Every one of the 257 posts I published this past year is my favorite. I never post about an artist I only feel ok about. My aim has always been to focus on quality and certainly not quantity. That said, I felt the need to go back into the 2013 archives and pull out the works which, in my mind, revealed pathways to entirely new possibilities in visual art — as well as highlighting artists who take nothing for granted and question some very fundamental notions in our existence. They serve as reminders that we should never stay idle and certainly always question what seems taken for granted.
Thank you so much for reading and following Art Sponge this year, and happy new year!
The work of Thierry Fontaine photographically questions the notions of body, identity and the intersection of photo and sculpture.
Taisuke Koyama’s captures such bright and colorful beauty in the purposeful decay of his previous works. A true lesson in re-defining how one’s finished artwork are really never finished.
James Nizam brings the definition of photography back to its essential: light. In doing so, he also demonstrates an impeccable skill in controlling this frustratingly uncontrollable element.
Distorted images of women in advertising pervade our everyday environment. Some have gone as far as calling it poison. Vermibus takes this idea literally and uses toxic waste to extremely distort these images, to the point of creating striking artworks.
The extremely sharp, textured and abundantly colourful aesthetic of Mark Lovejoy’s photography makes it impossible to look away.
Justine Kurland frames nature and human nature in a wonderfully real and simultaneously mystical way.
I love the atmosphere found in Brian Vu’s collages, it’s dark and feels slightly occult — and very simply executed.
Yago Hortal hits the most explosive point in color I’ve observed this year, and does so unexplainably without over-doing it.
Orble’s work is also of the explosive kind, but with a fine touch of humour and a seemingly endless creativity to it.
0x17 perfectly bridges chaos and control, coherence and discordance, all the while finding a very careful compositional balance.
Hector Hernandez’s Hyperbeast series captures beauty in movement, while giving life to surreal creatures.
Max Snow’s photography depicts a dark and unabashed world and frames it beautifully.
Adolfer Bimer shows us the ghosts we all see in chemical abstractions.
Spiros Halaris’ work sits between many forms of art and design, where he’s built his own multidisciplinary aesthetic.
There’s an enigma behind Saiman Chow’s work and my eyes immediately feel obliged to try and peel off every layer of meaning in his symbolism.
Karborn’s work requires one to take a real look into the detail, the texture and the composition to see how brilliant the intention and beauty in it is.
Inka & Niklas’ photography is one of subtlety and the endeavour which lies behind it.
Kjell Varvin plays marvellously well with notions of impermanence throughout the endlessly different ways he constructs his temporary installations.
Alex Trochut truly knows what it means to play with type, and shows a fantastic imagination with each individual letter.
Whether black and white are truly colors is a matter of debate, but Elle Muliarchyk captures such richness in her contrast it’s hard to doubt it.
Erin O’Keefe shows beautiful depth in her depiction and interrogation concerning the flatness of photography.