Venice-based artist Manuel Di Rita, who works under the moniker Peeta, creates illusionary paintings that create new dimensions out of the walls and canvases they inhabit. Whether he’s using spraypaint, oils, or or acrylic latex house paint on wood panels in the jungle, the artist is able to play with the existing architecture and perspectives to create entirely new ones. At times, he works with the geometric art of Joys to create playful collaborations in dynamic dialogue.
Oil painter Carrie Ann Baade says that her work “quotes from, interacts with, and deeply relates to art history.” Her absorbing, often haunting paintings often carry notes of Baroque or Renaissance art that are pulled into the artist’s own surrealist and autobiographical sensibility. The works can have a sense of controlled chaos to them, each element executed with elegance. She was last featured on HiFructose.com here.
The surreal sculptures of Samuel Salcedo add both distortion and vulnerability to the human form. The Spanish artist plays with texture and scale, creating intimacy in both nude figures and massive faces adorning gallery walls. Most of the pieces carry humor: All of them are packed with bare humanity.
Patrick Jacobs crafts dioramas viewed through a window and presenting “the viewer with a spatial and perceptual conundrum.” The artist combines sculpture, painting, and other media to create these lush scenes, moving between the familiar and the otherworldly in seemingly endless lanscapes. Recent dioramas have offered a larger, more immersive viewpoint.
Jannick Deslauriers uses textiles to create ghostly, massive sculptures. Whether it’s a time-worn car or a cityscape, her works appear as structures that can be passed through. She uses darker threads as her “pencil outlines,” blending textures and techniques to create pieces that resemble little else.
Ronald Gonzalez’s “Heads” series, combining found objects, metal filings, glue, wire, wax, and soot over welded steel, is a collection of haunting sculptures. The artist, based in upstate New York, is able to pull from several cultures and time periods in creating these strange works.