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Upcoming: Kelsey Brookes – “Sleep: The Science and the Mystery” @ Library Street Collective

On July 25th, Library Street Collective in Detroit will be hosting new works from Kelsey Brookes collectively entitled Sleep: The Science and the Mystery. Drawing on his past life as a biochemist, the San Diego based artist paints chemical and molecular structures with loosely defined abstract shapes and patterns. The resulting psychedelic swirls can put the viewer almost into a trance-like state if one stares at the work too long, mesmerized by the vortex of vibrant colors. Discuss this show here. Discuss Kelsey Brookes here.
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Streets: Shepard Fairey For The Line Hotel (Los Angeles)

AM recently had the pleasure of staying at The Line Hotel in Los Angeles, a project put together by the good people behind the Ace Hotel among others. Along with the work of D*Face gracing the west side of the property, the locally-based Shepard Fairey (featured) was asked to create a large mural overlooking the main entrance of the hotel. Completed over the course of several days, the “Peace Tree” will now be seen as a prominent part of the Wilshire corridor as drivers head west through […]
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Showing: Kenichi Yokono – “The New Suburbs” @ Mark Moore Gallery

Currently at the Mark Moore Gallery in Los Angeles, Japanese artist Kenichi Yokono has a show on view entitled The New Suburbs. The new collection of painted wood carvings are a continuation of what he presented with the same gallery back in 2011 (covered), and are fine examples of Yokono’s modern take on traditional woodcutting. Sourcing the grotesque and mundane from his native country’s culture, the intricate pieces deal with “notions of globalization and consumerism with the overwhelming cuteness (or kawaii) found in popular Japanese […]
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Releases: SABER – “Colores Para Siempre” 1xRUN Print

Currently on 1xRUN, Los Angeles-based writer SABER (interviewed) is offering a new limited entitled Colores Para Siempre. Created by revisiting areas where graffiti is prevalent, post buffing, the new 18 x 24 Inches 12-Color Serigraph can be yours for $200 and come signed (etched) and numbered. More info and to purchase, head over here. SABER explains further – “These prints were inspired by a photograph that I took inside the banks of the Los Angeles river. I stumbled upon that particular image in the LA river and it […]
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Art Focus: Adam Lupton

For this edition of our Art Focus feature, we present to you the work of Canadian artist Adam Lupton. Painted in oils, his portraiture oftentimes features multiple visages blurred together in a fragmented reality that seems to reflect the different struggles his subjects have with identity. Examples of this include different glimpses of a man dressing in drag and snapshots of another person putting on different masks. If you are in Vancouver over the weekend and are interested in seeing his work in person, he has […]
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Streets: World Roundup (Jun 15 – Jul 6)

The time had come for another Streets World Roundup here on AM. Leading things off is a complex new work of art from Felice Varini in Hasselt, Belgium for the “De Unie Hasselt-Genk” exhibition. The spiral-like piece which plays with perspective was painted on the roofs and facades of 99 buildings and can only be properly seen from one vantage point. Take a look at more here. Other murals that drew our attention in recent weeks includes work from Shok-1 x Remi Rough – UK, Strøk – Italy, […]
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Rewind: Jun 15 – Jul 6

As we share another Rewind feature with you today, you’ll notice the collection of art related videos headlined by a trailer for documentary titled Tim’s Vermeer (via Colossal). The film follows the attempts of a computer graphics specialist, who has no background in art, to duplicate a painting by Vermeer by recreating the room and props the Dutch painter used. Then, the premise that Vermeer used mechanical means to assist in his paintings can be put to the test. Take a look at the intriguing video […]
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Previews: Edwin Ushiro – “Gathering Whispers” @ Giant Robot 2

Last we covered a solo show from Edwin Ushiro (interviewed), it was 2013 at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles where an amazing piece caught our eye. Come July 12th, the locally-based artist with a unique creative process will be opening an exhibition at Giant Robot 2 entitled Gathering Whispers featuring new and old work. We look forward to seeing the ethereal and luminous imagery from Ushiro again in person as he explores his memories of childhood summer moments on Maui. He explains – “This series captures my […]
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JR – “Women Are Heroes” Container Ship

Over the weekend, JR (interviewed) launched a pretty special project from Port of Le Havre, France – a 365 meter long container ship, the CMA CGM MAGELLAN, pasted with his iconic eye motif. Working on over 151 containers, the French artist used them as pixels to recreate the eyes of Elizabeth, a Kenyan woman living in the Kibera slums, in Nairobi from his Women Are Heroes series of works. The vessel leaving the port will mark the end of this series that he started in 2007 (see below) and […]
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Previews: Erik Jones – “Motion” @ Hashimoto Contemporary

Tomorrow night (July 5th) in San Francisco, Erik Jones will be opening his debut solo show at Hashimoto Contemporary. Entitled Motion,  the new collection of paintings from the Brooklyn-based artist are figurative renderings seen through a veil of geometric expressionism. A wide variety of techniques are used in his mix-media portraits including his skill wtih watercolor, colored pencil, oil paint, and wax pastels leading to a rich and layered effect. Take a look at more preview images below… Discuss this show here.