Tomorrow night, Canadian artists Sarah Joncas and Camilla d’Errico bring together their colorful concepts of beauty in “Beauty in the Breakdown” at Thinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles. Their exhibition falls on the near 10 year anniversary of their first showing at Thinkspace, which showcased their complementary design sensibilities. Since then, both artists have developed in leaps and bounds stylistically, here portraying a spectrum of emotions in their portraits of women. Check out our preview after the jump.
Vintage pin-up girl images served as the inspiration for the group exhibit “Peep Show” at Stranger Factory in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The show pays homage to the classic, playfully sexy images with a series of works by Ryan Heshka, Sas Christian, Colin Christian, Jim Mahfood, Brian Ewing, Jasmine Becket-Griffith, Aunia Kahn, Tokyo Jesus, and Brandt Peters. The show comes down on March 1, so take a look at some of the works below or see it in person if you’re in the area.
Bubi Canal takes brightly colored, stylized photographs that cleverly utilize commonplace objects to create otherworldly scenarios. Through his whimsical vision, mundane items begin to resemble toys and the world, a playground. Canal will debut a new series of works for his solo show “Magic Garden,” opening at Munch Gallery in New York on March 14 and showing through April 19. Shot in NYC and Rochester, Canal’s latest photographs began as still lifes but quickly turned into quirky portraits with a unifying red, yellow, green, and blue color palette. In addition to photography, the show will also include video and sculpture.
Adonna Khare creates mural-scale pencil drawings inspired by the animal world. Anthropomorphized animals interact in mysterious forests shrouded in plants and overhanging branches. Khare’s work evokes Aesop’s Fables with its storybook-like narratives. While her drawings might appear allegorical, they are also open-ended and surreal. The artist won the 2012 Art Prize competition and has work in the permanent collections of the Long Beach Museum of Art and the Grand Rapids Art Museum.
Brazilian artists Biciclea Sem Freio have a solo show titled “Fera” coming up on March 5 at London’s RexRomae Gallery, curated by JustKids. The duo met at the university of Federal University of Goiás while studying visual art. They got their start designing rock posters and quickly moved on to creating their personal, collaborative artwork and street art. Nowadays, their colorful, graphic murals have taken them all over the world. Take a look at some of the pieces that will be included in “Fera” as well as some of their recent walls below.
Probably one of the best people to go thrifting with, Hoda Zarbaf utilizes recycled fabrics and old furniture to hand-stitch ornate sculptures. Using sexuality and humor, Zarbaf interrogates representations of womanhood through abstract forms. There’s her chair sculpture with a vulva-like cushion, Vaginal Rapture, with rainbow shapes exploding out of it like an epic moment of release. Another piece, Down-time, features a dominatrix-like woman reclining on a big cushion. Farsi text on her back alludes to her sensitive heart, which contrasts the stereotypes that come to mind because of her tattoos and fishnets. Zarbaf’s work delves into women’s intimate moments and emerges with a three-dimensional portrayal of varied experiences.