Born in Germany, New York-based artist Erik Parker has teamed up with Brooklyn native KAWS for an exhibition at Chelsea’s Paul Kasmin gallery. Parker’s paintings, which often resemble drawings, serve as an excellent complement to KAWS’s pop culture-inspired, vibrant contemporary art. KAWS seems to be taking over NYC’s west side recently, with this gallery show taking place within 20 blocks of his “Companion” statue at the Standard Hotel. Although the two have never worked together before, the final product is an exciting collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures that enhance one another through a shared use of color, geometry and theme. For those wondering why it has been dubbed “Pretty on the Inside,” here’s a brief description of the exhibition according to the gallery:
At first glance, these artworks challenge the viewer through their visual intensity, but upon closer inspection, they reveal an inner beauty. Many of the artists included make ironic or subversive works, hijacking the language of cartoons and comics to both celebrate and criticize contemporary culture.
The show is open now through August 19.
Paul Kasmin Gallery
293 10th Ave.
New York, NY 10001
Source: Arrested Motion