This Saturday, May 18, Jonathan LeVine Gallery will present a new body of work from Souther Salazar titled “Souvenirs.” In his paintings and drawings, Salazar tells stories of magic places. These places are peaceful, and the denizens of the different areas play nicely together. They wander through this world and into the next by way of portals and secret passages located within the landscape. Throughout all of it, there is whimsy, adventure and a sense of exploration. Read more about Souther Salazar’s new work in our exclusive interview after the jump!
Artist Steven Quinn is known for his street photography and collage work. Quinn was born in Belfast and is currently living and working in London. The skull collages featured here, which were recently spotted at Laughing Squid, are comprised of old photographs and other magazine images. The many vintage images of stars add deep and dazzling perspectives to these kaleidoscopic collages. See more after the jump!
While he has often been compared to Bosch for his busy compositions filled with heavy symbolism, Dan Quintana (interviewed in our current issue, Hi-Fructose Vol. 27) created a new series of stripped-down paintings and charcoal drawings for his upcoming solo show at San Francisco’s Varnish Fine Art, “Zero Instruments.” Wispy bodies seem to blow away like clouds of dust in the new series. In most of the pieces, Quintana decided to zero in on an isolated subject, each one inspired by a different musical or anatomical instrument. The figures — often beautiful women — appear to be haunted by the spirits of death, unable to escape their imminent mortality. Take a look at some of the works in the show after the jump and see “Zero Instruments” at Varnish Fine Art May 25 – June 29.
Expertly mimicking the style of mid-20th century magazine illustrations, Michael Mararian‘s paintings infiltrate the wholesomeness of antiquated advertisements with elements of surprise and terror. Sometimes morbidly humorous and other times simply morbid, Mararian’s paintings explore the ways childhood fears and vulnerabilities can resonate in adulthood. “I am especially interested in examining how humor and tragedy coexist within our society. In my recent work, I deconstruct the American dream, touching upon such topics as gross consumerism, school violence, teenage disappointments, pressures and the slowly growing social isolation that are part of our childhood and adult culture,” Mararian said. The artist has a solo show titled “Recent Projects” opening at CHG Circa in Culver City this Saturday, May 18. Take a look at some of the works in the show after the jump!
This Saturday, May 18, Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York City will debut three solo shows: Andy Kehoe‘s “Luminous Reverie,” Marco Mazzoni‘s (HF Vol. 27) “Animanera” and Souther Salazar‘s “Souvenirs.” Known for his multi-layered painting technique, Andy Kehoe creates mysterious fantasy worlds with convincing depth by aggregating layers of resin painted with oil and acrylic. In his latest body of work, Kehoe offers glimpses into nocturnal storybook scenes that delve into mysticism and ritual. Kehoe experimented with sculptural elements in this series of resin boxes, submerging small polymer clay sculptures in the resin to further cultivate an illusion of space despite the works’ flat, illustrative style. Read more after the jump!
Beyond the Body is a work initially created in 2012 by Dutch product designer Imme van der Haak. This concept addresses the perceptions of appearance and identity and uniquely represents ideas about the human body. Beyond the Body Project is a publication of Imme van der Haak’s work that was crafted into a small book in collaboration with Hanna Donker. Donker is a type and graphic designer who currently works as a font designer at Dalton Maag, London. By printing wearable photos of the human body van der Haak alters the perception of age, identity, gender, and physical form. In the dance performance, the dancer’s movements manipulating the translucent silk, are key elements in further distorting the visual experience. The resulting ambiguity enables the viewer to be transported beyond the body. See the film and read more after the jump!