Our 34th volume of Hi-Fructose kicks off 2015 with a bang. We start off with the carpet sculptures of Faig Ahmed, then present the paintings of Joanne Nam, then delve into the public stick sculptures of Patrick Dougherty. We’re proud to present Big Eyes icon Margaret Keane on the cover with an exclusive interview with the artist by Long Gone John and an introduction by Megan Besmirched! Also we’re excited to offer a fantastic 16-page insert featuring the mixed-media works of Gary Taxali. Then we showcase Tricia Cline’s amazingly strange and detailed sculptures, Jonathan Viner’s paintings, and Floria Sigosmondi’s photographs and exclusive interview. Then we revisit the assemblage sculptures of Kris Kuksi with a major feature showing his latest exhibition, plus the new William Mortensen book, Click Mort, and much more, all in one perfect bound issue! Pre-order the issue here and see a preview below.
Interdisciplinary artist Myriam Mechita creates sculptures, installations, and drawings where graphically violent content is presented as ornamental, sparkling eye candy, resulting in climactic visuals that stir the senses. Mechita’s sculpture work mixes ceramics and found objects and often features beheaded animals — especially deer — hanging upside down in methodical arrangements. Plastic beads — like those that hang from beaded curtains or Mardi Gras necklaces — appear to spill out of their necks. The animals’ bodies become almost like ritualistic sacrifices in Mechita’s work, which carefully balances darkly surrealist juxtapositions, occult imagery, and decorative kitsch.
One of the largest fairs of Miami Art Week, Art Miami featured aisle upon aisle of contemporary art from some of the world’s most sought-after and innovative artists. The fair was a veritable visual spectacle where 3D work stood out.
Opening this Friday, December 12, at Arch Enemy Arts in Philadelphia, “Wait for the Moon” is a group show based on folklore and legend. Each of the artists — such as Kukula, David Seidman, Jeremy Hush, Naoto Hattori, Ranson & Mitchell and others — was assigned a Brothers Grimm fairytale to reinterpret in their work. Many of the artists chosen for the show already work with folkloric, occult imagery and the exhibition successfully captures the dark undertones of the original Grimm stories before they were watered down for mass consumption.
Self-taught artist Christo Dagorov creates multi-layered drawings in which scenes appear to melt into one another. In his “Skylines” series, translucent urban landscapes manifest in spirit-like ways over placid beach scenes. The interplay between nature and urbanity asks viewers to image a place’s current state and what could have been. Dagorov’s use of acute gradients gives his work a nearly sculptural level of depth. His series of monochromatic drawings titled “Lips” also melds various images, this time constructing surreal, hellish visions in the shape of human mouths.
On Friday, La Luz de Jesus gallery invited viewers to reflect on how we see ourselves with their group exhibit, “Temple of Art”. The evening also celebrated the Baby Tattoo book release of the same name, the brain-child of photographer Allan Amato who has taken interest in photographing over 50 fine artists. Many of them have been featured on our blog recently, and will be familiar to Hi-Fructose readers; Christine Wu, Dan Quintana, Hueman, Junko Mizuno, Karen Hsiao, Ken Garduno, Kent Williams, Shaun Berke, Stephanie Inagaki, just to name a few.