Josie Morway’s oil paintings are striking representations of the natural world, typically adorned with some combination of wild animals, symbols, text, or abstractions. With her bold subjects and engrossing lighting, she offers reflections on beauty, the universal language of flora and fauna, and messages that are less clear upon first inspection.
Adam Crawford’s paintings are a mix of sharp, vibrant geometric forms and grotesque beasts, appearing in both shared spaces and separate studies. The Philadelphia-based artist uses acrylics, spraypaint, and an array of surfaces for his works. Crawford was recently chosen for the juried exhibition “Delusional” at Jonathan Levine Gallery, which kicked off on Aug. 9.
Lu Cong is known for his striking portraits, whether rendered in oil, watercolor, colored pencil, or all three. His latest work toys with form, blending textures, tools, and styles to create evocative pieces. The artist was last featured on HiFructose.com here.
Noah Harris and Andy Biddle are the duo behind “Salvation,” a stop-motion film made entirely with found objects that tells the story of the creation of Earth, the evolution of mankind, and the impending end. All of these narratives are told using items found in flea markets and other thrifting spots, with all motion done in-camera.
Aya Kakeda, a Tokyo-born, New York-based artist, moves between illustration and personal work, all carrying a vibrancy and a dynamic layering aesthetic. Much of her work is created in gouache on wood or canvas, with Kakeda using the texture of each to breathe life into her fictional worlds.
Mario Mankey, a Valencia-born artist, creates large-scale installations and murals that feel at once comical and bleak. His recent installation at The Haus in Berlin, titled “Ego Erectus,” is indicative of this. The massive feet, which extend from the ceiling of the room, dwarf viewers and hint at an ever-present burden of humanity.