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Hi-Fructose Presents: The Art of the Mushroom Preview Pt. 2

Charlie Immer

As we get closer to the opening of "Hi-Fructose Presents: The Art of the Mushroom," the group show at The Compound Gallery that explores the fungus that’s inspired artists for centuries, organizers offer more snippets and previews of the show each day. Take the interactive, moving “Cradle of Life” throne (below), which is just about ready to host revelers. See Part 1 of our preview of the show here.


Charlie Immer

As we get closer to the opening of “Hi-Fructose Presents: The Art of the Mushroom,” the group show at The Compound Gallery that explores the fungus that’s inspired artists for centuries, organizers offer more snippets and previews of the show each day. Take the interactive, moving “Cradle of Life” throne (below), which is just about ready to host revelers. See Part 1 of our preview of the show here.


Alex Pardee


Joe Vaux

Several interactive elements accompany the work of 50+ artists in “The Art of the Mushroom.” The group show officially kicks off with an opening reception on Oct. 20, with many of the show’s artists in attendance. Attendees will also find difficult-to-find Hi-Fructose items and exclusive prints available, as well as many other surprises.


Isabel Samaras


Way$hak


Gary Taxali


Naoto Hattori


Laura Berger


Yoko d’Holbachie


Mark Dean Veca

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