“I do think the big problem in a way…is how you deal with ordinary life—that is not extraordinary, that does not involve heroism, that does not involve crises, really. But the way in we live is meaningful, and it does have a certain radiance.” – John Updike
Los Angeles-based artist Karen Woods based her new series of paintings on the quote above, showcasing an unpopular part of life we know all too well: driving in the rain. The imagery combines all the things our society hates: the color gray, working, mindless monotony. In popular culture it normally has a negative connotation, combined with a sobbing protagonist behind the wheel or a pensive antagonist as a passenger. But of course, there’s beauty in the things we hate, and Woods’ realistic paintings of rain-beaded windshields and slick roads highlight the allurement of rainy days in that romantically sad way–the kind that provokes sad book reading and coffee shop moping (our favorite type of moping). You can browse the full series via George Billis Gallery.
(Via Faith is Torment)
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Houston-based artist Kevin Peterson is a hyperrealist painter who loves playing with the juxtaposition of destruction and innocence. His work features children thrust into surreal situations, like dilapidated urban landscapes, surrounded by graffiti and wild animals. The realistic portrayals of his subjects contradict the fantastical elements of their surroundings. Peterson is an artist obsessed with contradictions, and the way he shows conflicting themes is the most intriguing thing about him. He captures that elusive nature between reality and dreams, and what happens when the two intersect.
In the gallery are pieces from his recent solo exhibition at Thinkspace Gallery, Remnants. The series shows off his trademark style while also touching on themes like survivalism, isolation, and weirdly enough, hope.
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