Social Dramentary: Artist Luis Quiles Gives Us the Rundown on His Controversial Artwork, Criticism, and His Surprising Influences.

Social Dramentary: Artist Luis Quiles Gives Us the Rundown on His Controversial Artwork, Criticism, and His Surprising Influences.

Meet Luis Quiles, a Spanish artist who uses his work to examine sexuality and it’s relationship to status and sentimentality. While Luis himself doesn’t like to ascribe specific meanings to his pieces (he feels that is something that should be left up to the viewer) it is quite clear that he is looking to probe the overarching themes of capitalism, connection, and sensuality that are on full display in the modern world. 

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Out of the Screen and On to your Couch: Artist Wil Hughes Discusses 3D Art, Animation, and Realism.

Out of the Screen and On to your Couch: Artist Wil Hughes Discusses 3D Art, Animation, and Realism.

Have you ever sat around wondering what Rick Sanchez from Rick and Morty would look like if he was rendered in 3D? How about Courage the Cowardly Dog? Well no worries, UK artist Wil Hughes has you covered with his take on how these legendary personalities could appear if they stumbled into 3D space.

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Jon Moody: Athletic and Creative Synergy for Artistic Excellence.

Jon Moody: Athletic and Creative Synergy for Artistic Excellence.

Artistic synergy is the product of consistent commitment and unwavering discipline in spite of adversity. No one exemplifies this more than artist Jon Moody who has made it his mission to utilize his creative and physical potential for the benefit of inquiring minds. He uses his abilities to craft powerful paintings that explore ubiquitous human emotions and shed light on the misrepresented and underserved. 

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Interview With Freelance Street Artist, David Zinn.

Interview With Freelance Street Artist, David Zinn.

David Zinn is a Michigander specializing in chalk-based anamorphic street design. He uses the sidewalks of Ann Arbor, Michigan as his canvases to create whimsical characters participating in fun (sometimes mischievous) tasks.

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Interview With Graphic Artist, Olga Wójcik.

Interview With Graphic Artist, Olga Wójcik.

Olga Wójcik is an artist from Poland that has been turning many heads with her fashion inspired graphic designs. Olga takes her favorite cartoon characters, swags them out, and shares them for all to see on her Instagram account. 

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Interview With Fumage Artist, Steven Spazuk.

Interview With Fumage Artist, Steven Spazuk.

Steven has been dubbed "The Fire Artist" (even collaborating with the iconic Zippo lighter brand) as a result of his proficiency in this style of composition. Many see the almost ethereal nature of his gorgeous works as far more than just some simple novelty. Some of history's greatest surrealists like Salvador Dali (one of Steven's inspirations) have dabbled in fumage and the results are momentous representations of the legitimacy of the technique.

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Gurus, Animated Parody Done Right.

Gurus, Animated Parody Done Right.

Marc likes to say that much of his work is about nothing, however, it is here that the series manages to extract it’s own meaning. By being about nothing, it is about everything. It methodically riffs on the nature of reality, who can reach enlightenment (and how they can or should go about doing it), the ridiculousness of our current society, and the trippy uneasiness that accompanies participating in quotidian reality. By stepping back and refusing to take itself too seriously, it becomes a top notch parody and underrated gem.

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Interview With Digital Artist, Brian Pollett (Pt.II)

Interview With Digital Artist, Brian Pollett (Pt.II)

I have spoken with artist Brian Pollett before and i am still fascinated by the concept of his Binge series. Over a set course of days, Brian consumes various drugs and creates pieces that attempt to represent elements of each particular substance. It's a very underrated concept in my opinion and manages to showcase both Brian's virtuoso talent, as well as his incredible ability to translate these spaces into reality for us to admire without being pretentious.

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Interview With Artist and Co-Owner of Hi-Fructose Magazine, Daniel "Attaboy" Seifert.

Interview With Artist and Co-Owner of Hi-Fructose Magazine, Daniel "Attaboy" Seifert.

With it’s unique take on contemporary art, Hi-Fructose has witnessed a meteoric rise to prominence since it’s inception in 2005. The magazine has since featured a plethora of high profile creatives from around the globe operating in various disciplines. Recently, the publication was has even created it’s own it’s own exhibition entitled Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose that showcases the evolution of the property and some of the artists they’ve featured over the years. 

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Interview With Jeff Fletcher (Outsource), Creator of VeloCity.

Interview With Jeff Fletcher (Outsource), Creator of VeloCity.

Jeff Fletcher (also known as the drum & bass producer, Outsource) is no stranger to Inside the Rift. We have spoken before about his music, inspirations, and love for classic racing titles (most notably Wipeout for the original Playstation). It was honestly no surprise when I saw that he had decided to create his own endless runner title called VeloCity for mobile operating systems.

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Interview With Traveler and Artist, Eric Giuliani.

Interview With Traveler and Artist, Eric Giuliani.

After becoming disenchanted with his job as a consultant, Eric decided to travel the world and document his adventures as a form of self exploration, self discovery, and an opportunity to awaken his true creative potential. He created the website “Travel Tall” to document his journey and connect with his audience. Determined to navigate the globe without the use of planes, he has used creative (and inspiring) methods to pay for lodging and other necessities. One thing that also stood out about Eric was his impressive height. At 6’9 (2.05m), he is quite tall and I was curious as to how his stature factors into the logistical side of his travels. Standing 6’6 (2.02m) myself, I couldn't help but imagine myself experiencing some of the downsides of “traveling tall”. 

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Interview With Photographer, Taylor Michael Burk.

Interview With Photographer, Taylor Michael Burk.

Taylor Michael Burk is a Canadian photographer that has rose to prominence with his outstanding photographs. Using the social media sharing platform, Instagram as a way to market himself, he has used the platform as a way to help him secure sponsors and share his work.

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Interview With Digital Artist, Justin Totemical

Interview With Digital Artist, Justin Totemical

With his futuristic take on natural landscapes and architectural structures, Justin has seamlessly incorporated elements of Science Fiction and Transhumanism into his works. Subtle cubist influences are woven into his pieces giving them an interesting verve and very post-modern warmth. His knack for this type of "cyber-punk" has set done much to set him apart from many of his contemporaries in the ever expanding digital art movement.

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Interview With Artist, George Redhawk.

Interview With Artist, George Redhawk.

George’s work attempts to recreate the vivid hallucinations that he experiences as a result of Charles Bonnet Syndrome (CBS), a disease that is common amongst patients with partial or severe blindness. Using software to aid the visually impaired, George is able to apply fluid-like, vacillations onto preexisting images to create something that is truly awe-inspiring. Now coined the “Redhawk Effect” by the artistic community, George’s signature style has led to his meteoric (and celebrated) rise within the art world.

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Interview With the Artist Couple, Nabiha & Thom.

Interview With the Artist Couple, Nabiha & Thom.

The "UNITY" series documents the couples evolution (beginning in 1997, up until now) in a selfie format (which was fairly uncommon in the 90s). This set acts a wonderful opportunity to view the growth the two have had together in an honest, and natural context. There is something peaceful (and assuring) about seeing romantic longevity being depicted in such a way. It's comforting to see that two people can still learn, grow, and achieve a kind of spiritual unity.

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