Justin Lovato, a California native, is a self-taught artist who blends abstract shapes and patterns for scenes that traverse worlds. While his paintings tend toward wild, overlaid landscapes, his works on paper often feature interdimensional beings entangled in the artist’s backdrops. Lovato was last featured on HiFructose.com here, in a piece that focuses on his acrylic paintings on canvas.
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In Justin Lovato’s new paintings, patterns are layered on top of one another to create dualistic compositions. Kaleidoscopic, sunset-hued arrangements of shapes in turn create new images with their negative space, an effect the artist says represents a conduit between two worlds. “I have always been interested in dreams, subconscious and ecstatic states, and the experience of alternate or parallel universes or dimensions,” wrote Lovato in an email to Hi-Fructose. “With this series especially I have been trying to relay the idea of parallel but different planes transposed on top of one another.”
As Justin Lovato sets on installing his latest solo show, ‘This Too Shall Pass’ at Gallery Heist in San Francisco, fellow artist Ryan de la Hoz sits down with the newly transplanted Lovato to discuss music, art, airbrush, movies and the upcoming show. Interview and show preview after the jump.
The 53rd Volume of Hi-Fructose is coming soon! This issue features the paintings of Laurie Lee Brom, the mixed media works of Tanmaya Bingham, a retrospective on the art of Robert Proch, the woven sculptures of Sandra deGroot, Justin Lovato and the atomic soup of the natural universe, the psychedelic 8-bit inspired worlds of Jess Johnson, the art of Pissing People Off with sculptor David Cerny, the textural paintings of cover artist Joseph Lee, the prismatic tunnel vision of artist Jen Stark, plus a 16-page insert on the drawings of Nathan Reidt printed on toothy paper, and more! Reserve your copy here, or you can subscribe to our magazine with a one-year subscription or a two-year subscription.
An upcoming group exhibition at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art showcases artists who craft both abstract and surreal interpretations of natural landscapes. “Surreal Sublime I,” opening on June 23, “celebrates the wonder of nature and suggests scenes from an apocalyptic and synthetic future.”
The number of events cashing in on Miami Art Week was extensive and impossible to list, but one that stood out was Sarah Potter and Hannah Stouffer’s prismatic “IRIDESCENCE” exhibit. The show took place in the 3rd floor Gallery at the Shore Club South Beach, where a friendly mermaid in the lobby pointed you to a futuristic installation featuring international artists including Justin Lovato, Adam Friedman, Lala Abaddon, Francesco Locastro, Gustavo Torres (KidMoGraph), Ultramajic, Jose Di Gregorio, Jonny Alexander, and Hilary White.