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Upcoming: Casey Weldon – “Tropefiend” @ Spoke Art

On June 6th, Casey Weldon (featured) will be opening a new show at Spoke Art in San Francisco entitled Tropefiend. Seen above is Snakehold, a new painting from the upcoming exhibition, is a good example of the Seattle-based penchant for unique color palettes and surreal imagery. Also featuring prominently in Weldon’s work are his pop culture references, humor, and even a fascination with memes on occasion. Discuss this show here. Discuss Casey Weldon here.
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Upcoming: Martin Wittfooth @ Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Coming up in October of this year, Martin Wittfooth (interviewed) will be opening a solo show at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York. The last showing we attended in NY for the locally-based artist was back in 2011 (covered), so we are anxious to see what he has cooked up for an encore. From this glimpse he recently shared with his fans, it will certainly be a special show. Discuss Martin Wittfooth here.
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Openings: Travis Louie & Lauren Marx – “Archive of Lost Species” & “American Wilderness” @ Roq la Rue

Earlier this month, Roq la Rue welcomed back Travis Louie for his Archive of Lost Species solo show. Louie’s finely rendered acrylic paintings are once again on display, with his usual recipe of the odd and imaginary. Oscar Pennington and his travels take center stage as he documents strange and wild creatures found around the world. The stories don’t stop with the brush though, as the pieces are accompanied with a short story, and Pennington’s Fish Frog of Burma even includes a diagram detailing the […]
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Yoskay Yamamoto x Unispace (DesignHive DTLA)

Last week in Downtown Los Angeles, Yoskay Yamamoto (interviewed) completed a new installation for the Unispace office. Curated by Branded Arts as part of the DesignHive DTLA event, the mural and hanging sculptures from the locally-based artist played with the idea of a technology cloud with his raindrop sculptures representing data coming down from the cloud and back to the earth. Take a look at more photos below as well as at more info here if interested… Discuss Yoskay Yamamoto here.
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Openings: Greg “Craola” Simkins – “Where Am I” @ KP Projects // MKG

Over the holiday weekend, those who found time to attend Greg Simkins’ new solo at KP Projects // MKG in Los Angeles were transported by the artist’s boundless imagination into his surreal landscapes filled with fantastical creatures and mutations. Where Am I was a new body of work that included large scale paintings, smaller gems, as well as drawings from the locally based artist. With Craola knight characters and other familiar imagery running throughout the narratives as well as a throwback color palette, long time fans were filled with a sense of nostalgia, […]
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Previews: Parra – “Salut” @ Alice Gallery

Dutch artist, designer and illustrator, Parra, will be opening his first solo show in Belgium on the 28th of May at Alice gallery in Brussels. Salut will be his first show since the opening of his 10 year retrospective show at Kunsthal Rotterdam. Over the years, Parra managed to apply his aesthetic in numerous different mediums, from paintings, sculpture, toy design, video, footwear, graphic, fashion, to skateboards, creating a recognizable trademark with his distinctive visual language. Established as an artist worldwide, his clear and stylish works found their ways […]
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Overtime: May 18 – May 24

More stories from the week that ended May 24 (click on bolded words for more information): The Space looks at Simon Denny’s work. RIP: Amy L. Brandt, who died at the age of 37 after a health-related struggle. RIP: Ekkehard Drefke, who died at the age of 75 after falling into the water in Venice and drowning. RIP: Rosemarie Castoro, who died at the age of 76 due to unknown causes. American Contemporary gallery closes its doors. Christoph Büchel’s Venice Biennale mosque is closed to the public […]
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Audrey Kawasaki, Andrew Hem, Mari Inukai Murals @ Worcester Museum (Part II)

After sharing some in-progress shots of the murals going up at the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts in association with the Samurai! show (co-curated by Eric Nakamura, editor and founder of Giant Robot Magazine), we now have a look at the finished walls. Audrey Kawasaki took the high road painting one of her beauties on the second floor balcony of the Lancaster Lobby while Mari Inukai went underneath her, also making a play on the Japanese-themed exhibition with her imagery. To the side, Andrew Hem’s large piece looks down on visitors as they admire his choice of […]
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Previews: Ariel DeAndrea – “Chasing the Current” @ Thinkspace

On Saturday, May 23rd, Thinkspace will be opening a solo show from Ariel DeAndrea entitled Chasing the Current. Her subject matter of choice for her oil paintings are paper cranes floating in bodies of water, referenced from photos she takes herself and derived from her origami skills (you can get a good idea of her process in the video below). This obsession with paper cranes started in early childhood, inspired by hearing that if you folded 1,000 cranes, you could make a wish. Learn more about this […]
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Previews / Videos: Greg “Craola” Simkins – “Where Am I” @ KP Projects // MKG

With the opening of Greg “Craola” Simkins’ (featured) show at KP Projects // MKG in Los Angeles getting even closer, it’s time to take a closer look at his thoughts behind the imagery in this new body of work. Along with a more detailed look at some of the paintings, we also have a video from Birdman where Simkins’ talks through some of his process as well as shows off some of the concept sketches for what we will be seeing in Where Am I. See you there this Saturday night, May […]
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