South African artist Mary Sibande explores race, history, gender, and other social themes, her visceral mixed-media figures constructed from fiberglass, cotton, resin, and other materials. She uses a sculptural representation of herself, Sophie, to also look at her own family’s generational narrative. Her practice also includes photography, integrating the themes of her sculptures and installations.
Whether rendered in charcoal, pastel, or oils, Ian Ingram’s enormous self-portraits are stirring explorations of humanity. The artist blends his realistic drawings with abstraction and surreal notes, yet consistently offers an intimate perspective in each work.
Studio KCA used 5 tons of plastic waste pulled from the Pacific Ocean to construct a 4-story-tall whale, part of the 2018 Bruges Triennial. Dubbed “Skyscraper,” the work is “a reminder of the 150,000,000 tons of plastic waste still swimming in our waters.” Studio KCA worked with the Hawaii Wildlife Fund and the Surfrider Foundation Kaui Chapter to collect the waste used.
Ai Yamaguchi’s paintings combine traditional Japanese influences and notes of contemporary and pop iconography. Her work has a particularly feminine focus, finding both grace and strength in manga-influenced characters, often juxtaposed with geometric and off-kilter forms. The artist was last mentioned on HiFructose.com here and was featured in Hi-Fructose Vol. 33.
In Tokyo’s Odaiba district, the world’s biggest museum dedicated to interactive digital art is now open. The Digital Art Museum opened by Mori Building and teamLab has 107,000 square feet, with simulations created by 470 projectors and 520 computers.
Daniele Papuli’s amorphous sculptures are crafted with the unlikely material of paper. The artist is able to use varying techniques in order to shape the material into forms and textures not typical to this source. A statement gives some insight into how he views paper: