AM recently attended the Olek’s latest show at New York City’s Krause Gallery. Yes, we said NYC. The rogue urban crocheter was out on bail from the UK and returned to her hometown to do a show with David Peterson entitled Synthetic Nature. For this special event, Olek ditched her signature yarn and utilized balloons. Using synthetic rubber, she built an cave installation by weaving semi-inflated balloons in a way that would make even Krusty the Clown blush. Designed to obscure the viewer’s vision, the cave is […]
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The Hole Gallery continues to push the edge as their latest collaborative project between E.V. Day and Kembra Pfahler opened up this past Friday to a packed house. The title GIVERNY references impressionist legend Claude Monet’s estate located in Giverny, where E.V. Day stayed during her Munn Artist Residency. Inspired by the lily padded ponds located on the estate, E.V. invited Pfahler to the actual garden to shoot the photos in this exhibition. And, through Playboy’s sponsorship, the gallery was transformed into a living breathing garden […]
On Friday night, AM attended the opening for Ryan McGinness’ new show at New York’s Pace Primative. As the title Geometric Primitives indicates, Ryan utilizes his signature vocabulary of graphics and applies them to the African works that are at the core of the this specific gallery. Sounds simple right? Well this knock out exhibition is definitely more than meets the eye as Mr. McGinness raided the vast archives of African tribal art at gallery for reference, then proceeded to use repeated drawings to break down each […]
For those of you in the Washington DC area, you’re in for a special treat. Tomokazu Matsuyama (interviewed) will be opening up a solo Thousand Regards this week at the Katzen Arts Center of the American University Museum. Co-sponsored by the Japan Embassy and the Japan Foundation, this impressive exhibition is part retrospective and part new imagery. Known for having a fresh style that blends Eastern & Western aesthetics, the Brooklyn-based artist of Japanese decent has been working feverishly at the nation’s capital to install the show. […]
One of the mainstay satellite fairs during Armory Week is the Scope Art Fair. This year’s edition rocked a new location just blocks from the main Armory Art Show (here & here) and gained some fresh galleries go along with its revamped look. As with most fairs we caught works by artists from around the globe and we also ran into a few familiar faces to go along with the infusion of new blood. Check it out after the jump.
Check this dope video that catches legendary writer SABER (interviewed) as his speaks candidly about his crew, the scene and his upcoming collaboration with The Hundreds & The Seventh Letter. You can also catch a live glimpse of his private studio which we had the pleasure of visiting back in May of last year. Discuss Saber here.
Following a successful and complex collab (here & here) with French artist JR, Liu Bolin also recently unveiled a new series of photos at Eli Klein in Soho. The much anticipated return of Liu to the Big Apple was actually to show work from the photoshoots he conducted during his 2010 trip to NYC as well as his publicized collaboration with Harper’s Bazaar and fashion icons Gaultier, Lanvin, Missoni and Valentino. The packed house was filled with art and fashion enthusiasts looking to find the […]
Opening alongside Victor Castillo last month at Jonathan LeVine was Los Angeles-based artist Alex Gross (interviewed). Entitled Product Placement, the show presented a new series of paintings that expands on the themes from his prior work such as Consumption, Branding, Celebrity, Love and Mortality. Using refined strokes and techniques, Gross skillfully rendered mundane objects and mixed them into a world where luxury brands are the common focus of his alluring subjects. It’s also interesting to see the typographic examples of foreign elements in his compositions. We especially enjoyed the […]
In October 2011, Kid Zoom (aka Ian Strange) returned to his native home Australia for a special project where he built a full scale reproduction of his childhood home at the prestigious Turbine Hall on Cockatoo Island. Following the Aussie suburban theme, Kid Zoom parks three classic Holden Commodores to round out the picturesque setting symbolizing his youth. What happens next is a whole lot of awesome and is captured in a special video where Zoom goes aggro and literally blows up the idyllic setting. […]
Through this weekend, the walls at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery will be displaying the surreal paintings of Victor Castillo. AM stopped by for the opening last month as the LA-based artist presented his new body of work, entitled The Jungle, which certainly described the state of the world that the Chilean-born painter likes to portray. His paintings are a reflection of the unrest and revolution that has been seen around the globe, accentuated and contrasted even further by the child-like figures and innocence that are […]