EMERGING: David Marsh
David Marsh merges process, energy and visuals into an exciting mash-up of colour and texture that aims to tickle the senses.
EMERGING: Abby Double
Parisian artists Brice and Regis Abby are twin brothers who operate under the moniker Abby Double, exploring philosophical notions of duality.
EMERGING: Jel Martinez
Jel Martinez is part of a breed of street artists approaching graffiti through the prism of conceptual art. He replicates the clumsy buffing and removal techniques of council workers tasked to remove street art, and the in the process makes a meta-comment on how people perceive graffiti.
SEVEN WONDERS: Best Art Basel artists
With the dust (or the Miami Beach sand) settling on Art Basel 2012, we turn the spotlight on the seven best new artists we saw at the megafair.
Marc Lagrange: Sex, sepia and Polaroid photography
If Helmut Newton as the pioneer who introduced eroticism to photography, Marc Lagrange is one of his worthy heirs to the art. Heaving with lust and glamour, his sexually-charged large format photography might just overwhelm the fainthearted. Wonderland takes a deep NSFW breath and dives in.
EMERGING: Manny Prieres
Manny Prieres takes your treasured bookshelf possessions, turns them inside out and inverts them through his own dark, sinister lens. Wonderland talks to the artist.
EMERGING: Farley Aguilar
It’s almost Halloween and Farley Aguilar’s self-taught art is sending a chill down our spine. Born in Ecuador and raised in Miami, Aguilar’s disquietingly creepy paintings play off the idea of mob mentality and fizz with barely-concealed violence and dread.
EMERGING: Magnus Sodamin
Magnus Sodamin might have be a born and bred New York urbanite, but his art is all fantastical, glimmery abstracts imbued with fairytale impressionism. Wonderland talks to the dream-oriented artist.
EMERGING: Rebeca Raney
Rebeca Raney's childlike illustrations might look like they've stepped out of Moominland, but there's a quirky, unpretentious expressiveness that makes us go back for more. Wonderland talks to the Brooklynite artist.
EMERGING: Sinisa Kukec
Sinisa Kukec transforms found objects and trash into enthralling, sinisterly beautiful installations. The enigmatic whiskey-drinking artist tells us about getting kicked out of Charleston bars, Peter Voulkas’ arse, and why his eastern European blood means his art is made for glass-half-empty types.
EMERGING: Agustina Woodgate
http://capturehislove.com/ dating coach Agustina Woodgate became an online sensation when the Internet found her sewing poetry into thrift store clothes, but the Argentine is taking on the world with her playful, world-conscious art – starting with an abandoned theme park in Berlin.
EMERGING: André Leon Gray
André Leon Gray – self-taught, African-American, born and raised in the South – isn’t your average artist. His paintings and mixed media assemblages present a chopped and screwed version of American history and black identity, but one that’s alternately witty, reflective and heartfelt.
RISING: Brandon Opalka
Brandon Opalka was painting 30 foot murals by the time he was out of high school, but the rough and ready artist has been making waves at Art Basel. Wonderland talks to him about his crazy, conceptual murals.
EMERGING: Nicholas Arehart
LA-based artist Nicholas Arehart channels his youthful punk roots into pointed critiques of capitalism and authority. Wonderland talks to him about his sculpture and video installation, and why he thinks IKEA furniture can work in art.
EMERGING Lena Schmidt
German artist Lena Schmidt captures the spirit of the modern city in her art, channelling its gritty energy into her carvings and paintings using found pieces of wood. Wonderland speaks to this urban explorer.
KRISTY LEIBOWITZ: journalism meets art
Photographer Kristy Leibowitz boldly trains her eye on artists and models, capturing their essence and character in ways that surprise, shock and charm. Wonderland talks to her about her tabloid and Daily Mail roots, and how a Busta Rhymes music video kickstarted her photography career.