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‘Riddles you don’t need to solve’

Originally posted on Canadian Art Junkie:


Multidisciplinary artist Bruce Pashak creates art forms as playgrounds for the imagination. He calls them “riddles that you might try to puzzle out but never need to solve.” (Above: What Love Tells Me)


The Vancouver-based Pashak asks viewers to “feel their way through” his mixed media works. He ranges in style from painterly collages to finely rendered graphite drawings overlaid with pastiches of paint. He’s known for his sophisticated, graphic presence. (Above: Pan Awakes, Summer Marches In)

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” I select imagery, words, colour, technology and material elements to spark a response and then another one and on and on until you feel contained within this cacophony of creative release,” Pashak says. (Above:: What the Angels Tell Me)


A Masters graduate of the University of Calgary, Bruce Pashak’s studio practice includes combinations of painting, drawing, sculpture, and mixed media work. Pashak also uses

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Darren Moore’s Long Exposure Black and Whites


A self taught photographer working full-time to hone his craft, Darren Moore engages in long exposure photography.  Unlike most of us snap-happy amateurs taking quick images with iphones and tablets, Moore is not to be rushed. The LE technique involves planning for ideal conditions, composition and time. He has shone his work internationally and has garnered multiple awards for very clean, black and white images.  Included are images from Moore’s Monochrome series.

Primarily working in Black & White I specialise in a technique called ‘Daytime Long Exposure’ using Neutral Density (ND) filters attached to the lens. ND filters cut out the amount of light coming into the lens allowing the shutter to be left open for much longer than normal, capturing movement with an ethereal aesthetic. My images range from 30 second exposures to 15+ minutes.

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Dan Roosegaarde

Studio Roosegaarde’s DUNE

Enhancing social interaction in public space since 2007, Daan Roosegaarde’s DUNE is a permanent interactive landscape of light in Rotterdam using hundreds of LEDs in an urban setting. DUNE, the modular system, is also commissioned in several other spaces internationally utilizing varying levels of height and number.

DUNE is the public interactive landscape that interacts with human behavior. This hybrid of nature and technology is composed of large amounts of fibers that brighten according to the sounds and motion of passing visitors.

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Joshua Harker in the 3rd Dimension

Sculptor, designer and digital sculpture extraordinaire, Joshua Harker is a Chicago-based artist producing technical, sophisticated, industrial, complex and aesthetically intriguing work by starting with a detailed drawing and ending with a 3D printed piece.  Harker is a former special effects designer and toy maker with a fascinating start.  A Bash Contemporary biography on Harker includes a blurb on his early days:

Declared a prodigy as a young child, he assumed the identity of an artist from his earliest pursuits.  His parents were both artists connected to Grant Wood through his colleague & former student John Bloom & his wife Isabel.  Joshua’s young life included post 60′s off-grid communal living, Hell’s Angels babysitters, complete artistic immersion, and family tragedy. Joshua attended the Kansas City Art Institute and St. Ambrose University as well as later studying anatomy & forensic arts. Joshua’s fascination with digital sculpture and 3 dimensional printing technology began as a commercial sculptor and designer in the toy, invention and design, special effects, and product development industries. In the late 90′s he founded a boutique design and development firm servicing some of the largest global properties and corporations. He served as its president & CEO through 2008 after which he left his post to return to his art.

Harker’s work has appeared in nearly every major US-based design publication.  Projects, titled, Crania Anatomica Filigre and Anatomica di Revolutis, were well-funded using his own marketing prowess.

My work is at its essence a journey of exploration & discovery… an attempt to peer into the unknown & share a glimpse of what’s out (& in) there;  to understand who we are & where we come from & find clues about how form & physical reality are perceived. A product of my time, I use technology not only because of its utter necessity in the forms I make but also that I feel absolutely compelled to make art with it, to humanize the inhuman as we’ve done with stone, clay, metal, & wood… digital data as medium, computer as chisel, & 3d printer as forge.

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McNabb’s City

American craftsman, James McNabb, works with humble scrap wood to create a treat for the viewer.  Creating city skylines with as much detail as a sketch of Manhattan, the result is a series of fantastic and exciting pieces called The City Series.

The City Series is a collection of wood sculptures that represent a woodworker’s journey from the suburbs to the city. Each piece depicts the outsider’s perspective of the urban landscape. Made entirely of scrap wood, this work is an interpretation of making something out of nothing. Each piece is cut intuitively on a band saw. The result is a collection of architectural forms, each distinctly different from the next.

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Franklin and Harris by Tronk

Walnut TableSuited for any dwelling but most befitting the modern space, the Franklin Shelf and Harris Table are design pieces doubling as furniture. Between utilizing local walnut, cherry & maple wood in a smooth, rich finish, and accomplishing distinct design, these handmade pieces occupy the least amount of space while allowing the greatest amount of storage.

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Created by two friends from Ohio, the Tronk style reflects a timeless American design aesthetic. Clean lines, sleek styling and strong features create pieces of furniture that will last years, without ever going out of style.

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You’ll find their most recent collections at Tronk Design.



“Design can change the world” is design firm, Shift’s belief, and as they design contemporary Latin-American products we welcome the splendid modernism of their pieces.

The Viva series of stools and tables is crafted from wood and leather.  The Viva Desk is made from a fairly new material called OSB or Oriented Strand Board. OSB enhances the sustainability of Shift’s product, as the material is made from small trees that require less growing time so it’s deemed environmentally friendly. Not only is it sustainable but it’s said to be a very durable and adaptable wood.

This is invitingly solid, down to earth work from the design firm out of Monterrey, Mexico. Enjoy Viva by SHIFT.


Viva is the beginning of a line of furniture pieces and objects that seek to present our vision of Mexican and Latin American design on a global scale.  Viva merges artistry and craftsmanship with modern technology to create furniture pieces with a high human factor, which we believe translates into a more human and emotional object, a soul.

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The Viva desk materializes our view of a complete design where each detail and element holds an aesthetic but also functional purpose.

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