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Korean painter Kyung Sunghyun mimics overexposed photographs in his work, blurring faces like old memories that lose their precision with time. The characters are caught between expressions. Twinkles of mischief, joy and sometimes sadness appear in their multiple smiles and eyes, yet it’s difficult to piece together the emotion in their faces. It’s as if the artist has captured them in a state of change, freezing dynamic motion in one frame. Take a look at some of Kyung Sunghyun’s work below.
Troy Moth is a photographer living in Victoria, Vancouver Island whose high profile clients range from Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, to Rolling Stone. He recently created an amazing body of ten works entitled Witness. Moth’s soft photography depicts mysterious compositions in remote environments. At first glance these misty images look sleepy and enveloping however on closer inspection they reveal a wild side. The images are filled with a variety of natural components such as bird feathers and antlers mixed in with moss covered sticks, pine needles and bark. The combination of these elements seem to evoke the quiet ghosts of nature.
Berlin-based illustrator Meyoko creates microcosms overflowing with copious details. With pen and China ink as her preferred media, the artist feverishly draws mystical characters, symbols, and smooth textures (braids and hair seem to be a favorite) without stopping to come up for air. Playing with negative space, Meyoko packs these details into recognizable forms like skulls or larger characters’ hair-dos. Take a look at some of her work below.
Reinterpreting the notion of the sublime — that moment of being completely overwhelmed by the power of nature — Oliver Vernon (Hi-Fructose Vol. 17 cover artist) creates abstract paintings with sweeping vistas that could be viewed as hallucinatory landscapes. Vernon has a solo show opening tonight, May 30, at New York’s Joshua Liner Gallery titled “Renegade Trajectories” that features new paintings and sumi ink works on paper. In some of the new pieces, Vernon plays up the angular, geometric style of his work, but in others, he obliterates it, wiping out recognizable forms and leaving us with blurry arrangements of color. Take a look at some of the work in the show below and check out “Renegade Trajectories” May 30 – June 29.
Canadian artist and illustrator Jessica Fortner creates color-saturated artworks that pulse with venomous hues of magenta, neon green and purple. Switching seamlessly between traditional and digital media, Fortner gives her work intensity and momentum, placing her characters in environments that burst with color. Filled with scaly textures, much of Fortner’s illustrations incorporate reptilian imagery as well as elements of traditional Asian textiles. Take a look at some of Fortner’s works below.
Since 2011, Brian McCarty (featured in Hi-Fructose Vol. 1) has traveled to wartorn areas in the Middle East, speaking with children who have witnessed extreme violence. With the help of therapists, McCarty conducts art interviews with the children and invites them communicate their experiences through drawings. These drawings in turn become the basis for McCarty’s photographic works in his “War Toys” series, where he stages violent scenarios using toys to illuminate the traumas these children experience. The V&A Museum of Childhood in London is investigating some of the themes put forth in McCarty’s work with an exhibition titled “War Games.” Read more after the jump!:
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Artist Steven Quinn is known for his street photography and collage work. Quinn was born in Belfast and is currently living and working in London. The skull collages featured here, which were recently spotted at Laughing Squid, are comprised of old photographs and other magazine images. The many vintage images of stars add deep and dazzling perspectives to these kaleidoscopic collages. See more here:
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.