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Releases: Mars-1 – “Mars Molecule Collection”

Coinciding with his current exhibition at Heron Arts in San Francisco, Mars-1 (featured) has released a set of bronze sculptures titled Mars Molecule Collection that mirror the large scale pieces in the show. The sculpts are three dimensional representations of the SF-based artist organic otherworldly paintings and were first revealed in this year’s Burning Man. The set costs $2000 and come in an edition of 24 and are available here. Discuss Mars-1 here.

Previews: Seonna Hong – “If You Lived Here I’d Be Home By Now” @ Jonathan LeVine Gallery

When the doors open tomorrow night (October 17th) at Jonathan LeVine Gallery (529 West 20th Street), the new paintings from Seonna Hong (interviewed) will greet visitors from the walls of the Chelsea showspace. It’s been eight years since the the Los Angeles-based artist has shown in New York and in the intervening time, her melancholic and somber pieces have moved in a more hopeful direction. The familiar scrapes and swirls that define the abstract background for her girls and animals remain, but this time she has tried something new as well by […]

Openings: Stella Im Hultberg – “Stranger” @ Spoke Art

At the beginning of the month, Spoke Art in San Francisco introduced new works from Stella Im Hultberg (interviewed) in her first solo in four years. Entitled Stranger, the very floral new body of work encompassed many different mediums including oil paintings, loosely rendered watercolor, india ink sketches, as well as sculpture. The fresh imagery is inspired by the changes in her life, with being a new parent being the most obvious. She further explains – “There was a lot of ‘heaviness of love’ that I felt since becoming a parent, […]
Murals In The Market

Streets: Luke Chueh / Murals In The Market (Detroit)

Last month, as part of the Murals In the Market festival, Luke Chueh (interviewed) painted a rare public arts mural in Detroit’s Eastern Market. The Los Angeles-based painter decided to go with an image inspired by his thoughts of the Motor City as being the home of house music and DJ culture as we know it. For fans of Chueh’s sad bear series of works, The Soundtrack (To My Life) is certainly instantly recognizable and striking in large scale form. Featured artists also include: 2501, Askew, Beau Stanton, Brian Lacey, Denial, Ellen […]

Previews: Laura Ball – “Keep” @ David B. Smith Gallery

Denver’s David B. Smith Gallery will be presenting new works from Laura Ball starting this Friday, October 16th. The new watercolors are collectively entitled Keep, a continuation of her exploration of the subconscious and the hero myth of Joseph Campbell. In San Diego-based artist’s mind, the amalgamations of creatures, bones, and flora form sanctuaries in her paintings where the endangered animals can find refuge in a rapidly declining world. Discuss this show here. Discuss Laura Ball here.

Upcoming: Brian Viveros – “Matador” @ Thinkspace Gallery

On November 7th, the latest solo from Brian Viveros (featured) will be opening at Thinkspace Gallery in Los Angeles. Entitled Matador, the exhibition will not only include new oil paintings, drawings, exclusive edition prints but also a large collaborative sculpt with Pretty In Plastic entitled Bullheaded and the release of his first ever art book published by the gallery called The DirtyLand. We recently had the opportunity to visit Viveros at his Riverside studio and were quite impressed with the increasingly intricate detailing and evolution of his imagery that has taken his work to […]

Releases: Esao Andrews / Contrast 15: Emotional Connection

Those interested in the gothic surreal imagery of Esao Andrews might want to get their hands on a copy of Contrast Magazine. The latest issue features a nice full color cover with one of the Los Angeles-based artist’s reoccurring images, various iterations of a ghostly ship. Inside the Hawaii-based publication you will find a nice spread of Andrews’ work along with a lengthy interview. Also included are features on Thomas Campbell, Sean Yoro, Caratoes, Chocomoo, Ja Tecson, Ryan Moss, Sosupersam, Aloha Got Soul, Beefowl, and Asylum. Purchase a copy here. Discuss Esao Andrews here.

Streets: JR / Nuit Blanche (Toronto)

Earlier this month, this year’s Scotiabank Nuit Blanche opened up to the public in Toronto. One of the participating artists this year is French photogapher JR (interviewed) with several projects to engage his fans in Canada. One of these is seen above, the continuation of the TED winner’s Inside Out project where people are asked to have their photos taken in large scale black & white format at a mobile photo booth and then pasted as public art or for some political motive in certain instances. In this case, the […]

Showing: Yayoi Kusama
 – “In Infinity” @ Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Denmark)

Currently at the Louisiana Museum of Art in Denmark, the first ever retrospective in Scandinavia from Yayoi Kusuma is on display through January 24th next year. In Infinity features works spanning more than six decades, from visual art to performance, film, literature and design, presented in chronological order including a new series of paintings created specifically by the Japanese artist for this exhibition. Take a look at more photos from the show below… Photo credit: Kim Hansen (via Designboom). Discuss Yayoi Kusama here.

Showing: “El Mac: Aerosol Exalted” @ Colorado Springs Fine Art Center

Currently at the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center, El Mac: Aerosol Exalted is showing through January 10th. The new pieces in the exhibition highlights El Mac’s signature technique with the fat cap, double line ripples that radiate out from his imagery creating an almost calligraphic effect. Included are some older pieces he finished up that were collaborations with fellow Los Angeles-base artist RETNA. Lucky Colorado residents also have the opportunity to purchase a special print between now and the national release ons October 14th. Discuss El Mac here.