by Nastia VoynovskayaPosted on

Spanish artist Isaac Cordal has an unconventional approach to public art. While most street artists seek to work on an increasingly larger scale, painting the facades of buildings with the aid cherry pickers, Cordal builds miniature sculptures that he hides in unexpected places. Perhaps a critique of capitalism (in Cordal’s native country, the world-wide economic recession hit especially hard), Cordal’s work focuses on the mass-produced quality of today’s society. Miniature business men in suits are found in forgotten corners of urban sprawl. Cordal uses his environment to stage poignant scenes with the sculptures as his protagonists. Isaac Cordal is opening his debut US solo show at Anno Domini in San Jose, CA tonight, September 5, and the show will run through October 19. Take a look at some of Cordal’s work for the show as well as some street interventions after the jump.

by Nastia VoynovskayaPosted on

To understand Spanish artist Isaac Cordal’s  sculptures, you have to bend down until you get uncomfortably close enough to let them whisper their secrets in your ear. Made from concrete and painted with acrylic, Cordal’s somber miniature figures are a far cry from the brightly-colored collectible toys that became a hit in the urban art world during the last decade. The doll-size statues feature battered soldiers, grey, huddled bodies and people clad in gas masks — some are displayed on tiny pedestals while others are photographed in desolate, dirty landscapes. See more after the jump.

by JL SchnabelPosted on

In his ‘Cement Eclipses’ series, artist Isaac Cordal sculptssmall figures in cement and arranges them in subtle, public scenarioswithin urban and desolate landscapes to be found by the watchful passerby. Cleverlyplaying off city architecture, natural elements and disaster locations, thefigures are fashioned in military uniforms or business attire and engage in motionlessactivities that utilizes their chosen environments, creating an incredibleminiature world that draws at times a somber yet intriguing parallel to ourown. View more images after the jump.

by Hi-Fructose StaffPosted on

Our 39th volume of Hi-Fructose New Contemporary Art Magazine arrives in stores April 1st. You can also reserve a copy by pre-ordering direct from us here! Featured in this issue is: “Very Strange Days, Indeed”, a cover feature with fantastic painter Jenny Morgan, the bright and quiet narratives of painter Andrew Brandou, the painfully dark work of master painter Odd Nerdrum, the playful world of artist Tripper Dungan, R.S. Connett‘s highly detailed “micro verse”, fantastic water color paintings by Dima Rebus, and the powerful tiny street installations of sculptor Isaac Cordal. Plus major features on sculptor Scott Hove inside his teeth-gnashing Cakeland, and Portland painter David Rice‘s wildlife-filled work. Plus a review of Joan Cornellà‘s insanely demented Mox Nox book. This issue also includes a special 16-page preview of the Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose exhibition at the Virginia MOCA.

by CaroPosted on

Following up on our coverage of the 21st annual LA Art Show, posted yesterday, today we bring you an extensive look at another annual highlight- the Littletopia section of local West Coast galleries and artists. This year, Littletopia continued its foray into featuring Pop Surrealsim works of every shape, size, and imaginable medium from the following galleries: Antler Gallery, Artists Republic 4 Tomorrow, Coagula Curatorial, Copro Gallery, Daniel Rolnik Gallery, Gauntlet Gallery, Gregorio Escalante Gallery, Paradigm Gallery + Studio, Red Truck Gallery, Thinkspace and Think Tank. Together with LA Art Show, they presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Robert Williams, featured in Hi-Fructose Vol. 26, who is arguably lauded as the ‘godfather of Lowbrow art and culture’.

by Sasha BogojevPosted on

Yesterday, we shared our photos from Norway’s contemporary street and urban art festival, Nuart Festival. Today, we bring you our highlights from the rest of the event. After days of painting murals, creating installations and public interventions, debates, lectures, talks and workshops, Nuart festival closed their biggest event to date. On September 5th, the festival opened their coinciding indoor exhibition, “Nuart Plus”, inside an old brewery building known as “tunnels”.