Ben Howe’s arresting oil paintings offer hyperdetailed and eerie reflections on humanity. A new show at beinArt Gallery in Australia collects his newest paintings under the titled “Weave.” The new show tackles “themes of mortality, isolation, longing, melancholy and loss and sits somewhere between the physical constraints of reality and the anarchic realm of the subconscious.” Howe was last mentioned on HiFructose.com here.
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The 45th volume of Hi-Fructose arrives October 2017! Pre-order the issue here, or you can also subscribe to Hi-Fructose here. The issue features a special silver foil-stamped cover feature by Erik Mark Sandberg.
Featured in this issue are the sculptures of Tina Yu, “Turn the Page” at the Crocker Art Museum, psychedelic illustrations of Bang Sangho, the delectable sculptures of Roni Landa, silk painter Akika Kurata, James Marshall (aka DALEK), the ferocious paintings of Hannah Faith Yata, the hand-stitched bodegas of Lucy Sparrow, the drawings of Miles Johnston, and a review of visionary director Alejandro Jodorowsky‘s latest film.
Prague artist Josefína Jonášová crafts surreal sculptures that toy with perspective and explore social issues. She uses fiberglass, concrete, epoxy, iron, and other materials to create her dynamic figures. Her public sculptures have appeared across the Czech Republic.
Toni Hamel’s recent oil paintings explore our relationship with the natural world. In particular, Hamel shows us how our selfishness and dominion over animals taken an even more disastrous turn. These pieces are part of a body of work called “The Land of Id.” She was last featured on HiFructose.com here.
Los Angeles artist Roberto Benavidez has reimagined characters from Hieronymus Bosch’s work in an likely sculptural form: piñatas. These life-sized versions of figures from Bosch works like “The Garden of Earthly Delights” bring 15-century sensibilities into three-dimensional existence. The work blends both traditional Mexican and European influences.
Marking his 50th birthday, Tim Biskup is reopening his FACE GUTS concept on Sept. 21. Below, we’ve asked Biskup about the Los Angeles project, as well as how his attitude toward art has evolved over time. He was last featured on HiFructose.com here.