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Happy Presidents’ Day

For those of you lucky enough to have today off work in the States, here is Ron English’s (featured) salute to the Presidents’ Day holiday. George Washington never looked better remixed with some comics and modified dollar bills.  For those of you who missed Ron’s recent solos in New York and the LA area, he’s scheduled for another show in Texas at the end of March at the International Museum of Arts and Sciences. Discuss Ron English here.

POW WOW ’11: Suitman

One of the highlights of our trip to Hawaii for POW WOW ’11 was spending some time with Young Kim. The performance artist, photographer, designer, creative director, and videographer has worked with many the major brands out there. His famous alterego – Suitman – is the physical representation of his cultural alienation and acceptance issues as he has lived and worked in many places since childhood. With a long line of people waiting to be photographed for one of his personal projects in the signature […]
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Releases: Audrey Kawasaki – “She Entwined” Print

For those waiting patiently for the next Audrey Kawasaki (interviewed) print release, your patience will be rewarded this Sunday, February 27th, if you are quick enough. “She Entwined”, from her recent set of shows in Australia (covered), will be in an edition of 300 (unframed $200 & framed $460) and released as usual on her webshop at 1:00pm pacific time (more details here). For those eager to see her originals in person, she will be part of the INLE show at Gallery 1988 next month […]

Phlegm x Sukhoi Su-17

Looks like Retna’s not the only one into painting aircraft. Phlegm recently enhanced this old Soviet fighter jet, a Sukhoi Su-17 with some of his signature imagery.  If you are in the UK, you’ll be able to see more of his work when he tagteams with ROA on the BLACK/LIGHT show in about a week. Closer looks at the jet after the jump…

Streets: ROA (Mexico)

One of the hardest working street artists in the game, ROA recently made a special trip to Mexico where he took time to throw up a bunch of murals (you can see more on Unurth). Not only did he reprise his signature “stacked pile” of animals, but he also chose creatures we have never seen him use before. Also, for those lucky enough to be in the UK, he has already gotten up in East London as well as created a monster installation at Black […]
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Teaser: Jacub Gagnon – “Elements and Oddities” @ Thinkspace

Coming up at the end of April, Jacub Gagnon will be bringing a whole new body of work to the Thinkspace Gallery in Culver City. The Toronto-based artist paints in stunning detail the interplay between animals and various chosen objects often with clever juxtapositions. Also showing jointly at the same time is Yosuke Ueno (teaser pic after the jump…)
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Showing: Michael Page – “Into Passing” @ Shooting Gallery SF

Michael Page (interviewed) continued to take his work in the direction we last saw at his show in March of last year (covered) with the inclusion of more abstract and loose elements as well as bold palette choices. The new body of work showing at the Shooting Gallery in SF explores the “immediacy of the human experience through the examination of macabre themes such as death and the eternal passage of time.” More pics after the jump via the gallery…

Teaser: Clare Rojas – “Inside Bleak” @ PRISM Gallery

It was during the opening of the wonderfully curated Come As You Are group show (covered) at the PRISM Gallery that we first saw these abstract works from Clare Rojas.  There’s no telling if she will continue to explore this new direction, but she will be returning to the three story architectural space on the western end of the Sunset Strip this Saturday night, February 26th with a new body of work entitled Inside Bleak as well as a performance under her stage name Peggy […]

Streets: JR (Venice, CA)

It looks like street photographer JR is back in Southern California after Eurotrash took over the Lazarides pop-up gallery last July. If you remember, as an adjunct for that show, he worked on a sweet collaboration with Vhils in downtown LA.  This time, the French street activist will be bringing his “The Wrinkles of the City” project over to the States after it’s original start in Shanghai.  Here is a piece he put up in Venice, the first in a series of twenty large-scale photos […]

Video: Highlights from “Suggestivism” @ GCAC

With a show filled with such plethora of strong and iconic works from an A-list of artists, Suggestivism definitely deserves a second look. If our coverage of the opening didn’t encourage you to see the exhibition in person, perhaps this video from Hurley featuring some footage of the art as well as an interview with curator and artist Nathan Spoor will convince you to head over to the Grand Central Art Center before April 17th, the close date. Discuss this show here.