Bangkok-based artist Aof Smith is known for his candy-colored, Pop-Surrealist scenes, cacophonies of his distinct cutesy characters and unsettling action. Smith’s massive paintings contain even stranger details upon inspection. His figures often stand in contrast, with humans offering an odd point of entry in these wild narratives.
In the new group show at Creatura House, 10 artists interpret a theme of “Aquamarine” as they see fit. The works from John Brophy, Brian Despain, Jonathan Viner, Flannery Grace Good, Laurie Lee Brom, Logan Hicks, Gail Potocki, Claudia Griesbach-Martucci, Madeline Von Foerster, and Scott Musgrove moves between reflections of the natural world and the mystical.
Christian Russo crafts illustrations that seem to both utilize and parody elements from popular culture. The Chicago-based artist blends multiple approaches to each aspect of a work, showing an ability in emulating tattoo art, comic characters, realism, and other styles.
The latest work from artist Greg “Craola” Simkins explores the daydreams of youth, offering alternative universes and fantastical creatures. His new show with KP Projects, “The Escape Artist,” collects those new paintings and drawings. Simkins was last mentioned on HiFructose.com here, and he created the cover and was featured in Hi-Fructose Vol. 41.
Carlo Alberto Rastelli, a painter who lives work works in Milan, blends an off-kilter palette and perspective with unexpected textures to explore humanity and art history. His works can feel at once intimate and otherworldly in how they approach depth and form. The painter attended the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera, Milan, and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Riga.
A collaboration between Keiichi Tanaami and Oliver Payne pairs mythology-inspired creatures and “bullet hell,” video-game inspired iconography. Tanaaami’s works are drawn, while “Payne had meticulously applied bullet hell stickers upon” them. The works are collected in the show “Perfect Cherry Blossom,” running at Tokyo’s Nanzuka through April 21. Tanaaami was featured on the cover of Hi-Fructose Vol. 38.