Ellis Tolsma’s vibrant costumes recall the famous parties of Germany’s Bauhaus school in the 1920s. Like her prints and sculptures, Tolsma has a knack for integrating geometric forms into striking creations. The illustrator “and maker” hails from the Netherlands.
Conveying elapsed time and bombastic energy, Mitchell Villa’s process involves long strokes and motions that use his entire body. The self-taught painter depicts scenes that range from Biblical allusions to horror to intimate domestic portraits. Works like the triptych “Dinner Party” show the artist’s penchant for controlled cacophony.
Rogan Brown’s paper sculptures depict complex scientific processes and organisms. The artist, as what he calls a “non-scientist” or “outsider,” attempts to reconcile and recreate the life of bacteria, the effects of quantum physics, and other true-to-life research, through his own singular creative sensibility.
Ryan Bock’s new immersive show at Ki Smith Gallery takes influence from the 1921 German horror film “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari,” transforming bed frames and other “functional items made non-functional” in a dream-like environment. We’re given an exclusive first look at “Somnambulist,” which opens on Oct. 26, in this post. Installation shots for the exhibition were taken by photographer Roman Dean.
Travel to a time where humans prevail in all their primeval glory in Attaboy’s new show at The Compound Gallery. This body of work includes the buzzed-about rock paintings on rocks, adding to the meta-nature of the new show that seems to be extracted from animation. Is this place the fate of the future or is it a temporal glimpse into our primitive past? Either way, you are sure to enjoy a silent moment with the Monocrag—or take a hike on the Triple Cragscape. Come for the humans, stay for the future. The “Future Human” sideshow will be up in the grey gallery beginning October 19, so you better get yourself a souvenir before this painted epoch ends.
Lari Pittman’s distinct visual language is given a comprehensive treatment in his current retrospective at Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. “Lari Pittman: Declaration of Independence” represents four decades of progression for the mixed-media artist. The exhibition runs through Jan. 5, 2020, at the space.