Evolution has produced a baffling diversity of life on Earth. From zebra-striped “zelephants” to camouflaged deer, some of Pop Surrealist Ron English’s most recognizable characters are wonderfully weird and wacky alternatives to nature’s own. His evolutionary marvels populate an alternate universe in his highly anticipated 22-piece exhibition, “NeoNature” for Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles. “NeoNature examines the art of evolution, the flaw that propels civilization. The mutation of the ordinary stubbornly conjures new worlds,” English says in his show statement. Created throughout 2014 and 2015, his new paintings switch the colors and patterns of living animals like elephants, giraffes, monarch butterflies, to extinct creatures like dinosaurs- called “NeoNatural creations”. The exhibit will also feature an installation of sculptural works that will take up the majority of Corey Helford’s massive new 12,000 sq ft space.
Yis Goodwin, aka Nosego, offers a particularly colorful and celestial vision of the world in his illustrations of nature. Featured on our blog, in his latest paintings and murals, he depicts imaginary creatures and animals morphing into beautifully rendered landscapes. Nosego will next make his debut in Italy at Galleria Varsi with his latest offering, “Electric Breeze”, opening on November 27th.
Matching the look of flesh has always been and is still considered one of the most demanding tasks for any artist. It is notoriously difficult for many reasons, making it a subject of intrigue throughout history. Brooklyn based sculptor Russel Cameron is a self taught artist who has made recreating flesh the primary focus of his work. His ongoing series “Flesh and Bone” explores the subtleties between skin tones, wrinkled and smooth parts, soft and rough textures, using materials like clay, paint, wood, and metal. While he sees skin and its nuances as a thing of beauty, he presents it in unsettling ways.
Working with stained glass is not something that one can do without practice. After a year of apprenticing under veteran glass masters, San Francisco based artist Victor Solomon got to master this delicate craft himself. He has always been a big basketball fan, so it felt only natural that he turn his skills onto basketball backboards, which he transforms into works of art. Each backboard in his series titled “Literally Balling” is ornamented with luxurious materials and gems, including the net and rim.
Pop Surrealist Mark Ryden (Hi-Fructose Vol. 18) has long incorporated alchemy and numerology in his fairytale-like world, filled with symbols and strange letters. The Los Angeles based artist once said that if he hadn’t pursued art, his next choice would have been math or science. For his upcoming exhibition “Dodecahedron”, opening December 10th at Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York, Ryden looked to geometry for inspiration. His exhibition is so named after the “dodecahedron”, a 12-sided geometric shape of perfect symmetry and mystery.
There’s something oddly beautiful about the work of Kansas based artist Jamie Bates Slone. Her vibrant sculptures are teaming with diseased growths and discolorations, and the effect is simultaneously fascinating and horrifying. Slone can relate to the physical and emotional impact that disease brings. “Through conjured memory, I revisit my family’s history with illness and premature death. These memories are flooded with emotion and anxiety that I use as the base of my sculptural work,” she says.