Romanian artist Edith Torony creates richly textured abstracts composed of what are only nearly recognizable components. In Part of the Crowd, small figures are scattered within a dirty, crowded circle, one half of which is in darkness, and the other bathed in a dirty ochre. Given the title of the piece, the elements within it, and the utter lack of green or blue, one is tempted to see here a grim depiction of the our planet, either in its current or future ecological state. Regardless of the interpretation, the painting elicits a feeling of discord and claustrophobia.
In this pleasing oil painting by Polish artist Robert Bubel, a woman walks through an open art gallery towards a group of paintings hanging on the wall. Paint drips from the canvases, as if to express their fresh vibrancy. The title of the piece is provocative; is it addressed to the woman in the painting? or is it an invitation to view the art in its natural format: hanging on a wall, rather than as a digital image.
Oil on Canvas. 35.4 H x 39.4 W x 0.8 in
In Not My Father’s Oldsmobile, a classic car passes through an intersection. The dynamic radial composition invites the observer into a scene typical of contemporary American life. Yet, the muted colors suggests a certain emotional distance from the scene, as if to warn us away from nostalgia: this is not your father’s Oldsmobile, and it is only passing through.