Do you want to train your attentiveness? We know at least two great art events that can definitely help you with this. But this art is not simple and not so easy to understand. Actually, the longer you look at these works, the more details you notice. So, be ready to get stuck in the gallery all day.

Let’s start with the show that will very soon be closed. The Life and Times of Plaid, an exhibition of new paintings by Bay Area artist Dana Hart-Stone, runs at Brian Gross Fine Art through March 7.

This exhibition consists of the artist’s major new works, including The Life and Times of Plaid, a 13 ft. mural comprised of 616 digitally altered vintage black and white images of everyday scenes of the American West arranged like pages of a giant photo album.

Besides, in his new show, Hart-Stone explores circular formats, creating round paintings that pulsate with his signature patterns derived from appropriated photographs. The use of these new intricate formats expands on the compositional strategies of his previous work, giving the viewer the feeling of looking through a kaleidoscopic lens.

What’s hidden behind this? Through the collection, manipulation, and juxtaposition of vintage imagery, Dana Hart-Stone investigates themes of collective memory and nostalgia.

As for another art event, it presents the work of Nathalie Du Pasquier. If you follow this artist, you must know that she debuted at Pace Gallery in Seoul last year. The exhibition was titled the strange order of things. The gallery decided to continue its cooperation with Nathalie Du Pasquier and organized the strange order of things 2, the exhibition that continues the artist’s exploration of themes of color, shape, and space. This time the show is held in New York and will be on view until March 18.

Du Pasquier’s oeuvre has blurred the boundaries between fine art and design, and in recent years her works have transformed into purely abstract forms. As with her early architecture and design work, the new paintings and drawings continue to reflect her interest in the spatial relationships between objects.

The strange order of things 2 is conceived as one huge installation, as all the works are connected and intertwined. Even the gallery walls are part of the show because they have been painted in bright colors to frame and connect the canvases, giving rhythm to space.

The exhibition also features five precious boxes designed by Du Pasquier. They include the artist’s most recent book, the strange order of things, as well as two silkscreen prints, three additional booklets and original work on paper. The book features a contribution by Kunsthalle Wien curator Luca Lo Pinto. “Nathalie’s work allows you to travel far without moving a muscle. Every painting she leaves behind provides a pathway leading into the realm of imagination,” explains Lo Pinto. “[Her] imagination is constantly enriched by new objects and signs. A work that sets its own limits in each instant, yet which at the same time is always ready to escape the framework of any rules, venturing into unknown territory.”

Whichever exhibition you choose, you will not regret.

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