Berlin-based artist Reka recently visited San Francisco to paint a colorful, Cubist-inspired mural in a quiet part of the SOMA district. With his work from the past year, Reka has increasingly moved away from figuration. Though his new mural has two female characters at its center, he fractured his subject matter into geometric shapes that evolve into design elements. The clean lines and rounded forms evoke an Art Deco aesthetic, which Reka underscores with his retro-inspired color palette.
No more than a few inches high, these tiny paintings by Indiana-based artist Mab Graves are very much in the spirit of the winter season. In the slightly off-putting style of Big Eyes’ Margaret Keane (Vol 34), her dolly-eyed misfits adventure through haunting wintery landscapes and county fairs. Inspired by fairytales and classic literature, along the way they make friends with characters like dachshunds and the Dish who ran away with the Spoon. They always seem to be fleeing- emancipated from the bleakness of reality into Graves’ dream world.
Kevin Peterson’s subjects exist somewhere between a wintery city and sunny Houston, where the artist is currently based. Do a web search on his art, and the response is polarizing. Hyperrealism has become a controversial art form- most admire the excruciating detail, while others disagree with copying tags or photographs. Without question, Petersons’ portraits of children in a graffiti-colored world are emotional and ironic. His current show at Thinkspace gallery, “Remnants”, portrays his own fantasy-urban jungle.
Marshmallow snow, bologna mountain ranges, and milk lakes define the landscapes of Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman’s photo series “Processed Views.” The artists utilized familiar American junk food to create artificial nature scenes that simultaneously repulse and fascinate. The series was intended as a commentary on America’s reliance on processed foods, which the artists described as a symptom of our collective detachment from nature. “As we move further away from the sources of our food, we head into uncharted territory replete with unintended consequences for the environment and for our health,” the artists wrote in their statement about the project.
Sculpture duo Mark Landwehr and Sven Waschk, collectively known as course, currently have a show at Rotofugi Gallery in Chicago titled “Prisoners Beside Me.” The resin sculptures in the show are fantastical and darkly humorous. course created the 3D pieces based on their illustrations for author Andrew Greenberg’s forthcoming novel of the same title. “Prisoners Beside Me” is on view through January 4. Take a look at some of the work from the exhibition below.
Known for his design-oriented paintings of voluptuous bird women, Amsterdam-based artist Parra will present a new series of work for his January 8 solo show at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York, “Yer So Bad.” Named after a Tom Petty song about a femme fatale who can’t seem to settle down, the exhibition features new Pop Art-inspired paintings filled with sex and intrigue. We first featured Parra in Hi-Fructose Vol. 25. Check out a preview of “Yer So Bad” below to see what he has been up to.