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In David Santiago’s stirring portraits, freckles become gilded stars, part of a constellation intended to remind the viewer that “nothing is by accent.” The artist has an upcoming show at Stranger Factory, titled “24k,” that collects the newest work in this vein. Each painting is crafted on a wood panel, with the grain showing through the subject’s flesh.

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In Marc Burckhardt’s paintings, the artist’s work tethers classical influences to contemporary comic and pop art. In a recent show at Paul Roosen Contemporary, “Fault Lines,” his newer mythological explorations are shown. Burckhardt was last mentioned on HiFructose.com here.

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Surreal and haunting, Yuichi Ikehata creates works that begin as figurative wire sculptures and garner new life via digital flourishes. The Japanese artist’s meticulous process ensures that it’s difficult to tell which parts of the structure are part of the tangible framework. The final product, though elegant, seems to convey a world in which we’ve lost and eroded ourselves to technology.

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Max Seckel’s dwellings and landscapes, rendered in acrylics, gouache, latex, and spraypaint, invite viewers to make their own observations. The New Orleans painter rendered his lived-in environments without depicting any figures in his works. Yet, in each, there’s a certain humanity depicted and reflection inspired.

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Gabriel Barredo’s meticulous mixed-media sculptures and installations are made using found objects. The artist’s pieces are at times created to move, their writhing interworkings appearing both organic and mechanical in nature. Works like “Madamadam” (top), startle even in their stillness.

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Chicago-born artist Kayla Mahaffrey crafts portraits of subjects enveloped by pop totems and surreal elements. Her works are rendered in watercolors and acrylics, each oozing with vibrancy and candy colors. Her practice moves between illustration and fine art.