Nathan Durfee, a painter based in the Southeastern U.S., uses multiple techniques to render his pop-surrealist scenes, with their varying textures and narratives. Durfee says that he deals with universal themes in his works, conveyed via vibrant, dreamlike storytelling. Some of his subjects are in panicked states; others are in the middle of a balancing act or sit in more serene states.
New York artist Martin Wittfooth continues to explore the relationship between the contemporary experience and nature with a new show at Corey Helford Gallery titled “The Archaic Revival,” which runs through Oct. 29 at the space. The title of the show comes from ethnobotanist and philosopher Terence McKenna, who held a theory that society was reverting back to archaic values and norms in order to heal itself from a modern, poisonous condition. The artist, a Toronto native, is currently based in Brooklyn.
In a new exhibition at 111 Minna Gallery, tattooing legend and artist Ed Hardy offers works created within the past decade, featuring his signature blend of Asian influences, Californian vibes, and an ink aesthetic he forged throughout the previous century. “Marks, Scars, or Tattoos,” named from the old “Wanted” posters that carried that line item, kicks off on Friday, Oct. 7, at the space.
The Greater Denton Arts Council is expanding its call for entries for the 30th annual Materials: Hard + Soft Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition to now include international artists, thanks to a partnership with the NEA. Recognized as one of the premier craft exhibitions in the country, Materials celebrates the evolving field of contemporary craft and the innovation of artists who push the boundaries of their chosen media. The 2017 juror will be JoAnn Edwards, Executive Director of the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco, California. Submit your work online by September 30. Learn more at dentonarts.com/materialshardandsoft
“EMOTIONAL CONTENT: Works on Paper” brings the work of nine artists to Evoke Contemporary in Sante Fe, N.M. Curated by artist Kent Williams, the show defies what Williams considers to be a prevalent aspect of contemporary art: detachment. In a statement, the artist clarifies the charge of this show, which kicked off Sept. 30 and runs through Nov. 19 at the gallery.