Miami-based artist Andrew Soria’s color-saturated landscapes might appear completely fictitious, but he creates his digital artworks using his original photography and a heavy dose of PhotoShop. Soria stitches together and flattens the cityscapes he shoots, making them appear cartoonish by accentuating each building’s unique shape and features. He often pays homage to the street art and decor of the local area. Some of his pieces feature murals by artists such as Chor Boogie and Shepard Fairey while others incorporate businesses’ signage. Devoid of human inhabitants, Soria’s cities appear otherworldly with their all-too-pristine contours and candy-colored skies.
Ever the astute aesthete, Esao Andrews (previously covered in HF Vol. 8 and online) brings a renewed sense of clarity and purpose to his latest body of work. His new paintings will be featured at NYC’s Jonathan LeVine Gallery from October 11 through November 8 for Andrews’s upcoming solo show, “Epilogues.” For this series, the artist embraced some of his signature motifs, bringing them back into the studio and furthering their growth. The ongoing narrative in his work, as Andrews tells us, needed a conclusion, a way to say farewell and move forward with his pursuits. This exhibition of painting provides him with just that: closure. In “Epilogues,” we are treated to a visual feast of some of Andrews’s most well-known images as they would appear as aged, matured and weathered in his trademark tonality, creating transcendent moments of haunted familiarity.
You may know Russian artist Andrew Ferez for his covers of popular Game of Thrones novels like “A Song of Ice and Fire”. Although he borrows from the stories he illustrates, his images possess their own mysterious meaning. His digital art transports us into our subconscious with haunting pictures of crumbling, imaginary worlds. They are inhabited by ghostly figures, skulls and demons, combined with gothic motifs like roses and dimly lit candles. Other images are a trick of the eye, where the shape of a building, smoke rings, or golden tree suddenly reveals a woman’s face. A common feature in this apocalyptic environment is halls of mirrors and never ending labyrinths. Take a look at his work after the jump.
A self-described art junkie, Andrew Hosner co-founded Thinkspace Gallery with his wife Shawn and their partner L. Croskey as a natural progression of his passion for the New Contemporary Art Scene in Los Angeles. Since its inception in 2005, Thinkspace has been one of the first galleries to give many of the artists who have graced the pages of Hi-Fructose — like Audrey Kawasaki, Stella Im Hultberg, Natalia Fabia, Kukula, Andrew Hem and more — major exhibitions that helped launch their careers. Andrew Hosner sat down with Hi-Fructose to discuss the origins of Thinkspace, his role as the gallery’s curator and his prodigious, private art collection. Read our conversation after the jump.
L.A.’s Thinkspace Gallery recently traveled across the Atlantic to debut new paintings by Audrey Kawasaki (HF Vol. 25 cover artist) and Esao Andrews (featured in HF Vol. 22) for the annual Scope Basel in Basel, Switzerland. Kawasaki’s new work takes on a psychedelic element as she culls symmetrical patterns from chrysanthemums, sea anemones and internal organs alike. The brains and intestines appear as beautiful and delicate as the flowers; Kawasaki’s ethereal style strips them of any morbidness. In his new paintings, Andrews works with an autumnal color palette, taking us into Bohemian basements inspired by the early-20th-century avant garde. Scope Basel features over 50 international galleries and is open for public viewing June 12-16. Take a look at some of Audrey Kawasaki and Esao Andrews’s new work after the jump!
For the newest edition of our ongoing series “Inside The Sketchbook,” we travelled to Brooklyn to peer into the sketchbooks of artist Esao Andrews (HF Vol. 22). In stark contrast to his dreamy, fairytale-like paintings filled with long-limbed figures and floating balloons, his sketchbooks are packed with tiny text, snapshots of daily life and a witty sense of humor. Showing a more personal side, this special view into the artist’s sketchbooks provides a refreshing glance at the person behind the gorgeous works we’ve admired for years. Take a look at more images and read an interview after the jump.