August brings extravagance at Seattle art galleries

Imagination, opulence and whimsy take center stage with eye-boggling 3-D, pool-playing beetles and sly agitprop.

Forget minimalism. Forget abstraction. Sometimes what you need is something opulent, extravagant, even downright baroque. Three Seattle art galleries deliver the goods this month.

“Einar & Jamex de la Torre: Borders and Other Imaginary Fractals”

Visual delirium doesn’t come much better than this.

Einar and Jamex de la Torre are two Guadalajara-born brothers who now split their time between the San Diego area and Baja California. If you were wowed by their work at the Seattle Art Fair, you won’t want to miss their show at Prographica/KDR.

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“Einar & Jamex de la Torre: Borders and Other Imaginary Fractals” is divided between jokey works in glass and dazzling lenticular prints augmented with resin castings.

Lenticular printing, the gallery’s news release explains, is a multistep process that creates 3-D illusions and image-changing motion effects when you move to the left or right of the piece. The results can be eye-boggling.

“Rabbit Hole” is a mandala of iridescent colors and light that appears to recede toward infinite depths, although it’s only 3 inches deep. From one angle, “Transdifferentiation” depicts a human skull with its cerebrum exposed and its eye sockets sprouting daisies. From another angle, it has a cassette mix tape nailed to it with a No. 2 pencil, as loose tape unspools across its brow and down around its jawline. It’s like a fastidiously detailed anatomical drawing gone haywire.

“The Flaunting of Youth,” the grandest piece in the bunch, depicts a scene inside a gaudy pleasure palace that’s straight out of Bosch or Bruegel. Its ornamental pool is filled with frolicking nudes whose faces, when you move left or right, become those of Hollywood legends (Lauren Bacall, Elizabeth Taylor, etc.). At its margins, new arrivals join the fun, arriving by moped or golf cart, while up above, through barred windows in the palace’s domed ceiling, giant eyeballs spy on the festivities.

Compared to their lenticular prints, the brothers’ works in glass are mere afterthoughts. But “Chipper by the Dozen,” with its “Fargo”-flavored jest macabre, is a keeper.

10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through Sept. 2, Prographica/KDR, 313 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle (206-999-0849 or Read the full article from the Source…

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