Justin Lovato, a California native, is a self-taught artist who blends abstract shapes and patterns for scenes that traverse worlds. While his paintings tend toward wild, overlaid landscapes, his works on paper often feature interdimensional beings entangled in the artist’s backdrops. Lovato was last featured on HiFructose.com here, in a piece that focuses on his acrylic paintings on canvas.
The number of events cashing in on Miami Art Week was extensive and impossible to list, but one that stood out was Sarah Potter and Hannah Stouffer’s prismatic “IRIDESCENCE” exhibit. The show took place in the 3rd floor Gallery at the Shore Club South Beach, where a friendly mermaid in the lobby pointed you to a futuristic installation featuring international artists including Justin Lovato, Adam Friedman, Lala Abaddon, Francesco Locastro, Gustavo Torres (KidMoGraph), Ultramajic, Jose Di Gregorio, Jonny Alexander, and Hilary White.
In Justin Lovato’s new paintings, patterns are layered on top of one another to create dualistic compositions. Kaleidoscopic, sunset-hued arrangements of shapes in turn create new images with their negative space, an effect the artist says represents a conduit between two worlds. “I have always been interested in dreams, subconscious and ecstatic states, and the experience of alternate or parallel universes or dimensions,” wrote Lovato in an email to Hi-Fructose. “With this series especially I have been trying to relay the idea of parallel but different planes transposed on top of one another.”