Streams of tears, wondrous eyes, and enormous sculpted hairstyles burst out of their frames in Michael Luberry's new series of paintings and drawings. Inspired by the vibrancy of Berlin's diverse newcomer and queer subcultures, the stunning works capture the innocence of youth and feelings of intense longing that infuse everyday encounters in bars, cafés, locker rooms, and bedrooms. The artist calls the artworks 'landscape-inspired portraits', for they overwhelm one's field of vision, drawing the viewer into the imagined worlds of his subjects. The images are snapshots of busy streetscapes and passing glimpses of strangers in transit that tap into other-worldly visions of desire, romance, and intimacy. —M. Connors Jackman
Michael Luberry, b.1982, Newfoundland, Canada. He studied at NSCAD University, Nova Scotia and the Edinburgh College of Art. He lives and works in Berlin.