EYE-POPPING PAINTINGS BY ERIK PARKER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Brooklyn-based artist Erik Parker’s vibrantly colored, eye-popping figurative paintings might not be in lockstep with all the trends of contemporary art, but he couldn’t care less. Parker was born in Stuttgart, Germany but later moved to San Antonio, Texas. Parker attended the University of Texas at Austin with artist Peter Saul before receiving a master of fine art from Purchase College in New York.

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Erik is known for his precisely painted and organized worlds of chaos that exist within his brightly colored, intensely layered, highly saturated canvases. Parker’s work depicts unique, fantastical scenes of biomorphic subjects and unworldly landscapes. Parker methodically paints each composition to the optical extreme creating an intense visual experience. His work maintains a premeditated sense of order all the while suggesting an underlying madness through his use of bold and fragmented forms.

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BIOMORPHIC WORKS BY ERNESTO NETO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Rio de Janeiro native Ernesto Neto’s been exhibiting internationally since the 1990s, and the artist’s latest biomorphic work is tailored to the spaces each piece inhabits. From a distance, these new, vibrant installations appear as though they grew inside these walls organically. But Neto’s work isn’t meant to be enjoyed from afar.

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In his current show at Helsinki’s Kiasma, “Boa,” visitors are invited to touch and inhabit his constructions. At close inspection, the meticulous hand-crocheting and knotting of the fabric comes into focus. Scents, such as lavender or clove, are paired with works; makeshift ceilings envelope viewers into becoming components of the work.

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