Weightlifting

The stomach-churning, visceral power of Chris Finley's weightlifter portraits

The stomach-churning, visceral power of Chris Finley's weightlifter portraits

Artists do all sorts of heavy lifting, often in ways that we least expect.

That’s what happens in Chris Finley’s “Drool, Snatch, Clean and Jerk,” an exhibition of seven oddly powerful paintings at Chimento Contemporary in Boyle Heights. At once unsettling and engaging — ugly and beautiful — Finley’s pictures bring us face to face with weightlifters as they do some real heavy lifting.

It’s not a pretty picture. Eyes bulge. Mouths twist. Teeth clench. And skin stretches taut as veins and arteries pump blood as fast as possible.

Chris Finley, “Drool, Clean & Jerk #2,” 2017, sign enamel on canvas over panel, 39 inches by 39 inches. (Ruben Diaz / Chris Finley/Chimento...

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