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In the Spotlight: Felix Carmelo Rios

WHO

I am a visual artist based in Miami, Florida.

WHAT + WHY

My work reveals my intense aesthetic gaze, forged in an endless search for forms’ intrinsic beauty. The study of languages derived from geometric abstraction and associated with minimalism has given me the expressive tools to carry out an artistic proposal that fulfills this fundamental interest. It looks to recreate the encounter with pure forms and the rhythms that their relationships produce – chasing the apparent chaos of the surrounding reality.

STYLE

I start from views formed by the architectural overlaps and interactions—e.g., facades, cornices, gates, objects, and landscape’s natural elements. These images captured photographically offered me an opening to undertake—via digital or through pencil sketches—a “shape hunt,” executed after thoroughly studying each detail. Focusing on those whose aesthetic quality escapes the naked eye, I create new compositions, accentuating, continuing, or combining their forms and rhythms with those from other images obtained similarly. Even these “found compositions” often act as sources for searching new details, in a process that persistently runs from the macro to the micro views. My intuition and sensitivity play a dominant role in this post-photographic practice of searching, encountering, selecting, combining, and creating.

GOALS

My goal is to articulate shapes, lines, spaces, colors, and the internal rhythm produced when traveling through the city, concatenating panoramic and quick views, with slow glances at nuance nooks.

PHILOSOPHY

With my art I want to bring an optimistic view of the world. I achieve it through my vibrant color palette.

Thank you, Felix.

Artist page

Instagram: @felix_carmelo

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In the Spotlight: Loferrie

WHO

Born August 1964 – Aveyron countryside, south of France. Self-taught creative type, certainly not conventional! Lived in Paris in the ’80s, moved to London in 1999. A Career in the British film industry, as a maker, for the past 18 years.

WHAT + WHY

Abstract painting with acrylic, since 2015. Because Art is essential to Freedom and Freedom is essential to Art!

STYLE

Hard-edge Abstract Geometric. Curves, lines, perspectives, shaped with colors, volumes, and orchestrated with an intuitive state of mindfulness.

GOALS

I would like to make people see my art with their heart, to be in the moment fully conscious, and shut the intellect for a minute… or two!

PHILOSOPHY

There is no roadmap to Freedom without self-discipline!

FINAL STATEMENT

A daily practice can make wonders to the soul, therefore creating happiness!

Thank you, Loferrie.

Artist page

Instagram: @loferrie_art

Web: loferrie.net

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In the Spotlight: Becks

WHO

I am an intuitive self-taught abstract contemporary mixed media artist. Abstract art is something that I’ve always been drawn towards since I was a lil’ kid but as I grew older, my focus shifted towards humanitarianism. As an active mental health and homelessness advocate and having struggled with mental health myself, I realized I cannot continue to help others if I do not focus on my spiritual journey to self healing.

WHAT + WHY

By exploring self expression through equating emotions with colours, shapes, and mediums, I have learnt to reconnect with my inner self; allowing myself to explore my childhood love of abstract art. I aim to emulate abstract ideas surrounding nature, society, spirituality, and the cosmos through intuitive contemporary and mixed media layering techniques.

STYLE

My creative process entails tapping into my intuitive self, with no real destination or plan around how the piece will turn out. The majority of my work is a representation of my inner dialogue, articulated as a visual story. The completion process of my works is similar to solving a puzzle; aiming to create harmony between calculated geometric symmetry and raw emotional release through abstraction.

GOALS

I aim to evoke a feeling and philosophical thought to the viewer. Through providing a glimpse into the creative process for all of my works, I am curious as to whether the viewer holds a similar perspective on a painting or whether a piece is perceived differently, and why.

PHILOSOPHY

Breathwork is a technique that is crucial to the creative process of my paintings as it influences the mental, emotional and physical state of my being in the present moment. Researchers have suggested a link between mindfulness meditation and increased creativity. Specifically, meditation seems to promote improved divergent thinking (Colzato et al., 2012). Dobbins and Jaime (2014) found that engaging in divergent thinking tasks helped increase effectiveness of art and writing therapy. My project called “Meditation” depicts this mindfulness breathwork technique in action.

FINAL STATEMENT

Art is a strong contender of how we share our thoughts and ideas. It holds the opportunity to influence thoughts, allowing new ideas to emerge. I feel art is a powerful tool that can manifest change on both an individual and societal level. Just one new idea can change a persons’ perception, inspiring me to continue to create.

Thank you, Becks.

