With the installation “Plastic Bag Store,” Robin Frohardt offers a fictional store with each product entirely comprised of plastic bags, emulating the shapes and colors of typical grocery items. The “store” is open Sept. 14-23 at Current Artspace + Studio in Chapel Hill, N.C. The project is a fully formed space reminiscent of Lucy Sparrow’s all-felt store, featured in Hi-Fructose Volume 45.
Olaf Hajek’s acrylic tableaux are globe-trotting, combining icons and textures of varying cultures. A recent body of work shown at Southern Guild in Cape Town, titled “Paravent,” collects these recent works on wood. Hajek was last mentioned on HiFructose.com.
Sophia Narrett’s painterly approach to embroidery results in elaborate, startling scenes. Her themes traverse escapism, psychology, and sexuality. Each section of the work brings its own surprising sharpness, with a certain visceral quality resulting from the material.
In Matthew Palladino’s paintings, the textures of watercolors and the artist’s dexterity in form combine to forge works with a spiritual quality. The ghostly works carry a humor and vibrancy that offer a contrast with his skeletal or distorted subjects.
Vladislav Skobelskij, who works under the moniker Happy, creates voluminous, candy-colored scenes and animations. The delightfully garish works move between disturbing and alluring, each figure overcome by vibrant and cartoonish outgrowths. Happy often injects pop cultural and photographic elements into this fantasy world.
Edward Kinsella III has a knack for crafting monsters. Using just a few hues and strokes, the St. Louis artist creates haunting portraits and illustrations that are seemingly simple, yet wholly cerebral. Though young, the artist has forged his career in both gallery shows and a teaching practice.