Zest is a French graffiti artist-turned-gallery-artist; Widewalls had a blurb up about his newest show and there’s a great bio there, too. The paintings are pretty good and his public work is really strong, easy to see why he caught the eye of Art world folks.
Glad I went to see the O’Keefe show at NCMA because I discovered they’ve also got a huge piece from Elias Sime’s show at James Cohan in 2015 (Tightrope 9)- it’s pretty spectacular if you haven’t seen it yet. The composition is clearly non-representational- abstract if you will- but his use of computer parts (and the social and cultural context for the acquisition of the materials) clearly carries a rich depth of content. Even more interesting to me was the conceptual bent he shared with O’Keefe and they both shared with their subject matter- the materials they make work about and from have a visceral attraction for both that comes through loud and clear. Check out his bio for more of this type of color on this amazing artist.
Not sure how I ran across Widewalls but I appreciate how they have enriched my RSS feed. A recent discovery there is Matthieu Venot, a French musician turned photographer. His photos remind me of Dibenkorn’s obsession with the light in the Bay Area (except Matthieu lives in Brest). His attention to the moment shows there is always #abstractionallaroundus.
Some images on Pinterest of other work by Ms Mehretu. I haven’t yet seen any of these in person- but Artsy thinks her show at White Cube in London is a must see if you are doing Frieze Week.