The surreal sculptures of Samuel Salcedo add both distortion and vulnerability to the human form. The Spanish artist plays with texture and scale, creating intimacy in both nude figures and massive faces adorning gallery walls. Most of the pieces carry humor: All of them are packed with bare humanity.
Patrick Jacobs crafts dioramas viewed through a window and presenting “the viewer with a spatial and perceptual conundrum.” The artist combines sculpture, painting, and other media to create these lush scenes, moving between the familiar and the otherworldly in seemingly endless lanscapes. Recent dioramas have offered a larger, more immersive viewpoint.
Jannick Deslauriers uses textiles to create ghostly, massive sculptures. Whether it’s a time-worn car or a cityscape, her works appear as structures that can be passed through. She uses darker threads as her “pencil outlines,” blending textures and techniques to create pieces that resemble little else.
Ronald Gonzalez’s “Heads” series, combining found objects, metal filings, glue, wire, wax, and soot over welded steel, is a collection of haunting sculptures. The artist, based in upstate New York, is able to pull from several cultures and time periods in creating these strange works.
Each year, the Falles celebration honors Saint Joseph in Valencia, Spain, with festivities and enormous monuments burnt during the final day of the affair in the town square. This year, Okuda San Miguel created a massive work for the event injecting contemporary, vibrant style. And last night, Okuda’s “Falla” was set ablaze. (Okuda was last featured on HiFructose.com here, and he was the cover artist for Hi-Fructose Vol. 43.)
Michigan artist Michael Reedy is back with a new set of works, evolving his trademark blend of faithful anatomical figures and dreamlike abstraction. “Dear Future Self” is his new show at Helikon Gallery & Studios in Denver features mixed-media pieces on paper. The show runs through April 21 at the gallery.