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.
A collaboration between Subliminal Projects in Los Angeles and New York City’s Faction Art Projects has produced “Visual Language,” a bicoastal exhibition with both spaces carrying works from major contemporary artists. The charge is “investigating various approaches to the use of words and images in art and Western Culture,” with artists including Jenny Holzer, Guerrilla Girls, Scott Albrecht, Ramsey Dau, Wayne White, Betty Tomkins, DFace, Ed Ruscha, Shepard Fairey, Nathaniel Russell, Chad Kouri, and Umar Rashid.
Utilizing the traditional method of woodcarving of “Ichibokuzukuri,” using a single block of wood for sculptures, Koji Tanada crafts both enigmatic and elegant figures. In a show running at Mizuma Art Gallery, “Unclothed and Clothed,” the artist’s latest figures and busts are displayed. Between each work, the women crafted by the artist exhibit power, grace, and vulnerability.