Saturday, July 12th | 6PM-9PM
New solo and collaborative paintings featuring Martin Stensaas and the Oyster Pirates group
(Sri Whipple, Jason Wheatley/Ti Ku, and Christian Michael), as well as new collaborative paintings with Sunny Strasburg and Benjamin Wiemeyer
Martin Stensaasâ€™ fresh paintings in his studio in Salt Lake City are vibrant, fluid, and complex works. Countless layers of translucent, colored glaze push the forms of figures, animals and plants back into archetypal depths. The atmosphere of the paintings seems to contain a semi-crystalline fluid that is everywhere condensing into symbols, patterns and meaning around the figural elements.
Oyster Pirates (Sri Shipple, Jason Wheatly/Tiku, Christian Michael), with Martin Stensaas : These works explore a mythic zone populated by dreamlike animals and figures. The mashup of styles by these artists working together in tag-team fashion evokes a thick, sensual, and morphing atmosphere. Vivid otherworldly colors and glazed luminous shapes congeal into the forms of mythic flora and fauna.
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