Cologne-based artist Melike Kara’s canvases are sketchy and spare, economically painted in one or two colors on bare white background. The characters that populate her enigmatic canvases are regularly put through their paces. While some images seem relatively sedate, others are full of figures performing an array of impressive choreographies featuring gravity-defying somersaults and backflips. The contorted bodies, all long arms and legs, offer a casual articulation of human anatomy: with their outstretched hands and legs akimbo, the figures literally let it all hang loose.
Sean McCarthy received his BFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin and his MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University.
McCarthy’s work is enigmatic, unsettling, and darkly comic. He renders the sagging crevasses and withered underbellies of a beastly world in a state of fantastic violence. His primal dramas recall the 19th Century decadent tradition, which conjured a darkness far more vibrant than the banality of our everyday evil.
As Phil Jackson, the 11x time NBA Championship coach with both the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers says goodbye (at least for the time-being) to the sidelines after being swept by the Dallas Mavericks in the playoffs, we look at some thoughts and moments with the Zen Master. While coaching the greatest of all-time, Michael Jordan, and top-5er in Kobe Bryant, the greatest rebounding forward in Dennis Rodman, the greatest Robin in Scottie Pippen, and the enigmatic lazy but absurdly talented Shaquille O’Neal, Jackson has been at the helm of some of the greatest teams and moments in NBA history. A sweep will not tarnish a legacy that includes winning an NBA title in 11 of his 20 years as a coach. —The Citrus Report staff