While text an elucidate a work of art, it can also be abstracted and stripped of its semantic meaning, becoming a visual element in itself. Coming up on June 29, the group exhibition “Word Play” at Design Matters in Los Angeles features text-based work by Ben Venom, Greg Lamarche, Gregory Siff, Meg Hitchcock, Meryl Pataky, Shawn Huckins and RERO. Curated by Hi-Fructose contributor Stephanie Chefas, the show aims to examine the legacy of text-based work first proliferated by artists like Jenny Holzer and Barbara Kruger several decades ago. Take a look at a sneak peek of the show after the jump and see the exhibition June 29 through July 27.
Last Saturday, San Francisco’s Guerrero Gallery opened two group shows in their main gallery and project room, “By Way of the South, Going Home” and “Milk & Honey.” Curated by the late author, designer and curator Justin Van Hoy, “By Way of the South” represents an interesting look at how many creative minds can spring from one place of origin. Featuring the works of diverse artists ranging from Shepard Fairey to Frank McCauley to Jon Rajkovich, the show’s exhibiting artists are connected by way of the state of South Carolina and were influential colleagues and professors to Van Hoy. In the Project Room, “Milk & Honey” showcased artworks from practicing California artists featured in Van Hoy’s eponymous book including Sage Vaughn, Mel Kadel, Ben Venom and many more. Take a look at our opening night photos after the jump.
AJ Fosik has been a staff favorite here at Hi-Fructose for a while now, so if you’ve never had a chance to check his work up close, are wholly unfamiliar, or love his handmade three dimensional wooden fantastical taxidermy, swing by Guerrero Gallery in San Francisco this month to check it out in person. Teaming up with the textilists Ben Venom and Erin Riley, the current show in the Mission neighborhood gallery focuses on traditional craftsmanship with a more contemporary twist. Highly Recommended.
Returning for its fifth year, Art Market opened its doors at the historic Fort Mason Festival Pavilion this past weekend. An impressive display of contemporary art from all over the world, this year’s fair diversified its selection of galleries and improved its overall presentation. Teaming up with the some of the Bay Area’s most prominent museums such as the de Young and Legion of Honor, this year’s fair included a healthy mix of exciting international spaces as well as prominent local galleries.
On January 10th, “Feral Creatures” curator Stefanie Chefas will bring a new crop of artists to Modern Eden Gallery with “Platinum Blend”. The title refers to each artist’s ability to ‘blend’ different styles in a way that feels consistent throughout their careers, and amongst eachother. This includes artists Mel Kadel, Jana Brike, Deedee Cheriel, Brian Donnelly, Christine Wu, Zoë Williams, and Henrik Aa. Uldalen, featured here.
Currently on view at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York City is “Cruel Summer,” an extensive showcase of artists with ties to the international graffiti and street art scenes. The show is curated by Roger Gastman, a graffiti writer turned filmmaker and author whose extensive credits include consulting producer of Banksy’s Exit Through the Giftshop and co-curator of the major street art exhibition “Art in the Streets” at LA’s MoCA. With humorous, playful works by Dabs Myla, Finok and HuskMitNavn, neon dreamscapes by Maya Hayuk and POSE and black-and-white flash tattoo drawings by Mike Giant, the exhibition demonstrates the broad scope of artists making their marks on the streets of cities across the world.