New documentary “Art & Mind” explores the ties between art and madness and looks at visionaries spanning centuries, from Hieronymus Bosch to Laurie Lipton. (Lipton was featured in a special insert in Hi-Fructose Vol. 46.) The film, helmed by Amélie Ravalec, also features Van Gogh, Munch, Dali, Bruegel, William Kurelek, Antonin Artaud, Paul Rumsey, and several, several other artists. Also included in the conversation are a range of experts in art history, psychology, and neuroscience.
Matt Furie, the artist and illustrator known for crafting (and killing) the frog character Pepe, brings his humorous and vibrant sensibilities to Nucleus Portland in a show currently running at the gallery. “Tuff Crowd” offers both crowd scenes and single portraits, all packed with Furie characters.
Kate Klingbeil layers acrylic into sculptural, absorbing paintings that explore personal themes. She uses the female form to craft landscapes and towering structures, as figures explore and dance among the terrain. These massive stretches of activity convey both psychological and physical expeditions.
The lush paintings of Xiao Wang carry cerebral themes and unexpected hues. The tension conveyed in these works comes from both the artist’s rendering of each subject and the unexplained narratives contained within each. All of these aspects, along with his knack for realism, create a cinematic sensibility in Wang’s paintings.
Anne Mondro uses thin steel and copper wire to crochet part of the anatomy, each carrying both an unsettling texture. Her work is described as exploring “the physical and emotional complexity of the human body.” The artist also crafts digital prints that reflect on the connections between humans.
To mark the recent 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein,” oil painter Hyeseung Marriage-Song crafted largescale paintings that are influenced by both the classic book and the mythology of the golem. The artist collaborated with writer Tommy Zurhellen, who offered his own retelling of the story, each pulling from those timeless psychological themes in different ways.