Cleon Peterson’s stark, graphical reflections on our current political and social climate, rendered in acrylics on canvas and sculptures, are part of a show currently running at Over the Influence in Los Angeles. “Blood and Soil” collects his latest tableaux, confronting race, power, and religion. The show runs through Aug. 5 at the gallery. Peterson was last mentioned on HiFructose.com here.
Bangkok-based artist Aof Smith is known for his candy-colored, Pop-Surrealist scenes, cacophonies of his distinct cutesy characters and unsettling action. Smith’s massive paintings contain even stranger details upon inspection. His figures often stand in contrast, with humans offering an odd point of entry in these wild narratives.
Woodrow White’s paintings often explore and utilize pop culture and current social issues. The artist’s comic sensibilities are shown in not only his ability to subvert familiar imagery, but also frame scenes in ways that elicit unexpected results. White was last mentioned on HiFructose.com for a show with his father, artist Wayne White.
Matthew Stone photographs paint strokes on glass and then uses them to build bodies using software. When printed, they inhabit “a shared world,” a statement says, “defined by a grey infinity floor, proliferating petals of paint and a raw linen void as backdrop.” In a new set of work recently shown in at The Hole NYC, under the title “Neophyte.” He was last mentioned on HiFructose.com here.
The work of Margaret Curtis moves between provocative and quiet moments, each reflecting both on our current social climate and the act of painting itself. She has said that her process is “a geological process of layering and erosion.” In a statement, she offers some insight into the more consistent themes in her paintings over time:
Using stills from early propaganda films or frontier paintings as a basis, the layered paintings of Joshua Hagler deconstruct our history. Each work goes through several iterations, distorting and removing previous layers to arrive at something new entirely. The explorations become both visceral and introspective in this process.