Caroline Westerhout’s cerebral paintings are selective in rendering aspects of the body faithfully, otherwise distorting the female form and offering unexpected textures. Though this may bring disconcerting results, each of the works carry a vulnerable and honest quality.
The action-filled paintings of Conor Harrington pit nameless political tribes against each other. His explorations of patriotism and contemporary social themes come in the form of Baroque figures, combining classical oil painting techniques and graffiti influences. The artist most recently expressed this thread in “The Story of Us and Them” at HENI Gallery in London.
Using steel rebar, chicken wire, plaster, wax, acrylics, and other materials, Rebecca Ackroyd constructs pieces that play in both figurative and abstract themes. The artist’s practices moves between mixed-media painting and sculpture, the latter producing beings exploring space and gender.
Horacio Quiroz’s rich, disconcerting oil paintings manipulate and toy with the human form. In an upcoming show at Booth Gallery, “Polarities,” his latest experimentations are displayed, whether on the canvas or in an installation of works on paper (including poems, sketches, and more). Quiroz appeared in Hi-Fructose Volume 46 and was last featured on HiFructose.com here.
The oil paintings of Dino Valls balance the bare vulnerability of his figures with surreal touches with deceptively elaborate embellishments, from the transforming compartments of his triptychs to constellation-bearing freckles. In some ways, the Spanish artist continues a thread and approach forged by European masters; elsewhere, his psychological additions feel contemporary. He was last featured on HiFructose.com here.
Sasha Gordon‘s vivid oil paintings feature touches of the surreal, exploring themes such as mental illness and sexuality. The artist, currently a student at the Rhode Island School of Design, has moved from intimate, realistic portraits to more conceptual, perspective shifting work recently. Works such as “I Left The Night The Dummy Crashed The Gordon’s Volvo” offer seemingly personal narratives with several elements to unpack.