Kyle Thompson is a young photographer on the rise. He began shooting at age 19 in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois, and in the last couple years has amassed a substantial body of work that shows a surprisingly adept and concise voice for such a young artist. This work, just released in a book titled Somewhere Else is comprised mostly of self-portraits taken in various abandoned locations found while on a road trip traveling the country. Read our exclusive interview on Hi-Fructose.
Kehinde Wiley’s (Hi-Fructose Vol. 29) opulent portraiture subtly stirs the status quo. As an American artist, Wiley honed his craft in accordance with a legacy of Euro-centric art history that left him simultaneously awed and alienated. One would be hard-pressed to find a grandiose portrait of a person of color in the works of the Renaissance masters in the Met or the Louvre. This is the motivating factor of Wiley’s oeuvre: to elevate images of average people of African descent through his ornate depictions, exposing the singular beauty of his subjects through dramatic compositions that evoke the Baroque period.
While he started out this aesthetic exploration by scouting subjects in major US cities, Wiley’s art has taken him all over the world to work with people of the global African diaspora. His latest series, “The World Stage: Haiti” is currently on view at Roberts & Tilton Gallery in Culver City and features 12 new paintings based on his recent travels. Read more on Hi-Fructose.
My sister nominated me to the ice bucket challenge. Our grandmother died of the disease about 20 years ago, so I’m aware how awful it is and happy to help. However, since I seem to have a problem doing most things the normal way, I decided to make the full donation and, rather than go out, buy ice, wait until my kid was asleep and do it in the shower or the sidewalk outside the apartment (both of which would be BORING), I decided to use it as an opportunity to create my first-ever animated GIF. I hope you enjoy it - now go out and donate!
Downtown Austin 2014
White Rock Lake
My First Polar Bear Plunge 2014
Galveston Beach 2014