Erik Thor Sandberg produces oil-on-canvas paintings centered on the expressive, allegorical power of the nude. Like earlier masters of his medium, Sandberg explores the intimate, uncanny connection between oil paint and human flesh and considers the figure to be painting’s most natural subject matter.
Using symbolism both established and personal, Sandberg creates narratives without definitive beginnings or ends; he captures pivotal moments and isolates them from time. Upon these suspended moments, the artist abstains from casting judgment and rather, empathizes with the figures that are often transfixed by self-wrought disaster.
It doesn’t really matter if you think Sufjan Stevens is ridiculous, over-the-top, or just a tad too of the indie-ilk, his visionary, triumphant, and continually rewarding 2005 album, Illinoise, remains one of the greatest albums in any genre over the past 10 years.
Opening with the intimate “Concerning the UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois” and closing with “Out of Egypt . . .”, this remains our favorite Sufjan body of work.
French artist YZ has really exploded on the scene in recent weeks. Her latest project as part of her ongoing series Open Your Eyes, explores the public and the private by literally placing subjects and their intimate belongings, into a public, outdoor setting which read like vignettes with photos and coinciding videos.