The work of Oakland based painter and street artist Allison Torneros, better known as Hueman, looks spontaneous, but to her, it is a science; a perfectly calculated blend of opposing elements. “I am constantly seeking balance between the beautiful and the grotesque, the abstract and the figurative, and that golden moment between sleep and awake,” she says. Hueman’s art has become instantly recognizable for its equally geometric and ethereal air, broken up as if seen through a colorful prism. Hueman elaborates on the ethereal aspects of her work with her latest exhibit “Just One Moment”, which debuted over the weekend at Mirus Gallery in San Francisco.
Hueman, Erik Jones (HF Vol. 27 cover artist) , and Alex Yanes recollect their various artistic beginnings in “So Far, So Good”, now on view at Joseph Gross gallery. Notably, the show also marks each artists’ first in the famed Chelsea, New York area. Though having followed very different career paths, they have each arrived at bold and colorful palettes. Check out more photos after the jump!
In her street art and gallery work, Hueman (the alias of Allison Torneros) captures the spontaneous spirit of both graffiti and abstract expressionism. She experiments spray paint and acrylics, layering so much paint onto her canvases that it morphs into an oil slick-like rainbow of shades. The up-and-coming artist has spent the past year taking on major projects — her largest mural to date at San Francisco’s Ian Ross Gallery, commissions for the likes of Nike and P. Diddy and a recent cover feature for LA Weekly‘s People Issue. Tonight, June 5, she will debut her latest body of paintings for “Between the Lines,” her solo show at Project Gallery in Hollywood. According to Hueman, the title alludes to the ways her abstract work compels viewers to deduce their own meanings from the imagery. There will be a talk with Hueman and art critic Shana Nys Dambrot on June 21 at the gallery for those curious to learn more about the artist.
Interested in how the creative process can function as a personal ritual, Allison “Hueman” Torneros followed a number of her favorite creatives (a break dancer, R&B singer-songwriter, wood sculptor and street artist number among the 10-12 artists) to observe how each individual gets into the zone and taps into his or her creative side. Following a month of observation, Torneros went into self-imposed exile in L.A.’s Think Tank Gallery for two weeks and immersed herself in her own creative ritual. The result is a site-specific installation that spans the entirety of the gallery’s industrial warehouse space. “Ritual” opens July 11 and will be on view through July 27. Take a look at some photos of Allison Tornernos at work on her installation, photos by Todd Mazer. See more after the jump!
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The 43rd volume of Hi-Fructose will be here in April 2017! Pre-order the issue here. You can also subscribe to Hi-Fructose here.
Featured in this issue is: the paintings and sculptures of Okuda, a multi-page feature on the “War Toys” series of photographs by Brian McCarty, the architecture-inspired illustrations of Eric Wong, David Henry Nobody, Jr., an exhibitionist of the highest order in disguise, David Moreno who seems to draw lines of his house sculptures with wire instead of pencil, embroiderist Michelle Kingdom, the dynamic paintings of Hueman, the nature-infused sculptures of Kim Simonsson’s sculptures, plus multi-page reviews on new books from Junko Mizuno and Chuck Sperry. And a special 16-page sketchbook section on the art of Matt Gordon!
Following up on our coverage of the 21st annual LA Art Show, posted yesterday, today we bring you an extensive look at another annual highlight- the Littletopia section of local West Coast galleries and artists. This year, Littletopia continued its foray into featuring Pop Surrealsim works of every shape, size, and imaginable medium from the following galleries: Antler Gallery, Artists Republic 4 Tomorrow, Coagula Curatorial, Copro Gallery, Daniel Rolnik Gallery, Gauntlet Gallery, Gregorio Escalante Gallery, Paradigm Gallery + Studio, Red Truck Gallery, Thinkspace and Think Tank. Together with LA Art Show, they presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Robert Williams, featured in Hi-Fructose Vol. 26, who is arguably lauded as the ‘godfather of Lowbrow art and culture’.