Swiss-Italian photographer Christian Tagliavini combines theater with the language of portrait photography to create curious and open narratives. For his series “Carte,” Tagliavini built wooden clothing and frames around his human subjects to devise life-sized playing cards. This technique creates tension between the two-dimensional quality of the playing cards and the life-like attributes of his distinctive characters, such as their protruding collarbones and rosy cheeks.
Photos by Mik Luxon
On July 25th, Hi-Fructose attended the opening of Peter Gronquist’s solo exhibition “All of the Above” at Soze Gallery in Los Angeles. As recently discussed, the artist has embarked on more abstract and conceptual explorations than in previous works. For this exhibit, he chose to expand on multiple recurring themes in his art, and techniques using more varied color, form, depth and stillness – and with surprising results. Gronquist’s paintings, for example, are created using sanded plexiglass over hand-painted drop boxes, creating a foggy, luminous effect. This process flattens the image to the surface while simultaneously dropping the image back. Gronquist says, “It’s hard to explain without seeing in person, I best describe it as a glowing effect.”
It’s no secret that choice of medium can significantly accent the subject of the artwork. Fumage is one of those techniques that can’t be compared with anything else. By using the flame of a candle or a torch as a pencil to create his paintings with trails of soot, Steven “Spazuk” (covered here) has been creating intricate artworks for over 10 years. He is showing his latest body of work titled “Smoking Guns and Feathers” at Reed Projects gallery in Stavanger, Norway. The show is featuring his latest series of works focused on the fragility and precariousness of the species that share our biosphere. The uncertain future of these fragile “rulers of skies” is accented through use of smoke trails as a painting medium.
Southeast Michigan based artist Brian Spolans has a keen interest in the complex relationships between individuals and their societies and ecosystems. There is a narrative to be found in the way we interact with our surroundings. Titled “Dimensional”, his latest series of dimensional mixed media illustrations portrays mountainous fictional worlds bustling with small creatures. The series is an exploration of materials ranging from print making, acrylic, pen and ink, and pencil drawings that sit on custom made shelves.
South Carolina based artist Chris Nickels creates digital illustrations inspired by scenes from his surroundings and childhood spent in Athens, Georgia. Among his favorite memories are hiking and fishing in the river with his friends, which explains his affinity for nature. He is also a fan of old cameras and polaroid photography which he sometimes posts to his instagram account. His palette is reminiscent of his polaroid’s faded colors like light greens, earthy blues, yellows, and corals. Each work begins at the drawing stage using traditional materials like pen, ink, acrylic, and pencil before it is finished off digitally. Nickels calls Photoshop the “glue” that brings the piece together.
Since becoming a mother, artist Deedee Cheriel has considered how to bring more positivity into the world with her art. Her upcoming exhibition at KP Projects/MKG in Los Angeles, “Natural Resource”, combines her folk art and spiritual influences with new experiences of family life. In theme, the exhibit seems to pick up where she left off with her previous spiritually inspired show, “In Search for More Than Another Shiny Object”. Covered here, those paintings explored the enlightenment of meditation and prayer. Her new series of mixed media works expands on this to include temple imagery and mythological characters from the artist’s native India.