Tel-Aviv-based artist Ori Toor creates prints and animations that rely on happy accidents. His so-called “gibberish” prints are unplanned and unsketched. These vibrant, trippy works merely stumble upon familiar icons and forms, creating final products that both exhibit a single vibe and can be seen as disparate, otherworldly sections.
Ondrej Zunka’s digital art and animations carry both vibrancy and humor. And unlike much of the animated Cinema 4D work shared across Instagram and other social sites, the artist utilizes audio in a way that both enhances and adds integral context to the works he produces.
Canadian artist Mathieu Laca crafts oil paintings that use texture and abstractions that toy with the conventions of portraiture. Whether it’s famous subjects or the vague everyman or everywoman, the artist packs both meticulous, odd flair and personality into each of the paintings. He’s given this treatment to anyone from Henry David Thoreau and Albert Einstein to historical arts figures like Vincent Van Gogh.
Artist Nick Cave, known for his famed “Sound Suits,” currently has taken over MASS MoCA with his massive installation “Until.” Just the numbers involved are astounding: more than 10 miles of crystals, 25 chandeliers, a crocodile, 17 cast-iron lawn jockeys, 13 gilded pigs, 16,000 wind spinners, millions of beads, and additionally, thousands of ceramics objects (animals and fruits, mostly). Yet, assembled, the piece tackles bigger questions than its contents would make viewers assume.
Adrian Cox’s oil paintings capture scenes with his fictional Border Creatures, dwellers of the so-called “Borderlands” and hybrid creatures that blend the flora, fauna, and minerals of their environment. In two new shows, one at 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco and the other at Australia’s beinArt Gallery, Cox tells new narratives within this context. Both shows run through most of June. You may remember Cox from this 2015 HiFructose.com piece on the artist.
Visoth Kakvei, a Cambodia-born artist who resides in Maine, crafts intricate, illusion-filled drawings inside of his sketchbook.The artist sometimes digitally enhances these works, further pushing the absorbing nature of his work and keeping the viewer guessing which aspects of the work are inherent and which are affected.