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Previews: Brian Mashburn – “Contenders” @ Thinkspace

Opening this Saturday, April 25th, will be a small show from Brian Mashburn at Thinkspace Gallery in Los Angeles. Entitled Contenders, the new body of work will consist of six 6″ x 6″ paintings centered thematically on roosters. They look to be rendered beautifully in and in detail in the foreground contrasting nicely with the North Carolina-based artist’s recognizable backgrounds. Discuss Brian Mashburn here.
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Update: James Jean

James Jean (interviewed) appears to be firing on all fronts as of late, working on a full range of projects, often at the same time. Just the ones that have been made public in the last several months already includes the design of a library, prints, murals, publications, art toy design, and apparel. But when it comes down to it, our first love were of course his drawings and paintings, where it all begins. Seen here is a new piece that we had to share, a […]
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Previews: Jenny Morgan – “All We Have Is Now” @ Driscoll Babcock Galleries

Coming up on May 14th, Jenny Morgan will be opening her second solo with Driscoll Babcock Galleries in New York. Entitled All We Have Is Now, the new oil on canvas works from the New York-based artist continues her series of portraiture accented with increasingly intense hues. Centered on themes of life, death, and rebirth, the fresh works also features the blurring of faces, play with symmetry, and inclusion of skeletal forms that have been seen in her past compositions. Via Supersonic Art. Discuss Jenny […]
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Upcoming: Invader – “Wipe Out” @ The Qube (Hong Kong)

After some advance street activity (covered here & here) in Hong Kong earlier this year, Invader will be returning with a show opening on May 2nd at The Qube, PMQ (35 Aberdeen Street, Central). Entitled Wipe Out, the exhibition (presented by the Hong Kong Contemporary Art Foundation [HOCA] & Le French May) will be the French mosaic specialist’s first solo in HK. The title of the show comes from the famed street artist’s experience with his work earlier this year in HK where 90% of his pieces were removed by cleaning […]
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Spring Open Studios with Eric Joyner

For those interested in seeing the work space of Eric Joyner (interviewed) and learning more about his process, don’t miss the Spring Open Studios at Hunters Point Shipyard in San Francisco. Home to more than more than 250 artists, their studios will be open on April 25 & 26 to the public from 11-6 pm. Stop by (Building 101, Studio 2206) and see what Joyner has been working recently – looks like he may be incorporating a human presence to his signature robots and donut paintings. Discuss Eric Joyner […]
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Openings: Patrick Martinez – “FORBIDDEN FRUIT” @ New Image Art

Last week at New Image Art in Los Angeles, the versatile Patrick Martinez unveiled new mixed media works with a show entitled FORBIDDEN FRUIT. The fresh work combines his signature neon light technique with sculpture & painting, taking inspiration from things like hip hop and minority culture. Examples include guns mingling and appearing with common place items like fruits highlighted by neon lights, or imagery products are placed on the wall like strange hybrids – all giving insight into Martinez’s artistic vision. Photo credit: Opening Ceremony. Discuss Patrick Martinez here.   http://www.frank151.com/news/interview-patrick-martinez-at-new-image-gallery.html
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Previews: Samurai! / Giant Robot @ Worcester Museum

Tomorrow night (April 17th), the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts will be opening a new show – Samurai! As you can probably deduce from the title, warriors from the medieval and early-modern Japan will be theme of the exhibition. Showing alongside historical Japanese arms and armor from the museum and the John Woodman Higgins collections will be works from contemporary artists invited by guest curator Eric Nakamura (interviewed), editor and founder of Giant Robot Magazine. Participating artists include Miya Ando, Esao Andrews, Shawn Cheng, Josh Cochran, Moira Hahn, Jed Henry, James Jean, kozyndan, Mu Pan, Ferris Plock, Stan Sakai, Masakatsu Sashie, Rob Sato, Yuko Shimizu, Katsuya […]
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Dabs Myla x MTV Movie Awards

For those who missed the MTV Movie Awards last weekend, Dabs Myla has sent us some images from the event. The Australian husband and wife duo took it to another level with the some of the branding of the show as well as creating on site installations, murals, and sculptural elements much like KAWS did for the VMA’s back in 2013 (covered). The set design was inspired by the artists’ travels and the cities they have visited, but the recreated city was meant to bring up memories of any major American […]
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Showing: Souther Salazar – “Attic Transmissions” @ Narwhal Contemporary

Currently at the Narwhal Contemporary in Toronto, Souther Salazar has a new solo show on view entitled Attic Transmissions. Continuing his signature whimsical style of painting, the Portland-based artist has created a fresh batch of works that explore a new process of taking fragments created at different times and then merging them into new compositions. His thoughts on the exhibition – “The work for this show came to me in fragments, written and doodled while living in Scrapper’s Attic. In the beginning I made piles of small drawings and notes. Each day I’d […]
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Streets: Artists for “Different Strokes” (Penang)

Along with a contributing works for Different Strokes (covered), a group show in Malaysia curated by Giancarlo Petrucci of Graffiti Prints, some of the artists also found time to work on the streets. Whether alone or in collaboration with other participants, Ernest Zacharevic (seen above), Martin Ron, Martin Whatson, Alexface, BON, Nafir, Sabek, Addison Karl, Gabriel Pitcher, and Gongjar abandoned buildings and structures as well as the urban landscape of Penang. Photo credit: Henrik Haven & Paula Sainz (Sabek mural photo)
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