Whether it’s drawing, acrylic paintings, or mixed-media sculptures, the work of John Casey is a strange, often-humorous assault on the viewer. Casey takes both the familiar and the form of the portrait and bends them to his off-kilter sensibility. Read our 2013 studio visit with the artist here.
Andrew Schoultz’s mixed-media explorations of political discourse, cyberspace, and reality itself is part of an exhibition closing these weekend at Hosfelt Gallery in San Francisco. According to a statement, his new body of work “questions the meaning and function of public space and the nature of political discourse.” He uses illusive techniques to put forth this dialogue, blending abstraction, strange creatures, and converging universes to navigate it. He was last mentioned on HiFructose.com here. Schoultz also appeared in Hi-Fructose Vol. 42.
Cuba-born artist Juan Travieso blends nature and abstraction in his oil and acrylic paintings. From endangered animals to cultural icons, Travieso’s explorations track the changing world by both capturing its beauty and relaying the bleakness of its treatment. The artist was last featured on HiFructose.com here.
The work of Cezar Berje straddles that difficult line between utterly absorbing and repulsive. In his illustrations, he uses his immense talents with color and detail to create portraits that warrant study. His projects for companies like Netflix and the Hangloose surf brand show how this sensibility can adapt. Berje has a particular knack for recontextualizing pop icons, absorbing them into his colorful, unsettling world.
There’s a tradition in the faceted approach to depicting figures that goes further back than than the pop designs of Tim Biskup or the vibrant multimedia works of Okuda. David Mesguich’s large public sculptures add to the contemporary side of this approach, with dramatic pieces that use light and shadows in unexpected and enormous ways. The sculpture below plays on the artist’s past work as a graffiti artist and self-professed “vandal,” using recycled plastic from street advertisements.
The flamboyant, eye-popping works of digital artist Kota Yamaji carry touches of psychedelia and surrealism. Using both stills and motion work, his pieces blend textures and patterns to absorbing effect. The Tokyo-based artist has also created music videos for tilt-six and INNOCENT in FORMAL.