Artist page

Instagram: @beckstudio_

Web: beckstudio.ca

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In the Spotlight: HMX

WHO

I am a Dutch based, self made artist. Around 2000 I was inspired by street art and decided to paint myself. I started with stencil art, comic-oriented images and was active in the sticker scene. To increase my can handling I also started designing and spraying letters. I never had a specific style, but there was always a recognisability in the structure of my letters. I am actually a doodler, curious and always trying to discover and develop shapes. Over the years I have started to work more and more abstractly, in which all my experience of the past years comes together.

WHAT + WHY

I am a very restless artist. I am constantly stimulated by my environment, what I hear and see, which translates into my work. I actually prefer to work in black and white with possibly a supporting color, but I also like to use multiple colors. I mostly work on canvas and paper and still enjoy doing creative interventions in public space. I find the noise that street art brings to the streetscape very inspiring. Behind every tag and piece is a story and a person who for various reasons feels the need to make themselves known in a creative way in the public space.

STYLE

In my artwork you can clearly see the influence of street art and graffiti. Over the years I have started to paint more and more abstractly, but I still enjoy drawing and painting comic like or figuratively. I also combine them. I like variety and to push myself in different styles. I am also very inspired by art movements such as Pop Art, De Stijl, Art Deco, Bauhaus and vintage anatomy drawings.

GOALS

The main goal is to continuously develop and surprise myself. I would also like to make my art more known to a wider audience and look forward to fun collaborations with artists all over the world.

PHILOSOPHY

I want to enjoy my creativity every day and resign myself to the qualities that I have at that moment. If I don’t and just focus on perfecting, I’m taking away a lot of fun. I don’t want to see a mistake as a mistake, but as an opportunity or a new insight. My best works of art came from mistakes.

FINAL STATEMENT

I am happy that years ago I was inspired by art on the streets and hope that my work inspires other artists or encourages people to get started with art.

Thank you, HMX.

Artist page

Instagram: @hmx_artwork

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In the Spotlight: Kicki

WHO

I have never studied art, I am all self taught. I am an artist, that was born in Berlin and lived in Hong Kong and London. No doubt my past has shaped me in beautiful ways. Now after working in the corporate world for some time, I re-discovered my love for art and I can not wait to see where this journey takes me.

WHAT + WHY

Art is my happy place, where I can create what and when I want. I gives me joy and I want to share that joy with other people and fellow artists. I have always been creative, even at a young age. But it is only now that I invest the time in myself to truly explore my skills and passion.

STYLE

I am at home with geometric shapes. But I always try to push the boundaries a little, add irritating small elements that make the painting that much more interesting. Mixing geometrics with fluid abstract shapes is next.

GOALS

I want to create beautiful art to make people smile, stop, wonder, think, look deeper, let their mind wonder and take them places. I want them to take time to appreciate a piece of art in a busy world like todays hectic environment.

PHILOSOPHY

Keep putting in the work, the rest will follow.

Thank you, Kicki.

Artist page

Instagram: @simply_kicki_art

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In the Spotlight: Turboblack777

WHO

I am an artist who lives in New York City, USA and I been drawing since the age of four. It started with cartoons and comic books, the love of them drew me into wanting to be an artist. I studied at the High school of Art and Design and at the School of Visual Arts learning cartooning, animation, and graphic design. Art history, drawing and painting were required as well. And of course living in NYC, museums visits were mandatory. Here I learned to be the eternal student, absorbing art everywhere I could find it. After working traditionally for years, I now embrace digital art on mobile platforms. All the colors, brushes, paints, and pencils all in one toolbox!

WHAT + WHY

I’ve been creating art in many forms for many years and never explored abstract art. As I look at the world around me seeing so much figurative images, I felt drawn to see abstract art as a means to grow as an artist. It’s so freeing and I love it!

STYLE

My style consists of digital abstractions created to have an analog feeling. I purposely make sure human imperfections appear in my work to express that union. Because I believe art is about exploration, I create abstracts that evolve as i work. A piece may start in a more expressionistic way and may end up hardedge. I like to have a conversation or dance with my work.

GOALS

My short term goal is complete 1000 original abstract inspired posts on social media,sharing my work with the world. After that monetize my creations, gallery shows etc. It’s been an incredible enjoyable experience.

PHILOSOPHY

My favorite # is “creative life happy life” and believe in it fully. We are in this life to create beautiful things and as artists we are compelled to do so.

FINAL STATEMENT

I’m pleased to be a part of the abstract community and hope I represent it well. Thanks hardedger.com for the opportunity to share.

Thank you, Turboblack777.

