Creating an experience through his art shows, San Francisco painter and designer Erik Otto spoke to Dirty Laundry about his creative process that aims to tell the story behind his work by changing the viewer’s sense of environment. A victim of the travel bug, Otto’s adventures give him plenty of stories to tell, and maybe that’s why he’s come to learn home is simply a feeling you carry with you.

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With the forests of Indiana as his subconscious muse, Max Kauffman’s paintings illustrate the fissure that divides man and nature. Man might be at his pinnacle, but all empires inevitably crumble. At least Kauffman’s go down gracefully.

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Whether it’s a brick wall or a canvass, SoCal native Jeff Soto’s work never fails to present alternate worlds – ones that seem to thrive on sweet decay and turmoil, edging closer to that revolution fringe.

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Speaking with Dirty Laundry, illustrator Colin Johnson explores his ubiquitous theme of man’s effort to conquer nature. His at-times chaotic, but always revealing, works range from collages to illustrations and tend to depict humanity’s own clever self-destruction. In addition to his muses, the MICA alumnus discusses his secret skills and hopes as an artist.

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Whether you think the culprit is an apathetic society, or zombies with a taste for city-dwellers, Alex Lukas’s work capture the desolation that grips some of America’s forgotten metropolises. Discussing his zine approach to art shows, Lukas leaves it up to you to find out which rock he sits on.

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The part pop and part Dada party that is Neil Edwards’ work never fails to be wonky and rarely succeeds in right angles. Staying true to himself, the frustrated comedian comes out in his illustrations, zines and collages.

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Somewhere near the intersection of eccentric line drawings and architecture you’ll find the work of Kim Schoenstadt. Speaking with Dirty Laundry, the Los-Angeles-based artist discussed striving to create intellectually stimulating and visually beautiful pieces, along with the merits of relinquishing control and learning to embrace chaos.

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Unrestricted by the genre of fine art, Tim Biskup’s pop-inspired paintings and prints represent just one facet of this modern day Renaissance man. Breaking into the art world later in his career, Biskup worked for many years as an animator, and continues to dabble in alternative creative outlets.

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High school teacher by day and landscape super artist by night, Gregory Euclide chooses to surround himself with the source of his power – the natural world. His paintings and installations evoke fantastical landscapes absent of figures, but oftentimes their lingering footprint can be felt. The Minnesota man discusses his daily routine for work and play, plus knowing when to trust your intuition.

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Occasionally haunting, quietly unassuming and gorgeously eerie, Nate Burbeck’s paintings present a constant conundrum of daily American life. The Minnesota native takes amber waves of grain to a whole new level. In an interview with Dirty Laundry, Burbeck describes the small niche in which he operates, in between rolling landscapes and dejected states of mind.

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