The Art of Mike Shankman
Written by Nastia Voynovskaya / Hi-Fructose Magazine |
Recently at 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco, Mike Shankman opened his solo exhibit “Superstructure,” a series of large-scale paintings where the artist converts hard, industrial urban landscapes into flurries of color. Dusty pinks, subdued blues and neutrals dominate each canvas; the softened geometric shapes seem to almost melt into one another. Shankman uses a color palette reminiscent of 19th century Impressionism, but instead of capturing high society or the natural world, he concentrates on the vestiges of civilization. His structures are abandoned and demolished, no longer of use to mankind, yet they appear incomprehensible and sublime like incredible natural phenomena. Take a look at some of the works in the show, images courtesy of the artist.