Tokyo-born artist Masaaki Sasamoto creates surreal worlds bathed in gold, mixing mythological iconography and the painter’s own, distinctive figures. The butterfly is one of the most common components in Sasamoto’s work, whether enveloping his subjects or fully embedded into them. Some of these scenes also carry notes of steampunk and futuristic, manga-inspired flourishes.
Sculptor/jewelry artist Rebecca Rose crafts scenes in ring form, pulling from cultural iconography and allegorical narratives. Her so-called “Sculpturings” are described as “a hybrid of small sculpture and wearable art cast in precious metals using the lost wax casting process.” Her work has been shown in both galleries and jewelry showcases alike.
In a new group exhibition at Giant Robot 2’s GR2 Gallery in Los Angeles, the works of several current pop-surrealist figures are featured. Stella Im Hultberg, Mari Inukai, Audrey Kawasaki, Nicolas Nemiri, Amy Sol, Katsuya Terada, Kent Williams, and Yoskay Yamamoto are part of “MOMO NO Sekku/ 桃の節句.”
Oil painter and Lowbrow pioneer Robert Williams continues to craft stirring reflections of culture. “Robert Williams: Slang Aesthetics” at LSU Museum of Art collects more than 30 paintings “as well as ephemera and drawings” by the artist. The museum partnered with Thinkspace Gallery on the show, which runs through June 17. Williams was last featured on HiFructose.com here.
It’s the 47th volume of Hi-Fructose! The April volume of Hi-Fructose features include:
The strange world of Graham Yarrington, the controversial painted comics of Joan Cornellà, the cardboard installations of Dosshaus, the hip-hop infused paintings of Ken Flewellyn, the block prints of Roman Klonek. We take off the mask of Miss Meatface, garden at night with painter Adrian Cox, go into the lair of Wolfbat, rediscover the paintings of Esao Andrews. Plus: a special, 16-page glossy insert section dedicated to the paintings of Erik Jones, and a review of Skinner’s pop-up tribute to H.P. Lovecraft. Edited by Annie Owens and Attaboy. Pre-order the issue here. Subscribe to Hi-Fructose today and receive an exclusive Ghoul freshener by Craig Gleason! Subscribe in the U.S. here, and subscribe in Canada here.
Jennybird Alcantara’s absorbing, vivid oil paintings blend the surreal and the fantastical. In a new show at KP Projects in Los Angeles, titled “Reveries of the Untamed Darlings,” the artist offers a new collection of works. Alcantara was last mentioned on HiFructose.com here. The gallery describes her work as “an epic fantasy, where the untamed are the gatekeepers of the mysterious beyond.”