Leah Yao’s talents in crafting miniatures have taken both bright and bleak forms, with the recent “Mini Memento Mori” representing the latter. More often than not, the artist’s Instagram bio aptly describes her output: “I make clay food.” The RISD student’s above piece impresses in the details that add both humor and intrigue to the work.
Whether rendered in graphite or oils, the shadowed subjects of Allen Williams thrill in both what’s being shown and what’s being obscured. In a new show at Copro Gallery, titled “Covenant,” a massive amount of work from Williams is displayed. This is the artist’s first solo show with the gallery.
The disturbing, seemingly organic forms created by Mireia Donat Melús take on an interactive edge with works like “Trou,” an installation that invites the viewer’s hand into the work and shows its exploration using an interior camera. His sculptures, made from nylon and empty silicone fiber, appear to be both human-grown and alien in nature.
A new group show at Modern Eden Gallery offers three varying approaches to magical realism, with artists Adrian Cox, Kindra Nikole, and Michael Campbell. Cox was recently featured in Hi-Fructose Vol. 47, and Campbell is part of the upcoming “The Art of the Mushroom” group show (Oct. 20-Dec. 9) at The Compound Gallery, presented by Hi-Fructose. “Origin” kicks off at Modern Eden on Aug. 18.
In the oil and acrylic paintings of Samuel Weinberg, the artist’s narratives pit his violent, cartoonish “Pinkmen” against the “Realies,” based on real characters and art historical figures. This clash of style and tone create absorbing scenes crafted at the hand of the artist, often looming large in size and action.
The oil paintings of Dino Valls balance the bare vulnerability of his figures with surreal touches with deceptively elaborate embellishments, from the transforming compartments of his triptychs to constellation-bearing freckles. In some ways, the Spanish artist continues a thread and approach forged by European masters; elsewhere, his psychological additions feel contemporary. He was last featured on HiFructose.com here.