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I’m going to do a little bit of shameless self-promotion and invite you all to check out the cover story I wrote on AJ Fosik for issue 18 of Hi Fructose Magazine. If you aren’t already familiar with the work, I’ll share a few of AJ’s images with you and a snippet from the feature. Enjoy!

The Third Way Out

“AJ Fosik creates beastly three-dimensional figures out of wood, paint, and nails. Mounted on walls or monumentally erected atop pedestals, his sculptures have appeared in numerous exhibitions, the reigning representatives of a medium in which most urban contemporary artists only dabble. Displayed like hunting trophies or specimens in a museum of natural history; sometimes brightly colored; always painstakingly detail oriented, Fosik’s feral creations take the shape of fantastic or true animal beings that communicate a subversive, anti-religious commentary through the depiction of hyperbolized fictional gods. Nameless, assigned no specific meanings or powers, beholden to no formal religion – real or contrived – Fosik’s idols are not meant to contribute to some grand theological narrative of the artist’s design. They are masterfully beautiful objects that examine the nature of religious iconography through an absence of religious discourse. In this way, Fosik is pointing to the power and scope of man’s innate creativity devoid of divine inspiration.” – Lainya Magaña, Hi Fructose Magazine Issue 18

Dare Nothing, Hope for Nothing

The Time and the Way

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I had the pleasure of interviewing the illustrious Seonna Hong for issue 17 of Hi Fructose Magazine. Here’s a teaser, but for the whole story, be sure to pick up a copy!

“Seonna Hong is a painter of memories. Her works are reflexive – deeply personal reflections of the artist’s self in relation to the people and things that matter most to her. In an effort toward resolution, Hong selects the moments of meaning that have colored her life as richly as the pigments with which she chooses to adorn the canvas. These are the stories that run the depth of a life, rushing to the surface upon the artist’s summoning, or when the desire to express builds to the point of necessary release. With painted metaphor, Hong renders herself unedited and pure – as a little girl wading through an ocean of moments that extend from the shores of her past into the infinite and unknowable future. It’s amidst this sentimental dreamscape that we meet the artist at her most vulnerable and find solace in the baring of this soul that bears so much resemblance to our own.” – Lainya Magaña, Issue 17 Hi Fructose Magazine

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Issue 16 of Hi-Fructose Magazine features an interview I conducted with UK-based artist, James Roper. I encourage you to pick up a copy but in the meantime, here’s a snippet:

“…to grasp the complexity of Roper as a creator is to know him first and foremost as a thinker. If the viewer were to act as archaeologist peeling back the surface layers of paint, gesso, and canvas, he would find the core of the work to be built upon a conceptual framework of organized philosophical thought aimed at exploring the most fundamental of mankind’s musings: who and what we are.”

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I recently conducted an interview with James Marshall (Dalek) for Hi-Fructose discussing his latest work and a decade of creativity. Issue 15 is on newsstands now!

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Be sure to pick up Issue 13 of Hi Fructose and check out the article I wrote on the artist Candice Tripp. Love her work!

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I have a couple of pieces in the latest issue of Hi-Fructose. The first is an introduction for the interview Annie Owens did with Michael Page and the second is a book review on Joe Ledbetter’s new book, Creatures of Habit. Issue 12 of Hi-Fructose is on newsstands now.

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I had the pleasure of interviewing the lovely and talented Brandi Milne for the Spring issue of Hi-Fructose Magazine. It’s on newsstands this month so keep your eye out for it!

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