by Nastia VoynovskayaPosted on

Jessica Joslin combines found animal bones and antiques into sculptures of robotic-looking creatures with a Victorian sensibility. Balanced on balls and suspended from hooks, the performing animals in Joslin’s latest series will be on view February 6 through March 1 for her solo show, “Animal Alchemy,” at Lisa Sette Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ. “I see my latest sculptures as a continuation of a larger body of work, but the two aspects that set these particular pieces apart are interaction and miniaturization,” Joslin commented. Some of the works in the show, like the sloth, sea turtle and baby bat, are small enough to hold in the palm of one’s hand, while other pieces demonstrate complex relationships between the animals. Read more after the jump.

by Nick PizanaPosted on

English poet Lord Byron was known for creating tragically estranged characters, which prompted the creation of the term “Byronic” to describe such romanticized yet ultimately flawed protagonists. It was this sense of solitude that Bosnian-born, Milwaukee-based artist Boris Pelcer captured in his latest series of illustrations. The pieces, which are a mixture between digital and traditional media, investigate the brooding emotions of the Byronic character. Using rich crimson and stark black, Pelcer illustrates the melancholy world these characters inhabit. Read more after the jump.

by Roxanne GoldbergPosted on

Beth Hoeckel’s collages playfully manipulate perspective and scale to create compositions that evoke a sense of wonder. Her current exhibition at the University of Tennessee Knoxville borrows its name, “Hypnotist Collector,” from the Bob Dylan song “She Belongs to Me.” Though the singer is not a direct influence for Hoeckel, who describes herself as a collector, the lyrics are fitting for her composite artworks that use cutout figures from magazines of earlier decades to create mythical scenes that mesmerize. Read more after the jump.

by Nastia VoynovskayaPosted on

True creativity is not defined by a specific medium. Chances are, an artist who is proficient in one type of art making could come up with something interesting with whatever materials you left him or her with on a desert island. For their upcoming exhibition, “Reverse Engineered,” Hellion Gallery decided to test how an individual’s aesthetic translates with different materials. The gallery is collaborating with fellow Portland art space Antler Gallery on a group show that demonstrates the multifaceted creativity of a small group of artists. AJ Fosik, J Shea, Souther Salazar, Troy Coulterman, Michael Alm and Yosakay Yamamoto will debut sculptural works at the opening of “Reverse Engineered” at Hellion Gallery this Thursday, February 6. The second chapter of the exhibition opens at Antler Gallery on February 27 and will include 2D works that complement the sculptures. Take a look at our preview of the first part of the exhibition after the jump.

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While not everyone regularly submits themselves to tarot readings, the symbols of The Major Arcana served as the basis for New York-based Last Rites Gallery’s current show, “Tarot Under Oath,” an exhibition dynamic enough to inspire even the skeptics. Guest curator Aunia Kahn, who has released several tarot-inspired exhibitions and projects, invited the artists to reimagine the tarot card symbols. Kahn herself got The High Priestess, while Jeremy Hush interpreted The Chariot, J.A.W. Cooper’s theme was Strength, Tom Bagshaw got the Ancient Babylonian Goddess of Love and War, Ishtar, and Ransom & Mitchell titled their work Temperance. The exhibition is on view through March 1. Take a look at the artworks in the show after the jump.

by Elizabeth MaskaskyPosted on

Spontaneity, or simply being in the moment, is a key element in the practice of Haejung Lee, a Korean-born illustrator who is currently based in Toronto. Her playful portraits feel like brief, insightful glimpses of faces seen on a busy city street, on the subway, or, perhaps most of all, in a dream. Lee combines realistic renderings of facial features with fantastical and surrealistic details that often serve to reveal a subject’s psychological state or allude to a hidden narrative. Lee depicts a diverse set of emotions, ranging from the ecstatic to the deeply contemplative. At the same time, the inclusion of strings and disembodied hands that appear to manipulate many of the subjects raises questions as to the extent of their control over their own psyches.