The 42nd volume of Hi-Fructose will be here in January, 2017!
Featured in this issue is: A cover feature on the paintings of Tara McPherson, the Beyond Grotesque paintings of Christian Rex Van Minnen, the latest work from muralist and painter Andrew Schoultz, an exclusive interview with Alex Pardee, the pop mash-up wooden sculptures of Mike Leavitt, the animal/human hybrid paintings of Matthew Grabelsky, Brazilian sculptor Monica Piloni, painter and illustrator Moon Chanpil, the mysterious sculptures of Philip Jackson, and a review of French illustrator Jean Julien‘s latest monograph, plus a 16-page Ello X Hi-Fructose Emerging Artists Showcase!
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Brooklyn based artist Tara McPherson, first featured in our Collected 3 Edition, is constantly visiting and exploring new themes and iconography in her art. Though her playful and evocative characters first recalled issues from McPherson’s childhood and adult life experience, they have since grown beyond that to incorporate themes from science and nature.
With every new body of work that Tara McPherson (HF Collected Edition 3) creates, there is a common theme and evolution to the next. Her upcoming show at Dorothy Circus gallery, “I Know It By Heart,” carries on her exploration of ethereal imagery – portraits of young girls caught in a magical moment, but not without also recognizing the negative forces in nature. These include allusions to disease, destruction, and deterioration. There is a balance between what is visually beautiful and, possibly, emotionally discomforting for the artist.
Now that June is here, the spring season has officially come to an end which marks the close of Kochxbos Gallery’s group show, “Spring!” The exhibit features a variety of works by artists Ciou, Harma Heikens (HF Vol. 13), Sarah Maple, Sauerkids, Bethany de Forest, Tara McPherson (HF Collected Edition 3), Tim Biskup (HF Vol. 18), Ray Caesar (HF Vol. 4, 18), and Nicoletta Ceccoli, to name a few. Despite its spring-y title, their choice of themes are surprising, and reflect more on their most recent interests as artists. See more after the jump!
Celebrating its fifth annual installment on Saturday is Cotton Candy Machine’s highly popular “Tiny Trifecta” group show (previously covered here). It’s so popular, in fact, that the gallery has had to devise a registration system for its fans. Owing to the exhibit’s demand is its concept of offering unbelievably affordable art from otherwise unattainable artists for young collectors – every piece in the show is $100. Many past contributors have returned to join newcomers to the gallery, making the show a fresh mix of illustrative styles and mediums. This year’s grouping features several who have graced Hi-Fructose pages and blog, including Esao Andrews, Deedee Cheriel, Ciou, Camilla d’Errico, Dima Drjuchin, Mab Graves, Natalia Fabia, Eric Fortune, Kelly Denato, Beau Stanton, Erik Jones, Jeremy Hush, Charlie Immer, Travis Louie, Lola, Sean Mahan, Jean Paul Mallozzi, Amy Sol, Skinner, Diana Sudyka, Yoskay Yamamoto, and Yoh Nagao.
Marcas Contemporary Art gallery in Santa Ana, CA is currently showing conceptual new pieces from their growing roster of fine artists. “Pardon My French”, curated by local artist Tomi Monstre, is designed to create a single narrative through a variety of styles, which incorporate painting, photography, sculpture, and paper-cut works. This includes dreamy contributions shown below by sculptor Gosia, Christine Wu, Stephanie Inagaki, Korin Faught, Tara McPherson, Polly Pardo, Danni Shinya Luo, and others. They are donating a portion of their sales to the organization Inspire Artistic Minds, which provides scholarships and education to advance the arts in the areas of taste, sight and sound, with a focus on the food industry.