by CaroPosted on

Mike Kelley is regarded as one of the most influential and perplexing artists of our time. The work he produced between the mid-70s until his death helped shape the face of contemporary art. His retrospective on view at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA has been traveling since 2012, but the experience here is unique. Every review you read will point out how the massive installations and audio works overload the senses. The show is literally screaming. Read more after the jump.

by Sasha BogojevPosted on

Italian artist 2501 recently started a series of big trips and will continue traveling through October. The artist will visit such places as Australia, Mongolia, Canada and different parts of the USA and create works for his ongoing project titled “Nomadic Experiment.” Aside from painting public works and murals, 2501 will also make and collect parts for the indoor works that will be exhibited later this year. With a distinctive, abstract style that includes repetitive use of black lines and gold paint, his murals vary from geometric and precise to organic-looking.

by Hi-Fructose StaffPosted on

We are pleased to release a special book and Hi-Fructose exclusive print set for Brandi Milne’s new art book Frohlich, printed by the fine folks at Baby Tattoo Books. Milne’s beautiful 152 page full color hardcover, with elegant embossing and die cut cover, is a must for your art library. It’s filled with her beautiful paintings, drawings and sketches. And only Hi-Fructose includes a special signed and numbered print, “Joyful Souls March On!” with each signed book order! This special set is limited to 54 book/print copies and is available here. “Pretty girls, corpulent cakes, and big-eyed animals: The depictions of these in Milne’s work are ghostly remnants of a certain time and place that no longer exists, and these characters often have the feeling of a vague and fading dream,” said fellow artist Camille Rose Garcia of Milne’s work. Take an inside look at the book and exclusive print after the jump.

by Nastia VoynovskayaPosted on

A frequent traveller to Japan, curator Matt Wagner of Portland’s Hellion Gallery recently connected AJ Fosik (Hi-Fructose Vol. 18 cover artist) with 13 Tokyo-based artists for a collaborative exhibition. Titled “Beast From a Foreign Land,” the show makes one stop and think about how small the world’s creative community truly feels in the age of communication technology. The 13 Japanese artists, including Usugrow, Iamone, Ryuichi Ogino, Tadaomi Shibuya and Koichiro Takagi, each received an unfinished Fosik sculpture (foreign beast, indeed!) that they could take apart and repurpose through their own styles. While Fosik is known for wildly-adorned wooden sculptures with a flamboyant, heavy-metal appeal, the artists reworked his figures in ways that diverged greatly from their original creator’s aesthetic, incorporating minimalism, calligraphy, farcical humor, found objects and any combination of these and other elements. “Beast From a Foreign Land” is on view at HPGRP Gallery in Tokyo through May 11.

by Nastia VoynovskayaPosted on

Elegant figures in repose, lush fabrics and ornate flora — these hallmarks of 17th-century academic painting can be seen in the work of Mary Jane Ansell, Sam Wolfe Connelly and Stephen Mackey, all of whom paint deftly with a distinct sense of style. Grouped together for the exhibition “Contemporary Romanticism,” which opens at Arcadia Contemporary in NYC on April 24, these artists use the light, airy style of the original Romantic painters to apprehend contemporary themes and surreal scenarios. Sam Wolfe Connelly’s work is decidedly the darkest of the three artists. His drawings and paintings (his oil paintings will be exhibited for the first time in this show) weave a narrative of haunted, backwoods estates where specters creep in the forest and make shadowy appearances in the desolate, countryside houses.

by James ScarboroughPosted on

Talk about good timing. “Energy That Is All Around: Mission School,” curated by Natasha Boas for NYU’s Grey Art Gallery, features the work of artists that became known as the Mission School. The artists include three San Francisco Art Institute alumni, Alicia McCarthy, Barry McGee, and Ruby Neri, and their friends Chris Johanson and Margaret Kilgallen. The name describes where they lived and worked. In the early ’90s, San Francisco’s bohemian Mission District offered, among other things, low rent. Try finding that now. They based their work on graffiti, signage, folk art and cartoons. It was political, if not radical. As inspirations, they cited Bay Area Figuration, the Beat movement and Funk. Each artist had a graffiti tag, including Twist and Reminisce. They worked in all media.