Hi-Fructose Magazine

  • by Andy Smith
    Toshio Saeki, the legendary Japanese artist known for blending eroticism, horror, and humor in his works, passed away in November at the age of 74. During his life, he was given the moniker “the Godfather of Japanese Erotica,” amassing a dedicated underground following before a widespread, renewed interest in his work arrived during the past […]
  • by Andy Smith
    In John Jacobsmeyer’s parallel reality, pop culture and art history collide with the backdrops of his suburban youth. In his third solo show at Gallery Poulsen, titled "Locus Colossus," he offers new paintings and linocuts with these startling convergences. The show runs through Feb. 15 at the  Denmark venue. (Jacobsmeyer was last featured on our […]
  • by Andy Smith
    With "Kurobōzu/Dark Stranger," artist Nicola Roos depicts the real-life figure of Yasuke, "the only Black Samurai in Feudal Japan." Using recycled tire tubes, textiles, and other materials, the artist crafts four different representations of the historical figure for the show at Ever Gold [Projects] in San Francisco, running through Feb. 29. Roos pulls on the […]
  • by Andy Smith
    A writhing amalgamation of architectural forms is currently inhabiting Yorkshire Sculpture Park's 18th-century Chapel. The installation, from artist Saad Qureshi, is titled “Something About Paradise” and explores what the idea of “paradise” means to people of differing backgrounds. More
  • by Andy Smith
    Carrying a mystical undercurrent, Chie Shimizu’s sculptures are rooted in an exploration of "the significance of human existence.”  The artist, born in Japan and based now in Queens, New York, has crafted these riveting figures over the past couple decades, moving between different scales and textural approaches. More
  • by Andy Smith
    The drawings of Tehran-born artist Azita Moradkhani offer intersecting cultures and experiences, as framed inside intimate apparel. The scenes within are pulled from a range of sources: photojournalism, fine art photography, and personal iconography. The artist is currently a resident at the McColl Center in Charlotte, N.C. More
  • by Andy Smith
    The middle-aged figures inhabiting Madeleine Pfull's paintings are extracted from 1980s suburbia. The Australian artist has said that "beautifully painting mundane heroism is a large aspect of my work.” Pfull has said that she has modeled for herself to craft the paintings, donning wigs and accessories to embody the energy of her subjects.More
  • by Andy Smith
    Lisa Lach-Neilson’s vulnerable oil paintings often examine identity. The artist, hailing from Denmark, has shown across the globe over the past few years. She’s been painting professionally since 2012, with a background in clothing design as a master's student at Royal Danish Academy of Design. More
  • by Andy Smith
    Teiji Hayama's oil paintings, often depicting the celebrities of yesterday, meditate on the idea of celebrity and how it's evolved in the digital age. In his new show at Unit London, titled "Fame," the artist offers 17 paintings that feature the likes of Monroe, Taylor, and Bowie. The show runs from Jan. 16 through Feb. […]
  • by Andy Smith
    Oscar Oiwa brings his immersie mural work to USC Pacific Asia Museum with the new installation "Dreams of a Sleeping World." The artist describes this new work as a "360° dreamscape," created over two weeks and handrawn with 120 Sharpie markers. Oiwa was last featured on HiFructose.com here. More