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Previews: Kepa Garraza -“Riot” @ Castor Gallery

On May 12th, Castor Gallery in NYC will be opening an exhibition of paintings and charcoal drawings by Kepa Garraza. The show titled Riot is inspired by civil unrest, uprising and rebellion. Divided in two parts, the Bilbao-based artist’S NYC debut consists of six charcoal drawings showing masked anarchistic protestors and six oil paintings depicting the aftermath of vandalism at galleries and art institutions. Both inspired by similar actual events seen around us, these fictional works continue Garraza’s practice to create work in series. The idea behind these pieces is to question what is truth and what is fiction […]

Previews: Ryan Hewett @ Unit London

Unit London will be showing an exclusive preview of new works by Ryan Hewett (interviewed) from the 16th until the 22nd of May. The South African artist will be presenting 14 new paintings on canvas as an insight into his new body of work. The exhibition is sort of a preview of his forthcoming solo that will be held in London during Frieze Week in October. Following his successful London show from 2015, the new showing will continue his work on abstract portraits and “the exploration of the human psyche and deconstruction of his subject […]

Openings: Axel Void – “Nobody” @ Athen B. Gallery

On May 7th, Athen B. Gallery opened a solo show by Axel Void at their pop-up location (222 Broadway St.) in Downtown Oakland. As a tribute to regular people, paying homage to mundanity and the everyday life, Nobody is built around the life story of Alvie Morris. Alejandro Hugo Dorda Meys aka Axel Void has been known for painting large murals of anonymous people by taking random photos from the Internet as a reference. A couple of years ago, he created a mural with an image of a young boy with glasses in Atlanta and few […]

Previews: Dran – “Tiens” @ Adda Gallery

On June 11th, Adda Gallery in Brussels will be opening a solo show by the Dran. Famous as one of the founding members of Da Mental Vaporz crew as well as for his satirical drawings and paintings, the French artist’s exhibition will be entitled Tiens. His first public showing since last year’s performance art project Public Execution at POW in London (covered) will feature the his latest paintings and unpublished drawings from 2015 to 2016. Over the years, Toulouse’s renowned artist has built his reputation on works that depict a colorful and joyful universe, filled with […]

Showing: Louise Bonnet – “Paintings” @ Mier Gallery

Mier Gallery in West Hollywood is currently showing the first solo exhibition of Los Angeles-based artist Louise Bonnet. The exhibition simply titled Paintings opened on April 23rd and will stay on view through June 4th. The show includes six large paintings and several drawings on paper showing Bonnet’s recognizable visual language and imagery. Her cartoon-like characters with no facial expressions feature exaggerated proportions of body parts that instead convey feelings of melancholy, nostalgia, and displacement. Hidden behind Ramones-like haircuts, they are telling their stories through over sized hanging noses and body […]

Previews: Marco Mazzoni – “Monism” @ Galeri Benoni

Galeri Benoni in Copenhagen will be opening a solo show by Marco Mazzoni on May 13th. The Italian artist famous for his peculiar color pencil drawings on Moleskine paper will be introducing a new body of work titled Monism. The new pieces explore the negative aspects of collectivity and social evolution. Aware of the constant change that modifies our world and our lives, the Italian artist critically looks back towards a famous quote by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa from his novel Gattopardo – “If we want […]

Showing: Parra – “I can’t look at your face anymore” @ Ruttkowski;68

Ruttkowski;68 in Cologne, Germany is currently showing I can’t look at your face anymore, a solo by Pieter Janssen aka Parra. For his second exhibition with the gallery, the Dutch artist, illustrator and designer created an all new body of work consisting of canvases, sculptures and objects. Inspired by the phenomenon of selfies and the creation of edited selves in social media, the pieces in the show are focused on obscuring the face. This idea is noticeable on all the works produced for the show – canvas characters are hiding behind each other […]

Releases: Pejac – “Wound” Print

After returning from an inspiring trip to Jordan (covered), Pejac spent the last couple days finalizing his upcoming print release, Wound. Showing an ice breaker leaving a bloody scar as it roams the frozen ocean, it’s one of the works by the Spanish artist that speaks to major environmental issues. Through a minimalist approach, using a limited color palette and lots of negative space to accent the message, Pejac created an emotive image that speaks volumes. Symbolizing the irreparable damage to the environment caused by human behavior, Wound is one of […]

Streets: Saner (Morocco)

Along with with 23 other artisst, Saner was recently in Rabat, participating in the local Jidar Urban Art Festival. During his visit, the Mexican artist painted a vibrant figurative mural on the streets of Morocco’s capital. Known for works that are strongly inspired by the Latin and South American tradition and history, Saner modified one of his familiar characters to fit the new environment. The bright colored image depicts a masked man serving tea in a traditional Moroccan way. By mixing the local head scarf and robe, along with characteristic […]

Previews: Axel Void – “Nobody” @ Athen B. Gallery

On May 7th, Athen B. Gallery will host a pop-up solo by Axel Void. Titled Nobody, the exhibition will open at 222 Broadway St. in Downtown Oakland at 7pm. The Miami-born artist, whose real name is Alejandro Hugo Dorda Meys has been known for dark, often figurative works that mixes text, classical painting and drawing. Meys also creates large murals on the street, which like his gallery work, regularly addresses social issues and the everyday problems of regular people while pointing out injustice and cruelty. Following that path, the show is based on life of Alvie […]