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Openings: Luke Chueh – “Self-ish” @ CHG Circa

Over the weekend, painter Luke Chueh (featured) presented a new body of work to his collectors in Los Angeles entitled Self-ish. The show at  CHG Circa featured a continuation of one of his most recognizable series, the “You Are What You Eat” works, overlaid with some of his self portrait elements. Also seen were further explorations of his “Head Space” pieces, autobiographical musings, as well as more of is “Color Field” paintings. Rounding things out were several watercolors where a more raw and loose style from Chueh could be […]
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Streets: World Roundup (Sept 22 – Oct 12)

With this latest edition of our Streets: World Roundup article, we turn our eyes to Las Vegas for our featured mural from ROA. The Belgium-based artist withstood the desert heat for four days of hard work before completing this piece with the image of a horny toad, a local species that can squirt blood out of its eyes to deter predators. Painted for the Life Is Beautiful Festival, the wall can be found on Stewart and N. 6th Street. Other notable public art comes from […]
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Previews: Tiffany Bozic – “Qualia” @ Joshua Liner Gallery

For Tiffany Bozic’s third exhibition opening October 16th at Joshua Liner Gallery (see 2010 & 2012), she has produced a stunning new series of paintings artistically exploring how various species (including our own) perceive the world around them. Entitled Qualia, the nine works of acrylic on maple panel showcases the San Francisco-based painter’s continued refinement and of her increasingly complex and detailed style. She further explains: “I call this show Qualia, which refers to individual subjective properties of our own conscious experiences. The way you experience the color blue […]
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Previews: Brendan Monroe – “Blobography” @ Heath Ceramics (Los Angeles)

In another collaboration (see McFetridge here)  that makes sense for both parties, Heath Ceramics in Los Angeles will be presenting a show from Brendan Monroe (interviewed) early next month. Blobography will feature organic sculptural forms from the Bay Area-based artist, which have always been an extension of his science-influenced imagery. Tickets to the opening reception on November 1st are available here. Discuss Brendan Monroe here.
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Upcoming: Hideaki Kawashima – “Back And Forth” @ Richard Heller Gallery

This Saturday (October 18), the Richard Heller Gallery all be hosting the second solo showing from Hideaki Kawashima in the United States (see 2011). Entitled Back And Forth, the new body of work includes portraits of boys and girls, familiar to those who saw his last show although presented in a simpler more raw form in this new exhibition. Also, to round out the show, the Tokyo-based artist has included a new “head” series of paintings. Discuss Hideaki Kawashima here.
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Streets: Tom Fruin’s Stained Glass House @ Brooklyn Bridge Park

As a followup to his stained glass watchtower in 2012 (covered), Tom Fruin created a new installation last month at the Brooklyn Bridge Park for the Dumbo Arts Festival. Entitled Kolonihavehus, the house created from plexiglass was a hit with visitors during the day and at night, although it was particularly stunning lit up once the sun went down. Temporarily inhabited by duo CoreAct, attendees of the event were able to see the art structure enhanced by a collaborative physical performance. Via Colossal.
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Releases: James Jean – TMNT Figures

Going back to his comic book roots, James Jean (interviewed) revealed a project over the weekend at New York Comic Con that he has been working on with Good Smile. The Japanese manufacturer of hobby products is teaming up with Nickelodeon and Jean to create new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figures based on his illustrations. Pre-orders will start up in November beginning with Leonardo, with the remaining three set to be released in next year. Via Hypebeast. Discuss James Jean here.
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Streets: DALeast (Poland)

Continuing his assault on walls around the world, DALeast (interviewed) continued to paint his creatures that appear at home in their urban environment. This newest mural, painted with his signature kinetic brushstrokes, was created for the ongoing Urban Forms Gallery public works series in Lodz, the 33rd piece in the whole project. The Chinese artist states – “The mural represents the deer as the figure of the motherland. Birds are roosting and taking off above her, and her body separates the thunderstorm underneath. She is also the individual being and the source […]
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Upcoming: Baby Tattooville 2015 – Mark Ryden & Marion Peck Surrealist Ball

At the conclusion of Baby Tattooville last Sunday morning, attendees had the customary brunch at the Mission Inn before grabbing their Gift Bags and heading their separate ways. While they were finishing their selections from the impressive spread, ringleader Bob Self stood up to make some announcements but the final comments came as a total surprise. Next year’s event will be the last and final one and will culminate with a surrealist ball hosted by Mark Ryden and Marion Peck. Other confirmed guests include Camille […]
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Streets: Phlegm / Empty Walls (South Wales)

A couple of weeks ago, Phlegm traveled down to South Wales for the Empty Walls Festival where he painted a large mural on Wood Road right next to the main bus station. Featuring his signature characters acting out the old Welsh tradition of Mari Lwyd, the exaggerated imagery filled with local flavor is a welcome addition to the area. The luck-bringing ritual sees participants accompany a person disguised as a horse from house to house (including pubs) where they sing at each door in the hope […]
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