When we first brought you the works of Mario Soria, the Barcelona based artist was focusing on creating portraits that tell a different story up close. From a distance, his paintings of icons like Woody Allen and Albert Einstein appeared realistic, but upon closer inspection, revealed characters interacting with them in bizarre scenes, tagging their clothing with graffiti or enjoying a musical jubilee on top of their heads. Adding to the surreal quality of his work was his incorporation of found objects like smashed soda cans and legos, which he describes as a combination of still life and traditional painting. Since then, Soria has continued to incorporate objects into his works.
Kyoto based artist Teppei Kaneuji creates bizarre multimedia works that examine the mass consumption of his culture. He is perhaps best known for his Manga-inspired characters made of objects like plastic food, toys, scissors, and furniture parts. This is a fascination that has followed him since childhood, when he enjoyed playing with blocks and putting together everyday objects. Opening September 10th, Kaneuji will make his US solo exhibition debut at Jane Lombard Gallery in New York with “Deep Fried Ghost”. The exhibit showcases the artist’s five most notable series from 2002 through today: “White Discharge”, “Muddy Steam from a Mug”, “Teenage Fan Club”, “Ghost in the Liquid Room”, and “Games, Dance, Constructions, (Soft Toys)”, in addition to new pieces created for the show.
Los Angeles based multimedia artist Amir H. Fallah does not consider our looks to be the most important thing about us. He describes his art as “alternative portraits”, portraits of a person that look beyond their physical characteristics. His 2014 exhibition “The Collected” established his definition of portraiture through a variety of methods from ornate paintings that play with color and geometrical patterns to found-object sculpture. With his current installation “The Caretaker” at Nerman Museum Of Contemporary Art in Kansas, Fallah continues this exploration in new paintings and sculpture.
One man’s trash is Khalil Chishtee‘s treasure. We previously featured the Pakistani artist’s ethereal garbage bag sculptures back in 2013, where he breathed new life into unwanted found-objects. Having just come off his debut solo exhibition, “Detritus from Exploded Stars” at Sanat Gallery, Chishtee has since expanded his concept to dig deeper. His latest works make the connection between art created from practically nothing to the creation of life from an empty universe.
An initial encounter with the work of Ben Sanders might leave the viewer perplexed. Are they retro digitally painted screen savers? Are they just stickers on a sheet of paper? Through expert color choices and impressively crisp lines, Sanders creates paintings that trick the eye. His acrylic and oil works sometimes even look photographic. There is definitely something decidedly vintage and even cartoon-like about the works, most of which revolve around food.