Art & Design

Emma Stern’s 3D-Rendered Paintings are Psychedelic Surrealism at its Best

Art & Design

Emma Stern’s 3D-Rendered Paintings are Psychedelic Surrealism at its Best

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This Friday, Brooklyn’s Superchief Gallery will present a solo show from artist Emma Stern, whose 3D-rendered paintings showcase a surrealist world filled with detached limbs and humans with animal characteristics. By crafting oil paintings out of 3D-rendered Internet landscapes, Stern creates a “digital fantasy-scape” where “neither the figures nor their environments are subject to laws of physics, biology, structural soundness or gravity.”

After receiving her BFA from Pratt, the artist, “dissatisfied with the static, finite potential of her immediate physical surroundings as subject matter,” began using 3D software to “create digital environments, which she then recreates on canvas with traditional painting techniques in the spirit of observational realism.” The result is a psychedelic, and sometimes haunting, depiction of the human body.

Superchief Gallery was founded in 2011 by Bill Dunleavy and Edward Zipco and has since expanded with locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Los Angeles. The Greenpoint gallery, which holds week-long exhibitions following Friday openings, will show Stern’s work with Hyper Traditional from June 10 through June 15. We’ll see you there.