Evan Lovejoy’s paintings are inspired by both the artist’s love of the natural world and his anguish due to its destruction. Our complicated relationship with animals is shown through the artist’s varying ways of depicting them. Within the same work, a beast moves between a sense of realism, cartoonish rendering, and a more pop-surrealist sensibility.
Chicago-based artist Joey D. has garnered a reputation for his pop-surrealist murals and animations. His work recalls, in some cases, ’90s-era animation and the iconography of the Chicago area.
Ferris Plock and Kelly Tunstall offer collaborative and solo works in their new show at 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco, where they’re based. “PMA,” which stands for “Positive Mental Attitude,” applies their vibrant characters and patterns to their viewpoint of the changing city (or “living beast,” as they refer to it) around them. The show runs through Dec. 20 at the space. In their collaborative mode, the pair becomes “KeFe.”
A new retrospective surveys the work of Martin Wittfooth, whose paintings explore our ties to the natural world. The show is hosted at Muroff-Kotler Visual Arts Gallery at SUNY Ulster College, with works dating back to 2012. Among the recent work are a collection of circular works titled “Statis,” with massive mammals floating against blood-red backdrops. The retrospective runs through Oct. 18 at the gallery. The artist created the cover for Hi-Fructose Volume 35 and was featured in Hi-Fructose’s touring “Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose” exhibition.
Jolene Lai returns to Thinkspace Projects with a new collection of eerie paintings. The aptly named “The Beautiful Haunting,” starting on Sept. 14, brings her sensibility, seemingly informed by pop mediums and children’s stories to the gallery walls. The painter has a rare ability to evoke the same sense of mystery and danger in settings absent of human occupants. Lai was last featured on our website here.
In Filipino artist Ronson Culibrina’s haunting yet vibrant paintings, the artist examines globalization, social issues, and more through both crowded and sparse scenes. The artist is also taking a look at art history inside his home country of the Philippines, as well injecting cross-cultural and Biblical iconography.