Musician and visual artist Jon Langford offers pop-infused woodcuts in his new show at La Luz de Jesus Gallery: “Make Americana Great Again,” kicking off on Sept. 6 at the space. Otherwise known as a founder of punk act The Mekons and a member of alt-country act The Waco Brothers (among other bands), the artist’s work shows that one form is not divorced from another. Langford was at one time the artist-in-residence at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.
Dasha Pliska’s pencil drawings carry drama and ghostly grace. The Ukraine illustrator works primarily in monochromatic modes, elegantly moving between skin tones and billowing forms moving across the page. And recent personal projects, such as “repletion,” show the artist’s knack for utilizing negative space.
With her cascading, phosphorescent figures and blended mediums, Maura Holden is one of today’s leading practitioners of visionary art. The Philadelphia-born artist is self-taught, yet utilized the techniques of past masters—particularly Ernst Fuchs, a major influence for the artist.
Examining masculinity and power, Scott Scheidly’s paintings re-contextualize real and fictional villains. Elsewhere in Scheidly’s practice, he injects the grotesque into floral motifs, further underscoring the painter’s knack for satire and subverting expectations. The artist’s humor is also evident in his short bio: “At age four I attempted my first art project by devouring a 10 pack of crayons thus turning my diaper into a Jackson Pollock.”
The work of surrealist Igor Morski combines analogue and digital approaches. His illustrations often contain their own secret messages and mythologies. Yet, there’s still something baldly universal in his subjects, whether unraveling or confined to contained within a seemingly endless wall of compartments.
The work of artists Dan Barry and Jon MacNair come together for “Captive Illusions” at Stranger Factory this month. “Together,” the gallery says, “the duo create a show that sends the viewer into surreal and playful worlds with characters that come to life in warm color schemes.” Barry was last featured on HiFructose.com here, and MacNair was most recently mentioned here.