Iran-born, Sweden-based artist Omid Delafrouz’s work is a mix of pencil drawing and digital prints, packed with vivid contemporary reflections. The artist says that with the image of Pop art has an enormous party, he sees his own works as “the morning after the party when Pop art wakes up in confusion and hungover.”
The shadows on the sidewalks around Redwood City, Calif., have been doing strange things for the past year. That’s because Damon Belanger has been designing and painting fantastical faux-shadows that add creatures and other oddities under everyday objects. The effort is funded by the non-profit Redwood City Improvement Association, employing the San Carlos graphic artist to put his strange twist on cityscape.
Scott Hove has a new two-part show with KP Projects in Los Angeles, implementing both locations of the gallery. The first, debuting Sept. 1, is a “an immersive Pentagon Cake Infinity Chamber” at the gallery’s Chinatown pop-up. The other is a multimedia art showcase at the La Brea location, with complete with an altar-like bed with sant fuchsia sheets and artificial flowers styled in Hove’s typical blend of horror and deliciousness. “Last Ticket to the Beauty Train” is the title of the shows. Hove appears in “Turn the Page: The First 10 Years of Hi-Fructose,” current running at the Crocker Art Museum.
Wiley Wallace creates surreal acrylic paintings that hint at sci-fi concepts and fantastical new layers within reality. Wallace’s latest work carries some of the youthful elements of his past work, yet interweaves darker, stranger elements. Thinkspace Gallery says the artist has a “metaphysical interest in surreal worlds and pseudo-science fiction themes.”
John Horton; photo: @streetartnomad
The festival Wide Open Walls returned in Sacramento this month, and with it, came 40 local, national, and international artists who crafted murals across the city. This year’s artists included Askew One, Bryan Valenzuela, Jake Castro, Lora Zombie, Maren Conrad, Nosego, Molly-Devlin, Trav, Stephanie Taylor, and others. See some examples of works from this year above and below.
Case Maclaim is the moniker of German artist Andres Von Chrzanowski, a muralist known as a co-founder of the Maclaim Group, a troupe known for using spray paint to combine photorealism and surrealism on public walls. In particular, the artist is known as one to “embrace the power of movement through the universality of hands.”