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Jeremy Enecio‘s dimly lit paintings and illustrations take viewers into a ritualistic space that doesn’t seem to belong to any specific cultural setting. Placid, empty-eyed characters appear statue-like; their actions, however simple, appear secretive and significant. The spaces they find themselves in glow with color-saturated light as they enact these inexplicable behaviors. Enecio chooses to cultivate suspense, allowing us to fill in these people’s stories with our own imaginations. Enecio has three new works up in “Vanguard” group show currently on view at Thinkspace in Culver City. Take a look at more of Enecio’s latest work below.
In Japan, the word “cute” or kawaii can be stamped on just about everything when it comes to aesthetics. Cute dogs, dolls, cartoons and cars are the accepted standard. Now picture human bodies with wolf heads tearing each other apart. Pigs crowded around a dinner table salivating over their roasted brethren. Japanese artist and Tokyo resident Ryohei Hase illustrates beautifully disturbing scenes with obsessive detail. Cannibalism is at times a running theme in his work. Using Photoshop and other software, Hase creates digital art that almost challenges traditional painting if not coexisting without notice. Take a look at some of his work below.
We’re pleased to announce our next quarterly issue of Hi-Fructose The New Contemporary Art Magazine Volume 27. In April’s issue we find the best New Contemporary artists form around the world. In it we get overwhelmed by the hyper-real sculptor Sam Jinks, discover the paintings of Stacey Rozich, get mesmerized by the paper sculptor Lisa Nilsson, then find the colorfully bold sculptures of Troy Coulterman. We then travel to Wales to visit Dudug and the Black Duke cruise ship as it gets re-purposed, then to South Korea as we explore the paintings of Lee Jinju and learn about her troubled past, followed by a feature on the dynamic paintings of this issue’s cover artist Erik Jones. Then we take a peek under the anatomical style work ofMichael Reedy, destroy currency with acclaimed tatooist/artist Scott Campbell, but not before we take a look at the Hi-Fructose exclusive special 16 page Inside the Sketchbook insert of artist Marco Mazzoni! Plus Taschen‘s TreeHouses book, a new book fromMitch O’Connell and a new show by painter Dan Quintana. Hi-Fructose Vol.27 is set to arrive in April but can be pre-ordered from the Hi-Fructose store today here.
It’s here! Volume 3! I can’t wait to crack it open. So excited about all the extras. Plus love the Josh Keyes front and Mark Ryden back. #hifructose #joshkeyes #markryden (at Home Sweet Home)
Using a collaborative oil painting process, Cara Thayer and Louie Van Patten create artworks that explore the poignant power of the human touch. In these works, hands and fingers are the protagonists — they have the power to make us squirm with discomfort and insecurity or long for a gentle caress. Thayer and Van Patten’s compositions zoom in on various details of the body, presenting a form of intimacy that can be sensual and unsettling at the same time. Take a look at some of their artworks here: http://hifructose.com/2013/01/08/cara-thayer-and-louie-van-pattens-confrontational-paintings-of-intimacy/
Anton Marrast is a Russian illustrator and digital artist from Barcelona, Spain. His series entitled Slow Story is filled with dynamic graphic illustrations of one-eyed youthful characters making their way through intriguing and often evocative narratives. Marrast’s work is largely based on his own personal stories. For his digital work he uses Photoshop on his personal laptop otherwise he can be found drawing on paper using pens and markers, something he has been doing since a young child.
An architect of the impossible, Amy Casey (featured back in Hi-Fructose Vol. 7) uses houses as building blocks for her compositions. Her acrylic paintings on panel and paper stack buildings in geometric arrangements rendered in an earthy color palette that gives these structures an almost organic character. These whimsical cityscapes appear to teeter as if on the verge of toppling over, playing with the viewers’ sense of stability. Amy Casey has a solo show coming up in the spring at Zg Gallery in Chicago. Stay tuned for news on her new blog and take a look at some of her latest works below. MORE: http://hifructose.com/2013/01/08/amy-caseys-latest-impossible-architectural-paintings/