The watercolor paintings of Alfred Steiner create familiar characters out of disparate objects. His piece “Clown (Krusty),” for example, realistically utilizes a salt shaker, banana, the head of critic Jerry Saltz, and much more. Elsewhere the artist creates his subjects out of genitalia.
The interventions of Vermibus utilize solvents and brushes to transform advertisements, deconstructing beauty standards and consumers. The Spanish artist’s process is akin to painting, yet reveals something more human in taking away the flesh of subjects. The artist’s “Unveiling Beauty” and “In Absentia” series, in particular, reintroduce these creations in public spaces across the world.
Illustrator-collagist Elzo Durt creates psychedelic and occasionally unsettling imagery, adorning both album covers and gallery walls. The artist has crafted covers and posters for the likes of La Femme, Three Oh Sees, Magnetix, and several others. Elsewhere, his work has been the subject of museum exhibitions and related efforts.
Using 3D scanning, artist Frederik Heyman created “virtual embalmings,” in which digitally crafted memorials are curated by their subjects. In this series, created for the Nowness program “Define Beauty,” he “embalmed” fashion and entertainment figures Isabelle Huppert, Kim Peers and Michèle Lamy with their careful input.
The surreal worlds painted by Nojus Petrauskas offer both otherworldly creations and everyday inhabitants. With no stated narrative and rich information across the canvas, the works of Petrauskas warrant repeat viewing. Though, with a knack for horror, the paintings aren’t always friendly.
Serge Gay Jr.’s new monochromatic acrylic paintings reckon with American history and the voices long suppressed. In a new show at Art Attack SF, running Feb. 6-March 3, his new body of work is shown. “There’s a common belief of living in a world that is black and white; however there many shades of gray … and sometimes a bit of color,” the artist says.