In Ian Cumberland’s recent work, the painter adds sculptural and illusionary touches to his hyperdetailed portraits. The work also plays on the idea of portraiture itself, with screens and text underscoring a self-awareness in his work. Cumberland was last featured on HiFructose.com here.
Artistic duo Coarse’s recent, entrancing sculpture “States of Matter” comes in two editions of the character Noop: “Trance” and “Cosmos.” The former is a lighthearted, jaunting visit to the beach, while the later takes on a more ominous narrative as Noop moves through water. The pair’s sculptures, entrancing in both details and unexpected narratives, take on a markedly seasonal tone with this release.
Nature has once again reclaimed the world in the watercolor scenes of Robin Crofut-Brittingham, whose lush textures reveal surprises upon inspection. The artist, whose work has been exhibited in both U.S. and Canadas, crafts new, mystic figures that seem to have evolved adorned with nature’s texture. The use of watercolors underscores the elegance of the flora and fauna she’s depicting.
In Jessie Makinson‘s oil and watercolor paintings, the artist looks at how women are represented in both pop culture and art history. Melding backdrops and figurative forms, the artist toys with the contours of both, with dense and elegant results. Recent work on gallery walls integrates that sensibility in fascinating ways in these spaces, her women and mythological characters emerging behind hung pieces.
Even when he’s playing with classical motifs, there’s something unmistakably current about the sculptures and drawings of Thomas Lerooy. In recent work, his characters have cherubic bodies but golden skulls as heads. The effect is both humorous and slightly menacing, as these youthful creatures scale surfaces around the room.
Ellen de Meijer’s new paintings show how contemporary norms and social mobility has come at the cost of our planet’s health. “#CO2,” a show opening at UNIX Gallery on April 11, shows characters at times taking small measures to protect themselves from the elements, while the greater threat to all looms. The gallery says that in this show, viewers can find “a collection of stoic, uncomfortable characters unabashedly displaying their wealth.”