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#45 – Sage Szkabarnicki-Stuart

This week, we welcome Sage Szkabarnicki-Stuart, a remarkably innovative photographer who transformed her passion into a unique art form. Starting her journey in Canada, Sage developed a distinctive style of self-portraiture, combining her skills with the unpredictability of natural settings. Her dedication to her craft is evident in her complex, time-intensive photoshoots, often conducted in public parks and without a traditional studio. Join us as we delve deep into the art world with Sage. An episode not to be missed.

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Matt Gondek is a Deconstructive Pop Artist, whose work is possessed with a punk rock spirit, celebrating rebellion and destruction. With a visceral pop color palette and a disarmingly playful tone, he tears down cartoon idols, akin to slaughtering our modern day gods. Born in 1982, his creative voice is rooted in the 90s; as a true conduit of his generation and their potentially pointless search for meaning and purpose amidst a cruel life in a flawed world. He boasts sold out exhibitions in his home of Los Angeles as well as New York, Paris, Bangkok, and Hong Kong.


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  • Discipline - February 2022 - Mexico City
  • RATS - August 2021 - Los Angeles
  • Original Character - April 2021 - New York
  • Mood Swings - October 2020 - Paris
  • CONTROL - November 2019 - Los Angeles
  • Clean Break - April 2019 - Bangkok
  • Growing Pains - November 2018 - Hong Kong
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  • American Gods - November 2017 - Hong Kong
  • Glow in the Dark - September 2017 - Los Angeles
  • Unholy Hand - November 2015 - Detroit
  • Struggles - April 2015 - Pittsburgh
  • Kill 'Em All - September 2014 - Pittsburgh

Sage Szkabarnicki-Stuart

Sage Szkabarnicki-Stuart began experimenting with photography and self portraiture while finishing up university in Canada. The decision to focus on self-portraiture arose out of practical necessity. Certain works, such as one where she poses with two wild swans in the water, proved dangerous to attempt and time-intensive, which made it difficult to find someone else to be the model. Sage developed techniques for doing complex photoshoots by herself using a remote. Her photoshoots often entail weeks of trial and error, conducted without a studio. Instead, Sage has mastered the art of synchronizing her work with the weather and time of day, utilizing natural light to illuminate her sets in combination with one or two consumer-grade flashes. Her photographs are often captured illicitly in public city parks during the early morning hours, predominantly in Toronto, Canada. Sage's work is tied to the land: her elders' traditions of animal husbandry and Ontario's flora and fauna are key themes across the images. She recently moved to a small rural part of Ontario, where she combines the work on her small farm with the subject matter of her photography.

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