The images in Gary Faigin’s most recent series, Concentrated, meld the classic stylings of still life painting with contemporary components, including twists on traditional subjects like fruit (portrayed as exploded, bursting, crushed) and vases and vessels smashed to bits. In them, objects of everyday use and ritual are pitted against the psychological aspects attributed to them, whether consciously or not.

“In these paintings, the foreground objects have arranged themselves into complicated and symmetrical domestic totems,” Faigin says, “a sort of shrine to home comforts—with purposeful contradictions in space. How can so many things be in the same place at the same time?”

Faigin’s “Spreading” is on view at V2 Arts Center as part of American Painting Today through Dec. 18.

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