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Art Focus: Zaria Forman

For our latest Art Focus feature, we have for you the Brooklyn-based Zaria Forman and her work exploring climate change. Inspired by her childhood travels, she has taken recent trips to places like the northwest coast of Greenland, retracing the 1869 journey of American painter William Bradford, then using this experience to paint the rapidly diminishing arctic landscape (seen above). Her newest series (some seen below) was started after traveling to the Maldives, the other end of the equation if you will, one of the places in […]
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Upcoming: Allison Schulnik – “Eager” @ ZieherSmith

Tomorrow, January 9th, ZieherSmith in New York will be presenting a new solo show from Allison Schulnik, her second with the gallery. The opening will mark the premiere of her latest stop-motion claymation film entitled Eager along with new related paintings, sculpture, and works on paper. If her some of her previous films (for example – Mound) are any indication, fans in NYC are in for a treat. Here is an intriguing description: “Haunting, hollow specters stretch, transmogrify and multiply as their synchronized shifts hint at ancient, […]
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Upcoming: “They Sicken Of The Calm Who Know The Storm” @ Fridman Gallery

Starting January 16th, the Fridman Gallery in New York will have works on display from a group exhibition entitled They Sicken Of The Calm Who Know The Storm. Curated by Maureen Sullivan, the show will feature works from Greta Alfaro, Julia Chiang, Richard Garet, Naama Tsabar, Dustin Yellin, and Pryce Lee (seen above) with his shattered mirror work. The ideas and emotions evoked by the six artist’s work are described as “beautiful danger, living life to the extreme, broken dreams and endless cycles of incurable […]
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Previews: Tomoo Gokita @ Mary Boone Gallery (Chelsea)

This Saturday night at Mary Boone Gallery’s Chelsea location (541 West 24 Street), Tomoo Gokita will be opening his new solo show. Featuring portraits done in his classic deconstructive style in black, white, and gray, the new body of work features an interesting array of titles like Showgirl, Geisha Girl, A Bathing Beauty, Cocktail Pianist from Acapulco, Daughter of a Fraudster, A Female Spy, Replicant Marilyn (seen above) belying the Japanese artist’s interest in portraying his visions of characters from “pulp fiction, Hollywood rags, and film […]
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Interviews: Bill McRight – “Willing To Lose” @ Breeze Block Gallery

This Friday night, January 9th, the Breeze Block Gallery in Portland will be opening a solo show by Bill McRight along with Alex Lukas (whom we interviewed here). Entitled Willing To Lose, the exhibition will feature McRight’s signature homemade shanks, engraved stainless steel camping mirrors, drawings as well as some surprises. He talks about this and a lot more in an interview conducted for us by his good friend Sage Vaughn. Take a look at the questions and answers below… Sage Vaughn (SV): Did you go to art school? […]
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Streets: Invader (Switzerland)

The winter months usually see a slowdown in street art activity as the cold forms a natural impediment to being outdoors in certain regions of the world. There are exceptions though as seen by Invader’s recent work in the small village of Anzère in the heart of the Swiss Alps. The French legend gifted the area with some of his classic characters and namesakes as well as taking the opportunity to take cues as he commonly does from video games (in this case the old school […]
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Previews: “Unpredictable Gravity” @ Roq La Rue

This Thursday, January 9th, the Unpredictable Gravity benefit group show will be opening at the Roq La Rue gallery in Seattle. Curated by one of our writers, Robbie Lowery, the show features an amazing lineup of artists with half of the proceeds going toward cancer charities. Take a look at some of the preview images attached to this article – selected from a list that includes Jeremy Geddes, Ashley Wood, Brian Despain, John Brophy, Sail (seen above), Camilla d’Errico, Phil Hale, Ross Richmond, Christopher Thompson, Sam Wolfe Connelly, Thomas Doyle, Esao Andrews, Ben Templesmith, Ego, Menton Mathews III, Tyler Stout, Todd […]
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Upcoming: JR x New York City Ballet

After a successful collaboration with Faile (covered), the next artist to work with the New York City Ballet on their NYCB Art Series is JR. Along with a performance to take in, attendees to the three special performance evenings – January 23, February 7, 13 – will also be treated to a special installation from the French photographer and street artist that he teased in the image above referencing his signature eye motif. Every seat in the house is available for just $29 so book yours soon […]
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Update: James Jean

James Jean (interviewed) recently shared the first painting for 2014 that he has been working on. Fans of the talented artist have probably noticed that he has been on a sabbatical recently and anxiously await his return to the gallery scene – hopefully this will be the year. In the meantime, 2013 saw the release of his iBook, the revival of his Instagram, a new tumblr site showcasing new and old works.  Discuss James Jean here.
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Interview: Alex Lukas – “Prints & Photographs; Copies & Concrete” @ Breeze Block Gallery

Next week in Portland (January 9th), the Breeze Block Gallery will be welcoming in Alex Lukas for a solo show entitled Prints & Photographs; Copies & Concrete. The recently relocated artist will be presenting new works in a wide range of mediums all centered on the tradition of printmaking as a tool for multiples. Known for his imagery featuring submerged cities, urban landscapes ablaze, and abandoned structures, the Chicago-based Lukas will fill the space with his dystopian visions. We had the opportunity to interview him leading up […]