Continuing our mission to review online exhibitions our users created with the Online Viewing Room in 3D, after photography shows, we move onto group shows. Our Editor chose 3 exhibitions you should see, so we recommend you visit them in the proportionally scaled digital twins we made for them.
Artists: Amber George, Melanie Parke
Gallery: Susan Eley Fine Art (New York City, United States)
Prices: Vary between $950 and $5,000
Melanie Parke paints interiors with oil, but they are more than pretty still-lives as their impressionist vibes invoke feelings and memories. The blurry outlines could be understood as the cloudiness of remembering, either objects and places changing shape in our minds through time, or even getting softer and warmer as a result of nostalgia. The paintings depict Home, both as a safe environment and as a psychological state where everything feels familiar. Park offers a look into her own peace of mind to help the viewers find their calmness.
Amber George creates recollections of recent and past events, alluding to the imprinting process with the encaustic technique. Using hot wax and pigments dabbed into the molten surface, her pictures appear as collages with their brightly colored panels. Some of them recall childhood with simplistic symbols, some carry the geometry of art deco. But they are all very personal as they represent a piece of her private life.
2. Albana Ejupi
Artist: Albana Ejupi
Gallery: Lukas Feichtner Gallery (Vienna, Austria)
Prices: Vary between €9,800 and €11,800
Albana Ejupi paints different relationships through the depiction of interweaning figures. Using deep reds and blues, she creates images of love, may it be sensual or even sexual, but not through rose-tinted glasses. Her art is not the celebration of idealized romance, but a study on how people connect to their own body, how that body interacts with other bodies, and how those physical touches translate into emotional connections.
Love is not always a romantic topic, some of her paintings show owners and their pets, in more neutral and earthy colors. As the pandemic forced Ejupi into isolation, her attention turned to the companions of humans, and judging by the look of her paintings, she found that kind of attachment calmer and softer compared to relationships between men and women. It also gave her an opportunity to lament on how the body changes over a lifetime, how wrinkles and folds carry untold stories of decay and pushing through.
3. Flying in Milk
Artist: Kerstin Flake
Gallery: Galerie Kleindienst (Leipzig, Germany)
Prices: Vary between €2,000 and €5,200
‘If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?’ is a philosophical thought experiment that raises questions regarding observation and perception. Old as time itself. Kerstin Flake has a different question: ‘Does a tree fall in a forest if no one is around to see it?’ In other words, what do everyday objects do, when nobody is looking.
According to her photographs, they spin, gather, form unusual structures, and they do that with a cheeky grin as her compositions are full of playful colors and humor. They even joke about the freedom of not being observed momentarily by leaning on antique, analogue cameras and the 35mm films used in them. The tool of watching and capturing falls back into being an object, but preserves its sentient quality that’s usually ascribed to the person standing behind it.