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Openings: Kazuki Takamatsu – “Spiral of Emotions” @ CHG Circa

Over the weekend, art fans in Los Angeles saw the return of Kazuki Takamatsu and his gradient map textured portaiture in a new show entitled Spiral of Emotions. Exhibiting at CHG Circa (see 2013 at the sister gallery), the Japanese artist brought with him a new set of glowing paintings featuring ghostly silhouettes of children and adolescents, often intermingled with symbols of death and violence. This apparent contradiction between innocence and darker elements gives the work an added layer of complexity. These paintings are best viewed […]
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Ai Weiwei – “Leg Gun” Meme

Chinese artist & activist Ai Weiwei once again showed his acumen at utilizing social media to get his message across with the recent online craze that has been labeled by some as the “Leg Gun” meme. AWW set things off by posting a photo of himself on his Instagram account using his leg as a gun and has since posted more of himself as well as others mimicking the pose with their own variations and styles. So what is his message? The Guardian pointed out the similarities […]
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Previews: Jim Houser – “Night Got Quiet – Not Quite Light” @ FFDG

Next month in San Francisco, Jim Houser will be opening his new show entitled Night Got Quiet – Not Quite Light at the Fecal Face Dot Gallery. The Philadelphia-based artist has prepared 15 mixed media paintings as well as his always intriguing site-specific installations. Head over on July 11th if you are interested to see his special brand of iconography featuring repeating motifs, signature color palette, symbology, and typography. Discuss Jim Houser here.
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Streets: Shepard Fairey (Charleston)

Last month, we brought you photos from Shepard Fairey’s (featured) big museum exhibition in Charleston at The Halsey. As you may have guessed from the nature of his work, he also put in time on the streets. Working with his Obey crew, he pasted up his iconic Andre the Giant as well as other familiarly treated imagery up around town. Check out more photos below as well as a video… Photo credit: Jon Furlong. Discuss Shepard Fairey here.
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Rewind: Jun 2 – Jun 15

We have gathered another prime selection of art related video for you to enjoy in this newest edition of our Rewind feature. Topping the list is a new Guest Artist Series feature from Stussy that focuses on Japanese artist and illustrator Hajime Sorayama. Take a look at the footage below as they take a rare look at him on tape as he talks about various aspects of his work and career. Other notable videos include: Harmony Korine’s Addict fragrance film for Dior. (via Slamxhype). Explore […]
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Openings: Futura – “Introspective” @ Magda Danysz (Paris)

Earlier this week, graffiti legend Futura created new work for a Paris show at Magda Danysz Gallery entitled Introspective. Drawing from many of the series of works that have defined his career, the NYC-based artist presented street influenced abstractions, figurative work featuring his pointman character, and paintings that included his famous atom motif. Rounding out the exhibition were a selection of manipulated photos similar to what fans have seen him post on his Instagram for a while now. Photo credit: Stéphane Bisseuil (opening shots) & Guillotine. Discuss […]
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Previews: Michael Carson @ Arcadia Contemporary

This Thursday night (June 19th), Arcadia Contemporary in New York will be hosting the opening for Michael Carson’s new exhibition. For his first solo with the gallery, the Phoenix-based painter drew references for his chic women and impeccably dressed men by his observations of people on the streets. This love for fashion is evident in Carson’s work as well as the use of repeated patterns and motifs that add another layer of complexity to his work. Take a look at more preview images below… Discuss this […]
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Streets: World Roundup (Jun 2 – Jun 15)

Time for another one of our Streets: World Roundup articles. This new edition features up top a new collaboration wall from SABER (interviewed)  and ZES at the Artist & Craftsman Supply building in Los Angeles. The two local and MSK affiliated writers combined their styles for an impressive wrap on the side of the structure. The project was arranged by Branded Arts and you can view more photos here if interested. Other notable public arts in this article comes from: Vine – Italy (source), Remed x Okuda – […]
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Recap: Yoskay Yamamoto – “House of Daydreamers” @ Giant Robot 2

Giant Robot 2 in Los Angeles recently closed out a show from Yoskay Yamamoto (interviewed) entitled House of Daydreamers. The exhibition highlighted the locally-based artist’s diverse range of works including paintings, installations, and wood sculptures. The title of the show summarizes nicely some of the dreamy imagery that we have come to love from him, along with more literal interpretations. More photos from the opening can be seen below and on Hi-Fructose. Photo credit: Hi-Fructose. Discuss Yoskay Yamamoto here.
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Showing: ROA – “PROJECTUM 06″ @ StolenSpace Gallery

Currently showing at the StolenSpace Gallery in London through July 4th is an exhibition from ROA entitled PROJECTUM 06. The installation and new body of work featured his dissected portrayals of wildlife from the places he has traveled and reflects the work on the street from the Belgium-based artist. As per his style, many of his pieces have interactive aspects and deceptive visual props like mirrors which were enjoyed by all as they walked through the gallery. Photo credit: Paul Whitehouse. Discuss ROA here.