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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Interview With Graphic Designer, Freddy Bernard (@ink_mad).

Interview With Graphic Designer, Freddy Bernard (@ink_mad).

Graphic Designer Freddy Bernard (hailing from the French West Indies and currently residing in France) has made an impression on social media sites like Tumblr and Instagram with his humanizations of characters from Disney's classic film, "The Lion King". With an impressive and believable depiction of these beloved characters, Freddy showcases his outstanding talent and love for the timeless source material he was compelled to reimagine.

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Interview With Visual Artist, Melissa Williams of Misprint.

Interview With Visual Artist, Melissa Williams of Misprint.

Melissa Williams is a freelance artist (operating out of Melbourne, Australia) that has used her impressive eye for color to create epic art for musicians, retailers (which has given her an insider look at the entrepreneurial side of the business), and everyday consumers.

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Interview With Painter, Danny O'Connor.

Interview With Painter, Danny O'Connor.

By utilizing elemental juxtaposition, Danny is able to create complex and hefty pieces that touch on themes like life, death, and growth with a unique kind of vibrancy. When his work isn’t touching on deeper existential concepts and motifs, they’re paying homage to the beauty of femininity and nature. There is a captivating structure to Danny’s pieces that give them an unmistakable verve and aesthetic, so much so, that he has been commissioned by several individuals and establishments to paint murals, portraits, and other pieces.

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Interview With Painter, Michael D'Antuono.

Interview With Painter, Michael D'Antuono.

Michael’s work, while poignant, emotional, and hauntingly beautiful, manages to critique our current governmental policy and climate with razor sharp depictions of the injustices that they have caused. His pieces don’t just aim to point out some of the issues we’re facing in contemporary America, they seek to foster important dialogue about the choices we continue to make as a “sovereign” collective and if those choices can ever truly lead to better future for those who reside within it. 

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Interview With Visual Artist, Soosh.

Interview With Visual Artist, Soosh.

Russian artist Soosh (currently living in Ukraine) has garnered serious praise in recent months after releasing a series of watercolor paintings detailing the importance of fatherhood for young women. Soosh, like so many others, grew up without her father, an unfortunate and sweeping trend here in the United States as well. The absence and longing for a patriarchal figure in her life lead to the creation of this series as a way to help herself and others who may have experienced the same thing. 

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Interview With Visual Artist, Cameron Gray.

Interview With Visual Artist, Cameron Gray.

Visual artist Cameron Gray (operating out of Melbourne, Australia) is using his skills in several different mediums to create spiritually tinged, hyper-realistic canvases that showcase the divinity of the highly coveted psychotropic landscape. Although careful not to proselytize, his work does a masterful job of telling stories of ascension and oneness, while giving the experiencer the space to project his or her own meaning onto his works.

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Interview With Artist and Musician, Simon Haiduk.

Interview With Artist and Musician, Simon Haiduk.

Like many other artists in this fascinating genre, Simon has done a commendable job at replicating the energies that one may find themselves coming into contact while under the tutelage of spiritual or psychedelic sacraments. With a reverence for nature and the beings that dwell within it, Simon has consistently used this as a source of inspiration and empowerment, allowing him to produce magnificent portraits and tapestries.

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Interview With Visual Artist, Brian Pollett.

Interview With Visual Artist, Brian Pollett.

Brian Pollett is a visual artist that is blending the powerful magic of narcotic substances with the digital wizardry made possible by computer software. With an affinity for these tools (most notably Methoxethamine), Brian has incorporated them into his artistic schema to create the Binge series. 

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Interview With Visual Artist, Adam Lupton.

Interview With Visual Artist, Adam Lupton.

Vancouver’s Adam Lupton is currently releasing some of the most magnificent material I have seen in some time. Many of the themes in his pieces relate to the human condition and our innate tendency to overanalyze, brood, or falter when confronted with choice. 

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