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POW! WOW! Long Beach ’18: Papercut Lounge

As part of this year’s POW! WOW! Long Beach (more coverage here) the Papercut Lounge worked with a group of artists to make zines available to festival attendees (which you can still purchase online here). The popup space not only served as a shop but also featured a cascading installation of books by Olga Lah and a large painting from Brendan Monroe as well as hosted the kickoff and closing party for the week-long, city-wide event. Participants include: Bumblebeeloves you, The Draculas, B4Flight, Booooooom, Brenden Donahue, Benji Escobar, Grace, Sandro Grison, Yoon Hyup, Luna Ikuta, Jason Keam, Quang Le, Busy Birdy, Brendan Monroe, Persue, Quam […]

Showing: Zevs – “Supreme Même” @ Over The Influence (Hong Kong)

Returning to Hong Kong almost a decade after his last exhibition (and arrest) there (covered), Zevs currently has a show on view at Over The Influence. Entitled Supreme Même, the new body of work consisting of new canvas works, installation pieces, performance and sculpture mainly focuses in on the fetishized relationship between two powerhouse brands – Louis Vuitton and Supreme. Seen through the lens of his iconic “Liquidation” effect, the French artist continues his self defined goal questioning the power of brands by destabilizing their logos […]

Showing: Mark Dean Veca – “Passaggio di Pop” @ Crocker Art Museum

After a grueling twelve days of painting, Mark Dean Veca (interviewed) has finished a new commissioned installation at the Crocker Art Museum entitled Passaggio di Pop. After he created a immersive experience at the Sacramento institution last year for a group exhibition, the Los Angeles-based artist has returned as the recipient of the John S. Knudsen Prize, funding the creation of a new site-specific installation as well as the acquisition of his Oh Yeah painting into the museum’s permanent collection. Combining his modern take on Toile du Jouy patterns and […]

Recap: POW! WOW! Long Beach 2018

POW! WOW! Long Beach finished up the public art for 2018 at the end of last month with another series of great murals and installations for fans of art in the Southern California city. Along with an associated group exhibition (covered) at the Long Beach Museum of Art held in partnership with Thinkspace Projects where a few of the works were installed, most of the pieces (including one from Andrew Hem) were scattered throughout the beach city. We will take a focused look at the installations from Spenser Little in a […]

Previews: Edwin Ushiro – “Graduation” @ Giant Robot 2

Continuing to show with Giant Robot 2 in Los Angeles, Edwin Ushiro (interviewed) will be presenting a new body of work starting this Saturday (July 14th). As is his usual practice, the new exhibition, Graduation, will draw from nostalgic experiences growing up in Hawaii, producing haunting and ethereal imagery crafted with his unique mixed media process. Ushiro further states – “Graduation is a series of drawings and paintings that recount stories from my childhood that focuses on the point when you have reached a goal and the endless possibilities ahead. […]

Previews: “Aquamarine” @ Creatura House Gallery

Tonight (July 12th) in Seattle, Creatura House Gallery will be opening a new group show entitled Aquamarine. For the exhibition, 11 artists were asked to create work based on the theme, which could refer to the stone, the color, or aquatic imagery. Participants include Madeline Von Foerster, John Brophy, Brian Despain, Jonathan Viner (seen above), Laurie Lee Brom, Logan Hicks, Gail Potocki, Travis Louie, Flannery Grace Good, Claudia Griesbach-Martucci, and Scott Musgrove.

Felice Varini Carcassonne Installation

Visible from May to September 2018, Felice Varini’s latest project is a striking installation at the medieval fortress of Carcassonne in Southern France. Spread on the west front of the city fortifications, 15 yellow circles (composed of temporary thin aluminium strips) all come together perfectly in the field of vision when standing facing one of the gates and is characteristic of the Swiss artist’s geometric perspective-localized paintings. The project from the Paris-based Varini celebrates the 20th anniversary of the inscription of the city on the world heritage […]

Previews: Cleon Peterson – “Blood & Soil” @ Over The Influence (LA)

Tomorrow (July 7th), Cleon Peterson will be opening a brutal new show at the Los Angeles location of Over The Influence. Featuring new acrylic-on-canvas paintings, small bronze sculptures, and one large-scale sculpture, Blood & Soil will continue the locally-based artist’s provocative treatise on the dynamics of power, violence, and oppression. Taking the title of the exhibition from a Nazi slogan, Peterson takes an unflinching look at the rise of nationalism, populist fervor, economic inequality, and political corruption where the lawbreakers and law enforcers are one and the same in today’s […]

Showing: Haroshi – “NANZUKA at Petzel” @ Petzel Gallery

Recently in New York, Haroshi (featured) unveiled a new series of works at Petzel Gallery (35 E 67th Street location) for Tokyo’s Nanzuka Gallery as part of the second New York edition of Condo, a gallery share program. Known for his sculptural use of skate decks as a medium, the Japanese artist had 29 new pieces on view alongside works from Makoto Taniguchi & Mori Masato. Arranged in a circle, the sold out cleverly conceived half kaiju half wood pieces made for a striking installation. Discuss Haroshi here.

Showing: Gavin Lynch – “Letting go is hard” @ Angell Gallery

A couple weeks ago, Angell Gallery in Toronto opened a new solo from Gavin Lynch entitled Letting go is hard. A recent move east prompted a change in focus for the now Quebec-based artist’s paintings, and perhaps the title of the new body of work. Lynch further explains – “My new home in western Quebec shifted my paintings’ focus. They have become more about the quotidian moments of living in the woods – the small things you notice when hiking, gardening or camping – rather than […]
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