Welcome to another 405 Art Roundup! A little earlier then expected, but hey, It's a beautiful day here in London, England so why not eh? On this weeks Roundup... Artist: Diana Sudyka Link: www.dianasudyka.com Diana Sudyka lives and works in the Chicago area. She initially worked as a master printer for Chicago artist Tony Fitzpatrick at Big Cat Press, and at Landfall Press, until getting a Masters of Fine Art from Northwestern University. She then worked with archives including the John M. Wing History of Printing and Book Arts Collection at Chicago's Newberry Library. Currently, she works as a full time illustrator, creating work for everything from book covers, album artwork, screenprinted rock posters, to watercolors for her avian blog, The Tiny Aviary, that documents her volunteer work for the Chicago Field Museum of Natural History. Some bands that she has created posters for include: The Decemberists, Feist, Iron and WIne, Andrew Bird, Modest Mouse, Pearl Jam and Tortoise. Chicago has a great printing tradition and community and she's proud to have ink under her fingernails. Artist: Luke Drozd Link: www.lukedrozd.com Luke Drozd is an artist based in London intent on creating a body of work that is visceral, rich and varied. He studied BA Fine Art at Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, England and is currently by day studying towards a Masters in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, whilst at night he creeps through the corridors of the world of contemporary illustration. His practice takes in a multitude of arts disciplines including fine art painting and drawing, illustration, performance and ephemeral works. His solo work has been exhibited internationally including at the closing party for the Scottish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, Scotland’s Six Cities Design Festival, 2007 Jerwood Drawing Prize and shows with Dazed and Confused Magazine. He also works with a variety of arts collectives including The Werewolves of London and Leeds, England based Black Dogs. His client based work is broad in scope taking in poster design for DIY bands and t-shirt companies to Sony Playstation and Warner Brothers Records. Recurrent themes seem to involve modes of communication, mutilated animals, lesser Gods and an ultimate sense of impending doom. Artist: Frances Bickerdike Link:www.myspace.com/francesbickerdike Frances Bikerdike is an Illustrator and Artist from Leeds. Her work is a fantastic array of primary colour strokes, swirls and lines that can be seen to often create a flourishing landscape or a blushing portrait. Frances simplistic and almost child like style is both pleasant and edible, served in its bite size portions. A lot of Frances' work explores the white space across the page, filling it with shapes and creations of all different sizes. It could be said that in some ways the style that Frances conforms to is in no way unique, new or ground breaking to the art scene. Whether you like this style or not, its apparent that line drawings and colouring pencil and powder paint pallets will never tire from primary school art classes. Artist:Cai Guo-Qiang Link:www.caiguoqiang.com Cai Guo-Qiang was born in 1957 in Quanzhou City, Fujian Province, China. The son of a historian and painter, Cai was trained in stage design at the Shanghai Drama Institute. His work has, since the outset, been scholarly and often politically charged. He initially began working with gunpowder to foster spontaneity and confront the suppression that he felt from the controlled artistic tradition and social climate in China at the time. While living in Japan from 1986 to 1995, he explored the properties of gunpowder in his drawings, an inquiry that eventually led to his experimentation with explosives on a massive scale and to the development of his signature explosion events, exemplified in the series Projects for Extraterrestrials. Cai quickly achieved international prominence during his tenure in Japan, and since 1995, he has lived in New York. His approach draws on a wide variety of symbols, traditions, and materials such as feng shui, Chinese medicine, dragons, roller coasters, kites, boats, computers, live animals, and vending machines. Artist:Os Gemeos Link: www.lost.art.br/osgemeos Right when it seems Os Gêmeos) can’t get any hotter, they go and pull off an exhibit like this. We’re talking about their current Vertigo Exhibition at CCBB –the artistic twin’s first ever solo show in Rio De Janeiro. The Brazilian twins, Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo aka Os Gêmeos, have taken it to another level entirely with a brand new series of paintings, sculptures and sound objects occupying multiple rooms at the massive CCBB in Rio. Their paintings are always top-notch, but what really blows us away are their latest installations- which run the gamut from a large wooden sculpture of a man in the center of the space’s atrium to square-faced characters housing intricately decorated bedrooms; a complete band of fully decorated instruments to a lighted room that looks as if it could house the best rave ever. Yep, Os Gêmeos have once again solidified their place as one of the world’s leading contemporary art forces to be reckoned with. If you’re in Rio de Janeiro, make sure to stop by this incredible exhibit. Vertigo will remain on view at CCBB through May 24th, 2009. If you would like your art work to be featured in the next Roundup, then send a message to us at - The405arthouse@googlemail.com