Contemporist Icon

The focus of ContemporistIcon is to show and promote various styles of work from international artist and crafts persons in all media – young and old, from past and present in visual and decorative arts and product, interior and industrial design – centering on a focus of work referencing modernist influences and displaying a ever present evolution in material, composition and technology.

Our passion is exploring and sharing the historical influences that make today’s visual culture.


Theresa Poulton

Theresa Poulton is a hard-edged, abstract geometric painter who makes works which fluctuate between the historical tradition of canvas painting and 'painting in the expanded field'.
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Pawel Przewlocki

Pawel Przewlocki's works on wood and panel are flat and reductionist in their execution while retaining a sense of spatial depth and dimension. Przewlocki simply hints at a possible theme - leaving color, composition and minimal figurative elements to leave the work's interpretation in the eye of the viewer.
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Klasema Collection of Modern Art

Stumbling upon the Klasema Art Collection is like stumbling upon a treasure trove, an encyclopedia of modernist art. All abstract and predominately geometric in nature - the collection as a whole is fascinating and inspiring in its vision while remaining accessible and educational in its overall approach.
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Theo Van Doesburg

Neo-Plasticism & De Stijl

The movement in art history, Neo-Plasticism/De Stijl (The Style), was developed by the duo Piet Mondrian and Theo Van Doesburg (1917-1928). Characterized by the strict use of primary colors, in addition to black, white and greys and the addition of horizontal and vertical lines - the movement has influenced art and design culture for decades to come.
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Cassandra C Jones

Cassandra C. Jones

It is no wonder why we are instantly attracted to the work of Cassandra C. Jones. Her bodies of work are composed of borrowed and collected imagery that has been deconstructed and constructed in numerous compositions that allow the viewer an opportunity to experience the work on multiple levels. Jones presents the viewer with her own iconographic style where further inspection often leads to delightful surprises, but more so down a path of investigation into our on common cultural habits.
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Dennis Zanone's Collection

Memphis Milano: The Dennis Zanone Collection

Unfamiliar pairings of materials, vivid pattern with borrowed and reissued design esthetics Ettore Sottsass set out to redefine what was thought of as "Popular Design" by going against everything that was popular at the time (1981-1988). Dennis Zanone of Memphis, Tennessee shares his love and passion for the now dismantled movement and let's us peer into his home and world-class collection.
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Ethan Stern

Conceptually, Ethan Stern calls into question how we perceive and interact with the qualities of form, texture and light. His answer to that call involves combining the three and presenting us with these expressive translations in glass.
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Bentwood Chair Feature

The Bentwood Chair

Typically, when one thinks of wood, the mind does not wander into the realm of sensual, curvaceous lines – certainly not an element for bending and molding. This is not the case when exploring the world of the bentwood chair. Here we have a brief survey of this chair's history and future - and plenty of photos.
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Jan Piasek Feature

Jan Piasek

Wade through the graphic visual creations of experimental graphic artist Jan Piasek from Berlin. Simultaneously borrowing imagery from the past - and what seems like the future - Piasek draws the viewer into the depths of a story line that seem to be part political study and part dystopic vision of our future.
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Invisible Designers

As Americans have no true lineage in glass, we had to learn first through trial and error. Then we pushed forward by absorbing the techniques and approaches from other countries long-standing glass traditions, such as the Czech Republic, Italy, German, and England.
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The Wire Chair

Sturdy, architectural, near limitless possibilities in design - explore the concept of the wire chair from its mid 20th century mass-production to its future conceptual designs. The chair has captured the imagination of engineering minds throughout time - here we take a brief tour of where this object made entirely out of metal wire gained popularity, their present and their future.
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Adrian Pearsall

Adrian Pearsall Ranch

This story begins in the early 1950’s with a healthy dose of American grit. Like so many millennials today, Pearsall decided to leave a stagnate position in the field of his professional training (architecture) and try his own thing.
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Harold Hollingsworth

The paintings of Harold Hollingsworth are characterized by colorful graphics, rich surfaces and rhythmic playfulness. He credits popular culture as the strongest influence on his work – music, media, art and architecture. In the past, he has used familiar images such as classic croquet balls, vintage modern fonts and numbers, crossed with natural forms found in nature.
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Matthew Cummings

Matthew Cummings

Matthew Cummings is an artist producing contemporary artwork about the way we see the world around us and more specifically, how we fabricate systems to understand it.
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