Cleon Peterson’s stark, graphical reflections on our current political and social climate, rendered in acrylics on canvas and sculptures, are part of a show currently running at Over the Influence in Los Angeles. “Blood and Soil” collects his latest tableaux, confronting race, power, and religion. The show runs through Aug. 5 at the gallery. Peterson was last mentioned on HiFructose.com here.
In constructing her photographs, Jennifer Thoreson creates abstract objects and a curated space for her models to dwell. The result are works that are at once intimate and surreal, her crafted amorphous accessories extensions of the figures’ humanity. In the series “Testament,” the artist subverts everyday scenes with something darker and revealing.
South African artist Mary Sibande explores race, history, gender, and other social themes, her visceral mixed-media figures constructed from fiberglass, cotton, resin, and other materials. She uses a sculptural representation of herself, Sophie, to also look at her own family’s generational narrative. Her practice also includes photography, integrating the themes of her sculptures and installations.
Studio KCA used 5 tons of plastic waste pulled from the Pacific Ocean to construct a 4-story-tall whale, part of the 2018 Bruges Triennial. Dubbed “Skyscraper,” the work is “a reminder of the 150,000,000 tons of plastic waste still swimming in our waters.” Studio KCA worked with the Hawaii Wildlife Fund and the Surfrider Foundation Kaui Chapter to collect the waste used.
Daniele Papuli’s amorphous sculptures are crafted with the unlikely material of paper. The artist is able to use varying techniques in order to shape the material into forms and textures not typical to this source. A statement gives some insight into how he views paper:
Alessandro Gallo‘s ceramic human-animal characters are often caught in the most candid and casual moments. Gallo’s garnered a reputation for these hybrid creatures, such as the one above, currently featured in the “Ceramics Now” show at The International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza.