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Recap: David Choe // Igloo Hong (Morocco)

Last month, David Choe (featured) led a group of artists into the wilds of Morocco on another Igloo Hong funded project (also see Cambodia). Included on the trip to Marrakech were repeat attendees El Mac & Andrew Hem along with newcomers Mars-1, Aaron Horkey, and DVS-1. As usual, it sounded like it was an artistic as well as a spiritually-revealing journey – you can read more from straight from the horse’s mouth here. Discuss David Choe here.
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Previews: Peter Ferguson – “Lifeboats of a Sinking Witch” @ Roq La Rue

The evening of May 5th, Peter Ferguson’s Lifeboats of a Sinking Witch will open at Roq La Rue in Seattle. As per his usual aesthetic, the Canadian artist has prepared a series of oil paintings painted in a traditional manner that evoke early 20th century small town Americana. On closer examination, the subject matter is what distinguishes his work from the classics with fantastical and surreal elements. Take a look at more preview images below… Discuss Peter Ferguson here.
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Upcoming: Scott Listfield – “An American Astronaut In London” @ StolenSpace

Coming up on May 5th, An American Astronaut In London will open at StolenSpace, a new exhibition from Scott Listfield. For his first solo in London, the American artist has created a fresh collection of paintings featuring his signature astronaut in an alternate version of the British capital, “left seemingly abandoned in the mid 90’s, covered in graffiti, and sprinkled with band posters from prominent British bands of 20 years ago.” Fans should stop by before the end of the month as the showing closes on May 29th. […]
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Releases: Tim Doyle – “I’m No Body” Prints

May 4th or May the Fourth Be With You Day if you will, Spoke Art will be continuing their annual tradition of releasing Star Wars related limited editions. This year, Tim Doyle will be offering up a day and night version of his I’m No Body prints inspired by Rey in The Force Awakens. Fans of the artist will recognize these images as from his UnReal Estate series where fictional iconic locations from film and television are recreated. Head over here at 1pm EST tomorrow if you are interested […]
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Overtime: April 25 – May 1

More stories from the week that ended May 1 (click on bolded words for more information): Guardian has an early look at SFMoMA. Christopher Knight also reviews the new museum. Carolina A. Miranda visits and provides her opinion. Ben Davis explores and analyzes the museum as well. RIP: Abdul Aziz Raiba, who passed away at the age of 94. RIP: Connor Everts, who passed away at the age of 88. RIP: Terry Redlin, who passed away at the age of 78 after battle with dementia. Fire guts New Delhi’s […]
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Previews: Matthew Grabelsky – “Underground” @ Thinkspace Gallery

Starting on Saturday night (April 30th) at Thinkspace, the paintings of Matthew Grabelsky will be on display in the project room of the Culver City gallery. Raised in NYC, the Los Angeles-based artist chooses a setting for his scenes that is familiar to him – the subway. Underground features a body of work that includes animals commuting on the subway trains, usually with human companions, like it was an everyday occurrence. If interested, you can read an interview here as well as look at more preview images below […]
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Updated: solidARTy.org (II)

We recently got an update from solidARTy.org that they are started another round of charity art auctions on their website. The project launched back in November by auctioning artworks donated by artists, galleries and studios, with 100% of the proceeds going to AreYouSyrious.org organization. So far they have raised over €20,000 for the cause and are now continuing their efforts by offering more original and rare, editioned work by world renowned street, urban and contemporary artists. Along with some of the pieces that didn’t sell previously, the […]
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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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