New Zealand based artist Sarah Dolby recently shared with us her new series of paintings, some of her most personal to date. Featured in Hi-Fructose Vol. 26 and on our blog, Dolby’s whimsical narrative turns more dark here as she explores the emotionally turbulent world that lies within her Victorian-styled girls. Titled “Creatures of Habit”, the series consists of six oil on aluminum panel paintings where she introduces new subjects: The Collector of Worries, whose collection brings her both comfort and anxiety, The White Rabbit, a reinterpretation of the character from Alice in Wonderland, and a young girl who is a prisoner of her own thoughts.
First featured in Hi-Fructose Vol. 26, Dunedin, New Zealand based artist Sarah Dolby has always created character driven portraits. Her paintings combine aspects of traditional portraiture with her own whimsical narrative. In her most recent work, Dolby has been exploring concepts such as time, anxiety, nature and death and the challenging role these play in our lives. “My internal world is quite chaotic,” she says, “and I often only find peace when trying to make sense of this through my work.”
Last Friday, Seattle’s Roq la Rue Gallery opened a group show centered around a positive theme — a new rebirth after the predicted apocalypse of December 2012 that never happened. Rather than focusing on the death and destruction associated with the end of the world, the artists took the opportunity to look towards a new era, a new chapter for the Earth. Exhibiting artists (many of which have been featured in print) included Camille Rose Garcia (HF Vol. 8), Chris Berens (HF Vol. 9), John Brophy, Martin Wittfooth (Vol. 19 cover artist), Nicola Verlato (HF Vol. 11), Jean-Pierre Roy (HF Vol. 18), Sarah Dolby (Vol. 26), Eric Fortune (HF Vol. 13), Jane Kenoyer, Sail, Laurie Lee Brom, Scott Musgrove (HF Vol. 24), John Brosio, Travis Louie (HF Vol. 5), and Marco Mazzoni (HF Vol. 20 cover artist). Take a look at our opening night photos by Jane Kenoyer after the jump.
Still reeling from the apocalypse that never happened, Roq la Rue in Seattle is opening a cathartic and uplifting group show tonight titled “I’ll Love You Til the End of the World.” Titled after a Nick Cave song, the show presents a hopeful and optimistic look towards the future now that the world has survived the latest predicted apocalypse. The show challenged its group of artists (which includes many artists we’ve featured in print and online) to explore the idea of the world’s end and a new beginning. The featured artists include Camille Rose Garcia (HF Vol. 8), Chris Berens (HF Vol. 9), John Brophy, Martin Wittfooth (Vol. 19 cover artist), Nicola Verlato (HF Vol. 11), Jean-Pierre Roy (HF Vol. 18), Sarah Dolby (Vol. 26), Eric Fortune (HF Vol. 13), Jane Kenoyer, Sail, Laurie Lee Brom, Scott Musgrove (HF Vol. 24), John Brosio, Travis Louie (HF Vol. 5), and Marco Mazzoni (HF Vol. 20 cover artist). Take a look at our preview after the jump.
Here’s what to expect in our next print issue!:
Multi-media artist Michael Mapes pins and builds portraits like a forensic entomologist, Mars-1 creates exploding worlds, first as tiny sculptures, then with his intergalactic abstract paintings and murals. Brazilian artist Andre Muniz Gonzaga identifies and brings to life faces in the natural and not-so-natural world around him. Both Vasilis Avramidis and Sage Vaughn tip the balance between man and nature in completely different ways in their provocative paintings. You can almost see the flowing animal sculptures of cover feature Beth Cavener Stichter move if you look fast enough. The Low Bros work in tandem to create two and a half dimensions in public space while Sarah Dolby’s paintings intimately confront us with their fierce beauty. Painter Adam Miller’s subjects are left to heroically writhe in a dream state amidst industrial decay while Ted CoConis’ paintings of women somehow manage to capture the sordid beauty of the alley ways of Paris. Plus reviews on new books by Adrian Tomine, Invader, and KRK Ryden! All in one stellar issue. Hi-Fructose Vol. 26 arrives in January.
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beinArt Gallery presents Small Works 2016. This group exhibition features over 55 of the most highly skilled and imaginative artists in the new contemporary art movement. With all works under 10” x 10” (25.4 x 25.4cm) this greatly anticipated exhibition will offer collectors a rare opportunity to acquire affordable art from a host of internationally celebrated artists. Opens Saturday, September 17, 6pm – 9pm. Runs until October 9. See complete online preview.