Artist Brett Crawford looks at his pieces as collaborations between the work and the viewer, each an inviting narrative. His new show at 111 Minna Gallery, “Caravan,” features paintings that blend pop culture, mythology, and otherwise odd moments. The show kicks off on July 6.
Chen-Shun Lin’s unsettling sculptures carry their own, ongoing narratives. Whether it’s the physics of a piece or the content itself, the off-kilter nature of the works suggest a purposeful tension with each work. And often, the artist’s figurative pieces, though at times troubling, carry an unexpected grace.
Puerto Rico-born muralist Bik Ismo is known for, among other imagery, crafting chrome figures and objects on walls across the world. Playing with “reflective” surfaces and light, the artist is able to create startling illusions. This sensibility has brought the artist’s hand to recent projects in Taiwan, Belgium, New Zealand, and Dubai.
Justin Lim’s recent acrylic and enamel paintings convene symbols of both nature’s beauty and manmade destruction. The dominant aspect of each work, whether a mushroom cloud or floral arrangement, is only a point of entry for a work that reveals itself as critiquing multiple concepts at a time.
Jonathan Chapline‘s paintings emulate early computer graphics, while drawing upon the history of art in his work. The artist uses depth and shadows to add further mystique and drama to his scenes, moving between still-life and figurative narratives.
Stacey Rozich‘s new watercolor paintings are part of a body of work titled “Constellation Applebee’s,” and though it’s packed with folkloric and otherworldly sights, there’s an even more personal edge to her new work. The paintings are collected in the new show named for the series at Showboat Gallery in Los Angeles. She was last featured on the site here.