Radical Optimist presented a collection of recent works on canvas by Solomon Enos, more than half of which were never-seen-before self-portraits and landscape paintings.
In the face of anxiety and uncertainty, Enos’ art offers an introspective and hopeful antidote to dystopian futures. As the exhibition name suggests, the common thread running through his artwork is an untethered buoyancy that has become the hallmark of his work.
For Enos, optimism is the practice of embracing everything — light and darkness, the positive and the negative. He feels hope for those who can't, and believes that “vigilant kindness and compassion are the new black.” His ethos comes through in his work, which often reflects a full spectrum of moods, dispositions, and outlooks.
Self-Portrait, Kaka'ako I, 2015, oil on canvas, 16" x "20
After the Darkness, There Is Still Darkness, 2016, oil on canvas, 48" x 48"
Sitting Nude, Chinatown, Honolulu (2016), oil on canvas, 16" x 28"
Self-Portrait, Kaka'ako II, 2015, oil on canvas, 16" x 20"
Core Sample of the Collective Human Organism, 2016, oil on panel, 30" x 30"
Installation views at The ARTS at Marks Garage, Honolulu.
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