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.
Artists Soey Milk and Joey Remmers were on hand to celebrate their side by side openings at CHG Circa on Saturday. Newly graduated from Pasadena Art Center, Soey Milk was in especially high spirits- her paintings are the culmination of an “unhurried journey” to becoming a fulltime artist. Her solo exhibition “Sinavro” (previewed here) embodies focus and uncertainty that any budding artist might experience. Milk’s brush tells us her story, as rocky as her impressionistic strokes which meet points of detail. Her women appear strong and confident in their boldy colored robes, decorated with traditional Korean motifs. Underneath, hints of nudity add an element of carefreeness and mystery that tempt the viewer.
Anyone who’s ever played the computer game the Sims knows the strange, God-like feeling of watching miniature people living their lives from above. Brazilian artist San Poggio’s paintings create a similar sensation. Poggio’s works feature flat, fantasy landscapes whose attributes sometimes turn into abstract patterns with outlandish colors. Within them, dozens of minuscule characters carry on with their separate activities, interacting with the bizarre surroundings they find themselves in.