Charles Birnbaum, a New York City-based artist, creates abstract ceramic pieces that seem both alien and influenced from the stranger part of nature. Whether it’s his wall sculptures or free-standing “vessels,” each pushes the form far beyond its classical uses. His work is held in collections and exhibited across the world.
Our next print issue, Hi-Fructose Vol. 44, features a a wrap-around cover with art by Jeremy Geddes. Featured in this issue are: The hyper-realistic natural anomalies of Lisa Ericson, the climactic monster paintings of Mu Pan, the mysterious drawings of Amandine Urruty, the paintings of Laura Berger, “Sick Girl”, the world of artist Mab Graves, Joey Colombo‘s currency cut-ups, comix artist Benjamin Constantine, the beautiful paintings of Vira Yakymchuck, Paolo Del Toro‘s enormous felted sculptures, Michael Reeder‘s murals and paintings, and a film review of Maurizio Cattelan: Be Right Back.
Gunjan Aylawadi‘s intricate paper-weaving technique produces vibrant, surprising creations. In each work made by the artist, born in India and now based in Australia, seems to defy its materials and exists “between craft traditions, sensory pleasures she experienced growing up and the new culture she finds herself in now.” In a recent show, she continues her evolution into work that extends beyond two dimensions.
Mark Dean Veca, one of the featured artists in “Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose,” created a new installation for the exhibition’s final stop at Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento. The absorbing, surreal “Maddest Hatter” greets visitors straight out of the elevator at the museum. In an Instagram video, the artist guides viewers through the completed installation.
French artist Koralie creates vibrant, absorbing wall art and works on canvas that combine influences from both traditional and contemporary Japanese art, African and English history, and even wallpaper design. Her works appear publicly and inside galleries across the world.
Italian artist Giuseppe Palmisano creates photographs that somehow treat the body as object while conveying human ideas. Wedged between furniture and and bent and entwined with others, his female subjects and their apparel are paired with subtle hues and rooms. The artist has a theatrical background, and he creates a mystery in both the meaning and identity of his subjects.