Artist page

Instagram: @turboblack777

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In the Spotlight: Ruth Powell

WHO

I am an artist, designer and maker based in Bath, UK, with an eclectic approach to my work both in terms of media and inspiration. I currently use paint, printmaking, digital platforms, books and fibre to create new work. My influences and inspirations range from architecture and science to language and identity and even the pure process of making itself.

WHAT + WHY

I create abstract works through play and experimentation. Sometimes this is purely intuition based and at other times it is a product of pre-defined boundaries. Taking source material and interrogating it in such a way as to create something new. The source material may be a walk, photos, data, lyrics, a colour, to name a few. Creating in this way is intrinsic to who I am. It is the way I process the world around me and within me. The playful aspect to my practice is a key part of keeping me moving forward.

STYLE

My work is concerned with balance, space and abstraction and is often either highly complex or highly minimal in nature.

GOALS

To keep creating and learning. Engaging with new processes, ideas and media to push my work forward into new places. I want to put works out into the world that bring joy and inspire new perspectives. My hope is that all those engaging with my art, no matter their age or background, feel the freedom to experience and interpret each piece in their own way, consequently giving them a sense of ownership over the piece. Over time I hope to develop ways of helping others to engage with and develop their own creative practice.

PHILOSOPHY

Create freely work that inspires new perspectives and wonder pursue truth find beauty execute elegantly

Thank you, Ruth.

Artist page

Instagram: @ruthpowellioart

Web: ruthpowell.org

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In the Spotlight: Lutz Schoenherr

WHO

Born in 1953, afterleaving school I seriously considered to study art and design. But life turned out differently: I became a social worker/social scientist and in a second universitary education I becam a linguist.

WHAT + WHY

In 2007 I changed my life completely to finally become a fulltime artist. I spent some time joining courses in acrylic painting, later in a privat art school to learn basics in screen printing. All the “rest”: self studies, self training, self made…

STYLE

It’s all about colours and forms: nothing in nature is strongly geometrical, like squares, triangles or circles. But everything humans desingned follows these schemes. This is where I usually start. I use basically these rudimentary forms, repeat and change and repeat and change. I change only slightly in each step – but in the end sometimes you can hardly see any more, where it all came from. Sometimes you will get the impression 3-dimensional pictures, of dizzying dynamics. Sometimes you’ll associate crowds of people.

GOALS

My art is a never ending story. Working on one project, the next will turn up in my mind. A friend of mine put in these words: “I think, I know only 1 picture of you.” – But in reality it may have been the same subject, but in new shape and design. All the time. Allways unique and new.

PHILOSOPHY

There is no special purpose hidden in my work. I seem to be playing with forms and colours. But any viewer will be invited to see more “in” or “behind” my work. And come up with own conclusions about the reality he/she is living in.

FINAL STATEMENT

Playing is an important part of life.

Thank you, Lutz.

Artist page

Instagram: @infoswwapp.art

Web: graphic-art-work.com

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In the Spotlight: Jo Moloney

WHO

Living in Melbourne Australia, I’ve gradually transitioned from commercial photography to making hard-edged geometric paintings.

WHAT + WHY

Time in lockdown has enabled me to put certain areas of my life into perspective, and one of the critical discoveries I’ve made during this period is the importance of artmaking – something that initially felt like an exercise in self-indulgence, but which quickly evolved into a new way of communicating with the world. While I currently have time to practice, I’m putting everything into my work to create paintings that are personally meaningful, and hopefully resonate with the viewer.

STYLE

My work is heavily influenced by mid-century geometric abstraction, incorporating hard-edged forms that reflect my passion for the minimal compositions of artists like Agnes Martin and Sol LeWitt. The colour palette that dominates my work is a fusion of contemporary and mid-century modes, – part art history, part imagined history.

GOALS

My goal is to continue to experiment and find new ways of getting my paintings to speak on my behalf – sometimes boldly, sometimes quietly.

PHILOSOPHY

Experimentation and permutation drive innovation.

FINAL STATEMENT

Art for me is all about universalising the personal – developing a language that carries my experiences and interests, while remaining open to interpretation.

Thank you, Jo.

Artist page

Instagram: @jomoloney_art

Web: jomoloney.com.au

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In the Spotlight: Myriam Glatt

WHO

I am an artist who lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and I have always had a studio at home to be close and raise my daughters. I have a degree in architecture but shortly after training I went to live in California and took several art courses and when I returned I dedicated myself to applied art in decoration and commercial establishments. As an extra training I studied painting and art theory for 5 years at an alternative school Parque Lage where great Brazilian artists passed. Recently I graduated in Art / Philosophy at Puc Rj University because I missed studying theories to philosophize in my work.

