Portland illustrator Song Kang blends architecture and natural structures in both her intensely detailed drawings and her absorbing sculptures. The latter even uses the inherent forms of the animal kingdom as foundations for her designs. The “Vernacular” series has works created from wood, paper mache, plaster, fiber, recyclables, and other materials.
In a new show at Superchief Gallery in Los Angeles, painter Bunnie Reiss offers a new body of work under the title “Space Angels.” This collection of acrylic paintings, sculptures, and collages continue the evolution of the artist’s ethereal, vibrant sensibility. Her new sculptures, dubbed “imaginal selves,” are “created as we retreat from the chaos so we can cocoon and dissolve our current circumstances, then come out completely new, all the way down to our gooey cellular form,” a statement says. She was last featured on HiFructose.com here.
Kikyz1313 blends graphite, watercolors, and pastels to create absorbing, yet unsettling pieces like “Effigy of Coiled Tragedies.” The points of entry to pieces by the Mexico-born artist may be gorgeous rendering and colors, yet it’s when the eye settles that it finds bleaker components. The artist was last featured on HiFructose.com here.
The surreal ceramic sculptures of Malaysia native Chao Harn Kae are both strange and humorous, combining creatures and appendages with delicate textures. The Hong Kong-based artist’s dreamlike works range in size and mood, as the figures bounce between evoking playfulness and timidness. His charge has been described as “unraveling humanity while remaining true to human nature.”
South Korean illustrator Jo In Hyuk crafts delicate, stunning illustrations with a dash of drama injected into each figure. The artist’s deceptively simple studies use soft colors and irregular angles to push the intimacy. And though sparse, the intended emotion behind the works can be mystifying.
Pony Reinhardt is a tattoo artist (and owner) of Portland’s Tenderfoot Studios, where she crafts natural and celestial meditations on the bodies of customers. The artist’s work often concerns flora and fauna with surreal flourishes. And each rendered in just black offer stunning clarity on each wearer’s skin.