Posts By Andy Smith

Inside Copro Gallery’s New Guillermo del Toro Tribute Show

This month, Copro Gallery in Santa Monica once again pays homage to Mexican director Guillermo del Toro, helmer of horror-tinged films like Hellboy, Pacific Rim, Pan's Labyrinth, and others. “Inspirations, Curiosities & Other Oddities” collects work from more than 50 artists. In turn, the show also pays tribute to the names that influenced Del Toro: Edgar Allen Poe, HP Lovecraft, Mary Shelley, and others.

Haroshi’s New Sculptures Appear in Deceptive Setting

Haroshi's figures, made from used skateboard decks, appear to be getting massive in size. But in fact, the gallery holding them is miniature. The 20-inch sculptures are part of the new Arsham/Fieg Gallery's first show at the Kith Manhattan flagship store. Alongside his figures are what appear to be 3D-printed versions of the gallery’s namesakes, artists Daniel Arsham and Ronnie Fieg.

Nicholas Crombach’s Sculptures Explore Human, Animal Ties

Whether rendered life-sized in resin and paint or smaller and 3D-printed, Nicholas Crombach’s figures explore our ties to the creatures of the natural world. The Canadian-born artist uses 3D printing as an extension of his past work and purpose, in a time when the contemporary tool is often used to create novelty items and irreverent, one-note sculptures. Services like Shapify have made the reaction of the human body a superficial process, while Crombach tackles something much older in nature.

Paul Cristina’s Stirring Works Blend Moods, Materials

Paul Cristina’s arresting works use charcoal, acrylics, and oils on paper mounted on the canvas. The Cleveland-born, self-taught artists evolved his style from the study of books, music, films, photographs, and people he's encountered. The artist is currently based in Charleston, S.C.

Jedediah Morfit’s Deceptive Bas-Relief Sculptures

New Jersey-based sculptor Jedediah Morfit uses a bas-relief process that resembles ancient techniques, yet implement modern materials like urethane plastic. These flattened sculptures appear as both two- and three-dimensional. In a statement, the artist explains his influences:

La Luz de Jesus Gallery’s Anniversary Two-Parter Revisits Tiki Art

Shag Twenty-one years after La Luz de Jesus Gallery first explored the faux-Polynesian “Tiki” culture with lowbrow artists reinterpreting the mid-20th-century phenomenon, the Los Angeles spot is back with two shows. “The Art of Tiki: 21st Anniversary Art of Tiki Show & No False Idols” is a two-parter that offers both “contemporary artistic interpretations of the Tiki art form and vintage Tiki originals from which the modern movement sprang.”

Natalia Arbelaez’s Ceramic Figures

Natalia Arbelaez’s figures, often built with clay, carry both humor and sadness in their strange forms. Her white ceramic sculptures, in particular, offer texture and personality that feel at once human and something subterranean. The Miami-born Colombian-American artist has excited her pieces across the U.S.

The Moody Mixed-Media Works of Ian Francis

Ian Francis crafts mixed-media paintings packed with ghostly abstractions and figures that appear as evaporating memories. The artist uses a combination of oil, ink, acrylics, and other materials to create each work.