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Preview: Jonathan Viner – “COMPUTER SCIENCE” @ Sloan Fine Art

Next Wednesday evening, March 30th, Sloan Fine Art will play host to Jonathan Viner’s new body of work. The show entitled “COMPUTER SCIENCE” harkens back to Viner’s childhood when he spent countless hours with their father at the robotics lab at the New York Institute of Technology and the “mental portraits” of the people he interacted with in his memory. More preview images after the jump.  Also take a look at a special installation from Elizabeth McGrath in the project room.

Releases: MARS-1 “Infinite Tapestry” Print @ Electric Works

San Francisco’s Electric Works recently released a great new print by Mario Martinez aka Mars-1 (featured). The edition, entitled Infinite Tapestry, is a silkscreen print using florescent UV inks on black velvet-flocked paper. According to Electric Works, “the color background was applied with a process called ‘Split Fountain’ in which all 5 colors are put on the screen and mixed into the gradient in one pull as the squeegee goes across the screen. Each pull mixes the inks a little differently so each print is […]

Showing: Robert Longo – “God Machines” @ Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac

Robert Longo is currently showing at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in Paris, and we are completely in awe of his the size, detail, and complexity of these new drawings. The centerpiece of this exhibition, entitled God Machines, is the installation of three large pieces featuring some of holiest places for the world’s largest monotheistic religions – Mecca in Saudi Arabia, St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. Also on display will be other studies and works of some of his favorite subjects […]

Ron English x Chris Brown – F.A.M.E. Album Cover

The new Chris Brown album F.A.M.E.’s cover is out and it features the art of Ron English (featured). Now we know what they were talking about when they were spotted having dinner together several months ago with Chris sporting a tattoo of Ron’s art on his arm. No telling if this will help turn the disgraced R&B singer’s career around, but what we do know is this is the not the first (see Ron’s Slash cover) or last album cover Ron will be working on. […]

Streets: Elbow-Toe in London

Brian Adam Douglas, a.k.a. Elbow-Toe (interviewed) was in London a couple of weeks ago for his Due Date solo exhibition (covered), currently on at Black Rat Projects. While in town, he made sure to put up a few street pieces. AM caught up with the artist as he installed a black-and-white version of his linocut print Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? on Rivington Street in Shoreditch — opposite the landmark SCARY mural by Eine. We were able to witness the joys of trying to […]

Showing: Skewville – ‘Slow Your Roll’ @ High Roller Society

Slow Your Roll, the first UK solo show by Brooklyn art duo Skewville, launched last Friday at High Roller Society. AM took advantage of the East London gallery’s new Sunday opening hours to visit over the weekend in the calm of a non-preview atmosphere. On the way, we spotted one of Skewville’s recent outdoor pieces, featuring the painted and foam-stamped word “BEEF” aptly done on the shopfront shutter of a local butcher. Plenty of stamps were also in evidence along the Regent’s Canal towpath, at […]

Openings: Scott Campbell – “Noblesse Oblige” @ OHWOW (LA)

Last Saturday saw the grand opening of OHWOW Gallery’s Los Angeles location. Batting in the lead-off exhibition spot was New York’s tattoo rooted artist Scott Campbell with his latest body of work entitled Noblesse Oblige (previewed). The name of the show implies that “whoever claims to be noble must conduct their life accordingly and in a manner that conforms to one’s position.” In other words, keep it real. Certainly something that Campbell has lived by as shown by a recent torching of his show in Mexico, of which some […]

Openings: Lamar Peterson @ Fredericks & Freiser

On Thursday, we attended the opening of the new show by Lamar Peterson at Chelsea’s Fredericks & Freiser. Peterson’s talent lies in his ability to immediately draw in viewers, using bright colors, smiling faces and trompe l’oeil elementary-school style borders to create work that at first glance seems easy and accessible. But upon longer inspection, the images betray a dark, off-kilter world where everything is facade and nothing is the way it seems on the surface. Take a look at all the images for the […]

Studio Visit: Polly Morgan

AM recently had the opportunity to go visit Polly Morgan in her East London studio. We anticipated what we might see. Tales of Polly’s ‘chamber of horrors’ from friends who had visited previously sounded intriguing and exciting, and this promised to be a very different studio visit experience for us. Polly is a member of the Guild of Taxidermists, and has been working as an artist since 2005, since which she has shown work via Banksy at the ’05 Santa’s Ghetto, at the currently hibernating […]

Charity / Releases: Josh Keyes “Evacuation” Print

With his next exhibition, The Magician’s Garden (teased), right around the corner, Josh Keyes (interviewed) has taken some time out to once again teamed up with Tiny Showcase for their fifth collaborative effort to raise funds in the name of charity. With $10 from the sale of every print being donated to Doctors Without Boarders, and with over $28,000! being raised for Stand With Haiti through the sale of the “Totem II” print last winter, the two partners are sure to help this year’s cause […]