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Preview: Chris Peters – “The Soul Never Sleeps” @ Last Rites Gallery

This Saturday night (May 26th), the Last Rites Gallery will be hosting The Soul Never Sleeps from Chris Peters in what will be his second solo show at the gallery (see 2010). About the 12 works he created for the exhibition, the LA-based artist states – “In this show I continue the search for beauty in dark places. I love that uneasy twilight place between life and death, between reality and unreality, between hope and despair. I use the vocabulary of Vanitas and Catholic religious […]
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Update: Dalek

Judging from this new ink piece from James Marshal aka Dalek (interviewed), he hasn’t completely killed off his space monkeys yet. Of course, his more abstract work also continues with an update of a mural he painted at the Hobie Surf Shop in Corona Del Mar, a completely new piece really. For those who still haven’t gotten enough after perusing the in-progress pics below, you can check out a video of the creation of the mural here. Discuss Dalek here.  
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Preview: Yue Minjun, Mark Jenkins, and Aakash Nihalani @ Carmichael Gallery

This Saturday, May 26th, the Carmichael Gallery will be opening a show featuring work from three artists coming from diverse backgrounds. The first is a giant in the Chinese contemporary art scene – Yue Minjun. Working with the original publisher, two of each of the 28 large format lithographs from the Smile-Isms set (edition of 45) will be made available. The second artist featured is American street artist Mark Jenkins (interviewed) who will be displaying his thought-provoking and clever sculptural works. Rounding out the trio is […]
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Streets: ROA (Vienna)

After a showing last August at INOPERAbLE in Vienna, ROA has been invited back by the gallery to paint a massive 23 m wall in the city center. The Belgium anatomical street specialist decided to render a beautiful collage of local birdlife on a wall in the 9th district that dwarfed the mural he painted at the showspace last time. Discuss ROA here.  
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Mars-1 x David Choong Lee, Damon Soule, & Oliver Vernon – “Symbiosis Eclipse” Painting

Apparently, the staff at AM were not the only ones squinting their eyes trying to catch a glimpse of the solar eclipse several days ago. Members of the Furtherrr Collective, Mars-1, Damon Soule, and Oliver Vernon, who only recently collaborated on a large mural in Arizona (covered) got together for round two – this time welcoming another painter in the crew to participate as well – David Choong Lee. The symbiotic piece, which was completed at Pyramid Lake, looks like if was inspired by the […]
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Update: Banksy

The ever elusive Banksy has recently updated his website with some new “indoor” work with pieces that seem destined for some gallery show, museum, or private collection. Also new were some confirmations of outdoor stencils that has popped up recently including the “child labor” piece that appeared in London a couple weeks ago as well as some work that hadn’t appeared on the interwebs yet. Discuss Banksy here.
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Showing: Alexander Calder @ L&M Arts

Currently showing at L&M Arts in Los Angeles through June 16th is a selection of work from renowned American sculptor and artist Alexander Calder, some never seen before by the public. Including in the exhibition are over 40 indoor and outdoor works including mobiles, stabiles and gouaches, that span from 1938 to 1975. Images via the gallery. Discuss Alexander Calder here.
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Streets: Flying Fortress x Nychos (Dublin)

Last weekend in Dublin, Flying Fortress and Nychos collaborated on a sweet mural for the All City Tivoli Jam. This isn’t the first time the two have worked together if you remember the piece they painted several months ago in Vienna entitled “The Anatomy of Mother Bear Giving Birth” when FF visited his friend Austrian friend. This time around, the Fortress’ signature character is again dissected in Nychos’ distinctive style. Discuss Flying Fortress here.
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Teaser: “Gin and Juice” @ Ivory & Black

Coming up on June 15th, the Ivory & Black Soho will be presenting their first group exhibition featuring artists Andrew Schoultz, Cleon Peterson, James Jean, Richard Colman and Ryan Travis Christian. Entitled Gin & Juice, the show features painters who hae been influenced by the Californian subcultures they hail from with diverse imagery ranging from the humorous, the macabre, the playful, the violent, to the idealistic.
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Preview: Evan Hecox – “Dark Island” @ Joshua Liner Gallery

After showing across the pond last year in London, Evan Hecox will returning to the states for his latest solo at the Joshua Liner Gallery, site of his last New York exhibition in 2009. Dark Island, opening May 24th, will see the SF-based artist continue his mixed media work incorporating text based design elements as well as referencing local visual cues. Also of note, in honor of the his first New York themed body of work, Five Boroughs (the image above) will be released as […]