Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, CA shines a spotlight on artists who use air as a sculptural medium in their show “BLOW UP,” on view April 26 through June 21. The featured artists are Claire Ashley, Lee Boroson, Lewis deSoto, Patrick Flibotte, Billie G. Lynn, Guy Overfelt, Momoyo Torimitsu, Christo and Jean-Claude, and Andy Warhol, and each person has his or her own unique take on inflatables.
While some artists view yarn bombing as purely decorative, Olek (HF Vol. 29) often swathes objects in crochet to draw attention to important socio-political issues. Known for the outspoken messages in her large-scale, colorful work, she was recently invited to create a piece in New Delhi, India for the St+art Delhi street art festival. For her canvas, Olek chose one of the local homeless shelters called “Raine Basera,” which provide people with temporary lodging overnight. With the help of legions of volunteers and donations from Indian fashion labels, Olek beautified the shelter with bright yellow, purple, and red crocheted fabrics that evoke India’s famously vibrant textiles. Though it’s visually alluring, the piece ultimately imparts a sobering message about the reality of poverty in New Delhi — and many major cities around the world.
Paradigm Gallery + Studio in Philadelphia is planning a group show that they envision as an antidote to our image-saturated culture, where we consume visual information so rapidly it all starts to become noise. “Scenic Route” will be on view March 27 through May 16 and features innovative takes on landscapes from Erin M. Riley (whose last solo show we featured recently here), Alex Eckman-Lawn, Amze Emmons, and Jason Andrew Turner.
Souther Salazar’s paintings return us to a childlike state of mind full of curiosity and belief that anything is possible. His animal characters traverse enchanted dreamworlds where abstract designs form different galaxies to explore. Salazar is preparing to debut his next solo show, “Attic Transmissions,” which will be on view at Narwhal Contemporary in Toronto March 28 through April 25. He describes his new work as an exercise in spontaneity. Many of the drawings began as fragments and notes in sketchbooks that the artist cobbled together over time. Over the months he worked on the show, he carried around a suitcase full of drawing supplies and archival materials to make his creative process as seamless as possible with his daily life.
The interconnectedness of the Earth’s living creatures plays a major role in Allison Green’s new paintings, which she will show in her solo exhibition “Teeming,” opening at Susan Eley Fine Art in New York on April 2. Raised in rural Pennsylvania and currently based in Jersey City, NJ, Green grew up with a forest in her backyard and was a close observer of the flora and fauna that surrounded her from a young age. In “Teeming,” yarn-like balls of ivy, vines, and flowers act is microcosms that encapsulate mini-ecosystems. Green invites the viewer to look closely to observe the many birds, butterflies, and other insects hidden in their midst. Her deep appreciation for nature’s splendor comes across in her bright, fun pieces.
Revok is set to make his LA debut on April 10th at MAMA gallery space with his exhibition aptly titled “Revok: Los Angeles”. His show already promises the vibrant, geometric forms that Revok has become known for, recently featured in the publication “Revok: Made in Detroit.” On display will be 12 new paintings on assembled wood pieces, a sort of continuation of that series. Here, Revok explores new themes inspired by his newfound home in Los Angeles where he sources his materials.