Saturday Review : Hi-Fructose Volume 2

hi-fructoseHi-Fructose Volume 2

Hi-Fructose Volume 2 is second collection of Hi-Fructose magazines, this time issues 5-8. It is 300 pages, hard covered and was original released in 2010. There are so many artists featured in it like Camille Rose Garcia, Travis Louie, Audrey Kawasaki, Naoto Hattori, Marion Peck, Yoko d’Holbachie and more. Much like my review of their first volume, the things I love about the Hi-Fructose’s books are the generous size, and the quality of color and paper. The layout is done in much the same as the first Volume 1 and since it worked so well in the first there was no reason to change. I find it such a great way to consume the magazine and it just wonderful to curl up on the couch and flip through on a rainy day (or any day for that matter). For any fan of the new type of contemporary art that has been emerging for the last 10 years, it is really a great way to find new artists or see work by the artist you love. A lot of the artists featured in this book work through their website or art galleries (which is hard if you don’t live in New York or LA). Hi-Fructose really provides a medium in which to have a look into the type of modern art you will not find in your local Contemporary Art gallery.  That is why I really the love about the magazine. Volume 2 also comes with 3 posters by artists James Jean, Marion Peck and Annie Owens, the posters are  found inside the book and removable. I love the inclusion of these extra posters. There is no really negatives I can say about Volume 2, I found the articles very enjoyable to read and the layout is always what stands out to me. Its a wonderful way to find more artists, and to enjoy the ones you love who’s work you may have only seen on a computer monitor. I highly suggest picking it  up if you are a fan of contemporary, low brow, surrealist or any new genre of art really.


 Check out select photos of Volume II below:


Saturday Review: “Lost Constellations” by Tara McPherson


 “Lost Constellations” – by Tara McPherson


Lost Constellations is the 2nd book featuring Tara McPherson art, its hard covered, 8.5″ x 11″ with 112 pages. This book showcases her art from 2009 and her first book Lonely Heart in 2006. I love her unique sense of fun, and its great that she shows you all elements of her art career, showing you the paintings and the posters that come from it as well as her sculpture work and comics. This is the middle book in her series, so far she’s put out one every 3 years, 2006, 2009 and 2012. She goes pop surrealism painting on a variety of materials  as well as silk screening posters for contemporary rock bands. Her color pallet is very unique to her and her style and I love the imaginary she uses in her work. She is one of my favourite contemporary artist, and she seems like a very down to earth artist who is not full of themselves or her success. I am always genuinely surprised that more people do not know of her, considering musicians seek her out to do posters for their concerts. There is some downside to Lost Constellation as its not covering a long period of time the work featured is sometimes repetitive. Its more a complete look at what she’s been doing instead of showcasing just her best pieces. She alternates from full pages pieces to showing one side sketch drawing with the other one being the painting completed. I like this style and she uses it for all of her three books, however on Lost Constellations it feels a bit more repetitive and the same old same old; I did not get this feeling with her other two books. Perhaps having less pages would make it seem a bit tighter and less formulaic. It is really nice to see her sketch work, especially on the posters she does for bands but when it happens on almost every page it almost gives an impression to me like there wasn’t enough complete pieces to show. Her vibrant art, works best when its side by side another painting, and not a black and white sketch. However its genuinely nice to see her before sketches, it just doesn’t work as well in Lost Constellations as it does in the other two books. I really enjoyed it and if you are a fan of hers, its a must have, however if you are new to her art I suggest buying her one of her other books first to get into her world.


*for a compelte look at Lost Constellations click below, and more of her art check out: Tara McPherson