Martin Wittfooth’s intensely allegorical paintings all suggest the future of the human condition — without showing a single person. The Brooklyn-based painter has transcended the illustrative genre and entered into the realm of modern masterworks, using a time-honored painterly tradition that may be painstaking, but reveals incredible depth in both medium and content. His paintings are haunting in that they have a feeling of real possibility. The familiar scenes hint of dystopia and disrepair; their animal subjects are beautiful, but also betray that something in this world is amiss. In light of the long-awaited recognition and acceptance of climate change, Wittfooth’s work has an undercurrent of forewarning about what could happen if humans don’t get our act together. We spoke to the artist about his post-apocalyptic vision, classic style, and the of using animals instead of people as subjects.
Fabian Oefner:Liquid Jewel
Fabian Oefner is a curious artist from Switzerland, who’s work moves between art and science. His latest collection of photography, called Liquid Jewel is an interesting experiment. He uses balloons covered in acrylic paint and air pressure to create unique shapes and colour combinations. The beautiful images you see are the result of a fast process that consumes within seconds. The images manage to capture that specific moment when the colours blend, a few milliseconds after popping the balloons with a needle.
“What I particularly love about the images is that if you look closely, you can see, how the individual shades start to mix with each other, blue and magenta becomes violet, red and yellow becomes orange.” As the air inside the balloon expands explosively, the paint is thrown in all directions. Like flowers frozen in time, the shapes and the details are uniquely beautiful and unrepeatable. The Liquid Jewel series continues his work of manipulating paint with different natural forces.