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Simon Denny is a contemporary artist from New Zealand, born in 1982. He works with a variety of media including sculpture, installation, video, and printmaking. Denny's work often explores the intersection of technology, politics, and economics. He is particularly interested in how technological systems shape our lives and societies. In his art, he frequently uses images and objects related to the tech industry, such as circuit boards, computer servers, and software interfaces. One of Denny's most well-known works is "Secret Power," which was exhibited at the 2015 Venice Biennale. The installation focused on the activities of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), New Zealand's intelligence agency. It included a recreation of the agency's boardroom, as well as a series of prints and sculptures that explored the agency's role in global surveillance. Denny has exhibited his work internationally, including at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, the Serpentine Gallery in London, and the Biennale of Sydney. In 2019, he was awarded the prestigious Ars Viva Prize for Visual Arts.
Jeffrey Lynn Koons is an American artist recognized for his work dealing with popular culture and his sculptures depicting everyday objects, including balloon animals produced in stainless steel with mirror-finish surfaces. He lives and works in both New York City and his hometown of York, Pennsylvania. His works have sold for substantial sums, including at least two record auction prices for a work by a living artist: US$58.4 million for Balloon Dog (Orange) in 2013 and US$91.1 million for Rabbit in 2019.
Critics are sharply divided in their views of Koons. Some view his work as pioneering and of major art-historical importance. Others dismiss his work as kitsch, crass, and based on cynical self-merchandising. Koons has stated that there are no hidden meanings and critiques in his works.
Antony Mark David Gormley is a British sculptor. His works include the Angel of the North, a public sculpture in Gateshead in the north of England, commissioned in 1994 and erected in February 1998; Another Place on Crosby Beach near Liverpool; and Event Horizon, a multipart site installation which premiered in London in 2007, then subsequently in Madison Square in New York City (2010), São Paulo, Brazil (2012), and Hong Kong (2015-16).
Gormley's career began with a solo exhibition at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in 1981. Almost all his work takes the human body as its subject, with his own body used in many works as the basis for metal castings.
Javier Calleja is a contemporary Spanish artist who specializes in creating sculptures and drawings of a bug-eyed cheerful boy.