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Releases: Joe Ledbetter – “Fire-Cat” Figure

Those who have been in the vinyl art toy game for a while will no doubt remember Joe Ledbetter’s original Fire-Cat figure, one of his iconic characters. The Los Angeles-based artist has now decided to release an updated version of the toy – producing, funding and designing this project himself. Billed as his first independent vinyl toy, the edition will be limited to 400, stand almost 11 inches tall (one of his largest figures to date), and cost $99. Buy the J.Led figure directly from his website […]
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Openings: Brian Mashburn – “New Works” @ Thinkspace Gallery

Over the weekend, Thinkspace Gallery opened a new show from Brian Mashburn entitled simply New Works. Specializing in desolate landscapes that feature silhouettes of the ruins of civilization or abandoned construction, the Ashville-based artist further develops the atmosphere with the palette he uses for the background. The misty skies and hues that speak to either the end of an age or the dawn of one is not devoid of hope as Mashburn typically includes an animal or character in the foreground that becomes the focus […]
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Recap: Futura x Crooks & Castles – “LEWDS” Launch @ Known Gallery

Last week, the Known Gallery featured the release party (with support from Hennessy) for a new line from Crooks & Castles designed by Futura. Entitled LEWDS, the collection (which can be seen in more detail here) featured the familiar text and atom motif from the NYC graffiti legend while paying homage to Christopher “Lewds” Natalio, the late Marketing Director of the streetwear brand. Rounding out the event was a Ferrari, whose outer shell was blessed by Futura as well as an appearance from Lupe Fiasco, Futura’s co-collaborater with […]
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Showing: Jaybo Monk – “Traces of Nothing” @ The Boston Button Factory

Currently at The Boston Button Factory, Berlin-based Jaybo Monk has a new show up through July 14th, with an official reception scheduled for June 25th (7-10pm). While in Beantown, the Frenchman has also been busy with various events including an open studio event at SoWa’s First Fridays, live painting at the MFA Summer Gala, and a pop up show at Liquid Art House alongside Augustine Kofie and Todd Mazer. In each instance, fans of the Agents Of Change member’s work have enjoyed his fragmented imagery, taking […]
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Upcoming: Robert Montgomery – “Above The Streets” @ Art Share L.A.

This weekend will kick off a new project from London-based artist Robert Montgomery (featured) on the streets of Los Angeles. Presented by Art Share L.A., the poetic text-based work from Montgomery will be featured on billboards around the City of Angels as well as seen at a gala put on in his honor on June 29th (details & tickets here). Also in association with his visit here, a panel discussion on June 30 (7pm) with MOCAtv and Montgomery will take place on the ACE Hotel Rooftop (details here). […]
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Openings: Kazuki Takamatsu – “Spiral of Emotions” @ CHG Circa

Over the weekend, art fans in Los Angeles saw the return of Kazuki Takamatsu and his gradient map textured portaiture in a new show entitled Spiral of Emotions. Exhibiting at CHG Circa (see 2013 at the sister gallery), the Japanese artist brought with him a new set of glowing paintings featuring ghostly silhouettes of children and adolescents, often intermingled with symbols of death and violence. This apparent contradiction between innocence and darker elements gives the work an added layer of complexity. These paintings are best viewed […]
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Ai Weiwei – “Leg Gun” Meme

Chinese artist & activist Ai Weiwei once again showed his acumen at utilizing social media to get his message across with the recent online craze that has been labeled by some as the “Leg Gun” meme. AWW set things off by posting a photo of himself on his Instagram account using his leg as a gun and has since posted more of himself as well as others mimicking the pose with their own variations and styles. So what is his message? The Guardian pointed out the similarities […]
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Previews: Jim Houser – “Night Got Quiet – Not Quite Light” @ FFDG

Next month in San Francisco, Jim Houser will be opening his new show entitled Night Got Quiet – Not Quite Light at the Fecal Face Dot Gallery. The Philadelphia-based artist has prepared 15 mixed media paintings as well as his always intriguing site-specific installations. Head over on July 11th if you are interested to see his special brand of iconography featuring repeating motifs, signature color palette, symbology, and typography. Discuss Jim Houser here.
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Streets: Shepard Fairey (Charleston)

Last month, we brought you photos from Shepard Fairey’s (featured) big museum exhibition in Charleston at The Halsey. As you may have guessed from the nature of his work, he also put in time on the streets. Working with his Obey crew, he pasted up his iconic Andre the Giant as well as other familiarly treated imagery up around town. Check out more photos below as well as a video… Photo credit: Jon Furlong. Discuss Shepard Fairey here.
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Rewind: Jun 2 – Jun 15

We have gathered another prime selection of art related video for you to enjoy in this newest edition of our Rewind feature. Topping the list is a new Guest Artist Series feature from Stussy that focuses on Japanese artist and illustrator Hajime Sorayama. Take a look at the footage below as they take a rare look at him on tape as he talks about various aspects of his work and career. Other notable videos include: Harmony Korine’s Addict fragrance film for Dior. (via Slamxhype). Explore […]