Femme Fatale, a show exhibiting the work of over 35 contemporary artists, curated by Nicole Bruckman and Stephanie Chefas, is open at Cella Gallery in Los Angeles from February 25th to March 17th. A sample of the works featured is below.
L’ingenue by Stella Im Hultberg
A Letter to Three Wives by David Bray
Tags: 1950s, alien beauty, art shows, enlarged eyes, femininity, hauntingly beautiful, innocence/menace, lolita-esque, lolitaism, otherworldly, pop surrealism, queens, realism, religious imagery, retro, sexuality, stella im hultberg, sweet/melancholy
Lori Earley was one of the very first artists I discovered when I was getting into Pop Surrealism years ago, so it seems fitting that I do a post on her sometime. Earley has been exhibiting her distinctive, hyperrealistic, haunting portraits of women since 2004. The “distorted realism” of these paintings gives them a poignant beauty. They portray otherworldly female subjects, sharply yet delicately delineating their slightly alien features and capturing their expressions with incredible detail. As her Website bio aptly puts it, “While her femme fatale portraits mature in style and intensity, they retain her signature ethereal quality that embodies an undeniably feminine force.”
Colin Christian makes larger-than-life sculptures of space-girls, aliens, and femme fatale creatures, in a style I dub cyber retro-erotic which takes influence from many different subcultures. Statuesque and cast in fiberglass and silicone, these cartoonishly exaggerated, indomitably perfect figures with piercing, gigantic, pellucid eyes, featuring campy titles such as Adventures on Planet Freud and The Callgirl of Cthulhu, are a sort of oddball mixture of his diverse inspirations, including “old sci-fi movies, pinup girls/supermodels, anime,” and “H. P. Lovecraft.” I find some of his work to be not to my taste, bordering on obscene or downright creepy (not to say disturbing), but these pieces below I do like. Also check out Sas’ art in the previous post.
Tags: alien beauty, bizarre, cartoony, cyber aesthetic, distorted bodies, doll-like, enlarged eyes, erotic, fetish, futuristic, life-sized, lolita-esque, monsteresque, pinup, pop surrealism, realism, retro, sci-fi, sculptures, sinister arts and crafts, space girls, strange beauty
Sas Christian is a painter of portraits of women who are beautiful but also just a bit dangerous or deadly, with their unsettling gaze, focusing unnaturally enlarged, glassy eyes, which are her trademark, on the viewer. Sas is often referred to in conjunction with her husband and fellow artist, Colin Christian (who I will do a post on a bit later). Sas + Colin are an electric duo in the contemporary art scene. Their art shares many similarities, with related themes running through it, but also differs quite dramatically. Below is a sample of Sas’ work.
I love photographer Mary Kuzmenkova’s flower headdress series, unnaturally-enlarged-doe-eyed portraits that are playful, sad, and moving, by turns. Below are some more examples of her work – I especially love the tenderness that she captures in her subjects, and I feel as if her work represents the zeitgeist of our age in some way, at least some part of it – a nameless, languid yearning.
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