Jeff Gillette’s paintings juxtapose the ruinous landscapes of shanty towns with the flourishes of Disney theme parks. In a new show at Copro Gallery, titled “Worst Case Scenario,” the artist’s latest explorations are shown. The show runs through July 7 at the Santa Monica space. Gillette was last featured on HiFructose.com here.
Last week, Gallery1988‘s Venice location in Los Angeles debuted a two-person show by Jeff Gillette and Scott Listfield. Focused on futuristic landscapes with a post-apocalyptic dimension, the two artists present realistic paintings with science fiction-inpired elements. While Listfield’s paintings narrate the story of an extraterrestrial presence in an otherwise-normal metropolis, Gillette presents sweeping, panoramic views of a city destroyed by floods and natural disasters. Take a look at the works in the show after the jump, images courtesy of Gallery1988.
Christopher Konecki’s vibrant paintings, sculptures, and murals distort and create surreal artifacts out of urban landscapes. This vibrant, yet somewhat bleak observations recall work from Jeff Gillette and Masakatsu Sashie. (Also, Josh Keyes, who was recently featured here on the blog, carried similar visual themes in his own early work.)
Now on view at Show and Tell Gallery in Toronto is “Atrophic Existence”, a look into both man and nature’s relationship with urban decay. While the exhibit features favorites Kevin Cyr, Jeff Gillette, and Alex Lukas, the show stopper seems to be Joshua Barndt‘s installation, “The World is a Mountain and Everything Gets Buried”. Much like the more painterly pieces from Atrophic, Barndt’s work serves as a dialogue between man made goods and an encroaching/receding natural world. The clincher you ask? Barndt has used every single one of his personal possessions to create the piece. The show closes January 10th (much to Barndt’s relief and dismay we’re sure) so check it out. More images after the jump.
On Saturday night the doors flung open and crowds rushed in for the opening of Art Shack, an interactive group exhibition in Laguna Beach that brought the South County art eccentrics out in droves. Curated by the legendary Greg Escalante, Art Shack is an ingenious combination of art, architecture, pop-culture and downright whimsy. Featured artists include Mike Shine, Don Ed Hardy, Shag, Liz McGrath, Jason Maloney and many others- each with their own unique spin on the theme. Laurie Hassold was on hand to dissect her piece, “Reading the Bones” and the R. Biggs Commemorative Privy evoked many sheepish grins from people passing by. Jeff Gillette’s incredibly detailed mixed-media “Slum” was another highlight, along with Martin Wittfooth’s clever hunting shack on the bottom floor.
We’ve finally put the finishing touches on our latest issue, due in stores first week of Ocotober. Hi-Fructose Vol.9 is proud to feature Netherland painter Chris Berens brought to us by our very own (well she’s not really ours) Kirsten Anderson, Stella Im Hultberg, Dan May, Sam Gibbons’ chaos in symmetry, Tara McPherson, Jeff Gillette, Liz McGrath. Plus; PostlerFerguson re-examines the Death Weapon, Tom Haubs, Ekundayo and the art and blood of Motohiko Odani. Also, toy Exposes, reviews and more. Cover image coming soon!