Candy Coated Crisis: Lisa Alonzo’s Confectionary Paintings

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Lisa Alonzo

Lisa Alonzo’s sugary technique obscures a dark symbolic core.  The images are beautiful and the technique is divine.  In fact, the technique is a refinement of one of the high points of Modern painting, Pointillism, and Alonzo adds another, almost hysterical layer to Seurat’s Le Grande Jatte, by combining the beauty of Pointillism’s ballet of color with the designer frosting florets of a confectioner.  According to the press release from Claire Oliver Gallery, that excess of beauty, when compared with the otherwise violent or mundane subjects, a hand grenade, a gun, a beer can, is a critique aimed at consumer desire. As a painter who has often struggled with acrylic painting, I was really impressed by the freshness of these paintings.  You can see Lisa Alonzo’s new work at Claire Oliver until April 26th.  Photos courtesy of Claire Oliver Gallery.

Noah Becker’s Cavernous Inner Life

Caves evoke primordial feelings.  In our globalized culture they seem to suggest looking for a home in a world full of anonymous locations.  Secret and safe places, caves also point towards introspection – an unknown location where you can think your deepest, most private thoughts.  Noah Becker uses caverns in his recent work to set the stage for both the social and private.  In some paintings people to play and socialize and in others people are withdrawn into thought.

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