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San Francisco-based artist Zio Ziegler’s work requires two levels of the viewer’s attention. There are the large figures almost always present in his canvases, drawings and murals — Cubist-inspired bodies whose heads and limbs appear splayed out the surface. Ziegler stitches together these characters with intricate, collage-like patterns that often evoke indigenous, South American folk art forms. The repeating patterns within each figure inform our understand of the larger whole. His solo show “Intuitivism” opens tomorrow, November 15, at LeQuiVive Gallery in Oakland. Earlier this week, the artist painted a large-scale mural on the corner of 17th St. and Webster St. Take a look at some photos of the mural as well as a preview of the exhibition below.

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Those unfazed by blood, guts and slime will enjoy Arik Roper and Skinner’s two-man show, “New Maps of the Abyss,” opening this evening at Cotton Candy Machine in Brooklyn. Skinner (featured in our Hi-Fructose Collected 3 Box Set) is a Oakland-based artist and illustrator whose love of heavy metal and comic books is apparent in his mixed-media work. For “New Maps of the Abyss,” he created an extensive series of acrylic and ink pieces on board. Each neon-hued painting features a different demonic character from Skinner’s personal underworld.

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Last week, Space Gallery in Denver unveiled largescale works by artist collective Furtherrr, comprised of Mars-1, Oliver Vernon and Damon Soule (previewed here). Titled “Momentum”, the exhibition showcases their creative development as indivduals and collaborators. As the title suggests, their works radiate with a spacey momentum, dotted with recognizable signatures; Mars-1’s orbs, Vernon’s geometrical compositions, pulled together by Soule’s intricate details. These include new experimentations of media such as bronze sculpture, collage, and ink on paper drawings, with a 10″ x 23″ foot painting as the centerpiece.

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While he typically works small scale, painter Christian Rex van Minnen (featured in HF Vol. 25) says he was delighted at the opportunity to go big when arts organization Artha Project and Prince Media approached him to create an enormous billboard of his work. On view at the corner of 6th Ave. and Grand St. in Tribeca through Saturday, the billboard features an enormous print of one of his paintings for his January exhibition at Robischon Gallery in Denver. The billboard has been puzzling New Yorkers and van Minnen noted on Facebook that Prince Media has been receiving inquiries from confused passersby who can’t figure out whether the work is an advertisement.

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Alex Chinneck is frequently praised as an architectural wizard for his unusual interventions, which he creates with the help of engineering experts and legions of volunteers. In 2013, he transformed a multi-story home in Margate, UK into a steep slope that resembled a skate ramp (see our coverage here). Earlier this year, he made Covent Garden’s Market Building levitate, creating the illusion of the 184-year-old edifice floating off its foundation. For his most recent work, Chinneck built a brick house made entirely out of realistic, wax parts for London’s Merge Festival. The piece, titled “A Pound of flesh for 50p,” was put up in early October and left to endure the elements. Over the course of the past few weeks, the house has perplexed passersby as it melted and collapsed. Chinneck recently tweeted a photo of the house in its current state. Take a look at the melting house’s progress below.

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Erin Anderson paints with oils on copper sheets, strategically using negative space to incorporate her surface’s glimmering texture into her compositions. Her portraits are realistic and straightforward. But the copper swirls that envelop her subjects endows these ordinary people with a supernatural glow. Anderson etches the metal, giving it texture and a sense of movement . She states that she is interested in learning about the ways various elements of nature are connected and hopes to illustrate a similar, universal connection among her human subjects.