Casey Weldon crafts surreal, sometimes absurd paintings that play with the everyday and the otherworldly alike. The artist, based in Washington, D.C., is featured in a new show at Thinkspace Gallery in Los Angeles. “Sentimental Deprivation” continues the thread of that duality in the artist’s work. The show starts June 3 and runs through June 24.
Filip Hodas, an illustrator based in Prague, makes 3D works and animations that often reference pop culture, everyday objects rendered in unexpected motion, and corporate products rendered in tongue-in-cheek, elaborate scenes. The 24-year-old says that these works come out of a pursuit in becoming better in 3D software.
While the power of Steelberg’s work may elude younger viewers, there are several generations of film and TV fans that are immediately engrossed by his Instagram feed. The California artist creates VHS box treatments for today’s films, television shows, and other products. The result is often pitch-perfect, complete with stickers, wear and tear, and convincing text styles.
Steven Chmilar, a Toronto-based artist, creates oil paintings that appear as scenes that are blends of surrealism and Dutch Renaissance influences. In both his paintings and his drawn “ad series,” the artist blends humor and subtle narratives that unfold upon inspection of each corner in a given piece. An upcoming solo show at #Hashtag Gallery, titled “Wrong Century,” collects his latest works. The show opens June 23. Chmilar was last featured on HiFructose.com here.
Jenny Morgan’s honed blend of abstraction and realistic portraiture unlocks new paths to the personalities she paints. In a new survey of the past decade of her work, viewers can see how that sensibility evolved—and how she approaches giving the portrait treatment to celebrities, when commissioned by national publications. The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver hosts this exhibition, which runs through Aug. 27. Morgan created the cover for Hi-Fructose Vol. 39, and she was last featured on HiFructose.com here.
Inhabiting a vacant industrial warehouse and lot in Los Angeles, the three-acre project The 14th Factory is the brainchild of British artist Simon Birch. Birch and 20 other artists have created 14 linked spaces with paintings, performance art, video art, sculptures, and installation work. A “collaboratively fabricated adventure” is created for visitors and is intended as a foil to the current, divided political and social climate. One room, titled “The Barmecide Feast,” is a replica of a set piece from Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey.”