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Seven Deadly Sins

Galleries 1988 puts on a large show called “Crazy 4 Cult,” an annual show in which artists pay tribute to cult classics.

This piece will be featured:

It’s a modern adaptation of Heironymus Bosch’s 1485 painting, “The Seven Deadly Sins and the Four Last Things,” also in wheel form, but look closely at Dan Lydersen’s depictions (OK, go to the G 1988 blog entry about it or to the page at Dan Lydersen’s website to get large enough images to see detail).

The original is 30 inches across and will be shown at G 1988 LA through August 8. Learn about the other artists and what works and prints are available at the Crazy 4 Cult website.

I’m feeling particularly intrigued by this piece right now, because when I’m not at my job, I’m home watching movies (or worse, TV shows on DVD) and wallowing in one of the classics: Sloth. So I have deliberated over this work of Lydersen’s and decided it is time for another month of Thing-a-Day, here in August. As a nod to my slothful ways, though, I’m not actually producing anything until tomorrow.

Wish me luck. I’ll need it.

Amy Bennett

Beautiful quasiphotorealistic paintings. They slightly recall and frankly transcend the tilt-shift photography trend of a couple of years ago. Some are small – on the scale of snapshots or even wallet-size photos – and others are two feet on a side and more. A clean, detailed yet oddly featureless calm in these paintings is electrified by small (almost faceless) figures. Surreality is intensified by partial cutaway views in some paintings.

coincidence - amy bennett - oil on panel

Beautiful stuff. Go look at the whole portfolio.

Mark Bryan

“Ever since I can remember, I’ve been troubled by the state of things.” That’s how Mark Bryan begins his artist statement. I read it after looking through a couple dozen images of his work, and it tied some things together for me.

Last of the Clowns

Bryan’s work spans politics, popular culture, social commentary, and quiet contemplation. He says he usually starts with a beautiful landscape but can’t leave it at that. His subjects are by turns funny and mischievous and troubling and destructive. He’s thoughtful and respectful, even loving, in his work, but not sentimental. He manages to understate even in bizarre pieces.

The originals of much of the work at his portfolio site have been sold, I am delighted to see. He also makes prints available. When I started this entry, I wanted to compare him to another painter I also love, but Bryan deserves his own entry. “Apart from all the trouble we cause ourselves, I believe we are immersed in a powerful and beautiful mystery,” he says. All the most observant realists are passionate romantics, too.