New Blood: Best of 2018 Preview
Guy Hepner is excited to introduce an early preview of our newest collaboration with the TAX collection, a creative collective that revolutionizes the relationship between producer and consumer. These new artists are set apart by their ability to influence through social media and make art as accessible as possible. They not only use their canvas a platform for storytelling, but also their Instagram accounts.
Berlin based photographer Marius Sperlich gives a great attention to detail that reflects in her close up photographic works. She tugs on the triggers of lust by incorporating objects such as dollar bills, pills, and spaghetti in close contact with the body parts of her subjects. She uses textures such as glitter and milk to capture movement. Her photography takes a riskier route by pushing all boarders- even painting beach waves on armpit hair and sticking toy guns in mouths. Her Instagram following skyrocketed as she found a unique way to bridge art with typical Instagram content- even making gifs out of her designs.
A self-taught artist, Sage Barnes has only learned to create from his own ideas, which is exactly what sets him apart. He has found a unique combination of abstract, realistic, and street art techniques, which are often kept separate. Many of his works feature a very realistic bodice, with an explosion of colors in place of ahead, painted against a graffiti-like wall. His Instagram bio reads “college dropout,” potentially as a way to share with people that there is no clear cut path to success. He also uses his Instagram as a form of connection with his followers. Rather than just posting an artwork with its title, he will add a meaningful quote or share the story behind a work.
Ingrid finds art to be a celebration of individuals, as she views every person as their own original composition. She says. “My art enables me to develop a voice where my words end. It is a voice urges you to consider the positives in light of the negatives, all without saying a word” Her artwork is abstract, yet it always conveys a strong sense of mood. She often draws her inspiration from personal experiences of travel which have revealed to her honest portraits of life. She emulates these moments through a variety of colors and shapes that are exposed through her paintings. Each brushstroke she paints holds its own unique makeup of colors.
“I started painting before I could walk” says Hoyo of his experience as an artist. Hoyo’s satirical interpretation of art reminds people that art is meant to be fun. He often teases society’s tendency to put high value on seemingly random things. He takes $1 bills and paints over them- proving that people will pay hundreds for a paper that is technically worth almost nothing. He believes that people give art the value they want to give it. He often mimics famous artists works and writes over it funny statements such as, “This Warhol is fake.” or “Original is Overrated” over a Basquiat look-alike. He believes that opposites attract, vowing to only create happy works in order to bring brightness to others.
Ben Evans uses his art as a way to expose and normalize what people do behind closed doors. His illustrations feature satirical contrasts, such as a man stuffing his face with food whilst laying on a treadmill with the caption “fitspo.” He often draws people smoking weed or with ungroomed body hair- all things many normal people have and do but pretend otherwise. His Instagram handle name “benisright” reflects his take on society. He is most definitely right that everyone has at least one ‘bad’ habit that they prefer to keep behind closed doors.
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