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Okuda San Miguel: Kisses Between Universes

A kiss means kinship to world-renowned Spanish painter Okuda San Miguel, even if that kiss takes place between physical and virtual worlds. The artist’s upcoming exhibition at Corey Helford Gallery, Kisses Between Universes, explores the evolution of communication and connection in the digital age with new work in his iconographic style. The exhibition’s titular “kiss” symbolizes the potential for human connection behind even our most alienating technologies.

Using rainbow-colored geometric shapes to pattern his work, Okuda creates a distinct visual language that blends digital aesthetics with architectural elements and organic human forms. His street art, instantly recognizable, appears across buildings, railroads, and abandoned factories worldwide in the same prismatic style. Merging elements of ‘90s aesthetics with social critique, Okuda dissects the effects of global capitalism on human relationships and contemporary society.

Okuda San Miguel’s upcoming exhibition at Corey Helford Gallery explores the evolution of communication in the digital age in the painter’s iconographic style.
‘Faces in Digital Landscapes I’

Kisses Between Universes returns to the gallery space for an exploration of physical and virtual spaces. “Kisses Between Enemies I” explores the possibility of a connection between American and Chinese citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic through a real, albeit masked, kiss. “Faces in Digital Landscapes I” and its similarly titled counterpart combine human features (and emotions) with a surreal digital scene packed with prismatic fractals, striped trees, and birds bathing in rainbow-colored puddles. Exploring existentialism, the universe, and the contradictions inherent in society, Okuda faces the future with curiosity, envisioning a symphony of color, communication, and interpersonal connection between humans everywhere.

Open to the public and free of charge, Kisses Between Universes runs April 6 through May 11, 2024, at Corey Helford Gallery in downtown Los Angeles alongside Chicago-based illustrator Travis Lampe’s Small Time Buffoonist. For more information, please visit the gallery’s website here.

A kiss means kinship to world-renowned Spanish painter Okuda San Miguel, even if that kiss takes place between physical and virtual worlds.

Okuda San Miguel’s upcoming exhibition at Corey Helford Gallery explores the evolution of communication in the digital age in the painter’s iconographic style.
‘Diversity Drips Over Cement Girl’
‘Faces in Digital Landscapes II’
‘Skull Mirror I’
Okuda San Miguel’s upcoming exhibition at Corey Helford Gallery explores the evolution of communication in the digital age in the painter’s iconographic style.
‘Skull Mirror III’
Okuda San Miguel’s upcoming exhibition at Corey Helford Gallery explores the evolution of communication in the digital age in the painter’s iconographic style.
‘Kisses Between Enemies I’
‘Kisses Between Enemies II’

Okuda San Miguel: Website | Instagram | YouTube | Purchase Work

All photos published with permission of the artist(s).

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Morgan  Laurens 

Morgan Laurens (she/her/hers) is NOT REAL ART’s editor in chief. Morgan is an arts writer from the Midwest who enjoys saying “excuse me” when no actual pardon is needed. She specializes in grant writing and narrative-based storytelling for mission-driven artists and arts organizations. With a background in printmaking, pop culture, and classic literature, Morgan believes a girl’s best friend is the pile of books on her bedside table.

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