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Pattern of Redundancy
by danyol

Editor's Note

"I want to bring part of my everyday life into my art," says danyol, our Issue 55 cover artist, "and show people that there is beauty in the mundane, harmony in the abstract and power in the inspiration." While using equal parts nostalgia and current events together, danyol's pop-influenced mixed media paintings explore the liminal spaces between surface and emotion; gender role, responsibility and reality; along with other inconsistencies in our fragile social fabric.

San Francisco artist danyol was born in 1970 in Orange County, California, just a stone's throw away from Disneyland. Growing up, he nourished himself on a steady diet of pop art, cubism, and sarcasm. danyol's use of his own life and surroundings combine to form a dizzying combination of colors, patterns, and textures. These are then masked out by definitive figures and shapes, somehow bringing some definition to his chaos. Look closely at the found objects collaged in the background; they leave hints as to the deeper meaning of the painting. Look at one of his paintings from one angle and it is seemingly straight forward. From another angle in different light, the painting becomes much more.

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