Brooklyn-based artist Erik Parker’s loaded compositions overflow with a breadth of references that intensify today’s familiar feeling of ocular bombardment by a constant cacophony of visual media. Whether through the lens of politics, cable news, or other mediums, Parker’s work engages with the malaise of contemporary society and pressing survival issues such as global warming. The artist balances the sharpness and disorder of his hard-edged subject matter and vibrant, geometric patterns with the softness of imagined beaches and landscapes in a brilliant range of colors. Such a dichotomy highlights the lush escapism of pastoral or ocean scenes with the constant threat of climate change—turning places of reprieve into chaos.
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