Chicago

Clare E. Rojas

Kavi Gupta

Welcome to the world of Clare E. Rojas, where bunnies with bloodshot eyes sniff flowers, swans sport red stripes, blood runs from ladies’ mouths to the sky, and men brandish flowers like clubs. Spin whatever tales you wish to explain these misshapen flora and fauna—just don’t look to the artist to tell you the whole story.

What you can expect from Rojas, however, is a consistently idiosyncratic mode of drawing that borrows equally from fairy tales, children’s books, Russian matryoshka dolls, quilting, and Amerindian textiles; a few hippies round out the historical tour of American popular aesthetics. Sorting out Rojas’s diverse references is less compelling an exercise than simply basking in the strangeness of their synthesis. Untitled (Girl with Phoenix), 2009, a large gouache on paper, so sweetly surreal it nearly bursts, combines almost all of the artist’s major sources. A schematically

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