Fresh Figs # 5 ~ Danai Gkoni

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HELLO! new work this week [week 5 of ‘Fresh Figs‘] comes from Danai Gkoni :D the collage above is called ‘Touristic Season’ and the one below is ‘Storm is Coming’… here’s Danai’s bio ~ ~ ~

Τhe cities I lived in are constant inspirations as spatial and social conditions ~ those images are dystopic and entertaining at the same time. Coming from the field of architecture I’m deeply interested in the dynamics of space and the built environment, the urban lifestyle and its aesthetics, the pleasure of urbanity as a space of togetherness and isolation at the same time- those are the concepts I try to explore as a digital artist.

Danai Gkoni is an architect and digital artist. She has lived, studied and worked in Greece and the Netherlands. During her studies, she developed a keen interest on the contemporary urban condition. With architectural collage as a starting point, since 2013 she is exploring a particular style of digital illustration- narrating surreal and sometimes dystopic urban stories.

and here are Danai’s tumblr, website and society6

h a p p y t h u r s d a y y a l l <3

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Fresh Figs # 4 ~ Phil Carney

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hey! i’ve been a bit slooooooow recently because i dislocated AND fractured my shoulder bone last Thursday… i made a noise a bit like this ~ BBBBBBBBBBLLLLLEEEEEEARRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHNGNGNGFNGNGNGFFFFKKFKKFKKFKKF ~ and then had to go to hospital. it was quite literally WHACK. but the liquid morphine was nice ;) ;) ;)

anywho as i type this using my wrong hand, i want to tell you about a superb young Jack-the-lad called Phil Carney. actually i have no idea how old Phil is, but i do know he’s a gentle man and also, an artist man. here’s Phil in his own words ~

‘I’ve been greatly influenced by the ideals of the Dada movement and, mainly for the themes and images, of the 40’s and 50’s film noirs and the pulp writing of that period, in particular its hedonistic life styles of fast drinking and faster romances. I strive to continue these themes in the medium of collage, in a medium this free I hope to show the lust of this period and in the fashion of noir, ultimately the loss.’

Yep, love this guy. Here’s Phil’s FACEBOOK

bye for now, peeple! :)

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Fresh Figs #3 ~ Nancy Bernardo

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excited to feature an incredible artist on this week’s ‘edition’ of Fresh Figs ~ Nancy Bernardo! Nancy’s work is intricate, perfectly balanced and full of energy

the collage above is called ‘i heart exercise’ and the one below is ‘down, down’

Nancy explains her working methods right here, and here’s her personal website

ENJOY! ENJOY! ENJOY! :D :D :D

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Fresh Figs #2 ~ Zach Collins

ZC1 HEY! here’s the second installment of ‘Fresh Figs’, in which i post a-m-a-z-i-n-g art people have sent me (submission guidelines here)

this week i’m very proud to feature one of my favourite collage artists ~ Mr Zach Collins

‘Zach Collins was born in Grinnell, Iowa. He received his BA from Upper Iowa University, his MA from the University of Iowa, and his MFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He is currently living in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he is pursuing several art-related projects. His work, which is shown extensively both in the U.S. and internationally is about memories: tragic, humorous, and everything inbetween. Zach experiments with ironic and often unrecognizable imagery. His work is an investigation of the unexpected associations that are created by combining fragmented materials through collage.’

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here are Zach’s Tumblr, Flickr, Etsy and Instagram

E N J O Y!!!

Fresh Figs #1! ~ Kaitlyn Jo Smith

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HELLO!!! ‘Fresh Figs’ (bad title? hmmmm) is a new ‘series’ featuring G O O D new artists who mailed me work after my call for submissions

first up is Kaitlyn! Jo! Smith! Kaitlyn says ~ ~ ~

‘Hi, I’m a young artist from Northwestern Ohio. I work in mixed media, printmaking, sculpture and collage: most of these pieces deriving from a photographic element. My art often includes found imagery/objects and contains themes of nostalgia, femininity, body image and societal pressures.’

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here are some ‘computer-links’ to Kaitlyn’s website, wordpress and tumblr

i hope you enjoy her work, more ‘Fresh Figs’ (bad title? hmmmmm) soon!

(btw if you feel like submitting something yourself, please see the ‘guidelines’ here

H a p p y T h u r s d a y, P e o p l e! ! ! [Ben :D]

Hello, Fig Submissions Now Open

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after 2 years of posting my own ‘things’ on Hello, Fig i’d like to open the blog up to submissions!

i’m looking for collages, paintings, photos, GIFs, multi-media work or any other visual stuff you’ve made yourself

all selected works will also be posted on my facebook, tumblr and twitter accounts, so will potentially be shared with almost 8000 people

i’m hoping to build a really strong collection of contemporary art and need your help! if ur interested, please send a maximum of 3 JPEGS to stainton9@gmail.com

LOVE! and happy 2015, Ben

GOOD NEWS!!!

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so i had some GOOD NEWS last week ~ a guy in New York bought 3 of my original collages ~ the one above (‘noel coward was a kind of lightbulb’), plus ‘oblivious’ and ‘room with a view’ YAAAA!!!YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!YA

(this is the sound of me being happy btw)

sounds like the buyer’s had a pretty amazing life to be honest, he produced MTV’s Unplugged series, including the Nirvana one, plus the VMAs when Britney and Madonna um, osculated. he’s also good friends with Elvis Costello, for reals

ANYWAY, if anyone fancies a very late Christmas ‘dash’, all my originals are available for a ‘special’ seasonal price of £80 including P&P to anywhere on planet earth

(+ prints of any collage on the site are £35. email stainton9@gmail.com if ur interested)

OK. OK OK. happy december people of the internet!!! Ben :D <3 :D