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  • The Ceramic Scenes of Lindsey Mendick
    by Andy Smith on April 20, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    Lindsey Mendick’s autobiographical ceramic works and installations bring cerebral and surreal touches to the everyday. Upon inspection of these staged scenes in her gallery shows, viewers find both elegance and the unsettling in the details of Mendick’s stirring work. Mor […]

  • The Recent ‘Jelly Gummies’ of Sam Lyon
    by Andy Smith on April 20, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    Sam Lyon’s recent 3D animations and characters have a particular texture and sheen, reflecting the name he’s given to the series he’s worked on for the past few years: “Jelly Gummies.” Whether it’s a sentient piece of fruit, a Teletubby, or an undergarment, Lyon applies his signature facial features and sensibilities to any given object, and effectively absorbs it into his gelatinous world.Mor […]

  • Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum Hosts Mid-Career Retrospective for Esao Andrews
    by Andy Smith on April 19, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    In a mid-career retrospective exhibition at the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, Esao Andrews offers paintings that span his career. “Petrichor,” curated by Thinkspace Projects, looks at the riveting, pop surrealist output from the artist, over the past several years. The exhibition kicks off next month on May 10 and runs through Aug. 4. Andrews is featured in the Hi-Fructose Collected Volume 2 Hardcover. Mor […]

  • David Altmejd’s ‘The Vibrating Man’ Takes Over White Cube Hong Kong
    by Andy Smith on April 19, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    David Altmejd’s mindbending sculptures return in a new show at White Cube Hong Kong. In “The Vibrating Man,” running through May 18, the artist offers his transforming figures and busts, each its on unsettling, yet absorbing mutation. Instead of any given piece having its own meaning, the artist has said he prefer “it to be able to generate its own meaning.” Altmejd was last featured on HiFructose.com here.Mor […]

  • The Oil and Watercolor Paintings of Jessie Makinson
    by Andy Smith on April 18, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    In Jessie Makinson’s oil and watercolor paintings, the artist looks at how women are represented in both pop culture and art history. Melding backdrops and figurative forms, the artist toys with the contours of both, with dense and elegant results. Recent work on gallery walls integrates that sensibility in fascinating ways in these spaces, her women and mythological characters emerging behind hung pieces.Mor […]

  • The ‘Model Kit’ Sculptures of Michael Johansson
    by Andy Smith on April 18, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    Michael Johansson’s massive sculptures simulate the runners, sprues, and parts that comprise model kits through injection molding. The artist’s public work, which are bronze and aluminum casts, have a particularly playful quality, whether simulating a “firefighter starter kit” or unassembled parts that would build a domestic living space. Mor […]

  • Nathaniel Mary Quinn’s Mixed-Media Portraits Appear in ‘Always Felt, Rarely Seen’
    by Andy Smith on April 17, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    Nathaniel Mary Quinn’s affecting mixed-media portraits recently returned in the show “Always Felt, Rarely Seen” at Almine Rech in Brussels. As with past work (Quinn was last featured on HiFructose.com here), there’s a collage-like look to the work, though all aspects are sourced through materials at the artist’s hands. Yet, as the gallery says, there’s been a more personal evolution in recent work. Mor […]

  • Mythologies Collide in Peter Palfi’s ‘Looney Tombs’ Series
    by Andy Smith on April 17, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    In Peter Palfi’s “Looney Tombs” series, the mythologies of Ancient Egyptian gods and 20th-century animation synthesize with artifacts faithful to both histories. The Hungarian artist uses bronze, wood, resin, actual mummified animals, and other materials to craft these sculptures—along with his own complete Book of the Dead. For some, it may recall Damien Hirst’s “Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable,” though Palfi’s work, in concept, wholly embraces the absurd.Mor […]

  • The Recent Illustrations of Elif Varol Ergen
    by Andy Smith on April 15, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    In the recent illustrations of Elif Varol Ergen, the artist dives further into the mystical with her feminine heroes and creatures, her own myths and contemporary lessons emerging. Since she was last featured on HiFructose.com (here), she released her first print publication, “A Sequence of Witches,” through Von Zos. The artist was also featured in Hi-Fructose Vol. 19.Mor […]

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