From NYC’s blighted metropolis of the 1970s to São Paulo, Brazil today, graffiti has served as a powerful visual tool for acknowledging, reclaiming and beautifying neglected urban spaces. In “Life as It Is,” an exhibit at San Francisco’s Ian Ross Gallery that opened last Wednesday, Brazilian artist Zezão brings that abandoned world into the gallery environment.
What determines an artist’s most pivotal master-work? It could be near impossible to articulate, a question with more than one answer; workmanship, extraordinary design, originality, and influence on other artists. On Thursday night, Long Beach Museum of Art (LBMA) presented this to gallery goers with “Masterworks: Defining A New Narrative”. The exhibition showcases 14 massive, critically acclaimed paintings by curator Nathan Spoor, Jeff McMillan, Esao Andrews, Sean Cheetham, Natalia Fabia, Alex Gross, James Jean, Josh Keyes, Mario Martinez, Greg Simkins, Nicola Verlato, Eric White, Aron Wiesenfeld, and Martin Wittfooth.
In today’s world, we’re constantly being watched by surveillance videos, big businesses, even in the privacy of our own homes via the internet. It’s the most socially driven, and also unsettling, time in human history. Belgian artists Pascal Leboucq and Lucas De Man have created an installation takes this idea to an entirely new perspective. Like something out of The Lord of the Rings, their interactive EYE installation of 5 large foreboding pupils see all.
German-born, Canada-based artist Andreas Lietzow’s digital works take viewers to universes imperceptible to the human eye. The dramas of otherworldly characters unfold in each piece, evoking molecular processes or perhaps deep sea scenes. Despite being two-dimensional, Lietzow’s works have a convincingly tactile quality. Their texture is tempting to touch. In some of his pieces, he creates optical illusions, rendering tentacles that look as if they are emerging out of the picture frame and into our world.
Allison Sommers, Jeremy Hush and Susannah Kelly share an interest in creating poetic imagery out of macabre subject matter. The three artists are presenting new bodies of work for their collaborative show, “Irresistible Atrophies,” opening at Portland’s Antler Gallery on October 30.
Those who have walked the streets of San Francisco will recognize Jet Martinez and Chor Boogie’s colorful styles. The prolific artists are stalwarts of the city’s street art scene and their work can be seen in the Mission District’s ever-evolving, outdoor mural gallery, Clarion Alley. Boogie and Martinez have teamed up for the exhibition “Balance,” opening at 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco on November 7.