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THE TWISTED SURREAL WORLD OF ROBERT DEUTSCH

by Ariadna Zierold

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Leipzig based graphic-designer and artist Robert Deutsch works on a twisted pop-surreal inspired world reflecting the incongruous human behavior and thinking in a chaotic upside-down society, dominated by the image of the anti-hero.

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Bizarre comic-landscapes and ludicrous humor impel the works of Deutsch into the absurd, although their essence is not far from reality and its current social and political issues. He represents and builds his characters with a bold artistic approach referring to various actions and topical allusions.

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RIDICULOUS SOCIETIES BY HAI HSIN HUANG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Brooklyn based Hai-Hsin Huang paints and draws quickly, basing the compositions on images she finds on institutional websites: government, schools, hospitals, and news outlets. The photographs she uses are vaguely propagandist, and her resulting paintings both poke fun at and reveal the horror in such images.

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Huang’s works explore images indicative of contemporary life. She is interested in the ridiculousness and fear in society, the absurdity and the loneliness. As part of a generation marked by hedonism, people seem to know more but feel less. Catastrophes become assumptions; we practice suffering and crisis with laughter. Huang tries to highlight the lives of  this easy and comfortable generation, and in particular, their lightness of being.

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REPETITIVE FACES BY YOSHITISHI KANEMAKI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Japanese sculptor Yoshitoshi Kanemaki carves life-size sculptures from wood, but with a twist of mortality and transience. The disturbing pieces hinge often hinge on grotesque as the combination of the bulging weight and density of wood heightens the certainty of death that looms over all his creations. Each piece, with sizes ranging from life-size to miniature, is first sketched directly onto a large section of camphor wood and then chiseled to match the absurd female form.

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DISTURBING SCENES BY FOLKERT DE JONG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Amsterdam based Folkert de Jong is best known for his theatrical narrative that address themes of war, greed and power. A sense of tragedy and absurdity, a comically desperate psychological state, permeates his work, particularly through the sculptural material for which de Jong became known: industrial Styrofoam and Polyurethane insulation foams.

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