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Previews: Jolene Lai – “Play” @ Thinkspace Gallery

On Saturday night, April 26th, Jolene Lai will be presenting five new works in Thinkspace Gallery’s project room (an encore to her showing there in 2013). Entitled Play, the new collection of paintings demonstrate the Los Angeles-based artist’s unique world, filled with whimsical and adventurous scenes seemingly taken directly from a fairytale or surreal dream. Take a look at more preview images below… Discuss Jolene Lai here. Discuss this show here.
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Previews: Josh Keyes – “Entwined” @ Antler Gallery

Tomorrow night, April 24th, the Antler Gallery in Portland will be presenting some new work from Josh Keyes (interviewed), in a joint showing with Neil M. Perry entitled Entwined. For his part, Keyes will be continuing the series of work last seen in his online showing (covered) earlier this year in his new style, bringing his imagery all the way to the edge of the painting surface. Take a look at another piece from the show below… Discuss Josh Keyes here. Discuss this show here.
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Openings: “SuperAwesome: Art and Giant Robot” @ Oakland Museum of California

Last weekend, the Oakland Museum of California opened a new exhibition, entitled SuperAwesome: Art and Giant Robot, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the art and culture magazine Giant Robot. Along with a diverse selection of GR branded paraphenalia and publications, artists who have been involved with them over the years contributed original artwork as well as some wall murals. Fans saw a diverse collection of works from artists like Ako Castuera, Sean Chao, Luke Chueh, Hamburger Eyes, Andrew Hem, James Jean, kozyndan, Masakatsu Sashie, Shizu Saldamando, Rob Sato, Amy Sol, Deth P. Sun, Adrian Tomine, and David Choe. Congrats to Eric Nakamura […]
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Showing: Berndnaut Smilde – “Antipode” @ Ronchini Gallery

We first introduced you to Berndnaut Smilde’s work last year, when a video was released documenting the Amsterdam-based artist’s amazing process of creating “clouds” indoors. Fans in London now have the opportunity to see some of the Dutch artist’s work in person as he is currently showing at Ronchini Gallery. Although photographs of his Nimbus series are sure to be the main attraction, the exhibition also features other works from his repertoire. The show will be on view through June 14. Via Designboom. Photos courtesy […]
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Releases: Luke Chueh – “Bitch” Figure

After introducing his collaboration with Pretty In Plastic at his last show (covered) in Los Angeles, Luke Chueh (featured) has revealed another image of his new art toy – Bitch. Like the Jack sculpture seen in that exhibition, this latest figure is based on a sculpt from Pretty In Plastic, and in this instance will be produced by Munky King. Based on a painting from 2007 (seen below), the toy featuring two wolves in a humorous situation may be available in the near future (hopefully in […]
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Openings: “Steer Ahead” @ Soze Gallery

Over the weekend, an exhibition to benefit CAMP2E opened at the Soze Gallery entitled Steer Ahead. Artists like Dave Kinsey (seen above), Victor Castillo, Cyrcle., Devngosha, James Haunt, Brittany Segal, Dan Quintana, Bon Nielsen, Gregory Siff, Aaron De La Cruz, Paige Smith, Kristin Bauer, RETNA, Sarah Sandin, Aaron De la Cruz, Bone Thrower, Cole Sternberg, and Fidia Falaschetti were asked to customize and paint real steer skulls and display it along with original artwork. Take a look at more shots of this unique showing below… Photo credit: […]
Jonathan Yeo: Portraits At The Lowry, Manchester

Showing: Jonathan Yeo – “Portraits” @ The Lowry

For those who missed Jonathan Yeo’s exhibition (covered) at the National Portrait Gallery in London, you may want to head north to The Lowry in Manchester. Portraits sees the British artist’s work travel up for another museum showing, featuring many of his most famous subjects including Kevin Spacey, Damien Hirst, Helena Bonham Carter, George Bush (cast in one of Yeo’s porn-infused collages), and others. The showing also includes additional paintings, drawings and preparatory materials added in especially for this exhibition. See it through June 29. Via Lazarides. […]
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Upcoming: Mobstr – “Sex, Drugs & Painting Canvases” @ The Old Truman Brewery

On May 15th, Mobstr will be opening a show (RSVP needed, details below) at The Old Truman Brewery entitled Sex, Drugs & Painting Walls Canvases. Known for his witty text based works in the streets, the UK-based artist will be transferring his aesthetic from walls to canvases. Rounding out the exhibition, which will run for less than a week, will be a series of installations. Discuss Mobstr here.
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Art Focus: Fabio Magalhaes

This week’s Art Focus sees us taking a look at the unsettling work of Fabio Magalhaes. The young artist hails from Brazil, where he is based in the city of Salvador, also where he studied at the Federal University of Bahia. Working primarily in oils, Magalhaes paints as though he was a serial killer, with images of torture and body parts, and certainly it would be concerning if he used true photo references. So, we will just assume it comes from his imagination, studying anatomy textbooks, or […]
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Mike Giant x Major Lazer / Pharrell – “Aerosol Can” Music Video

Mazer Lazer recently unveiled their latest music video Aerosol Can featuring Pharrell and the artistic stylings of Mike Giant. In the footage, you can see the heavily tattooed (last covered by us in 2012) Bay Area artist showing off his calligraphy skills as he writes out the song lyrics, augmented by graphics. Look for more from Giant coming up in July in a showing at Denver’s Black Book Gallery. Discuss Mike Giant here.
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