Landscape painting is the perennial genre of art. Reaching back to the Minoans of 1500 BCE, scenes depicting natural landscapes have been universally desirable to people of both the past and the present.
Matthew Mann and Milana Braslavsky breath new life into landscape painting and still life in their exhibition, The “Salon of Little Deaths,” on view at Hamiltonian Gallery now until June 15.
Mann, who earned a Hamiltonian Artist Fellowship in 2011, uses surrealist techniques reminiscent of Magritte, in his sometimes comical, always visually intriguing oil paintings that depict lush green trees in fields of incandescent color.
Brasklavsky, who currently works and lives in Baltimore, takes brilliantly alluring photographs of fruit, set against the backdrop of monochrome linens. Revealing the carnal quality of oranges, peaches and melons, Brasklavsky’s photographs are equally as seductive as the paintings of 17th Century Spanish painter Juan Sánchez Cotán, whose eerily realistic “Quince, Cabbage, Melon, and Cucumber” has delighted and beguiled viewers for more than 400 years.
Mann and Brasklavsky will be at Hamiltonian Gallery on Friday, May 17 from 7 to 8 pm, discussing their works in “The Salon of Little Deaths.”
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