For me, Kiki Valdes’s work is the perfect combination of tradition and well-mastered craft, with the vision of a contemporary mind. His work travels through a number of references, from expressionism to TV cartoons, twisting them, playing with them in a very powerful way. His paintings scream out loud, struggling to escape from the constraint of the frame.
The work of these Romanian-born identical twins hybrid artists prominently features and blends legendary characters with the aesthetics of their ancestry: so it’s repeated forms and shapes taken from Romanian folk-art mixed with abstract landscapes, and printed still-life’s mashed-up with peculiar ready-made glass sculptures. Their recent show in New York presented these mixed media collages […]
Contemporary painter Josh Keyes has a new show in Seattle. I love his clean, sharp style and the way he constructs his art. Make sure to check out his studio blog. He builds little sets, and combines random elements, objects and animals to form what he calls ‘a hybrid of eco-surrealism and dystopian folktales that express a concern for our time and the Earth’s future’.
APP ART is a quirky exhibit of new works by Chris Georgalas and Peter J. Ketchum at the scruffy TNC Gallery on 1st Ave, New York. With warped sensibilities Ketchum investigates the past refelected in vintage printed matter: ads, card games, matchbooks and black and white photos from the 1860s to the 1960s. In repurposing these words and images, the new work becomes uniquely his own. Actually, who else would claim them? Georgalas combines images with found objects – a full BED! – to make funny, melancholy, challenging pictures. He’s been called the new Duchamp. Yikes! The exhibition runs until October 26.
John McLaughlin’s paintings and drawings are part of his own lineage of abstraction that has evolved over some twenty five years. McLaughlin’s work has always arisen from an earnest search for resolution in a range of gestures, movements and erasures. The appearance and meaning of the resolution has developed in the meandering progression of the creative process.
Anti-Utopias profiles the work of artists who delve into both dystopian and idealistic themes. It’s hard to pin down exactly why this website is so excellent, but I suspect it’s the same reason that futuristic tales like Brave New World captivate us: it shows art’s ability to teeter on the precipice of what cannot be […]
Even though I can’t afford any of it, I love heading to Phillips de Pury and Company’s pre-sale exhibitions. There’s invariably some awesome contemporary art available.
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Erik Sommer is a New York City-based contemporary artist. Focusing primarily on painting, his work is a conversation between age and beauty, capturing the passing of time through the deterioration of texture. His paintings reflect his urban environment, yet maintain a sense of both fragility and aggressiveness.