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Streets: El Mac – “Desert Rose” @ Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum

The Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum in Arizona recently commissioned gifted muralist El Mac to create a piece on one of their concrete exterior walls. Painted in the Los Angeles-based artist’s unique rippled style of applying spray paint, Desert Rose depicts one of his good friends and features some background designs at the top by a local Mesa resident and graffiti artist from the early 90’s – Mando Rascón. He further elaborates – “The image is based on my photos of Karen Bracamonte, an immigrant from Guatemala who is […]
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Previews: Andrew Schoultz – “Age of Empire” @ Joshua Liner Gallery

Tomorrow night (April 28) in New York, Andrew Schoultz will be opening his latest solo at Joshua Liner Gallery. Entitled Age of Empire, the exhibition will feature painting, work on paper, and a site specific installation all highlighting the Los Angeles-based artist’s chaotic imagery that references the social-political upheaval around the world. Using different mediums as well as some unexpected touches for those unfamiliar with his work like embedded US currency, Schoultz mixes and matches artistic influences that range from graffiti to underground comics to German […]
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Recap: Amy Sol – “Garden Garmine” @ Thinkspace Gallery

Last month, Amy Sol (interviewed) shared her newest body of work with her fans in Los Angeles at Thinkspace Gallery. Entitled Garden Gamine, her delicate scenes of creatures coexisting with her female subjects were rendered for the first time in oils. Take a look at photos below from the opening reception, wile enjoying a more detailed look at the new paintings… Photo credit: Birdman Photos. Discuss Amy Sol here.
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Jeff Soto for Empellón (New York)

Earlier this month, Jeff Soto (interviewed) painted (with the assistance of his brother and sister-in-law) an impressive two-wall mural at Empellón in New York. Invited in by one of his long-time fans and chef Alex Stupak (seen below) to infuse his surreal imagery onto the walls of his West Village outpost, the California native chose to highlight the rooster as well a group of pottery growing imagined plants and succulents. The artwork was part of a remodel of the taqueria is largely symbolic, with themes of family, life and death, and nature. […]
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Streets: 1010 // The Crystal Ship (Belgium)

After a look at what ROA painted for the Crystal Ship Festival on the streets of Ostend, we now can share some photos of 1010 at work for the event. The German artist painted his signature patterns on these side of a structure, providing a striking contrast to the drab building with this optical illusion. Take a look are more photos below at the details and get ready for more coverage of other artists and what they created for their fans in Belgium. Photo credit: Henrik Haven. Discuss 1010 here.
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Upcoming: “Silent Wonderment: Exploring the World of Giant Robot” @ VPAM

Tomorrow night (April 23) at the Vincent Price Art Museum in Los Angeles, Silent Wonderment: Exploring the World of Giant Robot will open their doors to the public from 7-10 pm. Drawing from the company’s rich history of as one of first to introduce America to Asian popular culture, the exhibition will include works from a select group of artists, a figure display, and a “Zine Habitat” created in collaboration with the Tiny Splendor zine collective. As you can see above, one of the chosen artists is Yoskay Yamamoto (interviewed) who is working […]
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Showing: “City Lights” @ Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Art

Although the opening was delayed due to the terrible recent events in Brussels, City Lights at the newly formed Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Art ended up kicking off successfully earlier this month. Featuring the works of Maya Hayuk, Swoon, Momo, and Faile, the exhibition included installations from the American artist to go along with original works on display. Photo credit: la Repubblica.  
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Previews: Luke Chueh – “Damaged Goods” @ Inner State Gallery

Tomorrow night (April 22nd) in Detroit, Luke Chueh (interviewed) will be opening a new show at the  Inner State Gallery. Entitled Damaged Goods, the expansive new exhibition will feature the Los Angeles-based artist’s iconic sad bear as well as his fellow cast of characters in the form of new paintings, hand-painting multiples (seen in the installation above), prints, toys and more. He further states – “For many years, I’ve had the pleasure of working with 1xRUN, and I’ve seen them grow and diversify. For this show, I […]
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Previews: 123KLAN – “Style Is The Message” @ 1AM Gallery

Tomorrow night (April 21st) in San Francisco, the First Amendment Gallery (1AM SF) will be hosting a new solo show from 123KLAN (interviewed). Originally from France, this husband and wife duo are relocated to Montreal a while back where they have now prepared a new body of work entitled Style Is The Message for this exhibition. The fresh paintings are inspired by their experiences in the Bay Area and feature their signature fusion of graphic design and graffiti styles. Discuss 123KLAN here.
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Upcoming: Tom Sach – “Boombox Retrospective, 1999–2016″ @ Brooklyn Museum

Tomorrow night (April 21st) in New York, Tom Sachs will be sharing his collection of bricolage sculptural pieces inspired by the iconic boomboxes of the 70s and 80s (also see SXSW ’15). Boombox Retrospective, 1999–2016 at the Brooklyn Museum features eighteen works that illustrate the sculptor’s ability to recreate everyday objects with re-purposed materials. Activating the space, the pieces will be programmed with playlists that go on sequentially throughout our public hours. Discuss Tom Sachs here.