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.
The artist-centric Hi Fructose x Daylight Curfew Collection is back with a new shirt design from Robert Bowen. Available as both a T-shirt and a hoodie, the Bowen design carries a familiar type of imagery for fans of the artist: a mechanized insect, climbing over a design-exclusive take on the Hi-Fructose logo. Order the new shirt here. Past designs for this collection come from artists Brandi Milne and Martin Ontiveros.
There’s something intrinsically horrifying about seeing the familiar mutated, spliced and perverted. Caitlin Hackett, Robert Bowen and Dave Correia’s work certainly has this shock factor in common. The three artists, who are showing together in “Dark Matters” at San Francisco’s Bash Contemporary on May 31, look to nature as their inspiration. But rather than depicting butterflies and daisies, their work collectively alludes to a world that’s been polluted, mined, stripped of its forests and impregnated with nuclear waste.