Rafael Silveira (whom we introduced on the blog here) is gearing up for his first European solo show, “Mind’s Eye Funfair,” opening at Atomica Gallery in London on March 19. His paintings on sculptural panels reveal glimpses into a warped universe where the familiar and the kitsch become absurd. Silveira is particularly interested in circus and carnival settings, and this exhibition is filled with nostalgic imagery that evokes attractions only found in vintage photographs. “Mind’s Eye Funfair” will also include metal sculptures and works on canvas. The show will be on view through April 11.
Demonic goddesses and amorphous love children dominate the compositions by Japanese-born, San Francisco-based artist Junko Mizuno (featured on the cover of HF Vol. 23). Mizuno has an expansive oeuvre, which spans such media as graphic novels and television animation. Her original paintings, in addition to wood, giclee and silkscreen prints, will for the first time be seen in London during the artist’s retrospective, “Belle: The Art of Junko Mizuno,” opening October 20 at Atomica Gallery.
London art space Atomica Gallery is gearing up for the debut solo show of Australian artist and illustrator Nick Sheehy, opening June 12. Sheehy’s new series of graphite and watercolor works on paper is dubbed “Metamorphosis,” a reference not only to the yarn-like shapes that appear to represent a state of flux in his work, but to the transition between life and death and what lies in between. Skeleton characters are Sheehy’s focus, though they take on a humorous and even personable appearance through the artist’s caricature-like style. Skulls are exaggerated while the limbs remain an afterthought. Though Sheehy’s line work is clean and sophisticated, the proportions of the characters add something childlike to the work. His skeletal beings appear to be experiencing a physical transformation. With fungus and plants springing from their eye sockets, they remind us that death is a part of life.