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Korean artist Kim Sangduck delves into the figurative and the abstract in his oil paintings. In his most recent series, “Doubt,” Sangduck pushes this approach into even stranger territory. Instead of framing bodies so that heads or feet are removed from the canvas, he complete obscures, or rather, disrupts them to create oozing, imploding forms.

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Romain Laurent‘s surreal photography mixes humor and disconcerting scenes, whether its his strange “Inner Dialogue” series or his subtly animated “One Loop Portraits.” The artist has both personal and commercial practices. Laurent hails from France but is currently based in New York City.

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Luo Li Rong’s figurative sculptures evoke movement and intrigue, whether it’s the artist’s feminine, graceful figures or her otherworldly creatures. The China-born, Belgium-based artist has received several high honors, including commissions for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. A statement talks about the varied influences of the sculptor.

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Colin Chillag‘s paintings blend the vivid and realistic alongside unfinished, preliminary parts of the work intact. The effect is not only disconstructive in looking at how memory functions in art, but also exploring the process of painting itself. Chillag was featured in Hi-Fructose Vol. 19. He was last featured on HiFructose.com here.

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Gwen M.Y. Yip crafts minimalist paintings that explore both themes of loneliness and the shapes and stark structures of urban environments. Based on her travels through London, New York City, Hong Kong, and Amsterdam, she’s able to show the universality of solitude in these settings. Her subjects wait for trains, walk sidewalks, and carry literal and metaphorical weights on their backs.

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Ellen Jewett’s handsculpted and handpainted “natural history surrealist sculptures” add surreal and sometimes-whimsical touches to wild creatures. Her recent works include the fantastical “the burden of motion and ambition” bear, which seems ripped from its own narrative, and the winged “”of illumination and empathy.” Jewett was last featured on HiFructose.com here.