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Fall 2016 Issue

Dale Williams By Dale Williams

Dale Williams was raised in a working-class Catholic family in suburban Baltimore in the 1960s. In 7th grade a nun at the parochial school he attended introduced the class to drawing and painting with oil pastels. When he won an honorable mention for a work called “My Grave” in a school-wide exhibition he decided to keep making pictures.

Williams’s paintings, drawings, and books usually depict figures, largely imaginary, and often contain traces of writing, legible and illegible. His art aims to create a contemporary mythos – an imaginal way of understanding and explaining the world. The figures, and the work itself, bear evidence of distress: empathy for the beaten and lowly is embodied in these creations of emotional immediacy.

Williams has exhibited in venues in the New York City area for many years, such as the Drawing Center, Kentler International Drawing Space, and the BRIC Rotunda Gallery. His last one-person show, “Fear Not To Appear”, which highlighted early work from 1980–1997, was held at Gowanus Loft in April 2016. His work has been published in BOMB, Ecotone, Weirderary, A Bad Penny Review and other print and online journals. He is a 2014 fellow in Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts from the New York Foundation for the Arts. His work is currently represented by the Vanderbilt Republic creative agency/artist cooperative.

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Winter 2016 Issue

Steven Erra By Steven Erra

Steven Erra is a visual artist, a photographer and painter. He has been legally blind for many years due to Retinitis Pigmentosa. He has a B.F.A. from Parsons School of Design. In 1993 Steven joined a photography class for the blind and sight-impaired and it was from this group that the Seeing With Photography Collective started in 1997. More recently he joined the Light Painting World Alliance (LPWA). Steven has had work in numerous exhibitions and publications.

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Spring 2015 Issue

Joseba Elorza By Joseba Elorza

My name is Joseba Elorza and I was born in Vitoria-Gasteiz, a small city in the Basque Country, Spain. I studied to become sound technician and later spent a couple of unfruitful years in art school. It was all this synesthesic hodgepodge where MiraRuido sprang from; I used to spend the morning as a sound technician in a radio station and the evening working on collages. Sight gradually took over hearing, and presently I’m making a living as an illustrator and artist.

And what is MiraRuido?
It’s just the combination of two Spanish words:
Mira = look, see.
Ruido = noise.

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Fall 2014 Issue

Laurie Lipton By Laurie Lipton

Laurie Lipton was born in New York and began drawing at the age of four. She was the first person to graduate from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pennsylvania with a Fine Arts Degree in Drawing (with honors). She has lived in Holland, Belgium, Germany, France, the UK and has recently moved to Los Angeles after 36 years abroad. Her work has been exhibited extensively throughout Europe and the USA. Lipton was inspired by the religious paintings of the Flemish School. She tried to teach herself how to paint in the style of the 16th century Dutch Masters and failed. When traveling around Europe as a student, she began developing her very own peculiar drawing technique building up tone with thousands of fine cross-hatching lines like an egg tempera painting. “It’s an insane way to draw”, she says, “but the resulting detail and luminosity is worth the amount of effort. My drawings take longer to create than a painting of equal size and detail.”

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Spring 2014 Issue

Stefan Belzig By Stefan Beltzig

Born in Bavaria in 1944, the son of a Berlin film maker and dealer in Oriental Antiquities, Stefan Beltzig attempted at first to turn his back on the artistic milieu in which he was raised, dropped out of school and joined a circus troop as an acrobat. After leading the life of a vagabond, which enabled him to travel in India and the Near East, he began to study art. From 1963 to 1964 he worked at Shiraz and Isfahan in Iran where he took up ceramics and sculpture. After a formal study of art and graduation from the Academy of Art in Munich with First Prize in painting in 1973, he began to emphasize realism and trompe l’oeil- effects in his works. From 1979 on, his attention turned solely to drawing. His work and additional information can be found at and

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Fall 2013 Issue

Matt Crump By Matt Crump

Matthew Crump is a cognitive psychologist by day, and a hobby painter and analog synthesizer enthusiast by night. He received his B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Lethbridge, in Alberta, Canada where he grew up, and his Ph.D. in Psychology from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. He became interested in painting during his graduate school days, and continues to explore colorful themes that blend elements of cartooning and graphic design with his interests in science fiction, spaceships, robots, dinosaurs, and nintendo. He enjoys using sharpie markers whenever possible, and has developed a fondness for oil paints on wood panelling as his primary medium. Crump is now an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Brooklyn College of CUNY, and runs a research laboratory investigating cognitive processes involved in learning new skills. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and cat.

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Winter 2013 Issue

Matt Burke By Matt Burke

Matthew Burke is a sculptor whose research interests include finding parallels between human activity and those in the natural world in order to communicate the interdependency of life. He uses wood for its lasting character and ever association with nature. His work is in several major museums and collections including, the Museum of Modern Art Library, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the Cleveland Institute of Art Library.

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Fall 2012 Issue

Eleanor Leonne Bennett By Eleanor Leonne Bennett

Eleanor Leonne Bennett is a 16 year old internationally award winning photographer and artist who has won first places with National Geographic, The World Photography Organisation, Nature’s Best Photography, Papworth Trust, Mencap, and The Woodland Trust and Postal Heritage….

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Winter 2012 Issue

Justin Winslow By Justin Winslow

Justin Winslow is an illustrator who has a true connection between hand and heart. His ink, watercolor, and digital images reflect his fascination with everything symbolic, from pop icons to monsters to visual metaphors. He was formally trained at the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. When he is not creating original art, he can be found working out of his Brooklyn based studio for freelance clients. His main illustration site can be visited at and his Mythfits webcomic can be found at

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Spring 2011 Issue

James Prochnik By James Prochnik

James Prochnik is an artist and photographer currently living and working in Brooklyn, NY. His photography has been licensed by Photonica (now part of Getty Images), published in Fortune Magazine, and used as book covers and illustrations for a variety of clients including Microsoft. In 2011, his artworks were featured in a solo show at The Soundry, in Vienna, Virginia, and in a group show at The D.C. Loft Gallery in Washington, D.C. You can read more about James at Plastic Army and follow James at his Facebook fan page.

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