Coming up on April 26th, Antler Gallery in Portland will be opening a new show featuring the paintings of Lisa Ericson (seen above) and Lindsey Carr (seen below) both of whom have taking their work in a direction we find interesting. Referencing environmental issues while creating surreal pieces based on the ideas of of “mobile habitats” Ericson clusters smaller creatures like refugees on top of turtle shells or aquatic life flourishing around coral fish hybrids. Carr, who has been known in the past for her imaginative take on traditional naturalist painting, also does work in the tech field. Some of her recent paintings deal with machine learning and how they recognize images. She distorts what she paints just enough that it takes it to a level where the computer is not able to tell what the object is anymore, yet is still distinguishable to the human eye (which she explains better here).