Homes come in all shapes and sizes, and mean something different to the people who live in them. A home can be a shelter where one feels protected, or it can be used a metaphor for a place where the heart is, as the saying goes. Australian artist Catherine O’Donnell explores the different variety and tone of urban dwellings like homes in her largescale charcoal drawings. Her images are typically drawn in high contrast, with a focus on the interesting visual aspects of places like the public housing estates of her “Notion of Home” series, or the back alleys of Venice, Italy in “Venetian Visions”.
Drawing with charcoal, Caroline Corbasson cuts, layers, and duplicates images of earth and space to convey the vast mysteries of the world and the universe beyond. Geological formations and celestial galaxies stretch, twist and split in the French artist’s works. Despite the enduring depths conveyed in her images, Corbasson’s choice of material suggests a state of impermanence within the universe. This interest in astronomical time is further apparent in the way Corbasson references archival renderings of space, such as Galileo’s 17th century drawings and late 20th century images taken by the Hubble Telescope, while also using contemporary and nuanced composition and display methods.
Hi-Fructose Vol 27 featured artist Dan Quintana will debut new works this Saturday at Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco with “Diffused”. In addition to a new series of oil paintings, the exhibit will also feature several charcoal drawings and a largescale mural. Quintana’s work is known for his detailed images of ephemeral subjects of goddesses and demons that seem to dissolve into their surroundings. Often, his works are layered with ominous narratives and recurring personal symbolism. In the tradition of his aesthetic, “Diffused” portrays dissipating ghost-like figures in images that personify death.