The surreal worlds painted by Nojus Petrauskas offer both otherworldly creations and everyday inhabitants. With no stated narrative and rich information across the canvas, the works of Petrauskas warrant repeat viewing. Though, with a knack for horror, the paintings aren’t always friendly.
Painter Kisung Koh‘s realistic, yet spiritual creatures return in a new show at Thinkspace Projects. These enlarged subjects set walk “become emissaries of a spiritual dimension,” the gallery says, and force us to examine our own place in nature. “Way of Life II” runs Feb. 2 through Feb. 23 at the gallery. (Koh was last featured on HiFructose.com here.)
Liam Barr explores our tendency to disrupt the natural world’s intentions in his surreal paintings. In particular, his recent series looks at how humans remove the horse from its backdrop and hold it as our own possessions. Further, one gallery says, “idea of symbolism reflecting an aura of pathos, displacement and insight into contemporary New Zealand life.”
Akishi Ueda’s surreal sculptures meld creatures and structures in unexpected ways. The artist pulls from both fantasy and science in building his clay creations. And around each corner of the piece comes a surprising bit of life, tucked inside the contours of his strange animals.
In AEC Interesni Kazki‘s first solo show in France, the surrealist painter offers both new, stirring works and previous pieces with “Déjà vu & Jamais vu,” or “already seen and never seen.” Running through Dec. 26, the show opens Friday at the Paris-based venue Adda & Taxie. The artist was last mentioned on our site here.
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.