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Releases / Signings: Luke Chueh – “Bearing The Unbearable”

Tomorrow, June 9th (from 1-4 PM), Luke Chueh (interviewed) will be at the Gallery 1988 (Melrose location) signing his new book Bearing The Unbearable. Covering work from 2003-2009, the monograph is the first major publication from the LA-based artist known for his dark and humorous imagery featuring his cartoon-like characters including his infamous bear. Take a look at some photos we took of an advance copy down as well as a the full signing schedule and details down below. SATURDAY JUNE 9th, 2012 (1PM – 4PM) […]
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Openings: “Wild At Heart” @ Thinkspace

A couple Saturdays ago, the Thinkspace Gallery in Culver City hosted the opening for Wild at Heart, a benefit show where some of the proceeds went towards Born Free USA. The group exhibition featured artists and their choice of endangered species to paint or work with leading to some great pieces being created. Co-curated by Amanda Erlanson and Andrew Hosner, the impressive lineup included Wayne White, Andrew Hem, Aron Wiesenfeld, Dabs Myla, Martin Wittfooth, Amy Sol, Aryz, Chet Zar, Esao Andrews, Frank Gonzales, Mary Iverson, Amy […]
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Openings: Arrested Motion – “City of Fire” @ Stephen Webster

On Tuesday night, Los Angeles showgoers got their midweek art fix at Stephen Webster when the City of Fire exhibition was unveiled. With pieces filling the walls from Cyrcle., Thomas Doyle, Ron English, James Jean, Kid Zoom, Dave Kinsey, MARS-1, Patrick Martinez, Pedro Matos, REVOK, Rostarr, Andrew Schoultz, SABER, Jeff Soto, Judith Supine, TrustoCorp, Mark Dean Veca, Nick Walker, and Adam Wallacavage as well as free-flowing drinks courtesy of Kanon Vodka, a good time was had by all. Arrested Motion had a great time putting the show together […]
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Teaser: Kevin Peterson – “Prospective” @ Shooting Gallery

This Saturday, the Shooting Gallery in San Francisco will be hosting a new body of work from Kevin Peterson. Entitled Prospective, the solo showing will feature the local painter’s juxtaposition of his characters (often innocent children) against urban backgrounds dealing with issues of isolation and uncertainty. Peterson’s statement about the show – “For this show, I continue to examine the varied journeys we take through life. It’s about growing up and living in a world that is broken. These paintings are about trauma, fear and […]
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Teaser: Patrick Martinez – “Lovely Day” @ Known Gallery

On June 16th, Patrick Martinez will be opening his latest solo show at the Known Gallery entitled Lovely Day. For this new body of work, the LA-based artist who initially made his name with his neon works that play on hip-hop themes will be focusing on two ideas. One will be the the juxtaposition of the beauty seen in the City of Angels with the evil things that happen there with the other being an exploration of the male psyche. Along with his sculptural work and […]
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Streets: Phlegm – “Waterways”

With the weather turning nicer, the Sheffiled-based Phlegm was able to get out and about painting a set of murals entitled Waterways. The whimsical pieces feature his signature characters and his continued exploration of the nautical theme, which was appropriate considering his placement. Looks like he also may have gotten a little wet based on the difficult locations he had to work in. Discuss Phlegm here.
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Streets: Ericailcane (Italy)

After hitting up Belgium with his illustrative murals, Ericailcane returned to his home country to put in some more work. This newest piece was painted in Modena, Italy featuring one of his beloved animals hoarding a stash coins tied in a stranglehold around its neck while teetering on the edge of a cliff. Pretty insightful commentary on the financial health of Europe don’t you think? Look for more from Eric the Dog for the upcoming Fame Festival. Photo by Ms Larsen (via Unurth). Discuss Ericailcane […]
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Preview: “Death and the Maiden” @ Roq La Rue

Tomorrow night (June 8th), Roq La Rue will be presenting a group show entitled Death and the Maiden featuring works from Kazuki Takamatsu, Femke Hiemstra, Travis Louie, Glenn Barr, Esao Andrews (seen above), Andrew Hem, Sylvia Ji, Peter Gronquist, Marco Mazzoni, Ciou, Lisa Petrucci, Laurie Lee Brom, Amanda Manitach, Jessica McCourt, Madeline Von Foerster, and Jessica Joslin. Artists were ask to submit pieces based on the medieval theme of a maiden dancing with a skeleton, a metaphor for the fact “no one gets out alive,” […]
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Do Ho Suh – “Fallen Star” for UCSD’s Stuart Collection

Tomorrow in San Diego, Do Ho Suh’s Fallen Star finally opens at UCSD’s Jacobs Hall at the Jacobs School of Engineering. The project from the famed Korean sculptor, which is the 18th permanent sculpture commissioned by UCSD’s Stuart Collection, has been seven years in the making and was funded by $1.3 million in private donations. The stunning installation features a home that appears to have crash-landed on the seventh floor roof and is a awe-inspiring addition to Suh’s on-going exploration of themes around the idea of […]
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Teaser: Mark Ryden – “The Gay 90s: West”

Here’s a little advance notice for Mark Ryden fans out there who need to make travel plans. On October 27th, the Michael Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles will be presenting The Gay 90s: West, the apparent left coast continuation of a body of work that started in New York back in 2010. (covered). The showing will include new paintings, works on paper, installation, and sculpture exploring the idealized 1890’s in America with all its associated trappings rendered with of course a surreal twist. In particular, […]