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Group Show @ Lazarides (Newcastle)

Here are some photos of the group show at Lazarides (Newcastle) that has been running concurrently with the Candice Tripp show.  Although, some of the work is old, there still were some interesting pieces including this older style Faile box.  Other artists included Blu, Bast, Lucy Mclauchlan, Mode2, Antonio Diaz, JR, David Choe, Jonathan Yeo, Stanley Donwood, Kelsey Brookes, Micallef, Paul Insect, Conor Harrington, and 3D (Robert Del Naja) Rest of the photos after the jump.

Banksy, or is it?

This sign with some Banksy imagery went up recently on Southwark Street in London. Speculation is that this is most likely just a publicity stunt by a company called The Bank. Although, here is another website with a similar logo… either a related company or perhaps there is still an outside chance this was taken by Banksy for an elaborate hoax. If this is indeed the start of a viral campaign by The Bank without Banksy’s cooperation, what do you think of companies subverting artists’ […]

Creative Process: Eric Fortune

An artist you will be hearing more of in the future, Eric Fortune, has sent us some progression images of his latest piece “A Want To Believe.” Eric has a career in illustration but seems to be making a transition into the gallery scene with shows coming up at Ad Hoc Gallery, Cerasoli-LeBasse, and Roq La Rue. We love his elegant composition, delicate poses, and rendered lighting that seem to make his paintings glow. This will be the first of a series of “creative process” […]

Releases: Choegal – David Choe

The long awaited wooden Choegal figure from David Choe has been released. Limited to 1000 pieces and priced modestly at $45, it features mechanical parts, three facial expressions (happy, sad, angry), and comes with a mini comic book. These were produced and available here at Ningyoushi in conjunction with Upper Playground. We believe these are all hand-painted so no two are different, but not by Choe. For those interested, there is a release party at Giant Robot 2 on December 23 (6-8pm) with Choe present […]

Openings: Brooklyn Block Party @ Ad Hoc Gallery

The “Brooklyn Block Party” opened last Friday at Ad Hoc Art with a healthy lineup featuring C. Damage Elbowtoe, David Ellis, Gaia, Mike Houston, Imminent Disaster, Martin Mazorra, Dennis McNett, Richard Mock, Judith Supine, and Swoon.  The exhibition was an interesting change of pace for each artist as the show dictated they include hand cut blocks along with prints pulled from each block.  The theme of the show was executed nicely by all artists involved and really helped pull their diverse styles together into a […]

Openings: Jeff Soto @ Riverside Art Museum

Riverside native Jeff Soto returned to his roots last night for his first museum show entitled “Turning in Circles” (previewed). Judging from the great turnout, his hometown liked what they saw.  There were familiar faces as well as many new ones, with a large number of fans making the trek east from the greater LA area for this epic show. Everyone walked away impressed by the scale and quality of this mostly new body of work – for good reason as Jeff poured his heart […]

Openings: Matt Dangler & Yumiko Kayukawa @ M Modern

Headed out to Palm Springs last night to attend the opening of Matt Dangler’s “Out From the Whirlwind” (previewed) and Yumiko Kayukawa’s “The Last 34” (previewed).  Matt’s paintings looked to be getting more detailed with this body of work.  He also spent time explaining some of the symbolism and geometry behind each piece leaving us impressed with the amount of planning and thought he gave to each painting.  Yumiko’s show highlighted many of the endangered species around the world including polar bears, elephants and leopards.  […]

Release Party: Yoskay Yamamoto’s Koibito

Last night, we stopped by Munky King on Melrose to attend the release party for Yoskay Yamamoto’s (interviewed) Koibito figure. There were two colorways – gold and black (edition of 500) and a Munky King exclusive translucent-smoke colorway (edition of 150) – both seen below. There was also a raffle (one ticket per purchase) for an original painting and other prizes!  Also for sale were various prints and custom koibitos… More after the jump.

Interviews: Jeff Soto

Jeff Soto’s first museum show “Turning in Circles” (previewed) is set to open this Saturday, December 13th at the Riverside Art Museum. He has been hard at work on this show for over a year now and it promises to be an epic one. We sat down with him to talk a little about the show after the jump…

Preview: Yumiko Kayukawa @ M Modern

Japan native Yumiko Kayukawa’s show “The Last 34” opens tomorrow night concurrently with Matt Dangler’s solo at M Modern Gallery. Yumiko is known for her fashionable women, colors, and Japanese motifs. For this show, she seems to have make use of more animal clusters – we love the composition in the piece seen above. More images after the jump.