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Artists explore the ethical aspects of commercial DNA ancestry testing

Last month, i attended an evening of ethical debates and artistic comments related to ancestry DNA testing, a commercial service offered by competing private companies to individuals who are eager to know more about their ethnic roots or who are searching for distant relatives.


A Larry Achiampong & David Blandy, Finding Fanon, 2015

Matt Talbert

Matt Talbert is a contemporary oil painter living in Orange County, California.  He is named one of the „Top 100 Figurative Artist Working Now“ by PoetsArtists Magazine.  Matt’s primary focus is expressive paintings of the human figure exhibited in galleries such as Arcadia Contemporary in California. While he grew up at the beach, he attributes much of his artistic development to his years spent in New York City. Working in the basement of the famous Pearl art store on Canal street and meeting a wide range of artists from all disciplines was indispensable. He has recently been featured in the pages of American Art CollectorPoetsArtists and International Artist Magazine. Matt earned his BFA from the Laguna College of Art and Design and is a member of the Portrait Society of America.

 

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Desire 20×18 inches oil on linen

Desire is a fruitful exercise in restraint and minimalism, in that the tightly cropped and beautifully depicted imagery leaps out from the unpainted background. Thoughtful, well-placed brushstrokes capture an exalted yet fleeting sense of realism while waning impasto and seemingly haphazard drips gradually invade the bare support, enhancing its captivating contemporary look.

The Haunting Imagination of Contemporary Artist Espen Kluge-Norway

espen kluge. digital art, contemporary art, modern art, new art, art, surrealism, futuristic

Espen Kluge I’m Not Here

Artist, coder, and musician Espen’s oeuvre includes a series of haunting images of eerie objects and spectral like portraits. In this work there seems to be an interplay between those Freudian concepts of displacement and condensation, paired with a poetry of imagery that oscillates between message, symbolism, mystery, fear, and desire.

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