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Jason Hackenwerth’s enormous, inflatable sculptures emulate organic forms, writhing and towering over passers-by on streets across the globe. His “Animal Soul” series, in particular, features vibrant creatures created from latex balloons. He recently showed this wearable works in an exhibition exhibition at Brookfield Place in New York City. Like much of his work, it was a temporary affair.
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Whether on his murals or in his acrylic paintings, Venezuelan artist Koz Dos implements several approaches into each of his portraits, including geometric abstractions, classical realism, and otherworldly distortions. The artist emerged out of the graffiti scene in Caracas, the country's largest city. His portraits on massive structures carry fine detailing, packed into the ornamental and natural elements of his pieces.
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Grip Face’s graphical, object-based art has appeared in museums and galleries and on walls and everyday objects across the globe. The artist works with both familiar and abstract imagery in his pieces, which take notes from comic book art and whatever structure they’re painted on. Much of the work, event in its most unsettling alterations of its human subjects, is teeming with humor.
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British illustrator Sam Richwood blends both sparse and lush details into his works. In the “Galaxy Garden” series, the futurescapes and romanticism of his scenes benefit from both approaches. The artist says that he hopes his worlds are able to “suggest a place beyond the canvas.”
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At Burlington City Arts, Crystal Wagner's first-ever work existing in both the interior and exterior of a space comes with "Traverse." Wagner is known for biomorphic creations that span sculpture, prints, and installations. This exhibition, running through Oct. 2, features a site-specific installation that "grows from floor to ceiling and emerges outside to meander across the exterior façade." Wagner was last featured on HiFructose.com here.
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Philadelphia artist Nathan Reidt crafts scenes in which everyday objects and beings garner growths and mutations. His drawings, in particular, carry a particular eeriness in their starkness, the artist’s abilities with light adding depth to each creation.
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Parker S. Jackson says he tries to strike a balance between "uncanny and realism" in his portraits, which carry notes of both humor and dark art. One of the artist’s greatest strengths is in his ability to create varying, perplexing textures with both digital and traditional materials. We asked the artist about his influences, which he says range from centuries-old work to contemporary pop culture.
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Yoon Ji Seon's embroidered portraits blend fiber and photography. Much of work consists of self-portraits, with varying degrees of emotions, abstraction, and detail. Her "Rag Face" series goes back to 2006, when she started experimenting with these mixed-media pieces.
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In Alyssa Klauer’s paintings, a single work can both entrance and inspire revulsion. The artist is interested by that tension, traversing amorphous forms and vivid facial features. The Detroit-based painter has also explored this idea through sculpture.
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Cleon Peterson’s stark, graphical reflections on our current political and social climate, rendered in acrylics on canvas and sculptures, are part of a show currently running at Over the Influence in Los Angeles. "Blood and Soil” collects his latest tableaux, confronting race, power, and religion. The show runs through Aug. 5 at the gallery. Peterson was last mentioned on HiFructose.com here.
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