Bahamas native Lavar Munroe‘s 2D and 3D works blend real-world, bleak experiences and mythology. His works can appear at once visceral and intimate in their execution. Through his sculptures of humans and canines, as well as his mixed-media scenes, the artist “maps a personal journey of survival and trauma in a world of gang violence, drugs, murder, self-discovery, development and overcoming obstacles through self-determination,” Jack Bell Gallery says.
Olivia Kemp’s massive drawings, mostly rendered in pen, contain a preposterous amount of detail. Her work often contains historical structures enveloped by the natural world. The drawings can take months at a time to complete.
It’s been five years since our last HF Collected Box Set, and “Collected 4” has been in the works for quite a while. Only 2500 copies of the box set are being produced. Pre-order today to reserve a copy here.
Painter Kehinde Wiley was recently chosen by former President Barack Obama to paint his official portrait for the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. Wiley should be familiar to Hi-Fructose readers: His work appeared on the cover of Hi-Fructose Vol. 36 and was featured in the exhibition “Turn the Page: The First 10 Years of Hi-Fructose.”
This month, Rob Sato returns to Giant Robot with a new body of work under the title “Arco Iris.” These watercolor works tackle the differing significance of rainbows through several lenses. (Sato’s work is part of the upcoming Hi-Fructose Collected 4 box set, here.) The gallery and company says that this new show “marks another radical shift in style for the artist.”
Using acrylic nails and hand-stitched sequins, Frances Goodman explores the concept of female identity in her portraits and sculptures. A new show at Richard Taittinger Gallery, titled “Beneath Her,” collects the South African artist’s most recent works around this journey. Goodman was last featured on HiFructose.com here.