Hypnagogia is the barely-conscious state right before we drift off to sleep, where dreams and reality mix for a brief moment. It is also the title of Koplin Del Rio Gallery’s upcoming group show in Los Angeles, showing April 11 through May 23. “Hypnagogia” features a collection of colorful, surreal works from Alex Gross (HF Vol. 21), F. Scott Hess, Josh Dorman, Mikel Glass, and Jerry Meyer. Floating specters, anthropomorphic objects, and psychedelic dreamscapes abound in this varied array of figurative paintings. Check out our preview below.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy is as pertinent today as it ever was. The fight for racial equality continues with the widespread #BlackLivesMatter movement, and King’s revolutionary ideas still resonate with today’s discontents. Curator Roula David decided to pay homage to the influential historical figure with the group show “We Have a Dream” at Detroit’s Inner State Gallery. For the exhibition, she invited a diverse selection of local, emerging artists to listen to King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech and interpret it for themselves.
Fictional, historical, and anonymous figures are all fair game in 111 Minna’s upcoming group show, “Portraits of Strangers, Someones & Nobodies.” The gallery invited a diverse crop of artists to paint existing cultural icons or invent their own for an exhibition that pays homage to the timeworn art of portraiture.
Last Gasp Publishing, stalwarts of underground art and culture and long-time purveyors of the bizarre, have launched their fall publishing season with a fleet of new, quality art book projects. An independent company founded in San Francisco 44 years ago, Last Gasp is the publisher of our Hi-Fructose Collected book series and has put out everything from underground comic anthologies to artist monographs for the likes of Ron English and Camille Rose Garcia. Their Kickstarter campaign has 3 days to go. Help get these book projects off the ground!
Since opening their doors 10 years ago, Jen Rogers and Kerri Stephens have made Varnish Fine Art a stronghold of the San Francisco art scene. After a decade of exhibiting in a traditional monthly show format, the co-owners and curators will be leasing their gallery space (with the exception of their offices) and adapting their way of working to a more dynamic, mobile format with exhibitions online and at larger, more ambitious venues. Jen and Kerri both have backgrounds in sculpture and work with a diverse roster of 2D and 3D artists, including Mike Davis, JennyBird Alcantara, Stanislav Szukalski, Ransom & Mitchell, Jessica Joslin, Chuck Sperry and more. We sat down with Jen and Kerri to discuss this pivotal point in their careers and look back on a decade of Varnish. Read our interview after the jump.
A self-described art junkie, Andrew Hosner co-founded Thinkspace Gallery with his wife Shawn and their partner L. Croskey as a natural progression of his passion for the New Contemporary Art Scene in Los Angeles. Since its inception in 2005, Thinkspace has been one of the first galleries to give many of the artists who have graced the pages of Hi-Fructose — like Audrey Kawasaki, Stella Im Hultberg, Natalia Fabia, Kukula, Andrew Hem and more — major exhibitions that helped launch their careers. Andrew Hosner sat down with Hi-Fructose to discuss the origins of Thinkspace, his role as the gallery’s curator and his prodigious, private art collection. Read our conversation after the jump.