While Hashimoto Contemporary recently exhibited at art fairs like Scope Miami Beach and the LA Art Show, the San Francisco gallery made its official debut with a solo exhibition by Crystal Wagner, “Synesthesia,” on March 8. The focal point of the show, Wagner’s immersive, site-specific installation wraps around the gallery entrance. The artist created the porous structure over the course of a week using everyday materials such as plastic table cloths and chicken wire, embroidering and sculpting the disparate elements into a cohesive whole that echoes the sense of harmony found in the dense plant life of rain forests.
Interdisciplinary artist Crystal Wagner constructs vividly-colored installations that mimic natural forms. For her latest creation, “Hyperplastic,” Wagner wove together a table cloth, caution tape, chicken wire, plastic and paper into a shape that resembles a fluorescent coral reef. The shape is an inherently ironic aspect of this work, given the facts about the notoriously harmful effects of plastic debris on the world’s oceans. “Hyperplastic” is currently on view at Fountain Gallery at Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana through October 5 with a opening reception taking place on September 6. Take a look at some photos of the installation after the jump.
Multi-disciplinary artist Crystal Wagner creates deceptively natural-looking environments with paper and other materials purchased from dollar stores and office supply chains. Whether working on drawings, installations or printmaking, Wagner begins all of her work with an organic mark, allowing shapes to emerge and multiply like moss or fungus from another planet. Wagner recently created an installation titled “Urban Kudzu,” which is on view at the Zuckerman Museum of Art in Georgia and is currently setting up “Urban Kudzu II” in New York art space HERE for the three-person exhibition “The Color Wheel” opening May 10, which also features Christopher Smith and Jung S. Kim. She will also be featured in Spoke Art‘s booth at the upcoming ArtMRKT fair in San Francisco May 16 – 19. Read more after the jump!
The 41st volume of Hi-Fructose arrives in October on store shelves! Pre-order the issue here. This issue’s special 16-page glossy insert showcases cover artist, Greg “Craola” Simkins. Vol.41 features include the art of soft sculptures of John Casey, the gigantic drawings of Sergio Barrale, the cinematic photography of Gregory Crewdson, the sculptures of Crystal Morey, the other-worldly paintings of Smithe, the installations of Crystal Wagner, the dream-like paintings of Shang Chengxiang, and the beautiful sculptures of Gosia. Plus, multi-page reviews on Marion Pecks‘s career-spanning monograph, and a book review on the pin-hole photography of Bethany De Dorest.
A combined effort of LA galleries Thinkspace, Copro Gallery and C.A.V.E. Gallery and San Francisco’s Spoke Art, Beyond Eden Art Fair offered a vast offering of the kind of cavity-inducing artwork that is sweet to look at easy to binge on like candy. While the work presented by the four galleries different greatly in style and media — from Erik Jones’s Art Deco-influenced portraits to Crystal Wagner’s paper sculpture terrariums — the art fair was marked by the kind of easy reliability one can expect from mostly figurative, youth and pop culture-influenced work. Read more after the jump.
As part of our on-going Miami Art Week coverage, we also went to check out the best of the Miami Project and Art on Paper fairs. Though previously the home of NADA, this year, the Deauville Beach Resort on South Beach played host to the neighboring sister fairs. Miami Project is now in its fourth year and known for exhibiting lesser known galleries than the monstrous Basel, while Art on Paper focused on primarily paper works, though this was not a rule strictly followed by the work on display. Take a look at more of our highlights from Miami Project and Art on Paper after the jump!