Symbiosis Art: Grotesque, Bacon-Esque Bodies

July 24, 2013 | Julia Dawidowicz

Tender, erotic, and grotesque all at once, “Symbiosis” is a new multimedia series from Chicago-based photographer Rik Garrett. Through a fairly simple union of photos and acrylic paint, Garrett is able to conjure strange and complex visceral reactions, reminiscent of Francis Bacon. The images explore “ideas regarding love, relationships, magic, Alchemy and mutually beneficial partnerships in nature.” It’s a lovely mess.