Puerto Rican artist Cristina Toro creates intricate acrylic paintings and collages that often explore both the interior and our connections to the outside world. Her works appear as both surreal and personal revelations, as the artist often sets out with no final image in mind. In a new show at LaCa Projects in Charlotte, N.C., these ideas take on grand forms in works like the enormous “Without Exception Everything is Reflected in this Mirror,” at 12 feet by 9 feet. The piece itself took her more than a year to complete.
French artist Tof Vanmarque crafts surreal worlds in his acrylic paintings. These fictional characters exist in a world devoid of physics, muted clothing, and in many cases, body parts. The artist’s work tends to exist against scenic, yet rundown backdrops, possibly victim to the insane characters that inhabit them.
Both curious and unsettling, Kate Clark’s sculptures blend humanity and beings from the animal kingdom in wholly new creature. Using a mix of actual animal hides, foam, clay, rubber eyes, and other materials, the artist explores both history and our relationship to nature with each piece. The Brooklyn-based sculptor’s works have been featured in venues across the globe.
At the National Art Center in Tokyo, Emmanuelle Moureaux helps the spot mark its 10th anniversary with the installation “Forest of Numbers.” This “symbolization of the next 10 years to come” consists of more than 60,000 suspended numbers, with a path cut through the work so that visitors can immerse themselves inside of the “forest.” The 10 layers of the piece represents a decade, with 4 digits that represent years between 2017 and 2026. Moreso, 100 shades of hues were used in the installation. It took 300 volunteers to pull off the work.
Amy Guidry, a North Carolina-born, Louisiana-based artist, crafts surreal acrylic works on canvas that often tie the human psyche to the natural world. Series like “In Our Veins” moves into the concepts of survival, life and death, and destruction. It’s in these works that Guidry seems to highlight the inherent beauty of flora and fauna and the strangeness buried within humanity.
Benze, a Hungarian artist, makes both ink drawings by hand and vector graphic prints. The artist’s hyperdetailed style works in both small and grand scales, as his murals reflect the kinetic, multitextured vibe of his works on paper. The artist has been a freelance illustrator for the past 17 years.