This Saturday, Mari Inukai is returning to Giant Robot with her expressive new series, titled “Marilla Blue and Orange”. Inukai has long experimented with personal symbolism that blends her fantasy and reality worlds together. For this upcoming show, she takes a step into her imaginary world and brings her recurring subjects, including her daughter, and characters with her. Her narrative begins with a charming collection of pencil drawings, which she brings to life in illustrative paintings.
To experience Jason DeCaires Taylor’s work, you need to have a scuba license. An avid environmental advocate, the artist submerges his sculptures several meters underwater in hopes of assimilating them with the region’s natural coral reefs. Over time, the works become overgrown with coral and turn into part of the underwater landscape. Taylor has installed underwater sculpture parks off the coasts of Cancun, Mexico and Grenada in the West Indies and recently created a new work in Nassau, Bahamas titled “Ocean Atlantis.” A monumental statue of a crouching woman, the piece is not only aesthetically fascinating but will contribute to the health of the region’s coral reef system.
Chinese painter Fu Lei creates floating compositions with robust forms that defy physical laws. The rounded, voluptuous bodies of his human characters evoke the work of Flemish Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens, while the airy cornucopias of plants and animals are reminiscent of Hayao Miyazaki’s whimsical animations. Fu Lei treats the human characters in his work like objects in a still life, weaving them into ornate arrangements of flora and fauna. He intentionally conceals their faces and genders to keep the narrative of his work as open-ended as possible. His upcoming show at Art Plural Gallery in Singapore, “Dreams of Desire,” investigates lust, vice and humanity’s penchant for excess.
Whimsy, humor and fantasy collide in the sculpture of Beijing artist Wang Ruilin. Some pieces are realistic reproductions of animals’ bodies while others manipulate these bodies to create an unexpected effects. His “Horse Play” series feel especially humorous. The horses have expressive eyes and tuck in their necks almost petulantly. In one piece, horses pile on top of each other into a pyramid; at the top a horse stands with his head cocked to one side. Wang highlights each flesh fold on these horses, making their sculptural bodies seem lively.
Last Saturday night, Richard Heller gallery in Los Angeles debuted Hideaki Kawashima’s latest painting series, “Back and Forth”. The Tokyo based artist was in attendance and discussed his artwork with us in his native language. He commented on how over the years, he has developed stylistically, and this show is representative of that. There is a visual exploration that ocurrs in subtle nuances of color, detail and expression. This portrait series is both simpler, yet more expressive than previous works. It’s referring to the ‘back and forth’ of emotions felt by the artist during the creation process, and by the viewer looking at them.
Chilean painter Guillermo Lorca Garcia-Huidobro creates monumental works on canvas with compositions that always seem to ascend in an upward spiral. In one piece, the viewer gazes up at a larger-than-life teenage girl while a child, miniature in comparison, clings on to her for safety. In another piece, various creatures scale a barren, crooked tree trunk that looks more like a tree of death than a tree of life, with a little girl attempting to escape the vulture’s nest at the top. Lorca Garcia-Hiodobro executes his surrealist vision with loose brush strokes that leave details muddled and backgrounds incomplete, inviting the open-ended images to mingle with the viewers’ own childhood nightmares and anxieties.