Amin Sadeghy, an artist and architect living in London, crafts personal work that implements architectural figures at varying scales and elaborate sets and configurations. The works seem to use the human bodies as both faceless design elements and reflections on the power of crowds. At close range and from afar, these intricate structures create different conversations.
Cayetano Ferrández, a Spanish artist/photographer, uses his “Gray Man” action figures and micro-narratives to explore varying, often bleak aspects of humanity. His work, a combination of photography, sculpture, and other mixed-media, has integrated toys since the early 2000s, with the “Gray Man” series being an ongoing project.
Italian artist Agostino Arrivabene paints otherworldly scenes that move between the romantic and the terrifying. His paintings, often oil on wood, both reference and emulate age-old concepts of transformation, death, and bonds between subjects and concepts of alchemy. At times, the works rely on familiar symbology; in other works, the image appears as something wholly novel. The artist was last featured on HiFructose.com here.
Cincinnati-based artist Steve Casino is known for his peanut art (which landed him a spot in the records of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not), but lately, he’s tackled another endeavor: making wooden pull toys packed with pop culture and mature flair. These toys pay homage to horror films like The Exorcist and and musicians like Jimi Hendrix.
Pop surrealist Ron English recently erected a massive pair of sculptures in China. But shortly after installation, the giant-sized MC Supersized and Liberty Grin characters faced an issue. “Although the statues, produced by Poplife, were legally sanctioned, local authorities ordered their removal shortly after installation, citing concerns about SCALE!!!” the artist wrote. On Wednesday morning, they were up, but by 10 p.m. that evening, they were gone. English was last featured on HiFructose.com here.
Kathie Olivas, a New Mexico-based artist, explores fear and comfort in her custom toys and paintings. In a show currently running at Stranger Factory Gallery in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the artist offers a new slew of paintings, assemblages, and toys. “Strange Days” runs through May 28 at the space. Through her series “The Misery Children,” the artist takes on “society’s insatiable desire to assign ‘cuteness’ and our discomfort with the unknown.”