For many, the purpose of art is to reflect the world. For others, art is supposed to conceal the world. These artworks do a bit of both.
Some represent objects in abstract terms, making us look closer at them by questioning their concrete identities. For example, Michael Coppelov's Non-stop Cactus stretches its subject until its contours form a network of tactile lines. Similarly, Tracy White Fitzgerald's ...in a concrete jungle... turns a tower block into a painterly yet uniform grid of colour.
Others subvert the viewer's expectations by concealing one representation with another. Lee Ellis playfully turns his Francis Bacon to a Spiderman portrait, whilst KEELERTORNERO's mock-family portrait is gatecrashed by a line-up of disconserting characters.
All of these works exemplify the power of art to communicate ineffable feelings and realities by refusing to represent its subject matter in a straightforward way.