In Jessie Makinson‘s oil and watercolor paintings, the artist looks at how women are represented in both pop culture and art history. Melding backdrops and figurative forms, the artist toys with the contours of both, with dense and elegant results. Recent work on gallery walls integrates that sensibility in fascinating ways in these spaces, her women and mythological characters emerging behind hung pieces.
Even when he’s playing with classical motifs, there’s something unmistakably current about the sculptures and drawings of Thomas Lerooy. In recent work, his characters have cherubic bodies but golden skulls as heads. The effect is both humorous and slightly menacing, as these youthful creatures scale surfaces around the room.
Ellen de Meijer’s new paintings show how contemporary norms and social mobility has come at the cost of our planet’s health. “#CO2,” a show opening at UNIX Gallery on April 11, shows characters at times taking small measures to protect themselves from the elements, while the greater threat to all looms. The gallery says that in this show, viewers can find “a collection of stoic, uncomfortable characters unabashedly displaying their wealth.”
The sculptures of Kim Won Geun depict underworld characters with unexpected vulnerability and humor. Often crafted in wood or epoxy resin and acrylics, these works range in size, yet have garnered fans across art fairs in handheld heights. The artist’s work recently turned heads at CONTEXT Art Miami in December.
In Cristian Blanxer’s painted portraits, dynamic scenes inhabit the contours of the human form. This framing device offers a look at humanity on two fronts: one in the face of danger or hardship and another in more quiet, solitary moments.
The lush paintings of Xiao Wang carry cerebral themes and unexpected hues. The tension conveyed in these works comes from both the artist’s rendering of each subject and the unexplained narratives contained within each. All of these aspects, along with his knack for realism, create a cinematic sensibility in Wang’s paintings.