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Showing: Greg “Craola” Simkins – “No Strings” @ KP Projects Gallery

Currently at KP Projects Gallery in Los Angeles, Greg “Craola” Simkins (featured) has a show on view through June 17th entitled No Strings. The new body of imaginative work features paintings (including the massive 6′ x 9′ piece seen above), drawings, as well as a few limited editions. Continuing to explore the rich world he has created, the locally-based artist was inspired by the story of Pinnochio and the idea of escaping reality which can be seen in the surreal imagery featuring his signature hybrid amalgamations as well as some more […]

Releases: KAWS – “Blush Companion”

Just released this morning, the Blush edition of KAWS’ Companion figure is still available on his website. The two versions (regular and flayed) are both open editions and retail for $200 each. If you remember, word on these first surfaced around the time the Brooklyn-based artist opened his show in Shanghai. Discuss KAWS here.

Previews: Kisung Koh – “Long Live the Polar Treasure” @ Thinkspace

This Saturday night (June 3rd), Thinkspace’s project room will play host to Kisung Koh’s first solo exhibition with the Culver City gallery. The Toronto-based painter is another young artist whose imagery touches on environmental issues as is evident with his choice of subject matter for this showing. Entitled Long Live the Polar Treasure, the new collection of oil paintings from Koh is entirely dedicated to the endangered polar bear and the displacement from its habitat, paralleling the Korean artist’s own life experiences of “deracination and the pangs of dislocated belonging.”

Previews: Fuco Ueda – “Yumei” @ Dorothy Circus Gallery

On June 9th, Dorothy Circus Gallery in Rome will be hosting a new solo show from Fuco Ueda entitled Yumei. Extensively utilizing natural materials in her work like powdered mineral pigments on paper, cloth and wood, together with acrylic paint, the Japanese artist has created a new body of work that lingers between reality and the dream world. Here ethereal paintings are accentuated by a vibrant palette leading to an almost photo negative effect for her surreal scenes featuring her female characters and strange flora. Discuss Fuco […]

Murals: The Draculas @ ETA Agency

We first got turned on to the work of The Draculas during this year’s POW! WOW! Hawaii where they painted an amazing and surreal campfire scene. The Southern California-based duo, comprised of Gary Musgrave and Jeff McMillan, recently painted mural for the ETA Agency in Long Beach featuring a seaside city rampage kaiju battle. Take a look at more photos below… Photo credit: Brandon Shigeta.

Previews: Shawn Huckins – “Somewhere to Nowhere” @ Goodwin Fine Art

Following up on his show there last year (covered), Shawn Huckins (featured) will be opening Somewhere to Nowhere at Goodwin Fine Art on June 9th. The new distinctive text-based works are a response to his previous body of work where he overlaid today’s digital conversations (complete with abbreviations and mistakes) over scenes of traditional 18th and 19th century paintings. This time around, he uses phrases he finds from traditional pen and paper communications from a time when words seemed to be chosen more carefully and more meaningful and combined it with […]

Upcoming: Vhils – “Debris” @ Navy Yard No.1 – Contemporary Art Center (Macau)

Following up on an exhibition in the neighboring Hong Kong (covered), Vhils (filmed) will be opening a show on May 31st at Navy Yard No.1 – Contemporary Art Center in Macau. Entitled Debris, like his exhibition in HK, this event was organized with the support of the Hong Kong Contemporary Art Foundation (HOCA) and will lead to an interesting body of work from the Lisbon-based artist seeing as this Special Administrative Region of China used to be a Portuguese colony. Of course, the new work will feature Vhils’ unique mark-making […]

Upcoming: Josh Keyes – “Implosion” @ Thinkspace Gallery

On August 5th, Los Angeles will finally getting that big solo show from Josh Keyes (interviewed) that his fans have been waiting for all these years. It looks as though Implosion will have some paintings that continue his recent works that feature graffiti in natural and unusual settings. We’ll have more about the exhibition for you as it gets closer to the opening but for now, enjoy another preview image below… Discuss Josh Keyes here.

Recap: POW! WOW! DC 2017

The Washington D.C. edition of POW! WOW! recently returned in 2017 with another 15 artists creating murals in the NoMa district. Local artists CHELOVE, JD Deardourff, Jordann Wine, Julia Chon, Key Han, Martin Swift, Mas Paz, and Matt Corrado joined artists traveling from afar – Kaplan Bunce (Hawaii), Madsteez (California), STASH (Brooklyn) – seen above, TRAV (California), It’s a Living (Mexico), Muro (Spain), and Qbic (Russia) in painting walls in the neighborhood at a number of locations such as the Metropolitan Branch Trail and the new AVA apartment building at 55 M Street NE. Take a look at more photos below…

Ryan McGinley Photographs Brad Pitt For GQ

Continuing to capitalize on the demand for his commercial work, Ryan McGinley recently shot Brad Pitt for a feature in GQ magazine. Hitting three national parks (The Everglades, White Sands, and Carlsbad Caverns) on a epic cross county road trip shoot like the ones he is famous for, the New York-based photographer used his unique talents to catch candid images of the famous actor. Examples of McGinley’s signature use of light and motion, penchant for capturing raw images of humans interacting with nature, and compositional style […]
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