The Akron Art Museum will present the only Midwest showing of “Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose,” which runs from Feb. 11 through May 7, and 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 10 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 10-year anniversary.
Artists featured in “Turn the Page” come from a variety of backgrounds and live both near and far. 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.
The Akron Art Museum will present numerous related programs related to “Turn the Page,” including a free opening party on Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. with a members preview 6:30 p.m., a showing of the film “Yarn” on Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. and an exhibit of the Thrift Store Painting with Jen Davis on Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m.
For a complete list of related programs, visit the museum’s website, AkronArtMuseum.org.
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Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose is organized by the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. Generous funding is provided by the City of Virginia Beach, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Virginia Tourism Corporation, as well as other MOCA supporters.
Its presentation in Akron is supported by Ohio Arts Council, the Calhoun Charitable Trust, Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs and the Akron / Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau. Media sponsorship is provided by Western Reserve PBS and 91.3 The Summit.