Tonight, Saturday March 23rd, Shepard Fairey’s Subliminal Projects gallery will debut a new body of work by SF-based photorealist painter Jessica Hess. The two person show, also featuring Tara Smith, is entitled “Planes, Trains & Automobiles” and looks to be a great pairing between Hess’ deceivingly photo-realistic graffiti covered vehicles and Smith’s wonderfully washed out urban abstractions. Longtime readers will remember Hess’ last two person show a couple years ago with Kevin Cyr at White Walls Gallery in San Francisco (covered), AM looking forward to [...]
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Little known fact: sometimes between the large scale murals by invited artists, the prominent Bowery & Houston wall also hosts temporary tribute projects in the interim such as the one held for Dash Snow after his passing in 2010 (covered). Prior to the mural Crash created recently (here & here), another tribute came up for legendary photographer Martha Cooper, a woman who has definitely left her mark on the Graffiti & Street Art scene over the past few decades. She’s also been the official photographer for [...]
Erik Parker recently launch an brand new series with Pace Prints. Entitled Upswing Dub Project, the Brooklyn-based painter held his inaugural exhibition with the famed print gallery. Working for months to create this unique body of monoprints at Pace’s Brooklyn studios (featured), Erik fused some old and new concepts for this exhibition, and created some visual gems that kept our eyes constantly amused. From hip-hop and pop amalgamations to still life compositions utilizing black-light reactive inks to compliment his psychedelic painting style, Erik shows us [...]
Earlier this month, Spoke Art debuted Natural Harmony, a four person exhibit at their San Francisco gallery space. With AM friends and favorites such as Mandy Tsung (see her contribution to last year’s Spot Challenge here), Roland Tamayo (seen here), Ruel Pascual and Allison Reimold, the show presents a diverse range of figurative, representational and illustrative works. Natural Harmony will be on view until March 30th, view opening night photos below. Photos courtesy of Berlin Tomas
Earlier this week, we gave you a behind the scenes look of street artist Crash, a.k.a. John Matos (featured), as he worked the renowned Bowery & Houston wall. With the help of Tats Cru member BIO assisting on the cans, Mr. Matos powered through this fresh composition featuring the iconic cartoon character Popeye. Maybe a possible nod to Jeff Koons? Regardless, it’s impressive to see Crash turn his concept sketch on paper into a large scale reality.
This Thursday, Cuban-American artist José Parlá will unveil a new body of work in Japan. Entitled Prose, this solo exhibition will be held at Tokyo’s Yuka Tsuruno Gallery. This fresh series of paintings, in the words of Mr. Parlá, will focus on the “stream of consciousness – a rhythmic structure that carries the energy and poetic painting body in flux with dance – defined by memory brought into action in its own moment – imbedded in an improvisational blend of performance – founded on research and observation [...]
Readers of AM have long seen our coverage of Joshua Liner Gallery’s outstanding lineup of exhibitions. Now, prepare yourselves for a new era. Previously on the third floor of the 548 W. 28th st. arts building in Chelsea, the gallery has recently moved to a prime street-level space next door (540 W. 28th St) and is set to launch a new set of exhibitions this Thursday that will utilize the entire upgraded 2,600 sq. ft. of real estate. We snuck in as the construction crews [...]
This Thursday March 21st, London-based artist Charming Baker will return to Los Angeles for his first showing in five years. For his show Entitled Lie Down I Think I Love You, the artist has made a new series of works exploring the unpredictable nature of love. Charming also has challenged himself to work on a much larger scale, so to exhibit this new series, he enlisted the help of Milk Studios and their plane hanger. This robust show contains mediums such as oil on canvas, linen, wood [...]
Opening at Jonathan Levine Gallery was Polish-born and New York-based Olek. With a fresh exhibition entitled The End is Far, the artist made her second appearance with the gallery and a return to New York City after touring around the world visiting such places as Brazil, Poland, Washington DC and London. This time, Olek took over the main space with one of her signature crochet installations: a dining room covered wall to wall, including the china, overflowing fruit bowls, wine bottles and goblets. Utilizing this hand [...]
Dutch artist Piet Janssen, aka Parra, brought a new body of work to Jonathan Levine Gallery for his debut exhibition there. Entitled Tracy Had a Hard Sunday, this series was composed of works on canvas and paper as well as sculptures, and gave the audience a dose of the provocative post-pop visuals that we’ve come to expect from the artist. The show exemplifies Parra’s unique vision and skill with his sexy imagery and signature palette of vibrant reds and blues. The artist took some time to draw [...]