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Japanese artist Taisuke Mohri delicately renders portraits entirely in pencil, deliberately destroying the painstakingly detailed works’ precision by making the portraits appear cracked and smudged. These illusions shroud Mohri’s pouty-lipped protagonists in mystery. They seem simultaneously foreign and familiar, like the feeling one gets when browsing through strangers’ old family photos in an antique store. While most of his work is monochromatic, when adding color, Mohri uses only colored pencils, though the result could easily be mistaken for an oil painting. Take a look at some of Mohri’s work below.
Tonight, Seattle’s Roq La Rue will premiere two solo shows, Tran Nguyen‘s “A Place Procured From Our Yesteryears” and Jason Wheatley’s “Osmosis.” Though Nguyen’s cool-hued, almost monochromatic artworks seem quite different from Wheatley’s color-saturated still lifes, the two artists share a common interest in exploring the sentimental nostalgia we tie to commonplace objects. Nguyen’s characters — beautiful, albeit giant young women lying on top of rows of houses — appear to grapple with the idea of finding a place to call home. Meanwhile, Wheatley paints accumulated objects to symbolize the collections we amass for memory’s sake; these delicate still lifes are disrupted by the presence of havoc-wreaking primates. Take a look at our preview of the two shows below and catch the exhibitions at Roq La Rue through August 31. See more after the jump! MORE: http://hifructose.com/2013/08/01/preview-tran-nguyen-and-jason-wheatley-at-roq-la-rue/
This Thursday, August 1, San Francisco’s Spoke Art will debut painter Scott Scheidly’s“The Pinks.” While humorous at a first glance, Scheidly’s work unearths interesting social dynamics through its exploration of the cultural implications of colors. The artist paints realistic portraits of male world leaders and public figures, softening their hyper-masculine auras with a color palette of lilacs, pinks and magentas. Scheidly’s work draws attention to the biases coded in the imagery that surrounds us and the gendered implications of the visual signifiers of power. Take a look at our sneak peek of the works in “The Pinks” after the jump and see the exhibition August 1 through 24. MORE: http://hifructose.com/2013/07/29/preview-scott-scheidlys-the-pinks-at-spoke-art-gallery/
Last weekend, David M. Cook (featured in Hi-Fructose Vol. 17) opened a tongue-in-cheek solo show at Brooklyn’s Cotton Candy Machine titled “Death to Everyone is Gonna Come.” Using finely-tuned line work, Cook crafts a cast of characters that emerge from the multi-colored geometric grids. But despite their mathematical precision, these surreal, skull-headed beings have a humorous air about them. They clench their teeth as they traverse the abstract landscape of hallucinatory colors, seeming to react to the sensory overload of the work itself. Take a look at the works in “Death to Everyone is Gonna Come” and see the show at CCM through August 4.
Brazilian artist Joao Ruas (Hi-Fructose Vol. 23) combines different animal and human characters into neatly organized forms. These precise silhouettes contain a controlled chaos, melding a myriad of subtle textures and references rendered in a monochromatic palette. Allusions to Japanese anime, nature illustrations and high fashion appear within the amalgamations of forms that cover Ruas’s nude, female characters’ bodies.
Digital artist Catherine Nelson began her career in the visual arts working on special effects for feature films like Harry Potter and Moulin Rouge, but in recent years Nelson has applied her knack for creating illusions to her personal art practice. For her “Other Worlds” series (which will be featured in a solo show of the same title at Julie Saul Project Gallery in NYC this September), Nelson culls elements of hundreds of photographs to form digital paintings of planets. These Earth-like orbs float placidly in space — a vision of pristine eco-systems untouched by human activity. Take a look at some of Nelson’s work below, images via Slate.
Illustrator Ramona Ring created eight illustrations for a German magazine called ZEITmagazin. The body of work entitled Surreal Dreams is made up of highly imaginative illustrations that represent sleeping and dreaming in designer beds featured in each drawing. Another body of work entitled ou tópos highlights idilic scenes as well as degraded realities. She found inspiration for her illustrations depicting utopian idealization or dystopian concepts from novels such as English writer Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Taleand more. See more below!