London based artist Nathan James uses different approaches each time he has a new idea to develop. This “lack” of a signature style makes his art unpredictable, but he might be converging into one thing. Nathan James will soon make his US solo debut at Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles with “Dark Matter”, featuring his “Creepshow” series that we featured here on our blog, and introducing a new series that he calls “Faceless”. We sat down with him to talk more about the inspiration behind his upcoming show.
We’ve covered many fantastically strange and unusual embroidered works on our blog over the years, but sporting equipment wins as the most unconventional choice. Cape Town, South Africa based VJ-photographer-textile artist Danielle Clough (who goes by “Fiance Knowles” on instagram) breathes new life into vintage wooden tennis rackets with her decorative embroideries. Her beautifully clever series titled “What a Racket” has nothing to do with tennis however (“Does this count as being interested in sport?” Clough jokes at her website.) Instead, she describes her work as a celebration of color, featuring florals like roses, tulips, and succulents like aloe, sewn onto classic Badminton rackets.
Hi-Fructose Co-founder Attaboy’s latest strange book, The Little Book of Butts, is now in stock in our store! His funny and strange new book, limited to 750 copies, will cause you to never look at butts the same way again.
Attaboy will be headed to New York to do signings for the book and the second printing of The Book of Hugs at AFA Gallery in SoHo, Desert Island comics in Brooklyn, and Haven Gallery on Long Island on February 12th, 13th, and 14th. There will be Q&As and special items from his archives at the events. Show up on time to score rare back issues of Hi-Fructose (while they last). There will also be a mini art show at AFA Gallery, featuring Attaboy’s drawings and spray painted, hand cut stencil pieces.
Vipoo Srivilasa works predominantly in ceramics. He uses porcelain clay to hand build his work, then he paints over it with cobalt oxide to obtain the blue color. The last step of this process consists of firing the work at 1200°C. According to the artist, his work is saturated with symbols taken from different religions, although it’s not meant to evoke religion itself, but rather to reinvent certain religious images. “For the series Roop-Rote-Ruang (Taste-Touch-Tell), I used the Buddhist philosophy of Ayatana as a reference for my work. The Roop-Rote-Ruang (Taste-Touch-Tell) Project is a series of dinner parties that I hosted to embrace the Buddhist concept of “Ayatana” and the six “channels of awareness” (my guests’ sight, taste, smell, hearing, touch and mindfulness)”, he says.
Photos by Birdman
Following up on our coverage of the 21st annual LA Art Show, posted yesterday, today we bring you an extensive look at another annual highlight- the Littletopia section of local West Coast galleries and artists. This year, Littletopia continued its foray into featuring Pop Surrealsim works of every shape, size, and imaginable medium from the following galleries: Antler Gallery, Artists Republic 4 Tomorrow, Coagula Curatorial, Copro Gallery, Daniel Rolnik Gallery, Gauntlet Gallery, Gregorio Escalante Gallery, Paradigm Gallery + Studio, Red Truck Gallery, Thinkspace and Think Tank. Together with LA Art Show, they presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Robert Williams, featured in Hi-Fructose Vol. 26, who is arguably lauded as the ‘godfather of Lowbrow art and culture’.
Los Angeles welcomed LA Art Show in its 21st installment over the weekend at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Between January 27th through the 31st, attendees showed up to the fair in record numbers, some reporting over 65,000 visitors, with opening night proceeds benefiting the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For the 21st annual edition of the show, covered here in previous years, there was a strong mix of international exhibitors alongside local galleries throughout the halls and “Littletopia” section, including annual players Thinkspace, Copro Gallery, Gregorio Escalante Gallery, who had pieces on display throughout the fair, including Robert Xavier Burden’s pricey $200,000 “20th Century Space Opera” painting inspired by Star Wars figurines, and La Luz de Jesus Gallery, with an interactive preview of Scott Hove’s new and upcoming Cakeland experience.