to make 100 ceramic bottles in 100 days. Not only does the resulting project feature 100 intricate and playful ceramic bottles, but also a fresh perspective: to step out of your routine and pursue your passion.

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After Perfection
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“I needed my own space to decompress, break all the rules, and just have fun. Glitch style really spoke to me. I spent so much time Photoshopping people’s ‘flaws’ and making the products look too perfect. My creativity distended out and latched onto the idea of taking all these pretty pictures and ruining them.”
- Josh Herrington

What’s on the other side of Photoshop perfection? Artist Josh Herrington has been exploring the territory through his mastery of photo deconstruction. Faded film colours and faceless portraits give each photo a sense of surrealism and nostalgia. Glitch art, Josh explains, is actually the last post of authenticity in the portrait world.

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Minimalism on the Move
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“The visuals I’m making are like life phenomena that are given a minimum of information and certain rules and are rebuilt autonomously. By scraping off the visual information and viewing it with a flat viewpoint, viewers can focus on details from the whole visual.”
- Shohei Fujimoto

Interdisciplinary artist Shohei Fujimoto teaches viewers to find pattern in disorder with his series Repeating Patterns. In stripping down visuals to their bare essentials, Shohei inspires viewers to draw their own conclusions and see similarities between patterns and nature.

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Architecture Sculptures
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“In my aesthetic and my line of work, I like to put my energy into experimenting with forms, shapes and textures, rather than achieving the perfect object. I work with very ‘primitive’ tools, buckets, trowels, in a small unfit studio. I could polish it and fill the holes. I could paint, varnish or coat it. But I think it will hide all the richness that come from its imperfection.”
- David Umemoto

David Umemoto’s brutalist sculptures teach viewers to find beauty in rawness. A study in angles and geometrics, he also features surreal elements, such as staircases that lead to nowhere. The perfect blend of neat and whimsical, David’s sculptures are eye candy.

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Modelling the Surreal
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“If you want to become more proficient at whatever it is you do, try and create something with it everyday.”
- Stuart Lippincott

Digital artist Stuart Lippincott takes viewers on a fascinating journey throughout the surreal. Massive architectural structures, cosmic elements, and glowing geometric shapes are just a few of the elements that make his universes and stunning imaginary experience.

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QED
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“Since the early beginning of our work we were fascinated with interaction between light and matter. The way matter or space is defined by light and how we perceive the world around us. The first time we came across the definition of quantum electrodynamics, we thought it would be interesting to try reproducing this phenomena from a designer’s point of view.”
- Amar Mulabegovic

Although at first glance quantum physics and video production don’t seem to intersect, Hyperbinary shows off how this complicated metaphysical theory about light and matter can make a stunning, immersive audio visual experience in their project, QED.

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The Art of Wallpaper
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“Many people have come into my showroom here in Bath and just gone ‘wow!’ I think it inspires them to be much braver than they would normally be. They start thinking ‘maybe that would work in our house,’ instead of just going for modern greys and pale colours.”
- Allyson McDermott

Allyson McDermott is a feature in the original THE PLUS series, Handcraft is the New Sexy: exploring the role of traditional techniques in the digital age. Wallpapers typically provide a backdrop to our lives, but British wallpaper artist Allyson McDermott is here to challenge this particular status quo. Vibrant colours, differing textures, and fascinatingly intricate designs ensure that her work jumps straight off the wall.

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Abstract Art for the Internet Age
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“I think the world is becoming more abstract. Technology now allows us to represent the world around us in various ways that don’t have an analogue in real-life and consequently as a society we are becoming more adept at interpreting the abstract.”
- Magdalena Morey

Aranjuez, Spain-based mixed media artist Magdalena Morey tells stories with acrylics, watercolour, pastels and gold leaf. Her careful exploration of texture, colour and light is represented through her striking abstract landscape renderings. Claiming that “travel is absolutely vital to my art,” Magdalena captures a fresh perspective of the world for every viewer.

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