Chinese artist Ying Yefu creates blatantly macabre paintings with a punchline. It’s as if each piece involves some sort of visual joke, where one detail is altered in such a way that the forms we thought we recognized are not what they seem. A cranium peeled open to reveal red blood doubles as a watermelon parted down the middle. An infant’s body is hybridized with a phallic, fleshy appendage that extends out of his head lopsidedly. Part of the visual pleasure of Ying’s work is deducing the various incongruous elements at play in each piece. While Ying’s art is reminiscent of the creepy-cute aesthetic popularized by Japanese painters of the generation before him (Ying was born in 1980), much of his work is executed using traditional Chinese painting techniques that tie his unmistakably contemporary style to his cultural heritage.
French duo Ciou and Malojo create illustrative works that combine their wildest fantasies and nightmares. Their previous show for Cotton Candy Machine gallery (covered here) displayed Malojo’s cartoony characters infused with colorful patterns, while Ciou’s work was mostly monochromatic. Their next show, “Freaks and Wonders” opens September 4th at White Lady Art in Dublin, and is inspired by scenes of celebration during seasonal holidays.
Over the past several months, arts organization Urban Nation has been inviting international artists and curators to do what they will with their large, interdisciplinary Berlin venue, Project M — a building utilized as a canvas from the inside out. The project’s latest incarnation, M/5, was curated by Roland Henry of the street art-focused publication VNA Magazine. While the multi-story building was covered in a new mural by Ben Eine, the surrounding area was fitted with window-installations and smaller murals by the likes of Above, Ben Frost, Klone, Yoh Nagao and many others. Take a look at some photos after the jump.
When we last caught up with artist Caia Koopman, she was preparing for her 2012 exhibition “Behind Wind and Water” featuring her colorful, tattooed characters. Almost a year in the making, her new series of paintings, “Figments”, opens October 7th at Distinction Gallery. She will display a mixture of her usual motifs and themes, inspired by love, loss and connections. Animal rights and environmentalism are political topics of importance for Koopman which she lightens up with splashes of color. See more after the jump!
Ludo is a French artist known for pasting up black and white images with neon green accents on the streets on Paris and worldwide. His imagery often shows mutilated insects, animals, plants or different life forms with added mechanical parts. Strongly influenced by the skateboarding logos and punk imagery from the ’90s, his works comment on the way humans interact and interfere with nature. His limited color palette is a nod to DIY punk culture with its lo-fi, self-published zines and records, and certainly adds a feeling of rawness to his work.
In July 2013, we partnered with Marco Mazzoni (featured on the cover of Hi-Fructose Vol. 20) and Pressure Printing to create these “Santa Lucia” Hand-Embellished Prints. We sold out of these immediately. Marco Mazzoni has generously decided to have Hi-Fructose donate 100% of the proceeds from his five artist proofs to support the Huntington’s Disease Society of America‘s fight for a cure for Huntington’s Disease. The prints are each hand embellished by the artist, making them one of a kind items. See complete details after the jump.