Dasha Pliska’s pencil drawings carry drama and ghostly grace. The Ukraine illustrator works primarily in monochromatic modes, elegantly moving between skin tones and billowing forms moving across the page. And recent personal projects, such as “repletion,” show the artist’s knack for utilizing negative space.
Jim Carrey’s politically charged drawings fill the exhibition “This Light Never Goes Out,” currently running at the Phi Center in Montreal. Known as a comedic legend on the screen, Carrey has shared his personal visual art practice on social media since 2016. The artist often depicts current political figures in his drawing, commenting on everything from the President’s border policies to the marriage of George and Kellyanne Conway.
Combining oils, charcoal, and paper mounted on panel, Paul Cristina crafts riveting and disconcerting figurative portraits. Though he uses drawing as his foundational practice, the process of creating these works is one of both deconstruction and reconstruction. The above work is currently featured in a group show at Booth Gallery.
Ed Merlin Murray’s riveting drawings both enact and emulate motion. His movable creations, in particular, feel akin to the work of Terry Gilliam in his animation days. In his intricate line drawings, Murray offers entrancing and illusionary explorations of the human form.
In Heather Benjamin’s recent work, her “lone cowgirl” character moves through a spectrum of emotions, attitudes, and phases that reflect the complexity of womanhood. She offered several of these new drawings in a show at Tokyo’s gallery commune under the banner “Burden of Blossom.”
Timothy Von Rueden’s drawings range from fantastical creatures to dark surrealist visions, mostly rendered in graphite. The artist pulls from both real-life reflections and mythological inspirations, each presented in his hyperdetailed figurative style.