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Studio Visits / Videos: Nicola Verlato – “Zero Gravity” @ Merry Karnowsky

We were first introduced to the work of Italian-born, Los Angeles-based artist Nicola Verlato’s imagery back in April at a showing (covered) with Jonathan LeVine in New York. Since then, the painter has been compiling a series of work for his latest solo, Zero Gravity, that opens at Merry Karnowsky this Saturday, August 11th. His cinematic visions of suspended moments in time are mixed in with the impending possibility of the future crash of the social economical system. Take a look inside his studio in the photo set as he […]

Streets: Wall Therapy Festival (Part III) – Recap

After sharing you photos of South Africa – based couple DALeast and Faith47’s murals (here & here) with you, we now have a round up of some of the rest of the action from the Wall Therapy Festival. Some of the other artists who were included in the first time event held in Rochester, New York were the brothers How & Nosm and their intricate work and signature palette, Case with a couple pieces including a tribute to the Kodak Girl, ROA with his stacked animals, another kinetic piece […]

Publications: Andrew Hem – “Dreams Towards Reality” Book

Andrew Hem (interviewed), who we last saw a year ago during his solo in Los Angeles (covered), has something new for his fans. The new book, Dreams Towards Reality, is a survey of Hem’s recent paintings but also includes “selections from his early work, graffiti, sketches, murals, sculptures and collages, as well as photographs from the extensive travel in Southeast Asia and South America that has informed his vision.” Also included is an in-depth essay by Amanda Erlanson. It is now available for preorder from Zero+ Publishing at a […]

Streets: Blu (Italy)

Italian street savant Blu, who recently reappeared in Spain for the Desordes Creativas Festival where he made vegetarians everywhere feel just as guilty as meat-lovers, has now returned to his native country for a mural. The new work in Sardinia shows a lab experiment being conducted by a pair of large green hands, a nod to the feeling in the region that Quirra Syndrome with an unusually high cancer rate is due to the military testing in the area. Discuss Blu here.

Signings: Futura x Hennessy @ Mel & Rose

Prior to the massive launch party for the new Futura designed Hennessy bottle in Los Angeles, the graffiti legend held a special signing for his fans. Hosted by fine liquor retailers Mel & Rose, the event featured a meet and greet for collectors as well as associated Futura imagery. The bottle is only limited to 200,000 worldwide so snap up yours before they are gone. Photo credit: ©Carlos Gonzalez for Arrested Motion. Discuss Futura here.

Eric Haze Nike Store Olympic Installation

With the Olympic Games in full swing, it’s time to tell you about a project Eric Haze has been developing with Nike at their 21 Mercer St. flagship store in Soho. He explains – “The first component of the project involved creating a modular painting system, originally based on a flag, which also took its cues from a number of historical symbols from basketball, track and field. Using 2’ x 2’ individual icons, I created a 8’ x 16’ master painting, which then breaks down into various configurations both […]

Releases: Nathan Spoor – “Rites of Passage”

The folks at 1xRUN just released a new print from Nathan Spoor entitled Rites of Passage in a time-released run of 40 for the next 7 days. The limited edition (priced at $65 and sized at 13 x 22 inches) combines his mix of surrealism and architectural elements and shows “shows a moment of transition – a leap of faith.” The image details a world that has been built up around one of the main characters in the work, and her jump from the stable […]

Streets: Komafest (Part IV) – Recap

After bringing you the works of Claudio Ethos, Vhils, and Conor Harrington from Komafest, all the way from Vardø, Norway, we now have a recap of some the other walls that we have not featured yet. Other artists like Steve “ESPO” Powers (seen above with his hilarious take on a common phrase), Husk Mit Navn, REMED, and ROA also visited the Norwegian island community and put up work. Photo credit: kalevkevad.

David Choe in Hawaii (Part II)

Last month, we reported on a sweet new mural (jellyfish!) from David Choe’s (featured) from the islands of Hawaii (which subsequently got buffed). It looks like while there, the Facebook gangster also painted some faces and brought it along with him to various locales. Take a look at some of the photos he posted of them to his blog as well as some of his adventures there. Discuss David Choe here.

Openings: Eric Fortune – “A Life to Leave” @ Lebasse Projects (Culver City)

Last month at Lebasse Projects, AM had the chance to visit A Life to Leave, a new solo from Eric Fortune (interviewed). Ever since we first started covering the Ohio-based painter’s work, we have known about his time-consuming and very detailed style but the new pieces really seem like he has accentuated his process (if that is possible). From his rendering of flowing garments to his interplay with ligh, his execution if just flawless. Discuss this show here. Discuss Eric Fortune here.