Doraelia Ruiz Impresses with her Brave, Bold Solo Show at Brainworks

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Doraelia Ruiz “Never Yes No Me You”

Brainworks Gallery

through March 25th

by Genie Davis

Let’s start with a simple wow for Doraelia Ruiz’ “Never Yes No Me You” at Brainworks Gallery. The impressive rainbow of colors, the mix of found images with her own mark making and her use of digital art to combine these elements – this is a mind-bending visual whirl.

Using her merging and melding of a variety of media, Ruiz prints her combined images, stretches them on panels, and then paints over them. This is layering, but it is a delicate layering, her methodology forming an intimate palette to the longing she expresses for what can never be obtained and will never be fully real. The illusions she creates are dreamlike, and in coloration remind the viewer just a bit of the ethos of Peter Max if he did a Vulcan mind-meld with Van Gogh.

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Matisse/Diebenkorn Artistic Soulmates

I don’t usually post art historical articles, but I recognize that this side-by-side comparison of paintings may be important for my readers and so I didn’t want them to miss this fascinating article.

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Matisse/Diebenkorn Installation View at The Baltimore Museum of Art. Photographer: Mitro Hood. Matisse/Diebenkorn Installation View at The Baltimore Museum of Art.
Photographer: Mitro Hood.

Baltimore Museum of Art
Matisse/Diebenkorn Artistic Soulmates

By Jacqueline Bell Johnson

Through January 29th

Matisse/Diebenkorn is an exhibition 15 years in the making, ending this month at the Baltimore Museum and opening at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in March.

Reading biographies of Matisse and Diebenkorn side-by-side reveals both to be great students, which lead them to be great artists. They have actively viewed work from both predecessors and peers utilizing these observations in the development of their painting. In addition to looking, Matisse was known for collecting work of his fellow artists, even going into debt for it. Diebenkorn’s stint in the Marines gave him the opportunity to view the collections of Museums in New York, Philly and DC, influences he would use later in his career. Twenty years later he traveled to the Soviet…

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Naotaka Hiro: Peaking at The BOX, LA

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Naotaka Hiro: Peaking Installation View Photo Courtesy of The Box Los Angeles Naotaka Hiro: Peaking
Installation View
Photo Courtesy of The Box Los Angeles

Naotaka Hiro: Peaking at The BOX, LA

By Shana Nys Dambrot

Through January 28th

Shaped canvas paintings are not often emotionally expressive, favoring the precise curves and angles of custom frames over the bohemian flaunting of rough-edges and raw remnants. Instances of attacking, slicing, piercing, puncturing, and otherwise compromising the painted surface through draping, crumpling, reversing and ruching are more emotive, obscuring image and content in ways that can feel subversive, destructive, violent, but also risk seeming calculated for effect. Naotaka Hiro’s current exhibition at The Box literally and figuratively turns these art historical tropes inside out, presenting a series of engaging, vivacious, visceral and absolutely disruptive carved-up canvases (and related series of frenetic works on paper, surreal bronze body-cast sculptures, and performative action-painting video) that reinvigorate these practices.

Naotaka Hiro: Peaking Installation View Photo Courtesy of The Box Los Angeles Naotaka Hiro: Peaking
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Photo Courtesy of The…

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El Kanu Contemporary Portrait Paintings

Contemporary Portrait Oil Paintings by El Kanu

Yani, el kanu

Yani, el kanu

 

Zoltan, el kanu

Zoltan, el kanu

 

Bystander, el kanu

Bystander, el kanu

 

Impromptu. el kanu

Impromptu. el kanu

 

Marwen, el kanu

Marwen, el kanu

 

Le Soupir, el kanu

Le Soupir, el kanu

 

le toilde David, el kanu

le toilde David, el kanu

 

Sabrina, el kanu

Sabrina, el kanu

 

Absolute Beginner, el kanu

Absolute Beginner, el kanu

 

el kanu

Sublimation, el kanu

The First 12 Portraits

Artist Lily Day creates a Selfie-a-day aka self-portrait showing her many moods! She is on day 15. Can she keep up this lively intensity for a full year? Follow her Selfie A Day project blog.

The Selfie Project

red polo p Day 1, Pencil

profile p Day 2, Pencil and Watercolour

smirk p Day 3, Pencil

hand p Day 4, Pencil

scowel p Day 5, Pencil

tongue p Day 6, Watercolour

leaves p Day 7, Pencil and Oil Pastel

sitting p Day 8, Pencil

mirror p Day 9, Pencil

tough p Day 10, Acrylic

spoon p Day 11, Acrylic

Moustache p Day 12, Biro

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