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Streets: Usugrow (Marrakech)

Last month, the facade of the well known Cafe Des Epices in Marrakech, Morocco was painted over with the street calligraphy of Usugrow. Curated by Valerie Liais du Rocher of Studio IWA with support from Upper Playground, the Japanese artist left his mark in the heart of the Medina at in Rahba Kedima spice square covering one side of the rooftop structure with his signature script. Photo credit: Raphael Liais (via Upper Playground). Discuss Usugrow here.
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Interviews: Aaron Li-Hill

Recently, we had a chance to stop by the solo by Aaron Li-Hill at the C.A.V.E. Gallery in Venice (showing through this Sunday) and the associated mural. The selection of work on display, of which some can be seen below, focuses on one part of his oeuvre – renderings of the natural world. We talk about this as well as his background, installations, fencer imagery, and more in the interview below… Arrested Motion: Can you tell us a little bit about your art background and how you got […]
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Openings: Sarah Joncas & Camilla d’Errico – “Beauty in the Breakdown” @ Thinkspace Gallery

Last weekend,  Sarah Joncas (seen above) and Camilla d’Errico (seen below) opened up a joint show together at Thinkspace Gallery in Los Angeles that included good representations of what they were known for. Beauty in the Breakdown featured the feminine portraiture  of Joncas in film-noir settings contrasted against the manga-inspired surreal work of d’Errico. Both Canada-based artists were in attendance and it looks like a good time was had by all. Photo credit: Birdman Photos. Discuss Sarah Joncas here. Discuss Camilla d’Errico here.
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Studio Visits: Junko Mizuno

Leading up to her current showing at Narwhal Contemporary in Toronto, we stopped by the studio of Junko Mizuno in San Francisco to learn more about her work environment and to see some of the works in progress. Using acrylic, ink, and graphite, the Japanese artists creates recognizable cute, grotesque, and provocative imagery that has a mixture of influences from pop culture to manga. You can see more of the work created for the show here, but can also glimpse some of the pieces that […]
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Upcoming: Daniel Arsham – “Remember the Future” @ CAC Cincinnati

Coming up on March 20th at the CAC Cincinnati, the New York-based Daniel Arsham will be opening a show entitled Remember the Future. For his first major exhibition in Ohio, the artist known for his sculptural works created with an architectural mindset, will “respond in unique ways to the scale, light and structure of the CAC building.” Discuss Daniel Arsham here.
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Dabs Myla Create New MTV Movie Awards Logo

With the 2015 MTV Movie Awards set to go live on April 12th, the television channel has revealed the new logo designed by Dabs Myla. You may remember that last year, KAWS was tapped work with the VMA’s, so it’s not surprise that they have continued hiring on talented artists that their viewers can relate too. Look for the Los Angeles-based couple to create some installations for the awards show as well. The duo told MTV News – “We wanted to make something really bold and energetic that […]
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Openings: Kenny Scharf – “Born Again” @ Honor Fraser Gallery

Over the weekend, Honor Fraser Gallery in Culver City presented new works from Kenny Scharf (interviewed) collectively entitled Born Again. The latest solo from the American painter includes a diverse sampling of his oeuvre including new pieces on reclaimed artwork, assemblages, videos and collages, as well as an installation. The show runs through April 4th if you want to check it out in person, or enjoy the photos below… Photo credit: Birdman Photos. Discuss Kenny Scharf here.
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POW! WOW! ’15 / Streets: SABER X Kevin Ancell

The amazing roster this year for POW! WOW! Hawaii (more coverage here) also included legendary LA writer SABER (interviewed) and RVCA advocate Kevin Ancell. The MSK-affiliated SABER contributed a volcano and some of the figurative imagery rendered with amazing spray can control while the Bay Area-based Ancell (who also opened an exhibition that week) added his script and some other elements. Photo credit: The Seventh Letter (except portraits of Saber by Arrested Motion). Discuss POW! WOW! Hawaii here. Discuss Saber here.
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Alex Chinneck – “Pick Yourself Up and Pull Yourself Together”

British artist Alex Chinneck has put together another mindbending installation  a little different than the modified structures we have seen from him before (see melting & upside-down house). Created in a car park at London’s Southbank Centre, the piece features what appears to be a peeling away asphalt surface with a car still on top of it but upside down. Sadly, Pick Yourself Up and Pull Yourself Together was only on view through February 25th but enjoy the photos below… The Hackney-based artist states – “While I am most excited by […]
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Studio Visits / Previews: Kenny Scharf – “Born Again” @ Honor Fraser Gallery

Tonight at Honor Fraser Gallery, Kenny Scharf (interviewed) will be presenting his latest solo exhibition to his fans in Los Angeles. The new showing promises to be a diverse one, ranging from a fresh set of paintings, a selection of rarely shown early videos and collage, to his never exhibited before assemblages. The new Born Again series sees the Scharf repurposing and painting over discarded artwork, which you can see him working on in the studio visit photos here. Also rounding things out will be a series of installations where the aforementioned videos will […]