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TECHNOPUNK SURREALISM BY XSULLO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles based Nick Sullo, aka xsullo, crafts techno-dystopic works that move between analog and digital approaches. Touches of surrealism and a distinct color palette blend with Sullo’s tight linework, reminiscent of Moebius, technopunk anime, or artists within the Heavy Metal roster. The artist often works abstractions into the pieces that resemble both digital glitches and painterly touches.

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All images were taken from the artist’s page.

THE COLORFUL UNIVERSE OF CHAD KNIGHT

by Ariadna Zierold

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Chad Knight is a 3D artist creating mind-bending digital art. His unique approach to digital sculptures fascinates people all over the internet. Knight, who unveils on Instagram a strange and colorful universe, stages impressive creations, gigantic, complex and fragile.

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All images were taken from the artist’s Instagram page.

‘KALEIDOSCOPE’ BY MASAKATSU SASHIE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Masakatsu Sashie is a Japanese artist best known for his orb paintings of fictional world, filled with futuristic warnings about human’s tendencies for environmental dominance and over-consumption.

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“Nothing is made by humans completely from scratch. We are constantly searching through our limited resources to create, form and constitute what’s necessary for us to advance as a human race. And as time changes through our history, the structure of our human needs change and reshape itself constantly. The fragments of artificial landscapes continue to reshape and rearrange themselves in order to create brand-new landscapes within our limited world. The never ending process of creation and destruction is just another part of natural phenomenon that we faced from the past to present day.” Masakatsu Sashie

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DRIFTWOOD SCULPTURES BY NAGATO IWASAKI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Nagato Iwasaki’s lifelike driftwood sculptures are perfect examples of the uncanny valley — the feelings of revulsion and uneasiness one experiences from non-human objects that appear a bit too similar to real human beings. The Japanese artist’s talents in composing posture and grace creates an eerily humanistic quality in the works, set apart from the rigid figurative pieces of his contemporaries.

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