Frida Kahlo, Mexico’s most famous woman artist best known for her numerous self-portraits, is portrayed once more as hyperrealist Kazuhiro Tsuji’s latest subject. Tsuji, featured here on our blog and in Hi-Fructose Vol. 35, has become well known for his larger than life portraits of celebrities, artists, presidents and other popular figures. Rendered with a heightened realism, Tsuji’s Frida is made of resin, platinum silicone, and other materials by the same technique that he once practiced as a special effects makeup artist.
In our current issue, we highlight Contemporary hyperrealist sculptor, Kazuhiro Tsuji, including his larger than life piece titled “Portrait of Abraham Lincoln”. Starting on Tuesday, June 2nd, DAX Gallery in Costa Mesa, CA will showcase the piece for public viewing. In anticipation of the event, DAX has offered us an exclusive look behind the scenes of Tsuji’s process and preparation. See more after the jump!
Artist Chet Zar and collector-author Jeremy Wagner have co-curated “Conjoined Vs. Grotesque,” a group show celebrating “the Denizens of the Dark.” The show arrives Jan. 19 at Copro Gallery and runs through Feb. 16. Artists on the roster include Zar himself (who was last featured on HiFructose.com here), Kazuhiro Tsuji, Jay Weinberg, Shane Pierce, Louie Becker, Matt Dangler, Gene Ambo, Claudio Bergamin, Max Verehin, Vincent Villafranca, Dan Harms, Mark Rudolph, Miroslav Petro, Zack Dunn, Dominic Holmes, Carin Hazmat, Magnus Gjoen, Ronald Gonzalez, Bob Tyrrell, Rob Smits, Kevin Estrada, Wes Benscoter, Ed Repka, Dan Seagrave, Andreas Marschall, Scott Musgrove, Ryan Matthew Cohn, and others.
Using silicone, wood, resin, actual hair, and marble, Mexican sculptor Ruben Orozco crafts realistic depictions of famous figures. Created in varying scales, these entrancing figures have gone viral for their eerie reflection of humanity. He’s created sculptures depicting Frida Kahlo, Pope Francis, and other historical figures. The work may remind you of other sculptors of realistic figures, like Ron Mueck and Kazuhiro Tsuji.
The next print issue of Hi-Fructose New Contemporary Art Magazine arrives in April!
Our 35th volume features: Björk’s retrospective at the NY MoMA; Tracey Snelling’s detailed dioramas and installations of urban landscapes; painter Doze Green, who influenced a whole generation of artists; Masao Kinoshita, who mutates humans and animals to create bizarre sculptures which would make Dr. Moreau envious. We’re thrilled to present this issue’s special insert section featuring Renée French’s bizarre yet endearing drawings. Then there’s the amazing paintings of Jamie Brett Treadwell; Kazuhiro Tsuji’s hyper-real sculptures; Pat Perry, who approaches his art like a journalist, incorporating his travels into his work. Our cover features Martin Wittfooth, who uses animals to craft paintings exposing human excess and environmental abuse. In this issue, we also revisit Naoto Hattori’s awe-inducing paintings, and review the new Chet Zar documentary and a hauntingly beautiful book about death. All in one issue! Pre-order it here and see more sneak peeks below.
Tens of thousands filed through the doors of the 2019 L.A. Art Show, which took over the Los Angeles Convention Center this past week. The 120-plus galleries and 18 countries represented brought several notable sights across the fair. You’ll see a few of those below.