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Probably one of the best people to go thrifting with, Hoda Zarbaf utilizes recycled fabrics and old furniture to hand-stitch ornate sculptures. Using sexuality and humor, Zarbaf interrogates representations of womanhood through abstract forms. There’s her chair sculpture with a vulva-like cushion, Vaginal Rapture, with rainbow shapes exploding out of it like an epic moment of release. Another piece, Down-time, features a dominatrix-like woman reclining on a big cushion. Farsi text on her back alludes to her sensitive heart, which contrasts the stereotypes that come to mind because of her tattoos and fishnets. Zarbaf’s work delves into women’s intimate moments and emerges with a three-dimensional portrayal of varied experiences.

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For the upcoming group show “PROTEST” at M16 Art Space in Canberra, Australia, Fintan Magee created a video work based on an ephemeral installation he created in a Sydney warehouse. For the piece, Magee wanted to speak out against conservative bias in Australia’s news media, which he says spreads racism, homophobia, and Islamophobia. He created a wire sculpture and stuffed with with Daily Telegraph newspapers, a publication owned by ultra-rightwing media mogul Rupert Murdoch (who also owns Fox News here in the US). Magee set the sculpture in front of a mural and set it aflame. In a video included below, he explains that the man and dog in the mural represent the master-lapdog relationship between the media and its unquestioning followers. Titled “Man Bites Dog,” the multimedia piece will debut at M16 Art Space on March 26.

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Max Kauffman created a sprawling mural filled with folk art motifs for LeQuiVive Gallery’s mural project in Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood recently. Though he typically works small-scale with media such as watercolor and acrylic, Kauffman went big for his latest piece, creating a triptych that spans an entire city block. Loosely rendering the forms of birds, flowers, and houses, Kauffman uses figurative elements as a jumping off point to explore organic patterns and textile-inspired designs. Despite his busy imagery, he keeps his color palette minimal to give his figures room to breath.

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Kehinde Wiley’s larger-than-life paintings (featured in HF Vol. 29) insert black and brown individuals into the typically all-white history of Western portraiture. His subjects, a majority of whom are urban males, are cast in poses that assertively beckon old master paintings of European kings and emperors. Some gallantly ride horses, while others don regalia. All figures peer commandingly at the viewer in Wiley’s 14-year survey “Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic” currently on view at the Brooklyn Museum.

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If the Addams’ family’s Thing multiplied and mutated, it would resemble something like Alessandro Boezio’s sculptures. The artist works in clay and fiber glass to create creepy-crawly anatomical forms that remix the human body. Boezio is particularly fascinated with hands and feet, often mingling digits and limbs in unholy ways. Though there’s nothing particularly explicit about his work, seeing severed hands standing up by themselves without a body attached is enough to make our skin crawl.

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Although he is best known for his humorous graffiti and imagery, Kenny Scharf has long been interested in more serious political topics. His solo exhibition “Born Again”, opening this Saturday at Honor Fraser gallery, highlights his unique ability to make the mundane more fun. In his latest series, bright and colorful palette and wacky shapes are painted onto repurposed, found art. It’s not all fun and games for the artist, who sees his comical approach as an act of defiance.