Summer Spell, curated by JL Schnabel, is currently showing at Gallery 309 in Philadelphia until October 20th.
Esao Andrews combines a colorful palette with a Gothic sensibility. Some of his paintings are twists on traditional portraits from earlier epochs akin to the work of Nicola Samorì. Wildly dilapidated and foreboding houses are a recurring motif, and, reminiscent of Shirley Jackson‘s psychological horror stories, depict the inner, psychical falling apart, decay, distortion, and warping. Fairy tales and folklore, including Pinocchio and Thumbelina, loom in the forefront with menacing or perverted appeal. In some works, his vibrant style illustrates the bizarre, the obscene, and aberrations, contrasting atrocious or monstrous things such as a giant, bloated black spider with a symbol of sweetness, purity, and elevation such as a child or an angel. Some of his illustrations are cartoonish, charmingly retro, with a dark, whimsical sense of humor, while others are realistically rendered and Dali-esque, while yet others are macabre and lovelorn, bloody tale-telling depictions.
Tags: (twists on) traditional art, dark, illustrations, innocence/menace, macabre, modern fairy tales, monsteresque, neo-victorian, pop surrealism, portraits, realism, religious imagery, spiders, surreal, symbolism, victorian
Tags: butterflies, dollflesh, emotive, expressive, flowers, hair, hauntingly beautiful, illustrations, innocence/menace, modern fairy tales, otherworldly, soft color, strings, sweet/melancholy, unnaturally colored flesh, visceral, wounded
I saw this a few weeks ago, so this is kind of late, but here goes anyway. There’s “spoilers,” just FYI.
Sleeping Beauty (2011) is an Australian movie directed by Julia Leigh, starring Emily Browning and Rachael Blake. It’s about a young college student named Lucy who joins a high-end erotic waitressing service that caters to the wealthy, in order to make ends meet, and further agrees to be one of the “sleeping beauties,” so to speak, who form a more specialized subset of the girls. For each engagement she is driven to the madam/Clara’s house, where she takes a powerful sedative in a cup of tea that induces a very heavy, undisturbable, deathlike sleep for a short period, and while she’s out like the eponymous Sleeping Beauty, some client who has paid for the privilege, usually an older man, gets into bed with her and can do whatever they like with her unconscious body, short of actual penetration, for the duration of an hour. She is promised that when she wakes up, she will not remember a single thing, and for her it will be as if it never happened.
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Tags: anatomical-themed, animals, bones, distorted bodies, exposed anatomy, flowers, illustrations, intricate line drawings, modern fairy tales, nature, religious imagery, surreal, sweet/melancholy, truncated forms
Mercury II by Marcela Bolívar
Chris Conn Askew’s gorgeous illustrations, prominently featuring the color red, filled with cryptic symbols, remind me of so many different influences, ranging from Soviet propaganda, to Japanese prints, to fables, Art Nouveau, vintage posters, tattoo art, and the Victorian era.
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