May art picks by Shoka
Livia Stein paintings at the Red Dot Gallery
The brushstrokes are choppy and many. The colors are bold, not shy. Sometimes artists render every detail and the lighting ever so precisely to bring their image to life; others paint loosely, giving their static image movement. Livia Stein falls into the latter category, with the staccato brushstrokes and powerful colors giving her paintings a caffeine buzz. See animal heads atop human bodies in the Oakland-based artist's show Re-Purposing the Figure at the Red Dot Gallery this month.