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Greg “Croaola” Simkins invites viewers back into his strange, surreal worlds in a new collection of paintings. His new show, “No Strings,” occupies KP Projects Gallery in Los Angeles. Simkins was featured in and created the cover for Hi-Fructose Vol. 41, and he was last featured on HiFructose.com here. The show kicks off May 20 and lasts through June 17.

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James Jean, Hare, 2008. Oil on Rives BFK. 30 x 22 inches. Collection of Neil Du Fine.

Starting June 11 at 10 a.m., “Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose” fills the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento with the work of 51 contemporary artists. The exhibit was previously at the Akron Art Museum and Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, which organized the exhibition that highlights the first decade of the publication’s existence. A member preview and artists reception arrives June 23, with Hi-Fructose co-founders Annie Owens and Attaboy in tow (and to attend, you can become a member here).

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Liam Devereux, an illustrator/animator based in London, always sketched scenes from his balcony, which overlooked a garden in his Victorian neighborhood. This eventually resulted in an illustration, and then, something much bigger.

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From bronze to blown glass, stainless steel to gems, the otherworldly sculptural works of Tian He have deep roots in the earth. The artist, based in Beijing, uses childlike imagery with intricate details that tell contained narratives of strange children and fanciful figures. Her pieces were recently featured in the show “Small is Beautiful VII” at Leo Gallery in Shanghai.

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Italian artist Lorenzo Quinn unveiled a new sculpture at Ca’ Sagredo Hotel during this year’s Venice Biennale. “Support,” an enormous sculptural installation that appears to emerge out of the Grand Canal, appears as enormous, white hands. The work aims to display how humans have the ability and opportunity to “change and re-balance the world around them.” In particular, the hands are commenting on the urgency of climate change.

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Evan Hobart, a California-based ceramics artist, creates beastly mixed-media creatures that offer commentary on both urban and social issues. Living in large urban areas inspires the artist to explore consumerism, global climate change, pollution, and “eventual extinction” in his sculptures. Hobart crafts cityscapes on and inside ceramic fossil heads, absorbing at different distances. In the works, “the imbalance between the innocents of the natural world and the chaotic blind dominance of humanity” is on display.