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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 […]

Recap: Mark Jenkins – “BRD SHT” @ Lazinc

Just closing over the weekend in London, BRD SHT from Mark Jenkins (interviewed) filled Lazinc with clever sculptural works that mirror his public interventions. At times disconcerting because of the American artist’s use of the human form, the nine sculptural pieces were joined by three canvases and works on paper that also were a testament to his dark humor. Jenkins further explains – “BRD SHT, the show’s title, nods to a license plate in the film Brewster McCloud. In the film, it was a murderous substance and while I understand here […]

Releases: Parra x Nike Air Max 1 & Zoom Spiridon Collection

Over the last week or so, Parra started to reveal some new collaborations with Nike including his take on the Zoom Spiridon, & Air Max 1 (including a Friends and Family edition with the lateral swoosh removed and a matching tracksuit). Featuring the palette often employed by the Dutch artists often uses, the new collection utilizes a patchwork of patterns and will be released at select shops on July 21st. Take a look at a promotional video as well as more photos below… A post shared […]

Previews: KAWS:HOLIDAY Project (Seoul)

Continuing to target the Asian market through which he has scored some record results as of late, KAWS will be unveiling a project (with support from LOTTE) soon with a return to Korea (see 2016). Along with one of the New York-based artist’s companion figures floating in Seoul’s Seokchon Lake, his Korean fans will also be pleased to know there will be an assortment of associated products released just in time for summer including a replica floating figure, inflatable pool bed, T-shirts, umbrella and towel. The 28 meter high inflatable […]
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