I've been following San Diego-based artist Kelsey Brookes' Instragram account throughout the summer and have been continually amazed at the amount of paintings this North Park resident has been cranking out.
Brookes may have abandoned the laboratory for a studio but he's still utilizing his scientific background. For his latest solo show, “Serotonin; Happiness and Spiritual States,” the former biochemist-turned-artist has transformed molecular line diagrams into brightly colored, psychedelic paintings that represent how those molecules affect our visual perception (as imagined by Brookes). The resulting work is, according to Brookes, "a lot like taking a bunch of hallucinogenic drugs and looking into an electron microscope, without all the anxiety and mess."
If you happen to be in San Diego, expand your mind at the Quint Contemporary Art in La Jolla. "Serotonin; Happiness and Spiritual States" runs through December 29.