Artists Seth Armstrong and Erik Jones share a fresh sense of drama in their new works, which will debut at Thinkspace Gallery this Saturday. Seth Armstrong’s solo exhibition “The Air is Thick”, accompanied by Erik Jones’ “Color/Full”, immediately sets the tone with his cinematic oil paintings. His images of lit up sky rises, mexican wrestlers, cowboys gathered around a campfire, and nudes in a mysterious desert all make theatrical references. Armstrong’s title refers to the air of anticipation or tension he implements into each. Take a look at our preview of both shows after the jump.
Cathie Bleck depicts the divine feminine with gestural marks that demonstrate the interconnectedness of nature, mythology, and spirituality. Nude goddess characters frolic in the sunshine, with creatures of various species surrounding them. Bleck’s detailed line work is one of the most distinguishing features of her pieces. She creates images through a subtractive process, carving away hand-made pigments from scratchboard and kaolin clay board. “Through the exploration of symbolic narrative imagery, carved into earth’s clay, I speak to relationships that are intrinsic — permeating through human experience,” writes Bleck.
Antler Gallery in Portland has an upcoming group show featuring three distinct talents: Heiko Müller (HF Vol. 33), Lisa Ericson, and John Casey. Opening March 26, “Habitats” allows the three artists to demonstrate new directions in their personal styles. In his new paintings, Müller invites nature imagery to mingle with mythological elements and abstract designs. Casey presents a new series of bold, colorful sculptures and paintings, which greatly contrast with the tightly executed graphite work for which he was formerly known. Ericson’s paintings of mouse-butterfly hybrids are humorous, endearing, and technically skilled. One might be surprised to learn that “Habitat” is Ericson’s first gallery show, but her work matches that of the other two more experienced artists in caliber.
While comics typically tell stories with a linear structure, Chitra Ganesh utilizes the popular format to create open-ended images that reflect on her personal life experiences as well as elements of her Indian heritage and Brooklyn upbringing. She works with digital collage, painting, and installation, creating multilayered narratives with multiple meanings. In her comic-inspired work, she utilizes text for poetic streams of consciousness rather than for expounding plot or dialogue.
Quebec native Alexandra Bastien (first posted in 2014) can spend over 40 hours on just one of her near hyper-realistic colored pencil drawings. She is currently working on an ongoing series of girls in a state of Metempsychosis, especially reincarnation. In other words, we are witnessing the moment after death where their souls move from one form to another. In Bastien’s work, this is usually an animal skull or remains. Take a look at some of her recent drawings, after the jump!
Coming up at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York, Tokyo’s Gallery Kogure will guest curate the exhibition “Japanese Human Sensors,” featuring work from Fuco Ueda (HF Vol. 31 cover artist), Takahiro Hirabayashi, Takato Yamamoto, and Yuko Soi. The exhibition opens on April 4 and will be on view through May 2. While Ueda is relatively well-known in the US compared to the other artists, curator Tomoko Kogure envisioned the exhibition as a way to show celebrated artists from his native country to a new audience. Though each is aesthetically different, the works in the show broach themes such as loneliness, sexuality, and dreams.