Jorge Pardo continues to surprise. Widely dubbed as the Brazilian Renaissance Man, Pardo moves auspiciously between painting, design, sculpture, and architecture. In a new series of works, currently on view at Petzel Gallery, the artist re-imagines the humble self-portrait. Rendered in a vaguely impressionist style with acrylic paint on fiberboard, Pardo’s grizzly-bear-like frame dominates his garden, the streets, his studio and the beach. Thin ribbons of backlit Caoba wood on plexiglass provide movement. Suddenly the surf on the beach picks up, the soles of his shoes gain texture and tree branches become uncannily realistic. The result is a fascinating amalgamation between painting and sculpture; corporeality and abstraction; illusion and reality. At Petzel through January 6.