In 2011, Feminist artist group the Guerilla Girls discovered that fewer than 4% of artists in the Metropolitan Museum’s modern art section are women. While things are getting better, statistics still show that opportunities are low for women in the art world, with women earning 29% less than their male counterparts. In the spirit of the Guerilla Girls, FFDG Gallery in San Francisco has rounded up a group of 25 international female artists to represent the 4%. They call themselves the “4%ers”: Mariel Bayona, Pakayla Rae Biehn, Monica Canilao, Claw Money, Deb, Lola Dupre, Kristin Farr, Michelle Fleck, Angela Fox, Mel Kadel, Aubrey Learner, Lauren Napolitano, Kelly Ording, Pacolli, Meryl Pataky, Emily Proud, Bunnie Reiss, Erin M. Riley, Jenny Sharaf, Minka Sicklinger, Winnie Truong, Kelly Tunstall, Nicomi Nix Turner, and Lauren YS working in various media.
Our 36th volume of Hi-Fructose New Contemporary Art Magazine arrives in July! Featured in our next print issue is: a major feature on art pioneer Robert Williams, the colorful installations of Pip & Pop, a review of cover artist Kehinde Wiley’s new monograph, Erin M. Riley’s embroidered selfies, Chiho Aoshima’s solo exhibition in Seattle, Cinta Vidal Agullo’s mesmerizing paintings, new works from Portland artist Blaine Fontana, the paintings of Mike Davis, a thought provoking article on the art and travels of street artist Swoon, plus reviews on the Sick Rose; featuring medical illustrations from tester-year and much more! Also, We’re thrilled to present this issue’s special 16-page insert section featuring Winnie Truong’s beautifully strange color pencil drawings, all in one issue!
Toronto-based artist Winnie Truong (featured on the cover of Hi-Fructose Vol. 22) began drawing unruly, prolific hair as a way to interrogate Western beauty standards. As her body of work evolved, her depictions of hair became more sculptural and intricate. Hair became the medium to test the bounds of form and line. Her latest colored pencil drawings place more emphasis on the abstract arrangements of waves and curls than on the hairstyle’s wearer. Truong’s current solo show, “Invisible/Visible” is on view at Erin Tump Projects in Toronto through December 20.
On Saturday, Copro Gallery pulled back the curtains for “Suggestivism: Chronology” (previewed here), curated by Nathan Spoor. This is the fifth installment of “Suggestivism”, Spoor’s moniker for fantastical, figurative work that ‘suggests’ to be more than it seems. In the 1890s, art historian Sadakichi Hartmann defined it in his writings as a style “of poetic mysticism and psychological intensity.” Spoor chose 42 contemporary artists whose work shares a surreal, poetic-like quality, such as Aron Wiesenfeld, Chet Zar, Nicoletta Ceccolli, Dan May, Hsiao-Ron Cheng, Naoto Hattori, Charlie Immer, Gregory Jacobsen, Sarah Joncas, and more.