Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan tackle displacement, community development, and memory in their cities and structures made of cardboard. Their work ranges from these sculptures and installations to drawing, paintings, and works on paper. Their current, major installation at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, “Pillars: Project Another Country,” “explores fundamental ideas about what creates community, what constitutes family, and how homes are fabricated around human needs and relationships.”
Yoshitoshi Kanemaki’s recent mindbending wooden sculptures carry cerebral and haunting vibes, each evolving in tone as the viewer observes from different perspectives. The artist was featured in Hi-Fructose Vol. 38 and he last appeared on HiFructose.com here.
In sculptor Alessandro Gallo’s new body of work, “Most of the Time,” the artist evolves his ceramic human-animal characters in new situations and reflections. The series is on display in a show currently packing Abmeyer + Wood in Seattle until May 31. Gallo was last featured on HiFructose.com here and appeared in Hi-Fructose Vol. 24.
Using his “Emotigun,” Tadas Maksimovas offers a look at how our need for constant affirmation would appear in the physical realm. This “motor-powered, remote-controlled machine slingshot” was created by Maksimovas, designed by Martijn Koomen, and had its first prototyped version crafted by YouTube star Jorg Sprave. In the video below, Maksimovas offers himself as a target.
Alex Ubatuba’s glass “Living Light Sculptures” series recalls both real-life bioluminescent organisms and otherworldly flora and fauna. The glass artist has been developing this specific set of works over the last few years. This surprisingly calming work has found its way at major shows and art fairs, Burning Man, and beyond.
Rina Banerjee, known for dazzling sculptures crafted from material sourced around the globe, has her first mid-career retrospective in an exhibition at San Jose Museum of Art, kicking off this month. “Make Me a Summary of the World” begins on May 16 and runs through Oct. 6 at the space. The exhibitions is curated by the museum staffer Lauren Schell Dickens and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts curator of contemporary art Jodi Throckmorton.