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Openings: Joel Daniel Phillips – “Belongings” @ Hashimoto Contemporary

Earlier this month, a show featuring new charcoal and graphite drawings on paper by Joel Daniel Phillips opened up at San Francisco’s Hashimoto Contemporary. Belongings comprises  of mainly four large-scale portraits interesting paired with solitary objects (on similarly shaped paper) that serves as an extension of their characters. The locally-based based artist references the “ever-expanding class distinctions of the Mid-Market area” with his work. Phillips elaborates – “The drawings are a visual record of my striving to recognize unknown and unnoticed individuals through the tip of my […]
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Releases: Joao Ruas – “Verso” Book

Back in 2014, Los Angeles’ Thinkspace Gallery successfully hosted a solo show from Joao Ruas entitled Verso (covered). This month, the Brazilian artist released a 64 page hardcover catalogue from the exhibition including a fold out center of his painting Cannae of You and Me. The limited edition full color publication comes signed and numbered, costs $35, and is available here. Discuss Joao Ruas here.
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Shepard Fairey x Cleon Peterson – L.A. Public Library Card

Last month, the Los Angeles Public Library unveiled a new card designed by Shepard Fairey and Cleon Peterson. The first artist-designed, limited-edition library card made available at all 73 locations features an image of the historic Central Library, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2016. Shep further states – “My wife Amanda and I believe in the value of libraries to provide resources for the public, especially those who can’t afford decent computers or an extensive book collection. When I was younger, I did most of […]
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Streets: Pastel (Manila)

Francisco Diaz aka Pastel recently spent some time in Manila, Philippines, participating in the 2nd edition of the Art BGC Mural Festival, creating one of his largest floral murals to date. Titled Calamansi and Sampaguita, the piece is based on ancient local traditions, depicting the plants that have a local symbolism. Calamansi is a plant used during funerals as way of purify the body, while the national flower, Sampaguita, represents humility and reverence, and it’s the flower that young kids sell on the streets just to survive. Enlarging his illustrative […]
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Openings: “Mint Julep” @ Galleria Patricia Armocida

As part of their pre-summer program, Galleria Patricia Armocida in Milan recently opened a group show titled Mint Julep. Featuring works by Maya Hayuk,  Cleon Peterson, Revok, and  Francesco Igory Deiana, the exhibition opened on May 18th and will stay on view through July 22nd. The idea of this show was to mix artists and their diverse styles into a fresh, attractive installation, similar to a Mint Julep cocktail, made by mixing bourbon, ice, sugar and mint into a refreshing drink. Viewers got to see Hayuk’s colorful, layered weave paintings that balance between tradition, psychedelic, strict […]
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Previews: Jaime Molina & Adrian Landon Brooks @ Andenken gallery

Amsterdam’s Andeken gallery is making final preparations for TWO solo shows opening on June 11th – Jaime Molina will be presenting a new body of work titled Desolation Slang, and Adrian Landon Brooks will introduce Miracle Worker. These will be Dutch debut solos for two American artists. Though working in different mediums and creating different forms of art, both artists use found materials and a neofolk aesthetic in their gallery and illustrative work. The Colorado-based Molina is known for his sculptures made from reclaimed wood and salvaged nails which he often uses as […]
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Streets: Seth Globepainter (China)

Back in March and April, Julien Malland aka Seth Globepainter spent another couple of weeks traveling and painting around the Fengjing and Shanghai area in China. After two trips in 2014 and 2015 (covered here and here), the Paris-based artist returned to create more work influenced by the local tradition, culture, social and economic situation, as well as the setting he was working in. Whether by choosing the color palette, working within a certain format or by creating an image that extends the found situation, the produced works show […]
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Showing: “Between The Lines” @ The Mine

The Mine, a contemporary art space based in Al Quoz (Dubai’s industrial art district) is currently showing Between The Lines (through June 8th), a group show curated by Rom Levy. Featuring works by Andrew Schoultz, Kenton Parker, RETNA, Andrew Faris, Paul Insect, BAST, eL Seed, Jenny Sharaf and Word to Mother, this showcase is the debut presentation of their work in the region for most of the artists included. This show was organized as a response to the noise of today’s overly decorative urban art scene, giving a chance for […]
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Streets: RFK Mural Festival (Los Angeles)

Currently at the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools (701 S. Catalina St.) a massive mural festival put on by Branded Arts is underway. Featuring murals from artists including Shepard Fairey, Kenny Scharf, Jeff Soto (seen above), Sam Flores, Hueman, David Flores, Greg Mike, Curiot, Mad Steez, Cyrcle, Andrew Hem, Mear One, Risk, Yoskay Yamamoto. James Bullough, Beau Stanton, Hebru Brantley, Hush, Charlie Edmiston, Colette Miller, Rob Hill, Dallas Clayton, Clinton Bopp, James Haunt, Jonas Never, Josh Everhorn, Baker’s Son, Jose Maradiaga-Andrade, and Paige Smith, the event […]
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Upcoming: Nychos – “Ikon” @ Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Coming up on June 25th, a new solo from Austrian artist Nychos will be opening at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery. Mirroring his works on the street, Ikon will features a series of paintings with his recognizable cartoonish dissected imagery. From the glimpses revealed on his Instagram, it looks like he will take aim at pop culture icons like Yoda, Darth Vader, Goofy, Knight Rider, Barbie, and Marilyn Monroe. Discuss Nychos here.
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