Shay Kun’s Photo Realistic Dreamlike paintings

 

Shay Kun’s paintings push viewers to challenge their philosophical and aesthetic limitations. While the paintings use appropriated images from the internet, glossy magazines and daily life, they question where fantasy begins and reality ends. Our dreams and thoughts are capable of taking us on journeys beyond reality, but when do we actually cross that threshold? Could we have actually experienced scenes as we remember them?

Each piece in the exhibition explores fantasy and escapism not only with evocative imagery, but also with a variety of source materials and methods of display. In Brief Encounter, Kun offers a film noir still of a car driving into the depths of a rainy night and invites onlookers to remember not only familiar films with similar atmospheres, but their own experiences with departure and loss. Kun also manipulates the foreground into a complex, dramatic tableau; the foreground presents an almost surrealist puddle without the literal interference of a window. Condensation from precipitation, however, is reserved for the background; the scenario is physically impossible, and the painting teases the mind to understand its dissonance.

Objects like ropes, hot air balloons and old-fashioned cars accrue an almost satirical element with their nostalgic references to a pleasant past and childhood. These idyllic environments are predominately kept in the background of these pieces, but the masterfully painted objects feel at once fresh with their photo-realistic qualities. These are contemporary works that challenge the effectiveness of memory and suggest that nostalgia shapes and colors our interpretations of the past.

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Sam Jinks’ Grim Photo Realistic Sculptures

Sam Jinks is interested in reality. Well sort of of. The photo realist sculptor creates marvelously lifelike figurative sculptures that will make you take a double, triple, and perhaps a quadruple take to see what they are made of and how. You would swear that these are actual figures frozen in time except for the slight alterations that Jinks has made such as a foxes head on a human figure (pictured after the jump), or tattoos that look as if they were drawn under the skin, or faces without mouths. At times dark, grim, and just a bit surreal these incredible sculptures will make you rethink the beauty in our skin, hair, and pores and be slightly spooked all at once. Reality has never been more frightening. (via jobs wife)

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