This week’s gallery picks exude a playfulness, but is there more to them than that?
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1.The Art of Video Games explores the forty-year evolution of video games as an artistic medium, with a focus on striking visual effects and the creative use of new technologies at Pheonix Art Museum
2. Douglas Coupland’s new exhibition explores the rise of a parallel cultural system in the Middle East as well as the sense of atemporality that has become the defining sensation of the second decade of the 21st Century at Daniel Faria Gallery
3.Thomas Kapsalis’s combinations of colors and shapes are masterfully composed, but there is more in Kapsalis’s work than geometric abstraction at Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art
4. R. Nelson Parrish visually distills the iconic elements of surf, sun, and highway of Southern California through glass-like resin, wall mounted objects at Edward Cella
5. Katharina Grosse explores how painting can appear in space – in the realm of sculpture and architecture – by giving color monumental and palpable form at Nasher Sculpture Center
6. Paul Wackers’s deceptively playful works contain the humour of play between representation and abstraction, all in relation to the small things that fill our intimate spaces at Narwhal Projects