Opening June 25th, Archimedes Gallery will be showing 25 new wood fired ceramic & cast bronze sculptures by Eva Funderburgh and 6 new paintings by Josh Keyes. Special events include, two different Josh Keyes limited edition print releases offered in-house only, starting at 10 am Saturday, June 25th along with Josh and Eva doing an artist demonstration from 2pm – 4pm followed by an artists’ reception from 5pm – 8pm. See preview images of the show after the jump!
Jessica Joslin is the creatrix of a curious menagerie of hybird creatures, composed of a varied anatomy of bone, glass, leather and metal, meticulously assembled to look like real specimens. Her work recalls a sense of the Victorian era’s obsession with detail and death and yet retains a playfulness attributed to circus shows of trained animals performing gravity defying feats. Hi-Fructose was recently able to interview the artist, take a look at her intriguing responses after the jump.
Mexican street artist and illustrator “Smithe” creates intensely detailed images that combine biological and mechanical motifs. Featured here on our blog, Smithe’s art is a visual collage of everything that he loves; a mix of comics, animation, film, street art, science fiction, but mostly spontaneity and fun. Like his murals, his illustrations portray strange figures and pop-culture characters in a state of deconstruction. They stretch, distort, and melt into the floor, other times falling into a thousand little particles of themselves. Smithe explores the source of such madness in his latest body of work, “Fisuras de la Materia” (“Fissures of Matter”), currently on view at Celaya Brothers Gallery in Mexico.
Hi-Fructose Vol. 27 cover artist Erik Jones paints alluring figures that he juxtaposes with dynamic, abstract strokes of bright colors. He seeks to find the right balance between his realistic style of painting figures with abstraction in his work. Jones recently made his European debut with his latest body of work, titled “In Colour” at Dorothy Circus Gallery in Rome. The title makes a references to the vibrant colors that surround and enhance the intensity of his female figures, likened to a hurricane. With these new works, Jones deepens his exploration of gesture and abstraction to an almost chaotic effect.
Painter and illustrator Allois has said that she wants her paintings to reach her viewer’s “deep inside”- a place that “will feel familiar, but it won’t be.” The title of her new series, “No Particular Night or Morning”, hints at the surreal world that inspires her, the place where our dreams and nightmares live. Her moody seascapes are populated by “The Keepers”, humanoid creatures covered with fur. Dressed like royalty, “The Keepers” pose for portraits. Disturbingly seductive, they gaze at the viewer with golden eyes. Allois’ most cheerful paintings depict the least human figures; pale, amorphous blobs with slender limbs wear enlightened smiles. The artist’s journey through the unconscious ultimately reveals themes of beauty, desire and the path to happiness.
Virginia MOCA is pleased to announce “Turn The Page: The First Ten Tears of Hi-Fructose”, a ten-year retrospective celebrating the artists from the pages of Hi-Fructose Magazine, will travel to the Akron Art Museum in Akron, Ohio and will be on view from February to May 2017. This unprecedented exhibition of the 50 foremost contemporary artists of our time will open at Virginia MOCA this spring, May 2016, featuring a variety of media including sculpture, installation, painting, ceramics as well as interactive community outreach and satellite exhibitions. A wide selection of educational programming, film screenings, panel discussions, master classes and events will provide the public an opportunity to interact with the art and artists in exciting new ways.