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With "Scatter My Ashes on Foreign Lands," Amir H. Fallah's largest solo museum exhibition is currently on display at MOCA Tucson. Exploring identity and the immigrant experience, his vibrant portraits of veiled subjects, botanical paintings examining classical Dutch work, and a new series of autobiographical pieces are included in the exhibition. Fallah was last featured on our site here.

With Leon Keer's recent output, the painter continues to craft illusionary gallery work, murals, and installations that play with depth and nostalgia. A recent piece for Thinkspace's anniversary show, titled "Addicted" (below), also saw the artist toying with lenticular painting. On his Instagram page, Keer has also been sharing his anamorphic rooms, in which he moves in and out of the scenes to show their actual planes.

In the past, Wayne White injected his anachronistic phrases into existing, vintage lithographs.  In White's new show at Joshua Liner Gallery, titled "I DON'T KNOW," the artist reacted to the shortage of these types of backdrops by forging his own in this set of paintings.  The show runs through Feb. 8 at the space.

Jessica Stoller's porcelain sculptures both examine art-historical notions of the material and how the female body has been depicted. Her current show at PPOW Gallery in New York City, titled “Spread,” offers new pieces from the artist. The show runs through Feb. 15 at the space.

Dorielle Caimi is featured in a new Hi-Fructose Studio Visit on our YouTube Channel. The video takes us behind the scenes with the oil painter, whose work often focuses on the female form and the spectrum of characteristics associated with women. The music and video comes from Kyle Maier, with an animated introduction by Andrew Dormody.
We have just learned of the death of legendary visionary concept artist and futurist Syd Mead. We were honored to do a fantastic article on his life and art in HF Vol.33. Below, for the first time, we are going to make that article written by Silke Tudor public for you to read it and learn about his life and worldview.
The remixed and altered porcelain sculptures of ceramicist Penny Byrne often have a political edge. Byrne's methods recall the methods of Barnaby Barford and the late Click Mort. She uses enamel paints, epoxy resin, putty, and other materials to evolve these found statues.
Dave Pollot revitalizes thrift store paintings with surreal or pop culture-centered flourishes. The artist recently painted giant banana duct taped to an existing mountainous backdrop for a piece auctioned for charity. The reason: Pollot says these conversations “can happen while people have little or nothing to eat."
Slime punks The Manx has teamed up with Hi-Fructose for some ultra rare and bizarre knickknacks! Snag a signed copy of The Manx's new record MALIBU SLIME, featuring photographer Parker Day, Justin Roiland (co-creator of Adult Swim's Rick and Morty), and The Locust's Justin Pierson, handmade SLUG BOY action dolls, a discography (on VHS), and more! Apologies are made in advance for getting you fired/kicked out of school (you didn’t like it there anyways). The Manx signed and special bundles only in the Hi-Fructose MICRO Mega Store, while they last.
With “Sorayama Space Park by AMKK” at Central Embassy in Bangkok, the futuristic creations of Hajime Sorayama fill the space, including a lifesized aluminum Tyrannosaur. The immersive installation focused on the dinosaur-themed work of the celebrated illustrator, who rose to prominence in the 1980s for his “sexy robots” representing the timeless male gaze theory. The project marks the 5th anniversary of Central Embassy.
With "Shine," painter Ken Flewellyn further explores the golden age of hip-hop and intersecting cultures. The show, currently running at Thinkspace Projects in Culver City, offers a set of new works, including a collaboration with artist Brian Viveros. Flewellyn was recently featured in print with Hi-Fructose Vol. 47.
Keiichi Tanaami’s wild sculptures and mixed-media works currently inhabit Jeffrey Deitch's New York location, as an extension of its "Tokyo Pop Underground" group show. The Hi-Fructose Vol. 38 cover artist is featured at the space until Nov. 2. We last mentioned Tanaami on our site here, in a story on his collaboration with artist Oliver Payne.
Nina Bunjevac’s masterful stippled drawings have appeared as single works, portraiture, comic books, tarot cards, commercial illustration, and other forms. All showcase the Canada-born artist’s command of shadows and subtlety, with the ability to move between the macabre and the humorous within a single frame. Earlier this year, she released her latest graphic novel, "Bezimena," a re-imagining of the myth of Artemis and Siproites.
"Gross Domestic Product" is Banksy's new homewares brand, created after a greeting cards company tried to take his name and he was legally advised to prevent it by selling "his own range of branded merchandise." This past week, the artist opened a showroom in Croydon (with doors that don't actually open), and his site for the store says it's opening for sales soon. GDP’s tagline: "Where art irritates life."
Sue Williams A’Court’s graphite portals into lush environments grace unexpected surfaces, with the artist’s aim to conjure a state of mindfulness rather than any specific terrain. Her work often blends painting, collage, and of course, graphite drawing. Blending both a loose style and hyperdetailed sensibility, the tension in her work brings the viewer to another place, entirely.
It appears that sculptor Joe Reginella has once again erected a memorial statue marking a fictional occurrence in New York City. This time, it’s a story that purports that former Mayor Ed Koch sent wolves into the subways of the city to ward off graffiti artists during his tenure, and according to the Ed Koch Wolf Foundation (who supposedly put up the memorial), the creatures are still the reason behind missing tourists in the Big Apple.
Anouk Wipprecht, who was featured in our Hi-Fructose: New Contemporary Fashion book, recently unveiled her “Fragrance” and “Elixir” dresses, in collaboration with Cirque du Soleil. With Elixir, after answering preference questions on the SAP gadget worn on the arm, the system blends your drink and sends your concoction through the tubes and into the vial. Think the Beer Helmet of the Future.
Having indexed many of the monsters he’s created over the past several years, illustrator and fine artist Stan Manoukian continues to create riveting scenes with these creatures in their natural habitats. Though the artist has a talent in color, his narratives take on a particularly absorbing quality when rendered only in graphite or inks.

