4 Artists and Photographers to Follow First on D Emptyspace

If you’ve downloaded the D Emptyspace app you probably want to find some amazing artists to connect with and to provide some inspiration for your own galleries. While the app just launched a few weeks ago, there are already thousands of incredible galleries to explore. (We’re overjoyed shocked and humbled at the incredible response!)

Here are a few of the people you should follow right away! (Just hit the search button in the tap bar on the D Emptyspace app and type the artist’s handle to find their works instantly. Or click the link to see the gallery on your desktop or phone.)

Kurt Caddy — @kurtcaddyart

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“Beauty is all around, often hiding among the mundane and the ordinary. These abstract photos are layered in color, revealing their beauty and wonder.”

Kurt Caddy is an artist based in Bolivar, Missouri. His artwork focuses on spirituality themes and connects on a deep emotional and spiritual level. Working with textured layers of mineral pigment and paint, his art entices viewers to feel the divine mysteries of hope, sorrow, brokenness, peace, sacrifice, and grace.

Ode to Spring by Kurt Caddy

Cande Aguilar @barriopop

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Cande Aguilar is a multimedia artist working from deep within Texas in a small town bordering Mexico. Addressing the juxtaposing and colorful themes of Mexican and American culture, he “carves” out each artwork in his home studio. Aguilar composes his works on panels of wood and draws inspiration from the drawings of his children, the environment around him, and popular culture. He goes as far as to customize the surfaces he displays his art on, giving his galleries a unique edge on the D Emptyspace app.

Land of Peace by Cande Aguilar

@myang

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Myang’s landscapes invoke dramatic emotion and melancholy in viewers. Bordering on the dystopian, the artist uses a combination of watercolor and pencil to achieve a dreamlike look. Often monotone and muted, each landscape is a mesmerizing exploration of texture and tone.

Untitled by Myang

Daniel Huete — @danielhuete

INDIA RETROSPECTIVE by Daniel Huete

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Born in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, Daniel Huete’s striking photography documents the beauty of everyday life and culture in various Asian countries. Currently based in Bangkok, he’s currently exploring a project rooted in his family and heritage. Huete’s affinity for bold colors, sharp and intricate textures, and high-contrast lighting make his photography dramatic and bold. Each photo is vivid snapshot into the everyday life of cultures far removed from first-world western society. (Curious about Daniel? Read our extended interview with him.)

Holi Festival Gallery by Daniel Huete

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How to Get Featured on D Emptyspace This Inktober

How to Get Featured on D Emptyspace This Inktober

It’s D Emptyspace’s very first Inktober and we’re dedicating it to the reason why our platform exists — artists! We’ll be sharing submissions on our social media, so if you want to get your art in front of our followers, get inking!

Hold up, what’s Inktober again?

It’s only the biggest online art event EVER! Each year in October, artists around the globe band together for the tough challenge of Inktober. How do you complete the challenge? Create 31 drawings in 31 days (one drawing a day) and share it on social media with the hashtags #inktober and #inktober2019.

The Inktober website releases a prompt list for daily inspiration each year as well as official rules.

Okay, so how do I get my Inktober drawing featured by D Emptyspace?

The obvious first step, is to download and install the D Emptyspace app on your iPhone*

DOWNLOAD D EMPTYSPACE HERE.

*if you do not have an iPhone, you are not necessarily excluded from participating! Send us a message on Facebook to ask for more details.

2 ways to tag your work with #inktober or #inktober2019.

1. Tag specific artwork within the app

After uploading your artwork to a gallery wall, tap it to go into the detailed view. Then tap the three dots in the top right-hand corner to edit the description (pictured above). Type a quick description of the work and remember to add #inktober and/or #inktober2019.

2. Tag your gallery description

You can tag your entire gallery of work. Tap the gallery statement icon (pictured above) to go to your gallery description. Then add a brief intro plus the tags #inktober and/or #inktober2019.

We’ll select our favorite submissions every day and share them on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.

How can I explore Inktober artwork on D Emptyspace?

It’s pretty easy. Do a search on the app using the tag “inktober”. Just make sure you switch over your view from “accounts” to “tags”.

This is nice and all, but I want MORE.

This is our very first Inktober… ever. We’re a small team dedicated to promoting art and making creative stuff more fun. If you think we can improve what we’re doing, let us know! Just send us a message on our Facebook page or leave a comment here.

