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Opening Night: ‘The Art of the Mushroom’ at The Compound Gallery

"Hi-Fructose Presents: The Art of the Mushroom" made its debut with a packed reception at The Compound Gallery on Saturday, Oct. 20. The hundreds of attendees lining up were able to enjoy the ’shroom throne and a cake crafted by Dante Nuno of FIRE and ICING Cakes, Cookies, Confections (above). (The dessert was based on the work of Japanese painter Naoto Hattori, one of the show's participating artists. (See our previous previews of the shows here and here.)

“Hi-Fructose Presents: The Art of the Mushroom” made its debut with a packed reception at The Compound Gallery on Saturday, Oct. 20. The hundreds of attendees lining up were able to enjoy the ’shroom throne and a cake crafted by Dante Nuno of FIRE and ICING Cakes, Cookies, Confections (above). (The dessert was based on the work of Japanese painter Naoto Hattori, one of the show’s participating artists. (See our previous previews of the shows here and here.)


Crystal Morey


Dave Correia


KRK Ryden

The show runs Dec. 9 at the Oakland gallery, and in the meantime, special events are ahead, including a curator talk. (Folks can once again ride the “Cradle of Life” ‘shroom throne at those outings.) See more snaps and videos from the reception below.


Michael Campbell


Martin Ontiveros


Chuck Sperry

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John Casey


Robert Bowen

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Come visit Scott Musgrove's "Walktopus" at the Hi-Fructose Micro Mega Store, now open. Inside you will find rare items from the HF archives, limited run editions, back issues and Hi-Fructose books only available there. In addition, find intaglio and embossed pressure prints prints from Annie Owens, Femke Heimstra, Camille Rose Garcia, Dave Cooper,Jim Woodring crafted by the folks at Pressure Printing, strange hand-made toys by Steve Casino, as well as Mark Ryden collectables, one of a kind works of art (3D glasses provided) from Tripper Dungan, bronzes from Scott Musgrove, an octopus chandelier by Adam Wallacavage and much more; all enveloped in a mural by Jet Martinez. Its contents are forever evolving, so visit today. The Hi-Fructose MICRO Mega Store is within The Compound Gallery complex 1167 65th st. Oakland, CA. It is Open Wd-Sun 12-7 PM. Look for special signings, releases and events in the coming months!

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