Each painting in Damon Soule’s “Quintessence” (which opened at San Francisco’s Mirus Gallery last Saturday, November 23) is its own microcosm. In several of the pieces, colors radiate from a luminous, star-like center; their kinetic energy gives way to neon explosions punctuated by starkly-contrasting black and white lines. Earlier this month, when we visited Soule’s studio, he discussed apprehending the imperceptible elements of the universe with this show. By pushing the human eye to its edge with his extreme color combinations, Soule seeks to craft an otherworldly essence that runs through his body of work. Read more after the jump.
Poland based artist and designer Magdalena Kapinos won’t be pinned down. She has a particularly eclectic approach to her style and process. For example, what appear to be paintings are actually an amalgamation of various mediums. Kapinos uses illustration, digital graphics, collage, and painting to achieve many of her pieces. This versatile approach to art making is also reflected in her style. Classical figuration is contrasted against colorful abstraction, child like markings, as well as graphic design and illustration styles. The result is a visual remix that celebrates its differences while ultimately each part is complimentary to the whole. See more of her artwork after the jump.
During the group show “Lacrima Aquarium” (see a preview here) at Acquario Romano/Casa Dell’Architettura in Rome, Dorothy Circus Gallery will shine a spotlight on the work of Chris Berens with a special portion of the exhibition dedicated to the Dutch artist. Curated by Alexandra Mazzanti of Dorothy Circus Gallery and Georgio de Finis, the exhibition explores the mythology of ice queens, water nymphs and tragic heroines who long for the sea. Berens’s work is complementary to the rest of the group show in both style and subject matter. His paintings evoke a melancholy solitude also visible in the works of Ray Caesar and Kwong Kyungyup in the remaining portion of “Lacrima Aquarium.” Berens’s figures appear light and airy, like clouds of ink floating in water. While “Lacrima Aquarium” opens December 6, Chris Berens’s solo exhibition will be on view December 14 through February 4. See more after the jump.
The inner child is a concept often thrown around in conversations about therapy and psychology as an embodiment of unhealed traumas from our early years. Installation artist Marc Eliezer Rubin created a new, immersive work titled “Lost & Found” that allows viewers to rediscover a childish feeling of wonder. Viewers peer through a picture frame to discover a strange room populated by biomorphic growths, enchanted butterflies and otherworldly, worm-like flora. Read more after the jump.
Time is a funny thing, we like to ignore it, lose it, pretend it doesn’t exist so as to continue with our daily lives. But Ryan De La Hoz confronts time as to understand how our pasts affect our very immediate future. Imagery of destruction and fragmentation is seen in his minimal, hand-cut paper works to show how things can change in one instance, even in just in the material world. Showcasing a milieu of contemporary minimal abstract forms, Ryan’s work borders on psychedelic and sometimes hallucinatory. Static patterns and sharp textures layered with graphics — from energetic slime to vivid palm trees — create a sensational effect akin to staring at the sun. It’s hard not to stare; his color palette toddles between harsh contrasts of black and white to more calming, cooler hues. Some could describe his work as digital but you’d be surprised to learn that most of it (if not all of it) is created using analog processes. Read more after the jump.
The New Zealand based artist and Illustrator known as T-Wei produces artwork with a rather distinctive style. His work is punctuated by clean lines and careful detail. A certain whimsical atmosphere perhaps influenced by street art pervades his worlds. T-Wei, though, seems to work with a special interest in depth and dimensionality. The characters that populate his artwork appear to inhabit a real space and reflect the fun T-Wei has in creating these worlds. Thus the large amount work T-Wei is commissioned to create isn’t very surprising. See more of T-Wei’s illustrations after the jump.