Tokyo artist So PineNut’s stirring drawings pull from spiritual influences. Often referencing figures and narratives from the Bible, the works carry darker Judeo-Christian themes rendered with both ancient and contemporary characters. The artist’s practice includes these graphite works, plus painting, graphic novels, printmaking, pottery, and more.
Masayo Fukuda is a master of kirie, or Japanese paper-cutting, crafting hyperdetailed creatures from single sheets of paper. The artist has spent the last 25 years producing works in this mode. Often, her works depict a creature from the natural world in riveting and vivid detail.
Aristarkh Chernyshev uses contemporary technology to rethink the figurative sculpture and explore our relationship to the digital. In a new set of works currently at Ekaterina Cultural Foundation, the artist offers his latest examples of this. In the group exhibition “Breakthrough,” the artist’s work, “Critical Update,” “is focused on an ‘undownloadable’ self-portrait made with the author’s own technique for texturing 3D objects,” the group says. The foundation exhibition supports palliative care and new medical technology.
French artist JR‘s elaborate installation consisting of more than 700 electric train wagons is now permanent at Villa La Coste in France. The work, which only momentarily reveals images as the trains circle, calls back to the artist’s own travels across the world, creating massive works and pieces on this scale. The work was first commissioned by Chateau La Coste. JR was last mentioned on HiFructose.com here.
In “Exit Reality,” oil painter Ana Bagayan offers encounters between humans, extraterrestrials, and hybrid lifeforms. The show runs Jan. 4-27 at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles, offering a collection of sparse, mysterious works. Bagayan was last featured on HiFructose.com here.
Bob Dob‘s punk rock roots still shine through the artist’s paintings, including these recent pieces. Works like “Golden Punk God Made of Clay,” with a statue inspired by Pennywise guitarist Fletcher Dragge and the band’s ongoing influence. Elsewhere in the painting, the work shows “various mischief and local South Bay culture and folklore,” the artist says. Dob is featured in the Hi-Fructose Collected 3 Box Set.