Zahra Nasser

  • picks August 12, 2019

    “Melt”

    An ode to record-high temperatures and gelatinous air, “Melt” is a collection of works by five artists exploring the bounds of figuration. Giovanni Garcia-Fenech opens the show with Self-portrait, 2014, a painting of a dark, voluptuous figure struggling against the edges of the canvas, yearning for a life outside the picture. Offsetting this anxiety are more subdued pieces by Justin Liam O’Brien nearby. His graphite drawings depicting young male lovers, such as Boys cuddling and Boys touching (both 2018), are rendered in a kind of Art Deco, soft-focus aesthetic that dances between innocence and