Urban Nation in Berlin celebrated the 8th and, reportedly, final chapter of its “Project M” exhibition series this past weekend. Curated in collaboration with London’s StolenSpace Gallery, the exhibit revealed new murals, ten large scale panels at the nearby Urban Nation office, and a collection of new works at Urban Nation’s gallery space by 10 artists: Shepard Fairey, D*Face, Maya Hayuk, Cyrcle, Word To Mother, Miss Van, The London Police, Joram Roukes, Snik, and Evoca1. Most traveled to Berlin for the occasion, making this installment a representation of Urban Nation’s international reach through its collaborators.
For his upcoming solo show “Aurora” at Thinkspace Gallery in Culver City, Australian painter Rodrigo Luff cultivates a sense of enchantment in his new body of work with a palette of vivid colors that glow with a chiaroscuro effect. Luff’s female characters are nude, stripped of any signifiers of contemporary society and placed into a mystical space filled with lush flora and surreal characters. “Aurora” will be on view alongside Joram Roukes, Adam Caldwell and Ekundayo’s three-person show, “Reflections of a New Generation” (previewed here), July 13 through August 3. See more after the jump!
C.A.V.E. Gallery in Venice, CA recently unveiled a new body of work from Mexican artist Bayo alongside new work from Joram Roukes and Restitution Press. In his loose, gestural paintings, Bayo cultivates his own mythology with a recurring cast of characters. Sometimes, the work veers towards psychedelia as limbs and eyes multiply and bodies (or our perceptions of them) become distorted. Take a look at Bayo’s new works and a few opening night photos courtesy of C.A.V.E. Gallery, and check out the show through May 4. See more after the jump!
Despite some drizzly weather, Portland is looking a little more colorful this week. As of August 24th, the nonprofit mural festival Forest for the Trees, previously covered here, has been in high gear as 29 international artists work their magic on buildings across the city. The festival is co-directed by local artist Gage Hamilton and gallerist Matt Wagner of Hellion Gallery in Portland, who wanted to expand on their city’s visual identity through art. For its third year in a row, the project has a goal of creating 19 collaborative new murals.
Hailing from L.A., Thinkspace Gallery brought a large group of works from many artists we’ve featured on our blog such as Joao Ruas (Hi-Fructose Vol. 23), Stella Im Hultberg (Hi-Fructose Collected 3), Ana Bagayan and Brian Viveros alongside emerging artists such as Kikyz1313 to the SCOPE Art Fair in NYC. Aside from the diverse line-up, the established artists chosen to represent the gallery in their New York art fair debut chose to experiment with different media. Stella Im Hultberg arrived with a stunning 3D piece while Allison Sommers showcased her miniatures in vintage matchboxes and pill cases and Joao Ruas translated his signature style onto large eggs, referencing historical Greek mythological works on vases. Take a look after the jump for more images from our visit to SCOPE NYC, here in Hi-Fructose.
Culver City’s Thinkspace will be exhibiting at SCOPE NYC, which runs through March 10, with a solid line-up of artists. Featuring work from Allison Sommers, Kikyz, Stephanie Buer, Yosuke Ueno, Jacub Gagnon and David Cooley, the works in their booth range from macabe to abstract to heartwarming. Stand-out pieces include Kikyz’ disturbing, illustrative works, Allison Sommers’ visceral drawings and paintings, Yosuke Ueno’s candy-colored pop surrealism and David Cooley’s glowing geometric abstractions. Take a look at the works at Thinkspace’s booth after the jump, images courtesy of the gallery.