Photo by John Mosbaugh
The packed opening reception for “Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose” featured appearances from featured artists like Jennybird Alcantara and Mark Dean Veca, who created the installation “Maddest Hatter” just for this incarnation of the exhibit, along with Hi-Fructose co-founders Attaboy and Annie Owens. The Crocker Art Museum hosts the exhibit through Sept. 17.
Etnik’s latest mural is a swirling collection of hues and geometric shapes, towering above an Italian street as part of the Without Frontiers Project. Etnik emerged as a graffiti-slinging street artist in the vibrant early ’90s, before integrating all facets of his into a versatile practices of canvas, sculpture, installations, and massive mural work into a holistic approach. The Italian-Swedish artist’s real name is Alessandro Battisti, and he’s currently based in Turin, Italy. The artist last appeared on HiFructose.com here.
Roni Landa, an Israeli artist based in Tel Aviv, creates polymer clay sculptures that combine the natural shapes of fruits and flora and the texture of butchered meat. “Very Still Life” comments on life and death–a delicate, yet sometimes unsettling display that challenges the world’s current order. Landa takes inspiration from classical sculpture, product and commercial design, and even the culinary world, evidenced by her current body of work.
Performance artist Butch Locsin is also known as a “Skeleton of Color.” The Los Angeles-based artist has appeared in several videos, photographs, and multimedia pieces donning a number of skull masks and vibrant attire and accessories. Each of these works are a collaboration with artists from around the world. Recent artist partnerships include Rolando McFarlane, StreetWiseLA, Jonathan Gallegos, and more.
Logan Hicks, Shepard Fairey, Axel Void, and other artists take part in a look at the modern history of urban art in an exhibit currently running at the Thomas Center Galleries in Gainesville, Fla. “UNCONTAINABLE: Urban Art from Vandalism to Movement,” created with the National Institute of Urban Art, is a survey with 25 globally known artists. And the collection of work offers insight into the varied types of urban art created in every corner.
New Zealander Tim Molloy crafts strange worlds in his illustrations, comics, and commercial work. Recalling artists like Moebius and Jim Woodring, Molloy’s rich, detailed pieces are packed with surreal imagery. The artist’s tight linework makes his dreamlike narratives into vivid jaunts into the unknown.