Paco Pomet’s paintings at first resemble the vintage photographs he sources. Yet as the viewer absorbs the works, Pomet’s reality-distorting touches emerge. The artist’s current show at Galleri Benoni, titled “No Places,” offers his latest, surreal paintings. The show runs through May 10 at the gallery.
Painter Adrian Cox continues to expand the mythology of his hybrid Border Creatures in “Awakenings.” Opening at Beinart Gallery on April 6, the show takes us inside the Borderlands and the latest narratives involving his fictional race of creatures that are in harmony with the natural world. This show features a new being, named Penitent Spirit, dwelling his lush world. Cox was featured in Hi-Fructose Vol. 47.
The surreal worlds painted by Nojus Petrauskas offer both otherworldly creations and everyday inhabitants. With no stated narrative and rich information across the canvas, the works of Petrauskas warrant repeat viewing. Though, with a knack for horror, the paintings aren’t always friendly.
Painter Kisung Koh‘s realistic, yet spiritual creatures return in a new show at Thinkspace Projects. These enlarged subjects set walk “become emissaries of a spiritual dimension,” the gallery says, and force us to examine our own place in nature. “Way of Life II” runs Feb. 2 through Feb. 23 at the gallery. (Koh was last featured on HiFructose.com here.)
Liam Barr explores our tendency to disrupt the natural world’s intentions in his surreal paintings. In particular, his recent series looks at how humans remove the horse from its backdrop and hold it as our own possessions. Further, one gallery says, “idea of symbolism reflecting an aura of pathos, displacement and insight into contemporary New Zealand life.”
Akishi Ueda’s surreal sculptures meld creatures and structures in unexpected ways. The artist pulls from both fantasy and science in building his clay creations. And around each corner of the piece comes a surprising bit of life, tucked inside the contours of his strange animals.