Italian artist El Gato Chimney will present a series of mystical watercolors in his upcoming solo show at Stephen Romano Gallery in Brooklyn, “De Rerum Natura” (which translates to “The Nature of Things” from Latin). Opening March 5 and on view through April 30, the exhibition features whimsical works that pull pagan symbolism from a variety of cultures to create a fictional world of animal deities and anthropomorphic spirits. Though Chimney delves into various spiritual traditions, he does so with a sense of humor. His work is filled with absurdist juxtapositions and open-ended symbolism that alludes to a forgotten time that never truly existed.
Erik Johansson disrupts the quiet stillness of life in the countryside with images of idyllic scenes gone awry. His photography borders on photo illustration, as Johansson takes great liberties with his imaginative editing. In one piece called Land Fall, for instance, a field drops off into an abyss like a waterfall, leaving a small cottage on its precipice. In other works, Johansson muddles the distinction between indoors and outdoors, creating optical illusions that play with our understanding of space. In addition to working on his personal projects, Johansson is a commercial photographer and the highly-polished look of his commissioned work comes through in his fine art.
Howard Griffin Gallery is currently setting up “Perception,” the debut London solo show of Iranian painter and muralist Medhi Ghadyanloo. For this show, the artist will create a full-scale sculptural installation at the gallery space and exhibit a new body of work that is loaded with symbolism. During his stay in London, the artist will be creating a series of outdoors murals around the British capital similar to the ones he’s been creating in his hometown of Tehran.
Known for his retro-futuristic murals, Italian artist Pixel Pancho has a show coming up at London’s StolenSpace Gallery on March 12 titled “Memories of Our Life.” DIY, steampunk-inspired robots are a common motif in Pancho’s street art, which we previously covered on the blog here. For his exhibition, he will transform one of StolenSpace’s galleries into an immersive installation that will transport viewers into the world of his surreal automatons. With his latest work, Pancho says he is exploring man’s impulse to play god. Check out some teasers below and stay tuned for an update on the installation once it’s complete.
Currently on view at Sirona Fine Art in Hallandale Beach, Florida, “Artist’s Gaze: Seeing Women in the 21st Century” is a large group show featuring work focused on female subjects. With a wide variety of male and female artists in the show, “Artist’s Gaze” presents a survey of portraits — some intimate, some sensual, and some exuding female power and strength. Artists like Daliah Lina Ammer, Susannah Martin, Dorielle Caimi, Park Hyung Jin, and Delita Pinchback Martin (and many, many others) presented diverse depictions of womanhood that stray from typical, sexualized media portrayals of the female body. The show was curated by artist Victoria Sellbach, whose work is also featured, and is on view through March 15.
While Dirk Staschke’s past work has had a meticulously polished look, his latest series of sculptures for his upcoming solo show, “Executing Merit” at Seattle’s Winston Wachter Fine Art, reveal the rough-hewn edges of his process. Staschke (whom we featured in HF Vol. 23) creates opulent ceramic still lifes that evoke 17th-century vanitas paintings. In his previous pieces, he labored to conceal the evidence of his hand-executed process. His latest work, however, juxtaposes pristinely glazed forms with unglazed, unrefined surfaces, exposing the craft behind Staschke’s typically immaculate work. “Craft and skill have always been important in my work and by examining this further my recent sculptures have become an exercise in relinquishing control,” wrote Staschke in his artist statement. “Executing Merit” opens on March 3 and will be on view through April 15.