Jon Fox's paintings (featured in Hi-Fructose Vol. 30) unfurl epic battles where human characters appear minuscule and inconsequential amid the spirits and deities running amuck in his otherworldly dimension. Fox's scenes are large and sprawling, with multiple narratives occurring simultaneously. The UK-based artist's new work will debut at his next solo show, "If You Don't Object Then You Must Agree," opening at White Walls Gallery in San Francisco on January 31.
While typography was the theme of "Alphabet Show: Every Letter Counts" at White Walls in San Francisco, the diverse line-up of artists interpreted this idea loosely. Some, Meryl Pataky with her glowing, neon "Y" chose to present their calligraphy with clean, legible type. Meanwhile, others like Sergio Garcia created unconventional adaptations of their letters. Garcia's "W" consisted of two hyper-realist sculptures of hands popping out of the wall, each one throwing up the "West Coast" sign. Apex, who is known to be prolific in both graffiti and fine art, created an homage to bombing with a tagged-up crate of spray cans serving as an installation element to go with his painted letter "A." Chad Hasegawa, known primarily for his loose, figurative paintings of bears, went looser still with his letter "Z," a bold assembly of neon lines with clean edges that disintegrate into dripping paint. The show spoke to the symbiotic relationship between imagery and language and the interplay that exists in between.
Surface material is of utmost importance in Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada's practice. The artist, who is known for creating massive land art portraits visible from aerial views, recently presented a new series of work titled "Fragments of Humanity" for his current solo show in White Walls Gallery's project space. For "Fragments," Rodriguez-Gerada utilized pieces of stone from his adopted home of Spain. Culling materials for buildings that are slated to be demolished, the artist chose surfaces with over 500 years of history, reworking them to create a line of continuity from their past to the present. His series of mixed-media portraits on wall surface fragments look so fragile they could break if they weren't wedged between the panes of glass in their frames. This delicate series is anchored by a weighty sculpture carved from a limestone pillar. "Fragments of Humanity" is on view through June 7 at White Walls in San Francisco.