Adehla Lee says she wants her work “to give the viewer a sense of visual pleasure through psychological intimidation.” Her wild, candy-colored acrylic paintings reinforce that notion, packing mountains of treats, abstractions, and unexpected iconography onto each canvas. The South Korea-born, New York City-based artist also works in installation and sculpture.
In Teng-Yuan Chang’s acrylic paintings, his parrot scientist characters explore a future form of our planet that’s been ravaged and transformed. The varying textures and approaches the artist implements offers a world touched and altered by many hands. And through the perspective of his observers, we too wonder what happened to this Earth since our own involvement.
Robert Bowen’s insect-machine hybrids are part of an ongoing fascination for the artist. His upcoming show at 111 Minna Gallery, “Blasphemous Nature,” collects his latest acrylic creations. The show runs Aug. 3 through Sept. 29 at the San Francisco space. The artist was last mentioned on HiFructose.com here.
Colorado-born artist David Rice creates stirring acrylic paintings that blend the figurative, abstraction, and notes from nature. His recent work “pushes the limits and boundaries of the physical world through his imagery,” a statement says. Rice was last mentioned on HiFructose.com here.
Justin Lim’s recent acrylic and enamel paintings convene symbols of both nature’s beauty and manmade destruction. The dominant aspect of each work, whether a mushroom cloud or floral arrangement, is only a point of entry for a work that reveals itself as critiquing multiple concepts at a time.
Long Beach artist Alex Gardner creates acrylic scenes with ink-black figures set against pastel backdrops. The artist intends to “de-inviduate and universalize” with this approach toward his subjects, one statement says. Part of the work’s excellence is found in its subtly, playfully reflecting and juxtaposing texture and color. The artist wouldn’t use the phase “surrealist” in this scenes, instead reflecting widely relatable themes in his work.