Mernet Larsen’s paintings shift perspectives and reimagine our world in a manner that recalls early computer-generated modeling. Offering both corporate and domestic environments, the acrylic and mixed-media works both convey the humanity of these scenes and remixes their contents. Larsen was last mentioned on HiFructose.com here.
Sebastian Martorana uses salvaged marble to craft seemingly soft objects and characters. Works like “Homeland Security Blanket” and “Permanent Separation Anxiety” (above) show how the artist is able to use the dissonance between the object and the material to comment on contemporary issues. Whether it’s towels, teddy bears, or costumed characters, the artist’s mastery of the material creates a deceptive output of creations.
Tof Vanmarque continues to evolve the shifting perspectives and details of his elaborate acrylic paintings. One of the hallmarks of Vanmarque’s style is blending lush hues with makeshift bodies and eroding structures, each scene its own strange narrative. The artist was last featured on our website here.
John Byrd works with taxidermy, hand-built ceramics, cast plastic, and other materials to create works that recall decorative souvenirs and knick-knacks. The artist says that “within a domestic space, I’m intrigued by the ability of an encapsulated aesthetic to establish, defy, and challenge characteristics of culture and class.”
Justin Favela’s large-scale projects are inspired by the texture, vibrancy, and cultural context of the piñata, whether adorning massive buildings or creating life-sized car sculptures. The Las Vegas-bred artist “critiques stereotypes by assessing their absurdities and then exaggerating them,” as described by the Denver Art Museum. His major work there, “Fridalanida,” took an immerse approach.
A group show running at Arch Enemy Arts highlights artists either inspired by or directly working in collage. Running until Aug. 25, “Mélange” brings a diverse array of creators to the Philadelphia space. The show features Alex Eckman-Lawn, Angela Rio, David Krovblit, Dewey Saunders, Eduardo Recife, Jake Messing, John Vochatzer, Moon_Patrol, Pierre Schmidt, Vahge, and Visual Stones.