IMUGI: Soey Milk and Kent Williams Balance Ethereal and Erotic Works @ Evoke Contemporary, Santa Fe
With highly-refined and meticulously executed graphite drawings to complex, dreamlike oil paintings of ethereal young women suspended in fluttering robes of richly-patterned fabrics drenched in color, Soey Milk drifted onto the art scene like a sultry summer storm. These expertly rendered, euphoric scenarios entice viewers to yearn for understanding of Soey’s mysterious world. Her enchanting sirens and floating dreamscape imagery are common threads throughout her art, yet she is continually exploring and experimenting with surprising new mediums and methods. Her recent work has combined glitter and flower petals with oil paint. The subject matter presents a seductive and curious innocence that is a clear reflection of this talented ingénue. Sometimes playful, often contemplative, but always present is an essence of serenity and delicate beauty in these odes to femininity.
Kent Williams has built up a formidable reputation as a powerful contemporary draftsman and painter. His is a bold realism with combined attributes of abstraction and neo-expressionistic sensibilities. His work is characterized by strong gestural forms combined with areas of layered and arresting detail, rendered with rich dynamic brushwork. Williams’ approach to his subjects is often subjective and intense. Whether through multi-figured compositional complexity and suggestive narrative, or with the straight-forward lone human form, there is often autobiographical narrative at play. Favorite models, friends, and the artist himself all play a role in the human story of his paintings.