The Great Parade of the Unwashed:
The inimitable Martin Wittfooth shares the begining to-end-process of one of his newest paintings which is part of his upcoming solo show, Sandcastles in the Tide at Copro Nason gallery August 9th. See Martin’s full process as well as the gallery preview of available work in the show here…
After closing his former gallery, Mighty Tanaka, last year, curator Alex Emmart is preparing to embark on his next endeavor. He has now partnered with One Art Space in Manhattan and has his first curated group show there opening on March 20. Titled “Forces of Nature,” the exhibition celebrates contemporary figurative painting, with work ranging from the classically-inspired to the occult and surreal. Martin Wittfooth (the cover artist of our forthcoming issue, HF Vol. 35), Hannah Faith Yata, David Molesky, and Jean Paul Mallozzi are just a few of the many artists in the show. Check out our preview below.
The next print issue of Hi-Fructose New Contemporary Art Magazine arrives in April!
Our 35th volume features: Björk’s retrospective at the NY MoMA; Tracey Snelling’s detailed dioramas and installations of urban landscapes; painter Doze Green, who influenced a whole generation of artists; Masao Kinoshita, who mutates humans and animals to create bizarre sculptures which would make Dr. Moreau envious. We’re thrilled to present this issue’s special insert section featuring Renée French’s bizarre yet endearing drawings. Then there’s the amazing paintings of Jamie Brett Treadwell; Kazuhiro Tsuji’s hyper-real sculptures; Pat Perry, who approaches his art like a journalist, incorporating his travels into his work. Our cover features Martin Wittfooth, who uses animals to craft paintings exposing human excess and environmental abuse. In this issue, we also revisit Naoto Hattori’s awe-inducing paintings, and review the new Chet Zar documentary and a hauntingly beautiful book about death. All in one issue! Pre-order it here and see more sneak peeks below.
What determines an artist’s most pivotal master-work? It could be near impossible to articulate, a question with more than one answer; workmanship, extraordinary design, originality, and influence on other artists. On Thursday night, Long Beach Museum of Art (LBMA) presented this to gallery goers with “Masterworks: Defining A New Narrative”. The exhibition showcases 14 massive, critically acclaimed paintings by curator Nathan Spoor, Jeff McMillan, Esao Andrews, Sean Cheetham, Natalia Fabia, Alex Gross, James Jean, Josh Keyes, Mario Martinez, Greg Simkins, Nicola Verlato, Eric White, Aron Wiesenfeld, and Martin Wittfooth.
An esoteric concept that fascinated the first Surrealists, an “égrégore” is a sort of mob mentality. Scholar Pierre Mabille defined it as “a group of humans endowed with a personality different from that of the individuals forming it.” This concept of collective consciousness was the springboard for Yves Laroche Gallery’s eponymous exhibition, the gallery’s largest group show to date. With dozens of artists, many of whom are associated with the Pop Surrealist movement, the show builds its momentum from the multitudes of distinct yet complementary aesthetics joined together. Among the line-up are names that will be well-known to our readers: Josh Agle (Shag), Martin Wittfooth, Amy Sol, Joe Sorren, Liz McGrath, Annie Owens (Hi-Fructose co-editor-in-chief), AJ Fosik, Miss Van and many others. Take a look at our sneak peek below before “Égrégore” opens on October 30 at Yves Laroche Gallery in Montreal.
The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) will feature some of the foremost contemporary artists through a ten year retrospective of Hi-Fructose Magazine. This exhibition is a unique opportunity to bring a broad spectrum of artwork by over 50 artists from the pages of magazines and computer screens to the walls of a contemporary art museum dedicated to educating on the significant art of today. “Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose” is a collaborative initiative by two like-minded organizations – MOCA in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Hi-Fructose The New Contemporary Art Magazine in San Francisco, California. Both are committed to creating an awareness of contemporary art that is informative, imaginative and relevant. This multi-faceted exhibition will feature artists working in a variety of media including sculpture, installation, painting, ceramics, and photography as well as interactive community outreach and satellite exhibitions. A wide selection of educational programming, film screenings, panel discussions, and events will provide the public an opportunity to interact with the art and artists in exciting new ways. You can check out more info on the Virginia MOCA website and look for more updates on the exhibition coming soon!