by CaroPosted on

Carlo Cane’s misty landscapes appear as if in a beautiful dream, but through the thick fog exists something sinister and unappealing. The Italian artist, featured here on our blog, is distraught about how we are treating our environment and the implications of our growing disconnection to nature. But rather than focus on images of loss, he expresses his concern by presenting us with bewildering and surreal portrayals of nature in its most vigorous and alluring state. Cane recently shared his new paintings in an email to Hi-Fructose, in which he explores the possibilities of our future, while taking a note from our past.

by Nastia VoynovskayaPosted on

An optimist at heart, Carlo Cane will debut a new series of bright, nature-inspired oil paintings for his solo show, “Still Possible,” opening at RezArte Contemporanea in Reggio Emilia, Italy on February 14. The artist frequently takes to nature for inspiration. While his previous work warned about the perils of environmental destruction, his latest paintings feature cheerful, yet surreal images of bright flowers and furry creatures. “If we all want it together, it is still possible to save this wonderful and fantastic planet Earth,” wrote Cane in an email to Hi-Fructose. Take a look at some of the work in the show below.

by Nastia VoynovskayaPosted on

It’s hard to believe that the gentle paintings of Italian artist Carlo Cane can be about destruction, but Cane takes a subtle approach to apprehending environmentalist ideas. In his works, the houses and skyscrapers that have usurped grasslands and forests are blown away by untamable winds or invaded by giant insects. Cane’s painting style has a nostalgic appeal reminiscent of children’s book illustrations, but his surreal juxtapositions bring us back to reality as they recall more sobering issues. Carlo Cane is getting ready for his first London solo show with the curatorial duo Coates & Scarry on October 24. Check the Coates & Scarry website for updates and take a look at some of his latest paintings, images courtesy of Coates & Scarry and Carlo Cane.

by Nastia VoynovskayaPosted on

Next month, Hong Kong’s Above Second Gallery will play host to the group show “Trailblazers,” featuring a variety of Western artists that push boundaries in their respective media. Opening February 28, the show is curated by Coates & Scarry and includes artwork from Carne Griffiths, Joe Sorren (featured in HF Vol. 18), Sas Christian, Angela Lizon, Carlo Cane, D*Face, Nigel Cox, Pure Evil, Rose Sanderson, Nick Walker and Lindsey Carr. From D*Face’s Pop Art-influenced take on street art to Carlo Cane’s powerful visions of nature to Joe Sorren’s delicate, storybook-like paintings, the show’s diverse line-up will introduce these prolific European and American artists (many of whom have never shown in Asia) to the Hong Kongese public. Take a look at our preview of the exhibition after the jump.

by Clara MoraesPosted on

When NASA published some new and sharp images of Pluto in the beginning of the year, a dreamland of puzzling patterns was revealed. It was a gift for human imagination. How life would be in Pluto or in other worlds is the inspiration for Corey Helford Gallery’s first group show in their new Los Angeles space, “Between Worlds” (full disclosure: the show is curated by our Online Editor, Caro). Opening tomorrow, the exhibition presents 30 international contemporary artists’ visions of the fantasy of planets and lands yet to be explored.