news release Akron Art Museum Presents the Only Midwest Exhibition of Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose
For Release: January 17, 2017
Akron, Ohio—The Akron Art Museum will present the only Midwest showing of Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose. The exhibition, which runs from February 11 through May 7, 2017, showcases the work of 51 remarkable contemporary artists whose work has been featured in the pages of the popular art magazine Hi-Fructose. Turn the Page offers visitors the opportunity to view lush original works of art beyond the flat worlds of paper and digital screens, where they are most often seen.
Assistant Curator Elizabeth Carney said, “Hi-Fructose has had a major impact on contemporary art audiences. The magazine has brought attention to compelling art being made around the world, often outside of mainstream trends. This exhibition offers the opportunity to experience those original artworks directly—to see the glittering surface of Camille Rose Garcia’s painting, the ornate frame around Mark Ryden’s painting, textures in a work by Shepard Fairey, or the minute detail in Kris Kuksi’s sculpture. In person, the artists’ skill and the richness of these contemporary paintings, drawings and sculptures are even more evident.”
The artists represented incorporate both new and traditional artistic processes, from video to oil paintings, bronze and ceramics. With their art, they tell stories and create visual experiences both beautiful and grotesque. They make statements on a variety of issues from the risks facing the natural world, war, social justice, sexuality, and human struggles both personal and universal.
Carney said, “Though the artworks in Turn the Page are often informed by art history, they are also equally influenced by popular culture, current politics and globalization. The subjects, images and ideas expressed by the artists are decidedly contemporary, responding to the world as we see it today.”
Hi-Fructose magazine was founded ten years ago by Annie Owens-Seifert and Daniel “Attaboy” Seifert and covers and promotes artists and artworks within a recognizable but not easily defined aesthetic. Informed by street art and graffiti, tattoo art, comics and animation, this group of artists also draws inspiration from art history, Old Master artists and folk traditions. Richly layered narrative imagery, renderings in vivid color or brooding gray tones, stylized figures and imagined creatures are just some of the recurring elements in the internationally influential magazine and in this exhibition celebrating its ten-year anniversary.
Artists featured in Turn the Page come from a variety of backgrounds and live both near and far. Those hailing from the West coast are Jeff Soto, Jennybird Alcantara, Camille Rose Garcia, Mark Ryden, Marion Peck, AJ Fosik, James Jean, Greg “Craola” Simkins, Wayne White, Scott Hove, Shepard Fairey, Josh Keyes, Tim Biskup, Tiffany Bozic, Kate MacDowell, Brian McCarty, Audrey Kawasaki, Todd Schorr, Mars-1, Tracey Snelling, Scott Musgrove, Nicola Verlato, Mark Dean Veca and Victor Castillo.
From the East coast, Tara McPherson, Ron English, Kehinde Wiley, Olek, Brian Dettmer, Jean-Pierre Roy, Lisa Nilsson, Travis Louie, Sam Gibbons, Kevin Cyr and Martin Wittfooth. From the central U.S., Kris Kuksi and Beth Cavener.
A number of artists represented live outside of the United States, reflecting the international character of Hi-Fructose magazine as well as the larger contemporary art world. From London, artist Barnaby Barford; from Italy, Marco Mazzoni, Fulvio Di Piazza and Gehard Demetz; based in Canada, Gary Taxali and Ray Caesar. Work by Japanese artists Yoshitomo Nara and Kazuki Takamatsu is exhibited alongside that of Belgian artist Wim Delvoye; Parra, Femke Hiemstra and Chris Berens of Amsterdam; Austrian Erwin Wurm and Australian Jeremy Geddes.
The Akron Art Museum will present numerous related programs related to Turn the Page, including:
- February 10 • 7:30 P.M. Free opening party (Museum Members preview at 6:30 P.M.) Featuring a one-night performance by Olek
- February 16 • 7:00 P.M. Film: Yarn
- February 23 • 6:30 P.M. Thrift Store Painting with Jen Davis
For a complete list of related programs, visit the museum’s website, AkronArtMuseum.org.
Turn the Page: The First Ten Year of Hi-Fructose is organized by the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art and made possible by the City of Virginia Beach. Generous funding is provided by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Virginia Tourism Corporation. Major support for the exhibition is provided by Acoustical Sheetmetal, Capital Group Companies, PRA Group, the Fine Family Fund of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, and other generous donors, as well as grants made possible by the Virginia Beach Arts and Humanities Commission, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the Business Consortium for Arts Support.
Its presentation in Akron is supported by Ohio Arts Council, the Calhoun Charitable Trust, and Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC.
Media sponsorship is provided by Western Reserve PBS and 91.3 The Summit.
For more information about Turn the Page at the Akron Art Museum, visit AkronArtMuseum.org. Join the conversation on social media with #TurnThePageAkron, and follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.