French artist Shaka (Marchal Mithouard) uses a variety of shapes and lines filled with a rainbow of colour to build his depictions of human behaviour, such as the figures precariously balanced on a mountain of empty drawers. It is certain that, lacking stability, they will come to grief. In other works, Shaka sculpts directly onto his canvas to create a startling 3D effect that heightens any sense of the subject’s (and perhaps viewer’s) internal conflict.
Work by Shaka was recently on view at gallery nine5 in New York.
Strangler in the Night
La Fuite en avant (Running Away)