On September 24th, Kukula returns to CoreyHelford Gallery fashioned with a new exhibition of confident, achinglybeautiful paintings, ‘Lonely Opulent Things.’ Inspired by the Roocco style andimbued with a 18th century French color palette, the works sing of amagnificent melancholy via buxom yet lithe figures set amidst antiquatedsettings filled with the rich details of luxury; marble floors, towering gardensand glittering chandeliers.
Within this lavish world, the figures appear more‘realistic’ than in the past, their faces carrying a more potent emotive nuancethat compliments the evolved sophistication of her technique. Often appearingalone or paired with an equally attractive figure, they appear in a state oftransformation, exquisitely adorned with odd details such as clockwork gears, teacup handles and climbing filigreed molding that seem to ‘disease’ theirporcelain skin, a subtle hint at the obsessive nature of coveting beautifulobjects and the cultivation of an aesthetically pleasing contained cosmos nomatter what the cost. View more preview images after thejump.
HF favorite Kukula (who we last saw in Vol. 7), opens a new small solo show this coming Saturday (December 18th) at Copro Gallery in Santa Monica. Entitled “Delusions of Grandeur”, the delightful new work features Kukula’s classic enervated eyed characters rife with pomp and circumstance. Get a look at a few select works from the show, here on Hi-Fructose.
The Princess Express, new works by Bay Area artist, Kukula, opens 8 p.m., Saturday November 8th at Copro Nason Gallery in Santa Monica. This new set of paintings reflect a very personal note by the artist, originally from Israel, around finding new ground in unfamiliar territory
The Hi-Fructose Collected 2 Hardcover Book is back in print! For a limited time only, Pre-order this book and we will cover the Priority US Mail shipping when it arrives in early. This thick 300+ page hardcover book expands a best-of selection of material from issues 5-8 of the magazine. Beautifully printed with surprise fold-outs and featuring a cover by Audrey Kawasaki, the Collected 2 is packed with intelligent interviews and essays on top new contemporary artists. Edited by Annie Owens and Attaboy, it is a must-have addition to your personal library. The book includes a special introduction by the infamous Long Gone John. Published by Last Gasp.
On August 15th, New York welcomed a new gallery, Haven Gallery, with their inaugural exhibition inspired by the idea of safe havens. Their first group of artists have wide ranging styles, many sharing whimsical qualities: Matt Dangler, Kukula (HF Vol. 7), Kari-lise Alexander, Nicomi Nix Turner, Dan Quintana (HF Vol. 27), Shaun Berke, Tom Bagshaw, Naoto Hattori (HF Vol. 7), Zoe Byland, Brian Mashburn, Regan Rosburg, Aunia Kahn, Caitlin McCormack, Rose Freymuth-Frazier, Redd Walitzki, and Nom Kinnear King. Their subjects span still life, landscapes, and figurative works, suggesting that refuge can be found both in the physical as well as within oneself.
In 2011, we went behind the scenes of Tim Burton’s expansive retrospective at LACMA, where he described an exhibition as a place of “excitement, mystery, discovery, life, and death.” His career is the inspiration behind “Nightmare in Wonderland”, an ongoing show series entering into its second phase on April 11th at Distinction Gallery. A play on The Nightmare Before Christmas, the exhibition title refers to just the tip of the iceberg. The artists, which include newcomer Atsuko Goto (covered here), Yoko d’Holbachie (featured in Vol. 6 in 2007), Natalie Shau, Dan May, Kukula, Lola, Calvin Ma, Naoto Hattori, Scott Radke, and many more, have chosen to portray a large variety of Burton subjects.