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4 Controversial Artists Who Challenge Their Governments

4 Controversial Artists Who Challenge Their Governments

Street art in Edinburgh by The Rebel Bear

“To make people free is the aim of art, therefore art for me is the science of freedom.” — Joseph Beuys

Art has played a major part in stirring up and supporting revolutions. As governments scramble to retract freedom of speech and suppress criticism, artists react with a fearless intensity.

Often their artworks cause governments to arrest and imprison them for years at a time…

And yet, rebellion remains.

Ai WeiWei, China

“It’s powerful only because someone thinks it’s powerful and invests value in the object.” — Ai Weiwei

Ai WeiWei is a Beijing-born artist who’s spent his entire life creating controversial art pieces that speak out about human rights and government policy in China. After studying abroad in the 90’s, he returned to China and started blogging on a popular platform called Weibo from 2005 to 2009 with a mix of “scathing social commentary, criticism of government policy, thoughts on art and architecture, and autobiographical writings.” Later, he switched to Twitter, claiming to spend 8 hours online every day.

Dropping a Han Dynasty Vase by Ai Weiwei

His 1995 artwork “Dropping a Han Dynasty Vase” (pictured above) caused particular outrage among Chinese officials to which he replied, “Chairman Mao used to tell us that we can only build a new world if we destroy the old one.”

Ai was arrested in 2011 on allegations of tax fraud (he was released 3 months later) and forbidden to leave China until 2015. He now lives in Berlin with his family and creates art internationally. Multiple documentaries have been released about Ai and his ordeals with the film “Ai Weiwei’s Appeal ¥15,220,910.50” detailing his arrest.

Banksy, The World

Street art by Bansky commenting on capitalism

Banksy is an England-based street artist whose identity remains a mystery. His work first started appearing on walls in the 90’s and often gets sold for millions of dollars (to the artist’s apparent disgust). Banksy is famous for harsh commentary on political matters globally. Capitalism, war, and the political tendency to ignore problems are common themes.

Statement left on a wall in Gaza by Banksy

In 2015 he constructed “Dismaland” — a parody of Disneyland that was infused with political meaning. The deconstructed infrastructure of the installation is now used as emergency housing for immigrants. Then in 2017, he offered a free print to Bristolians if the voted against the Tory candidate (an offer retracted on the grounds of illegality).

Banksy continues to challenge governments with recent works focusing on the UK’s exit from the EU.

Zehra Dogan, Turkey

A painting by Zehra Dogan that was destroyed by Turkish officials

Zehra Dogan is a Kursdish artist and journalist who was arrested and imprisoned in 2017 for her art. She was released in early 2019 after 2 years and 10 months saying “I will continue the struggle.”

The artwork she was arrested for was of a Kurdish district that Turkish security forces set ablaze. According to Amnesty International, around 500,000 people were forced to leave their homes due to the violent crackdown.

In the artwork below, Bansky calls for the release of Turkish artist Zehra Dogan.

Street art by Banksy calling for the release of Zehra Dogan

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (Pussy Riot), Russia

Nadezhda is the co-founder of the infamous Russian feminist punk rock protest group, Pussy Riot. The group staged politically charged art performances that were directed against the Kremlin and Vladimir Putin. In 2012, they held a performance inside Moscow’s “Cathedral of Christ the Savior” where they danced provocatively in brightly colored tights and ski-masks.

Pussy Riot perform in Los Angeles. (Photo: Consequence of Sound)

For the group’s antics, they were charged with “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” and sentenced to two years imprisonment (just over one year and a half were actually served by Tolokonnikova thanks to a change in law). Petr Pavlensky, another famous Russian artist literally sewed his mouth shut in protest to their arrest.

Now the group is performing internationally with a mixed reception. They’ve been at the center of a suspected poisoning scandal and have recently canceled a show in Hong Kong due to threats from the mainland Chinese government. Their continued message? Stand up to suppression and keep fighting.

Are You a Revolutionary Artist?

Have you created controversial or politically charged art? We’d love to see it. Curate a gallery on D Emptyspace and use the hashtag #revolutionaryart in the description. We’ll select several galleries for promotion on our social media channels and in our newsletter, which goes to thousands of subscribers.

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