BEAUTIFULLY GROTESQUE PAINTINGS BY CHRISTIAN REX VAN MINNEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Brooklyn based Christian Rex Van Minnen‘s paintings are part Old Masters, part mad scientist, part carnival. Classical still life and portraiture are reimagined with sumptuous beauty that paradoxically can be hard to look at. But it is van Minnen’s masterful technique and eye that draw the viewer again to consider that which looks impossible.

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“I think it’s interesting to take away the eyes and mouth. In a way it makes it easier on the viewer, myself included. It allows for a more prolonged voyeurism and freedom to explore the figure. Like staring at a blind man.” Christian Rex Van Minnen

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BRIGHT AND ENIGMATIC ARTWORK BY MICHAEL OLIVO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Michael Olivo creates artwork over several surfaces of which are always brightly colored, enigmatic and entertaining. In the masses of colorful blobs, tubes, and twisted forms, characters and narratives peek through. Clearly recognizable monsters and animals are sometimes featured in Olivo’s color-saturated drawings. His comic influences are evident with his use of line-art and dynamic black-filled areas.

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TEXTILE BLOBS BY SERENA GARCIA DALLA VENEZIA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Chilean artist Serena Garcia Dalla Venezia creates stunning textile art from small handmade fabric balls that she then groups together. Growth and accumulation, order and chaos are the driving inspiration behind her work. The effect is somewhat pixelated in the end, full of thoughtful gradations in color and contrast.

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THE LURID WORK OF LOUISE ZHANG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Louise Zhang creates objects that are designed to allure and repel. Depending on your proclivities, her paintings and sculptures could have either or both effects simultaneously.

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Zhang’s paintings and painted sculptures are blob-like in form, slippery in texture and lurid in color. Their brightness and playfulness are striking and their ambivalent forms can be unnerving, in the same way that the wobble of jelly evokes terror in some. Her color palette and playful sense of the grotesque take their cues both from art history and contemporary culture.

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