Known for her grotesque yet fantastical portraits of children, Japanese artist Hikari Shimoda will debut a solo show at DMO Arts in Osaka on June 26. For this new series of paintings and collages, Shimoda focuses on childrens’ idealism and desire to save the world. “In recent work, Hero or Magical girl is painted as the main motif. It is the metaphor of the Savior for the present young people,” said Shimoda. “The horns of the child having in works express their feelings cannot be into words.” Take a look at some of Shimoda’s works for the show, images courtesy of DMO Arts, and see the exhibition June 26 through July 16. More after the jump!
Despite their candy-colored palette, the paintings of Hikari Shimoda use images of children to develop themes that are anything but sweet. Innocent at a first glance, the youthful characters in Shimoda’s paintings appear with serious injuries that could only be the products of a grotesque imagination — hollow eyes, slit throats and mouths taped shut. These injuries ooze bubblegum-like goo and sparkles that incite a mixed reaction of delight and aversion. Take a look at some images of Shimoda’s artwork after the jump.
Illustrious fantasies unravel in the “Dreamlands” group show, opening at Corey Helford Gallery’s CHG Circa space on March 14. Guest curator Caro (who is also our Hi-Fructose staff blogger) brings her Japanese Pop Art-inspired aesthetic to the show; she works with many of the featured artists, like So Youn Lee and Hikari Shimoda, through her arts platform Sweet Streets. The exhibition features 35 artists, many of whom our readers will recognize, such as Naoto Hattori, Tom Bagshaw, Hannah Faith Yata, Lola, Kazuki Takamatsu (HF Vol. 33 cover artist), and many others. The artists in the show were invited to interpret their dreams, and the resulting work is soft, utopian, and surreal.
On August 30th, CHG Circa will showcase some of their favorite artists in their second installment of “Art Collector Starter Kit”. The show was first created in 2013 to give emerging artists a platform to express new ideas, while creating a smaller-sized ‘starter kit’ of sorts for new collectors. This year highlights new faces to Circa’s walls like Yosuke Ueno (above), Yukino Fukumoto (covered here), Hikari Shimoda, who debuted last month, and So Youn Lee- paired with Circa regulars Brandi Milne, Shag, Lola, Natalia Fabia, and more.
Japanese artist Yukino Fukumoto’s emotional and transparent watercolor paintings seem to dissapear into a spectrum of cool hues. A young graduate of Japan’s prestigious Tama Art University, she is virtually new to the international gallery scene having only been exhibiting for a couple years. Her work can recently be seen alongside Hikari Shimoda (featured in Hi-Fructose Volume 29) in Tokyo based ACT gallery’s show “The Sailor”. Her style is a balance between ornate details that spill into dramatic washes and splatters. Read more after the jump.
We’re pleased to show you a preview for our next volume of Hi-Fructose New Contemporary Art Magazine! Hitting stands in October, this issue features a beautiful cover by the amazing Eric Fortune and a very special 16 page Sketchbook insert by Femke Hiemstra, featuring beautiful reproductions of her graphite work. This issue also includes an extensive feature on instilation/street artist Olek, the hyper detailed works of Ikeda Manubu, new paintings from Jennybird Alcantara, Japanese artist Hikari Shimoda, painter Kehinde Wiley, the book sculptures of Georgia Russell, the ink drawings of Ken Garduno and Mexican street/gallery artist Curiot. Plus, multi-page reviews on the new Mark Dean Veca book and more! See previews of Hi-Fructose Vol.29 after the jump and pre-order a copy today in our online store.