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Sci-fi-tinged nostalgia runs rampant in the illustrations of Paul Paetzel. The Berlin-based artist has a knack for both narrative and humor, whether it’s his comics, illustrations, or stray personal work. Paetzel has been part of the Berlin collective known as Biografiktion, also featuring artists Till Hafenbrak and Ana Albero.

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Bom.K continues to evolve his varied, bombastic style with recent work that appears as a controlled cacophony of influences. Works like “Anything” (above) implement spraypaint and the canvas, offering a look at approaches the artist has used throughout his career. He was last mentioned on HiFructose.com here.

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Lien Truong calls her recent works “a frenetic amalgamation of western and Asian painting techniques and philosophies.” The artist’s choice of materials—oils, silk, thread, cotton, acrylics, and antique 24k gold-leaf obi thread—create an absorbing cacophony of culture and honed skills. The series “Mutiny in the Garden,” in particular, take on varying and converging histories.

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Colin Chillag‘s paintings blend the vivid and realistic alongside unfinished, preliminary parts of the work intact. The effect is not only disconstructive in looking at how memory functions in art, but also exploring the process of painting itself. Chillag was featured in Hi-Fructose Vol. 19. He was last featured on HiFructose.com here.

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Germany-born artist Kati Heck crafts absorbing oil and watercolor paintings that use varying sources, whether literary or living models. At times, these surreal scenes utilize abstracted backdrops, at times adorned with text reminiscent of advertisements. Heck was last mentioned on HiFructose.com here.

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The new work of Joseph Loughborough blends distorted figures and meditations on color, each providing its own mystery and eerie sensibility. The artist uses oil stick, pastel, and charcoal to create these works. In a new show at the gallery Anno Domini in San Jose, the artist shows a new collection of work that is both dynamic and haunting in execution. The artist was last featured on HiFructose.com here. The show, “Notches,” runs through April 14 at the gallery.