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Q+Art

Arts editor Morgan Laurens interviews artists from around the world.

Between Sleaze and Glamour, Madison Nelson’s Installations Poke Fun at Consumer Culture

Madison Nelson’s work lands somewhere on the spectrum between sleaze and glamour. Assembled from textiles and reflective rubbish, her neon-soaked works overwhelm viewers with the language of consumer culture: abundance, saturation, and sensory overload. Using ...

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Between Sleaze and Glamour, Madison Nelson’s Installations Poke Fun at Consumer Culture

Christine Rasmussen on Making Work at the Intersection of Belonging and Isolation

Always devoid of people, Christine Rasmussen’s urban landscape paintings adopted an especially eerie quality during the coronavirus pandemic. Global lockdowns left cities around the world strangely empty, an aesthetic the painter heightens in her latest ...

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Christine Rasmussen on Making Work at the Intersection of Belonging and Isolation

Dimensional Drawings: Nikki Painter Constructs Tiny, Self-Contained Worlds

“Worldbuilding” is a term you typically hear bandied about during sci-fi conventions—not art exhibitions. Nikki Painter’s dimensional drawings, however, are shining examples of just that: tiny construction projects, entirely self-contained, and governed by a foreign ...

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Dimensional Drawings: Nikki Painter Constructs Tiny, Self-Contained Worlds

Donovan Swann’s Bittersweet Photos Unearth Generational Trauma and Sugary Memories

Dark truths often lurk beneath the surface of a photograph. In her latest body of work, lens-based artist Donovan Swann digs through her family photo albums, unearthing a treasure trove of mental illness, drug abuse, ...

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Donovan Swann’s Bittersweet Photos Unearth Generational Trauma and Sugary Memories

Desmond Beach’s Vintage-Style Photographs Shine Light on the Long History of Institutionalized Racism

“My highest goal is to turn the terrible into the beautiful,” says Desmond Beach. Based in New York City, the interdisciplinary artist relies on African storytelling traditions to reexamine the transatlantic slave trade and its ...

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Desmond Beach’s Vintage-Style Photographs Shine Light on the Long History of Institutionalized Racism

Q+Art: Textile Artist Clare Hu Honors, Then Dismantles Her Southern Upbringing

Now based in Brooklyn, Chinese-American artist Clare Hu grew up in the Deep South. Her recent body of work, an impressive array of suspended tarps, explores the historic markers contributing to Southern mythology through a ...

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Q+Art: Textile Artist Clare Hu Honors, Then Dismantles Her Southern Upbringing

Q+Art: Olga Nenazhivina’s Fantastical Drawings Visualize a Multicultural Future

Often overshadowed by painting and sculpture, drawing is widely considered the foundation of all art, the first medium an artist must master. Russian-American artist Olga Nenazhivina is especially fond of pen and ink, a fluid ...

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Q+Art: Olga Nenazhivina’s Fantastical Drawings Visualize a Multicultural Future

Q+Art: Miriam Kruishoop Tells Stripped Down Stories Inspired by the Peoples of America

“First and foremost, I’m a storyteller,” Miriam Kruishoop tells NOT REAL ART. The Dutch multimedia artist specializes in intimate, stripped-down stories, produced with few special effects and careful choreography. Working across film, photography, and neon, ...

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Q+Art: Miriam Kruishoop Tells Stripped Down Stories Inspired by the Peoples of America

Q+Art: Street Artist ELLE Creates Vibrant Murals of Multicultural Women

Inspired by the unique flavor of multicultural neighborhoods around the world, street artist ELLE creates evocative murals that celebrate local lifestyles and traditions. Appearing in places as diverse as Melbourne and Malaysia, her lush, collage-style ...

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Q+Art: Street Artist ELLE Creates Vibrant Murals of Multicultural Women

Q+Art: Painter Eric Robinson Exposes Inner Truth with Emotionally Nuanced Portraits

It’s all subjective, Eric Robinson’s semi-autobiographical works seem to say. The Maryland-based artist specializes in the sort of stripped-down portraiture that arouses a spectrum of emotion from its viewers. The degree between one person’s reaction ...

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Q+Art: Painter Eric Robinson Exposes Inner Truth with Emotionally Nuanced Portraits

Q+Art: Mexican-American Artist Linda Vallejo Reclaims Her ‘Brown Intellectual Property’

Mexican-American artist Linda Vallejo has a wicked sense of humor. Despite the seriousness of her subject matter, the Los Angeles-based artist has spent the better part of the last decade infusing cheeky humor into her ...

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Q+Art: Mexican-American Artist Linda Vallejo Reclaims Her ‘Brown Intellectual Property’

Q+Art: Photographer Kelly Zantingh Discovers the Power of Intimacy with Moody Portraits

Photographer and stop-motion artist Kelly Zantingh captures the intimacy of time and touch with her moody portraits. Based in British Columbia, the Canadian artist specializes in landscape photography that exposes the human body for the ...

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Q+Art: Photographer Kelly Zantingh Discovers the Power of Intimacy with Moody Portraits

Q+Art: Alexandra Chiou Celebrates Her Father’s Life with Delicate Paper Sculptures

Paper artist Alexandra Chiou is inspired by the fleeting sensation of hope. While this interest informs much of her work, it is particularly evident in Transitions, a delicate series of layered paper collages dealing with ...

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Q+Art: Alexandra Chiou Celebrates Her Father’s Life with Delicate Paper Sculptures

Jeanne F. Jalandoni Documents the Filipino-American Experience with Traditional Textiles

When Spain ceded the colonial Philippines in 1989, the island nation had no way of knowing their revolutionary efforts would place them in the path of yet another colonial power. The US, led by President ...

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Jeanne F. Jalandoni Documents the Filipino-American Experience with Traditional Textiles

Q+Art: Muli and Hase Captures the Gritty Magic of Authentic ‘Americana’

The term “Americana” conjures visions of dusty pickup trucks, black velvet Elvis paintings, and backwoods diners with weak coffee and homemade apple pie. Americans from the US, though, tend to forget the entire Western hemisphere ...

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Q+Art: Muli and Hase Captures the Gritty Magic of Authentic ‘Americana’
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