WHAT + WHY

I always had doubts in which language to fix myself in painting or sculpture. When I decided to leave the traditional painting on canvas support, I choose cardboard as a support for my painting after realizing the excess of them discarded in the city and seeing in them a possibility to satisfy my desire to be a painting and sculptor in the same work.

STYLE

In the beginning, cardboard was a base for my organic paintings. 2 years ago I started looking at cardboard no longer as a means but as an end, a theme and from then on I became geometric. I left the squares, rectangles and tabs to move around in the wall sculptures of the Abamóvel series awarded in 2020. At the end of 2020 I return to the canvas bringing the geometric theme in the collages of the Arquimetrias series.

GOALS

My goal, now that I have reached a maturity of my production, is to circulate my work and show it to the greatest number of people. Lay people but mostly enter the art market through galleries and collectors.

PHILOSOPHY

Accept the mistakes that happen in the day-to-day of the studio, it is through them that you artist will build your poetics, adding or discarding, but start from a point and follow. Often the trash can is the most important element within the studio, and over time, creating maturity and deepening you will know what is your research or what ideas should be thrown away.

FINAL STATEMENT

If you think you can live without art, give up and don’t waste time. I tried to stop but I came back, this is one of the reasons that I will insist and dedicate myself. The fact that Hardedger.com noticed my work on instagram in the midst of so many images is a sign that it is worth making art in this life and especially in this difficult moment that we are living in, after all, being in lockdown isn’tgreat to be concentrate on?

Thank you, Myriam.

Artist page

Instagram: @myriamglatt

Web: myriamglatt.com.br

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In the Spotlight: Nurit Krausz

WHO

My love of painting has accompanied me my entire life, but besides a short stint at art school in my early twenties, my career has developed in other directions (PhD in physics, finance). My art allows me to combine the math and logic, expressed by the bold geometric forms, with my emotions that are reflected by the sensuality of the vivid oil paints.

WHAT + WHY

In 2020 I have experienced tragic events that caused me to reconsider my life goals, and I have decided to invest myself into what I love: my art. My painting style has also changed from the purely aesthetic and became more expressive with figurative and symbolic touches, reflecting my emotions and allowing for liberation and personal growth.

STYLE

The style of my painting is abstract, geometric and colorful, with an emphasis on a combination of shape and color that express an idea or a theme. My art allows me to combine the math and logic, expressed by the bold geometric forms, with my emotions that are reflected by the sensuality of the vivid oil paints. A lot of my paintings begin with a basic plan in mind, sometime sketched in pencil. However as I start with the oils, it can go anywhere.

GOALS

When I paint, my goal is always to be surprised and to discover something new that I didn’t know I had in me. It is almost a mystical experience. I want to be surprised by the result, to discover a mood, or a feeling, or an ability that I wasn’t aware of.

PHILOSOPHY

The worst enemy of creativity is fear. I try to always be brave when I paint.

Thank you, Nurit.

Artist page

Instagram: @nurit.krausz

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In the Spotlight: Niamh Ginger

WHO

Niamh Ginger was born 1995 on the outskirts of London. Growing up close to the city she had an incredible admiration to move closer to the art scene. Studying Fine Art since 2011 she has been awarded multiple high level certificates most notably receiving her BA Fine Art Diploma from Middlesex University.

WHAT + WHY

Since 2011 Ginger has experimented with a diverse practice in sculpture, painting, print making and drawing to explore the connection between the artist and existence, describing that as “art has no limitations”. The ability to effortlessly illustrate survival in this world makes for a magnificent piece each time.” Ginger’s subject within her work is not always clear to the viewer but the challenge the viewer faces while dancing their eyes around the piece makes for a curious challenge between contemporary beliefs and the hesitations to discover more about the subject, thus using the viewer as her main propeller she enjoys making it playful and uncertain.

STYLE

My practice aims to continue the traditions of Western still life painting whilst altering them in a contemporary manor. Abstracting the three dimensional form and colour from a subject in order to create an entirely new perspective and understanding. The somewhat claustrophobic and crowded compositions aim to remain ambiguous although they are approached with deliberate intent.

GOALS

I want to continue my daily art practice and eventually be able to be a full time artist.

PHILOSOPHY

You must become best friends with your practice. You must learn to paint in whatever mood you are feeling. Have arguments with your work, fall in love with it, go on adventures with your emotions.

Thank you, Niamh.

Artist page

Instagram: @niamh.ginger

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In the Spotlight: Jasmina Krajacic

WHO

I graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb; Croatia. I continued exploring techniques and materials in order to develop a distinctive style of my own. My style remains recognizable regardless of whether the work is purely abstract or is figurative with abstract elements. Throughout all of my works, I use strong lines bright colors geometric patterns, and dynamic shapes that suggest both depth and movement.

