Imagine a shimmering, steroid-juiced Lite-Brite pattern depicting a cast of deviant and marginal characters. That’ll give you an idea of Shonagh Adelman’s peeper-popping oeuvre.
“Shonagh’s kids with Halloween monster masks, rockers with painted faces, houses on fire, and girls in a motel room make me think about Diane Arbus’s art and people’s archetypes of beauty and monstrosity. But at the same time, her works are made on canvas with colored crystal beads, creating an unusual contrast between the technique and the subject of the artworks,” Anna Milashevych, director of Wynwood’s Black Square Gallery (2248 NW First Pl., Miami), explains.
Typically, Adelman employs tens of thousands of Swarovski crystals and translucent acrylic beads affixed on canvas to create richly textured, iridescent surfaces that refract light as the viewer engages them. But it is her bizarre catalogue of grotesques that sticks in the craw.
You can catch her skull-staving pieces beginning at 6 p.m. during Wynwood’s free,... More >>>