German-born, Canada-based artist Andreas Lietzow’s digital works take viewers to universes imperceptible to the human eye. The dramas of otherworldly characters unfold in each piece, evoking molecular processes or perhaps deep sea scenes. Despite being two-dimensional, Lietzow’s works have a convincingly tactile quality. Their texture is tempting to touch. In some of his pieces, he creates optical illusions, rendering tentacles that look as if they are emerging out of the picture frame and into our world.
Allison Sommers, Jeremy Hush and Susannah Kelly share an interest in creating poetic imagery out of macabre subject matter. The three artists are presenting new bodies of work for their collaborative show, “Irresistible Atrophies,” opening at Portland’s Antler Gallery on October 30.
Those who have walked the streets of San Francisco will recognize Jet Martinez and Chor Boogie’s colorful styles. The prolific artists are stalwarts of the city’s street art scene and their work can be seen in the Mission District’s ever-evolving, outdoor mural gallery, Clarion Alley. Boogie and Martinez have teamed up for the exhibition “Balance,” opening at 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco on November 7.
This Saturday, Mari Inukai is returning to Giant Robot with her expressive new series, titled “Marilla Blue and Orange”. Inukai has long experimented with personal symbolism that blends her fantasy and reality worlds together. For this upcoming show, she takes a step into her imaginary world and brings her recurring subjects, including her daughter, and characters with her. Her narrative begins with a charming collection of pencil drawings, which she brings to life in illustrative paintings.
To experience Jason DeCaires Taylor’s work, you need to have a scuba license. An avid environmental advocate, the artist submerges his sculptures several meters underwater in hopes of assimilating them with the region’s natural coral reefs. Over time, the works become overgrown with coral and turn into part of the underwater landscape. Taylor has installed underwater sculpture parks off the coasts of Cancun, Mexico and Grenada in the West Indies and recently created a new work in Nassau, Bahamas titled “Ocean Atlantis.” A monumental statue of a crouching woman, the piece is not only aesthetically fascinating but will contribute to the health of the region’s coral reef system.
Chinese painter Fu Lei creates floating compositions with robust forms that defy physical laws. The rounded, voluptuous bodies of his human characters evoke the work of Flemish Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens, while the airy cornucopias of plants and animals are reminiscent of Hayao Miyazaki’s whimsical animations. Fu Lei treats the human characters in his work like objects in a still life, weaving them into ornate arrangements of flora and fauna. He intentionally conceals their faces and genders to keep the narrative of his work as open-ended as possible. His upcoming show at Art Plural Gallery in Singapore, “Dreams of Desire,” investigates lust, vice and humanity’s penchant for excess.