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“Hi-Fructose Presents: The Art of the Mushroom” made its debut with a packed reception at The Compound Gallery on Saturday, Oct. 20. The hundreds of attendees lining up were able to enjoy the ’shroom throne and a cake crafted by Dante Nuno of FIRE and ICING Cakes, Cookies, Confections (above). (The dessert was based on the work of Japanese painter Naoto Hattori, one of the show’s participating artists. (See our previous previews of the shows here and here.)

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Mark Ryden
(Mixed media on paper, 13.5” x 10.75”)

Even outside of its varieties and many uses, the mushroom is a complicated, little fungus. Depicted by the artists of “Hi-Fructose Presents: The Art of the Mushroom,” coming to The Compound Gallery this month, it’s a prism of perspectives: fantastical or recreational, sexual or familial. The gallery describes this show as “an exploration into artists’ interpretations of the friendly, deadly, tasty, hallucinogenic, phallic, alien, and legendary mushroom.” Here are just a few of the pieces featured in the show, with a roster of 50-plus artists.