Peter Adamyan’s mixed-media works integrate oil painting, wood, and often, objects like credit cards, VHS tapes, and vinyl records to offer strange, yet intimate portraits. The Californian artist mixed humor and earnestness in his works, often a reflection of pop culture and contemporary living.
Amy Spassov’s flora-filled mixed-media paintings draw parallels between the natural world and the human experience. Beginning by covering every inch of the canvas, the artist then starts “deducting with white paint” in the journey toward the finished product. Her latest series, “Pollination,” is reminiscent of her vibrant previous works, yet is packed with evolved themes and reflections.
A new group show titled “Process” features artists who use photography as “as a means to an end rather than an end in itself.” This includes usage, manipulation, and altering of photographs in media like drawing, digital art, collage, painting, and more. The Helikon Gallery & Studios show features artists like Jinsil Lee, Jessica Wohl, Corianne Wells, Curt Bean, Nicki Crock, Peter Yumi, Anitra Isler, and several others. The show runs March 18 through April 22.
Seattle-based artist Mary Iverson creates oil paintings that both celebrate nature and comment on our problematic choices surrounding it. Slashes and geometric shapes obscure parts of the pristine backdrops depicted by the artist, using an X-acto knife to cut through her initial creations. Here, sites like the California coast and Mount Rainier are overcome by shipping containers and similar, intrusive objects. Iverson was last featured on HiFructose.com here.
Though Alex Kuno’s current work is still brimming with fairytale imagery and carries both a grim and satirical mythology, these new mixed-media pieces offer a decidedly frenzied, more toiled spin. These works take the familiar children and beasts and expose their innards, a blend of seemingly floral and unsettling organic matter. With Kuno’s playful vibrancy, each exposed being is more absorbing than repelling. Kuno was last featured on HiFructose.com here.
Edwin Ushiro, a Hawaii native currently based in California, constructs lively, vibrant scenes that often depict youths in adventure (and misadventure), offering escape during the winter months for those yearning for summer sights of yesterday. The artist, who works in the film industry as a storyboard artist, production designer, visual consultant, and concept designer, carries a cinematic, dreamlike vibe through many of these scenes. With one parent from Maui and the other a native of Japan, the artist has said they he sees both cultures as an influence. Ushiro was last featured on HiFructose.com here.