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A room with poetry and music: Art by Anna Valdez from California

Art by Anna Valdez is bookish and super sweet! The spontaneous assortment of items are endearing, like the home of a longtime friend. The poetry books, 80′s albums, potted plants, tapestries are from her Oakland studio:

“They exist as a part of my domestic environment, and I have put them in my paintings to understand the domestic sphere as emblematic of both personal and collective experience.”

The craving for tranquility is a distinctive quality of our generation. Anna’s art neutralizes the noise in big cities and reminds us to enjoy some alone time with poetry and music. These works prove that in order to empathize with others we have to reveal the intimate, peculiar and vulnerable parts of ourselves.

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Funny melodies about modern life: Dave Van Patten from Long Beach

Dave Van Patten’s illustrations are curious little acoustic melodies about modern life, with crazy, surreal and children’s storybook qualities. His work revolves around observations on family life, relationships, and life as an artist — all filled with elegant, witty twists on the familiar. We can’t get enough of his hilarious and nonsensical fables like Beer with Bigfoot, Poseidon’s Depression and Depressed Lincoln and the Bicycle Caravan. We also love his more introspective works like End of the World Party, Pink Moon and Vinyl Party. These have an air of shyness and wistfulness, but never cynical, instead they are reflective — a young artist taking time to think about the world and involving the audience in his stories. The coolest part is his ability to sublimate loneliness and fragility, through a light-hand an affectionate eye, transforming them into whimsical and cheerful scenarios. Don’t miss his amusing descriptions, they’re like scenes from sketch comedy!
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