In her signature style that blends magic realism with storybook illustration, American painter Lori Nelson explores the mysterious, frightening, and undeniably magical world of teens in “Cryptotweens Are Like”. Her new series of oil-on-panel paintings depicts monstrous tweens and teens that, on the surface, bear little resemblance to ordinary youths. Nelson’s “cryptotweens” trek through dark forests alongside animal companions, are covered in fur and scales, and seem to harness their powers through their smart phones (okay, maybe that last one sounds like your average teen).
Brooklyn based artist Lori Nelson and German artist Moki Mioke, who goes by “Moki”, illustrate different ideas of ‘strangeness’ in their art. For Nelson, this is embodied by her characters’ physical appearance, while Moki finds it in her surroundings. The two artists will exhibit together at the Cotton Candy Machine gallery in Brooklyn on September 11th. For her exhibition titled “Coming of Age”, Lori Nelson expands on her cast of young monster-movie inspired subjects covered in hair and scales. Like one of horror’s most famous characters, the monster of Frankenstein, Nelson’s are also perpetually misunderstood.
Tonight, Mark Miller Gallery in New York celebrates what they call an anti-Santa event, “Beasticon II: Monstrous Art by Uncaged Creatures”. Co-curators Lori Nelson and Antony Zito are painters who glorify the eccentricities of their subjects. At her website, Nelson says, “I became interested in the nature of the Beast. Has the myth of the half-man-half-beast persisted because we have always all felt its undeniable presence on some level? Where does the Beast dwell? What does the Beast do for a living? What does the Beast do for fun? Most importantly, what is the Beast?” She and Zito posed these questions to other artists including Laetitia Soulier, Jessicka Addams, Christina Pitsch, Eduardo Benedetto, Joshua Ben Longo, and more, who offer a range of paintings and sculpture.