Through personal and very carefully created figurative paintings, San Luis Obispo, California-based mostly artist Laura Krifka (beforehand showcased listed here) dissects the mechanisms of power, identification, and observation found in visual society. With non-descript references to the historical past of painting, Krifka incorporates the modern day frameworks of film and photography into her knowledge of portraiture and psychology. By collapsing many sights of the very same pose, issue, space, and time into just about every portray she makes scenes that seem deceptively very simple, but are rife with distortions, puzzles, and physical impossibilities that make visible factuality tenuous and obstacle a viewer’s perceptual talents.
Krifka directs each individual elaborate narrative as paintings unravel and reform little by little over months and even several years. Protagonists inhabit domestic spaces, at times gazing assertively out of their canvases, other moments disappearing into the wallpaper, but constantly vulnerable. Her figures occupy a variety of states of undress, preparing, or engage in, expressing an simplicity with intimacy and an acknowledgement that the act of looking is a central part of wish. The enjoyment of observation is echoed in Krifka’s very own text: “…our pleasures and perversions have been molded by the fictions that permeate our ubiquitous visual tradition. That our most magic formula needs are partially formed by our codified, collective activities is a resource of limitless fascination for me.”
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