Matthew Palladino has taken up multiple mediums, and considers each new shift as “another mutation of the thing that came before it.” Palladino first became known for his works in watercolor, ink on paper, and acrylic paint. He then moved on to three-dimensional reliefs, made in part from candy molds. Both his two- and three-dimensional works share a biting humor, variations on grid-based compositions, references to pop culture and art history, and optical illusions that distort spatial relationships. He cites his main influences as Margaret Kilgallen, Chris Johanson, and Barry McGee.
Angela Deane explores the beautiful, painful, and ultimately puzzling, human condition of having memories. Deane covers people on found photographs with paint, subtracting the specific identity of each person and transforming them into anonymous entities for the viewer to project upon. The new portraits liken themselves to the familiar visual of a ghost, cloaked in opaque material and masked behind the guise of the fabric.
Kirsten Beets was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1983. She works predominantly with oil paint on paper. Her main subjects and themes are how people interact with nature in a recreational way, usually observing things from a high vantage point and neatly rendering them in minute detail. Observations of people, places and objects (and sometimes the imaginative thoughts that were produced by them) thus recorded, transfer a fleeting moment into a physical object; elevating their significance and making them touchstones of memory.
Los Angeles based artist Sterling Ruby works in a large variety of media including ceramics, painting, drawing, collage, sculpture and video. Often, his work is presented in large and densely packed installations.
The artist has cited a diverse range of sources and influences including aberrant psychologies (particularly schizophrenia and paranoia), urban gangs and graffiti, hip-hop culture, craft, punk, masculinity, violence, public art, prisons, globalization, American domination and decline, waste and consumption. In opposition to the minimalist artistic tradition and influenced by the ubiquity of urban graffiti, the artist’s works often appear scratched, defaced, camouflaged, dirty, or splattered.
Spanish artist Yago Hortal‘s acrylic paintings are wild and dynamic yet wondrously controlled. Hortal epitomizes a new wave of painters creating a contemporary understanding of abstraction, with works gushing, exploding, or dripping off the walls. With his explosive use of color, containing fluid marbling and three-dimensional texture, Yago’s works convey pure energy bouncing off the canvas, allowing freedom for the viewer’s own interpretation.
“A painting that talks about painting, and in consequence, about its own language autonomy, is a whirlpool that extends to in?nity, a pictorial-rational loop.” Yago Hortal
Darkness is said to be the absence of light, but what if darkness is the evidence of life? One look at Russell Cameron’s grotesque sculptures may have you gagging, but then suddenly a realization can hit the viewer: this IS life; this is what I avoid bringing into awareness, and just because I avoid it, it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. “Russell’s main objective when creating a sculpture is to give it life, feeling and a place among us, whether it be a classic bust or a deformed limb mounted on a sheet of wood the piece should speak and tell a story to the viewer.”
The realism and surrealism of Cameron’s beautifully crafted sculptures made of metal, clay, paint and wood, brings to life the stories that live among us and in us.
Russel Cameron is a self-taught sculptor from Brooklyn, New York, hopefully bringing his ongoing project “Flesh and Bone” to a gallery near you.