Filipino artist Leslie de Chavez explores imperialism and religion of his native country in his distinct oil paintings. These textured scenes carry both a bleakness and arresting luminosity, with a tone that tethers the allegorical to the gritty. A recent show at Arario Gallery Shanghai offers both installations and canvas work from the artist.
Using only currency, Mark Wagner constructs surreal, intricate collaged scenes. Differing from fellow money collagists such as Joey Colombo, Wagner’s distinct monster-building adds an absorbing, pop quality to this strain of the form. Wagner’s Instagram profile has a humorous and apt shorthand for this approach: “art made from money made from art.”
Kenta Torii’s vibrant paintings are a striking blend of traditional imagery and contemporary sensibilities. The Japan-born artist, who has been based in Mexico for more than a decade, offers this in both traditional works and murals. WIthin these works are also hints of tattoo and street culture, integrated into his fantastical creatures and scenes.
In Ryan Villamael’s paper sculptures, cityscapes and military structures protrude out of books. The artist rummaged through shops and garage sales to find wartime books that serve as the foundation for these creations. Elsewhere, the artist has created paper installation that resemble organic matter, rather than manmade weaponry and vessels.
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Fernan Odang‘s surreal paintings and drawings explore the social and political issues of today. From sexual themes to absurd portraits of political leaders, there’s both a terror and humor in each of his paintings, often cast in a single hue that underscores the horror of the proceedings. The self-taught artist currently resides in Manila.