WHAT + WHY

As a child, I was averse to mathematics found myself naturally drawn towards geometry, and soon applied developed, good technical drawing skills through patient practice and study. Eventually, I was able to draw straight lines and perfect circles freehand. For the past 25 years, I have settled upon acrylic paints as my preferred medium. I have found them to be the best-suited option for my style of painting. Being quick to dry and providing a dead matt layer, I have settled upon acrylic paints as my preferred medium.

STYLE

My style is formed as a result of the conflict between ordinary daily life and my rebellious nature, searching for new challenges from the past or in the pop culture, related to my personal experiences and tendencies. I paint figurative motifs as well as abstraction, combining the shapes, mostly geometrical. Figurative subjects are intertwined with geometric shapes and overlapping/concentric circles. This method of working produces dynamism movement and often a modern spin on the psychedelic imagery of the 60s.

GOALS

I feel having been born with the gift of art was a privilege. To be enabled to have a career doing something I love makes me feel very fortunate. I am attempting through my work to brighten the lives of those that see it. Furthermore, I strive to use my art to inspire viewers of it to look at both the world and the people in it with a higher sense of hope and curiosity. I hope my work can make the possibility of perfect order clear; the complexity of reality and fantasy being brought together in order to form a thing of beauty.

PHILOSOPHY

Work hard every day, and progress in every way.

FINAL STATEMENT

Having lived through a civil war and seen the very worst of human nature has had a profound and lasting effect on me both personally and subsequently upon my work. Either through my use of color or subject matter, I’ve striven to present a more optimistic, hopeful, tolerant and happy vision of our future as a species.

Thank you, Jasmina.

Artist page

Instagram: @jasminakrajacic

Facebook: @Jasmina-Krajacic-Art-154364718036312

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In the Spotlight: Damien Elm

WHO

My name is Damien Elm, born in 1987. I live in Lille, in the north of France. I used to write songs in my younger years, recording, touring. But I came to a point where words failed at expressing what I had within me. It’s in drawing geometric and abstract pieces that I found a new impulse, about five years ago.

WHAT + WHY

Each drawing is a variation of a larger exploration: that of the symbiosis of the multiple towards the unique; a “thing” which may eventually emerge between the lines.

STYLE

My drawings are based on the accumulation of lines – usually in four steps: vertical, horizontal, and both diagonals. The process is repetitive, accumulative, hypnotic. The drawings are both minimalistic, in that they present basic geometric shapes in four colours maximum, and intricate with a lot of details if you concentrate on small sections. It comes from my interest in ambient music and objectivist poetry I guess. Say less, because the words or sounds will occupy a much bigger space.

GOALS

I want to explore more, make my work more acute and precise. I don’t feel like becoming a professional artist. I see myself as an amateur, though it is usually – and quite inaccurately – associated with mediocrity. There exist independent musicians, independent filmmakers but I don’t recall visual artists calling themselves “independent”. I teach in a middle school, which allows me to explore freely, without the need to “belong” to the artistic world.

PHILOSOPHY

I may expand my thoughts on what I’ve said previously, about saying less. “Less is more” is famous since the Modernists. But if you look around you, the world has not put the motto into practice. Everything is imposing, opulent, fast, mechanical, even grotesque sometimes. I’m touched by artists who had the ability to open so much with forms that were stripped down to their minimum. Think about Albers or Taeuber-Arp.

FINAL STATEMENT

Understanding comes with being open to the sensible, to small details, to imperfections, allowing us to step aside and witness a new representation of space. Thanks for reading all of it; please send me a DM on Instagram if you want to continue talking about all this.

Thank you, Damien.

Artist page

Instagram: @damien_elm

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In the Spotlight: Boceto-

WHO

I started painting graffiti at the beginning of the 90s and I studied on my own reading art and architecture books. I did work for graphic design, I am self-taught and for 7 years, have been doing canvas for 3 years and I have sent my works abroad. Now I’m doing muralism, learning what I can best and color studies. I am 39 years old.

WHAT + WHY

I work on geometric structures because I really like architecture and the games of colors that the city gives.

STYLE

It is a mixture of everyday actions, you move through geometry and I try to bring that to art, we live in constant movement.

GOALS

To keep learning, growing in knowledge, to give a better example of myself in art.

PHILOSOPHY

You can learn everything in life.

FINAL STATEMENT

I hope to continue growing as a person and as an artist to be able to deliver what I have learned in life.

Thank you, Boceto-.

Artist page

Instagram: @boceto_one

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