In Heather Benjamin’s recent work, her “lone cowgirl” character moves through a spectrum of emotions, attitudes, and phases that reflect the complexity of womanhood. She offered several of these new drawings in a show at Tokyo’s gallery commune under the banner “Burden of Blossom.”
An upcoming group exhibition at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art showcases artists who craft both abstract and surreal interpretations of natural landscapes. “Surreal Sublime I,” opening on June 23, “celebrates the wonder of nature and suggests scenes from an apocalyptic and synthetic future.”
In a new show at Gallery 30 South in Pasadena, Hi-Fructose co-founder Attaboy shows sculptural and painted works on wood, which are often interactive. “Undergrowth,” tackling themes of “death, decomposition and rebirth,” features more than 60 works from the artist. These creations are part of a series that began in late 2017. The show runs May 2-26, with an opening reception planned for Sunday, May 5, from 3 p.m.-6 p.m.
Casey Weldon‘s paintings, ever examining digital media, pop culture, and other contemporary themes, pack a new show at Thinkspace Projects. “Latent Content” offers a new body of work that the gallery says is “thematically darker than previous output.” The show begins on April 27 at the Culver City space. Weldon was last featured on HiFructose.com here.
In Peter Palfi‘s “Looney Tombs” series, the mythologies of Ancient Egyptian gods and 20th-century animation synthesize with artifacts faithful to both histories. The Hungarian artist uses bronze, wood, resin, actual mummified animals, and other materials to craft these sculptures—along with his own complete Book of the Dead. For some, it may recall Damien Hirst’s “Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable,” though Palfi’s work, in concept, wholly embraces the absurd.
In painter-cartoonist Guy Colwell’s new show at La Luz de Jesus Gallery, there’s a particular focus on complex relationships between humans and animals. “The Wayward Ape,” running April 5-28, tracks how our evolution has gone beyond nature’s intentions. The resulting explorations look at both violence and ignorance. Colwell was last featured on HiFructose.com here.