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The Hi-Fructose MICRO Mega Store opened in April in Oakland, CA and it's been great to see so many stopping by! The folks at The Compound Gallery, whose complex the store is within, has put up a few of the limited edition and /or exclusive, one-of-a-kind items online, in case you can't visit the MICRO Mega in person. This includes, hand made sculptures form Double Parlour, Mark Ryden brooches and collector plates, Camille Rose Garcia's Doomsday Pressure Printing Set, books by Chris Mars, bronze sculptures by Scott Musgrove, Tripper Dungan originals, and more. Supplies are limited. The contents of the store are forever evolving, so visit today at 1167 65th St. Oakland, CA. Open Wed-Sun, 12 p.m.-7 p.m.
In En Iwamura’s recent show at Ross+Kramer Gallery's East Hampton venue, the artist explores the concept of “Ma,” a philosophical Japanese concept focusing on spatial awareness between entities. His vibrant creations, with their distinct structure and playfulness, give viewers the chance to consider Ma with his creatures.

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Simply put, Dark Art Emporium says its new show is about "the Fantastic." With paintings from Iva Troj, Rachael Bridge, and Meagan "Magpie" Rodgers, "Angel Dust" takes a diverse approach to this concept—though all carry the dark surrealist undertones the Long Beach venue is known for offering. The show kicks off on Sept. 14 at the gallery.
With "Burn With Me" at Arch Enemy Arts, Michael Reedy offers new mixed-media works that examine themes of birth and death. Kicking off on Sept. 6, the show follows the artist's 2016 show at the Philadelphia gallery, "Dust & Moonshine." The title "Burn With Me" is inspired by a Banana Yoshimoto short story with the line, ”I bet I go to hell when I die ... ” Reedy was last mentioned on our site here.
With Patricia Piccinini’s current exhibition at Arken Museum of Modern Art in Denmark, the sculptor’s hyperrealistic creations carry a surprising intimacy. Running through Sept. 8, "A World of Love" offers figures and forms across several years from the artist. She was last featured on our website here. (Museum photographs by David Stjernholm.)
In Erika Zolli's "A Little Known Marble" series, she blends mediums by photographing monochromatic marble sculptures from Galleria d'Arte Moderna in Milan and digitally adding "the typical color of ancient sculptures,” fighting against any notion that the “classical world was devoid of color.”
Layering acrylic on transparent sheets, the ghostly work of David Spriggs towers over viewers. The artist places painted subjects inside these creations, from from varying figures to more celestial bodies. A view from behind works such as “In Utero II” shows how the illusionary quality of the installations carries to different perspectives.
Jim Carrey's politically charged drawings fill the exhibition "This Light Never Goes Out," currently running at the Phi Center in Montreal. Known as a comedic legend on the screen, Carrey has shared his personal visual art practice on social media since 2016. The artist often depicts current political figures in his drawing, commenting on everything from the President's border policies to the marriage of George and Kellyanne Conway.
Angelo Musco's textured work uses the photographed human body as its building blocks. The results are landscapes and structures literally teeming with life. Below, his studio offers a preview of his new project arriving this fall: “The Land of Scars,” a work that takes an even more personal and churning turn than previous series.
A slew of fantastic items have been added to the Hi-Fructose story, from past issue bundles to a signed monograph from Brandi Milne. Milne's signed book, "Froh Lich," is a gorgeous, 152-page tome with an embossed and stamped cover, published by Babytattoo. We only have a limited amount of copies of this one, so make sure you grab it. Also available: The Hi-Fructose Back Issue 5 Bundle and The New Hi-Fructose 8 Issue Library Bundle. And don't forget our latest issue: Vol. 52.
Diana Al-Hadid’s ghostly sculptures, which take influence from historical architecture, mythology, and beyond, are currently inhabiting both a gallery at Frist Art Museum and outdoor gardens at Cheekwood in concurrent exhibitions in Nashville. “Subliminations” collects varying types of work from the artist, with both figurative sculpture and wall reliefs. Above and below interior photos are by John Schweikert.
Bruno Weber was a master of crafting fantastical creatures, and there’s no greater example than the 220,000-square-foot sculpture garden bearing his name in his native Switzerland, visited by thousands each year. Inside this magical park, nestled in Spreitenbach and Dietikon, visitors can scale and interact with its inhabitants. Here, artist Angie Mason shares photos from her recent visit there.

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