Arts Desk

Vitamin A: Luis Silva’s “Untitled”

Untitled, Luis Silva

In which one of our art critics highlights a favorite work on view in a local gallery.

Luis Silva's newest works at G Fine Art are inspired by a fable he authored while simultaneously working on the paintings, all annoyingly "untitled." At its root, the work of "Untitled" (wolf in ass' skin) is unapologetically an illustration of the skin of art—or maybe vice-versa. The modeling of form is conventional, but also calls attention to the centuries-old tradition of oil-painting craft, from the underdrawing on up. Tucked in the background are amusing winks to art history: the curling water from Hokusai's "Great Wave," and the squiggles reminiscent of Brice Marden or Jonathan Lasker. Considering the subjects of this particular image—a wolf trotting around in the torn carcass of a donkey, while a mouse hides in the mouth of frog. It's safe to assume the fable, like the paintings, is more Brothers Grimm than Brothers Disney.

Luis Silva's A Fox's Tale is on view 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday to May 5 at G Fine Art, 1350 Florida Ave. NE.

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