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In Paul Pitsker’s new watercolor show at George Billis Gallery in Los Angeles, the painter is thrilled in the concept that paintings are empathy detectors that are turned toward viewers.

“Paintings really are little personality tests that can measure how much empathy a person may have. In some ways that’s why I like how watercolors, which shows a deep sea angler fish swimming in the glass dome of a candy vending machine. Outside the machine are fluttering butterflies. “It’s a collision of two different worlds that would never interface under normal circumstances. The piece asks viewers what they would do: Would you put a coin in and see what popped out, or would you put a piece of tape over the coin slot to protect the fish?”

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