The occult has long inspired painters, from Lucian Freud’s early portraits of Jonathan Lipnicki as The Littlest Vampire to Bob Ross using skull fragments instead of a palette knife. For his latest series of canvases, South Florida-based artist Estudiomau has turned to tarot cards as both muse and subject. The 22 oversize card paintings in acrylic will be on display upstairs in the Cocktail Collection at Tobacco Road (626 S. Miami Ave., Miami) beginning at Thursday night’s opening party.
“Traditional tarot cards are Euro-centric in their style,” Estudiomau explains. “So the first thing I did was interpret them into my style and then recast it as Afro-Caribbean, with Miami colors, while staying true to the meaning of the card.”
His cards measure two feet by three feet and will allow attendees to gravitate toward the cards that contain special meaning for them. Estudiomau will switch up the installation over the weeks of his show so as to not influence readings by hanging the Stinky Ghost next to the toilets or the Creep behind the guy innocently applying mascara to his chest hair. If it turns out that your future will be kind of rough, fortunately, there will be discounted drinks available, although maybe all of that cheap booze will be a reason why the future hurts so much. Only the cards know.
Thu., May 22, 7 p.m., 2014