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Category Archives: Low Brow & Pop Surrealism

Previews: David Lyle – “Don’t Quit Your Day Job” @ Lyons Wier Gallery

Tomorrow night (February 1st), Lyons Wier Gallery will be hosting the opening for Don’t Quit Your Day Job, David Lyle’s latest solo with the New York showspace. The new paintings stay true to the Brooklyn-based artist’s sardonic sense of humor with him re-imagining famous artists working side jobs to support their passion for art, something mirrored in his own life. Rendered like the photos from the 1950s, 60s, and 70s that he collects, Lyle’s pieces are created with a time-consuming process starting with black paint and then slowly […]

Releases: Luke Chueh – “Wish You Were Here” Print

1xRun has just released a new limited edition from Luke Chueh (interviewed) entitled Wish You Were Here, a homage to the Pink Floyd classic. Priced at $85, produced in a run of 100, and sized at 12″ x 12″, each print comes uniquely hand-torch as well as signed and numbered by Chueh. He further explains – “To me, the painting illustrates the sadistic relationship I have with my characters. I imagine the bear thinking of me – ‘Wish You Were here, on fire, you sadistic son of […]

Upcoming: Cleon Peterson – “Shadow of Men” @ MCA Denver

This Friday (February 2nd), the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver) will be opening up an exhibition from Cleon Peterson spanning their entire second floor. Featuring the provocative artist’s starkly violent imagery, the show will put on display paintings, sculptures, and murals, including what looks to be a striking “wrap” of the building’s facade. If you plan to attend the winter opening celebration (also welcoming in new exhibitions from Diego Rodriguez-Warner and Arthur Jafa), you will need to procure tickets here. Discuss Cleon Peterson here.

Releases: James Jean – “The Shape of Water” Print

Currently, James Jean (interviewed) has a time-limited print on release until 7:59 AM PST on Wednesday, January 31st. The Shape of Water was created for the award winning film of the same name with James working directly with Guillermo del Toro to create an image for the official one sheet. Sized at 33 1/2” x 23”, it comes signed and numbered from the Los Angeles-based artist and priced at $200. Head over here for more details and to purchase if you want to add it to your collection. Discuss James Jean here.

Upcoming: Matsukatsu Sashie – “Kaleidoscope” @ KP Projects

Returning to KP Projects in Los Angeles, site of his successful showing there in 2015 (covered), Masakatsu Sashie will be presenting a new body of work starting February 3rd. Entitled Kaleidoscope, the solo exhibition from the Japanese artist will surely be anchored by his signature suspended orbs of manmade objects. Those planning to attend the 7-10pm opening reception need to kindly RSVP to: [email protected] Discuss Masakatsu Sashie here.

Kazuhiro Tsuji – Mark Ryden Sculpture

Continuing his uncanny ability to capture the human form with his artistic touch, Kazuhiro Tsuji recently revealed his newest sculpture at the Copro Gallery booth during the LA Art Show. Joining a series of works from the Japanese sculptor that has included famed artists like Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali, Frida Kahlo, and Robert Crumb is a larger-than-life head of the legendary Mark Ryden. Perched precariously on a big eye, perhaps a referencing one of the key features of the lowbrow luminary’s work, is a mind-blowingingly accurate replication […]

Previews: “EAST/WEST” @ Corey Helford Gallery

On January 13th, Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles will be opening a group show entitled EAST/WEST curated by Caro Buermann. Included in the show are artists Aaron Li-Hill, Akika Kurata, Akiko Ijichi, Alex Gross (seen above), Bao Pham, Chie Yoshii, Christine Wu, Dima Drjuchin, Dominique Fung, Eric Joyner, Erika Sanada, Gosia, HUSH, Happy D, Haroshi, Kelogsloops, Hikari Shimoda, Hirabayashi Takahiro, Hueman, Jana Brike, Jasmine Becket-Griffith, Kaori Ogawa, Kazuki Takamatsu, Keun Young Park, Kristen Liu-Wong, Lauren YS, Lu Cong, Luke Chueh, Maika Kobayashi, Mandy Cao, Masao […]

Recap: Audrey Kawasaki – “Gilded Horizon” @ KP Projects

Last weekend, KP Projects in Los Angeles closed a group show entitled Gilded Horizon that featured the work of six artists – Audrey Kawasaki (interviewed), Johnny “KMDZ” Rodriguez, JP Neang, Jean-Pierre Arboleda, and Melany Meza-Dierks. For her part of the exhibition, Kawasaki took inspiration from ethnic women in Mongolia, Armenia, Kenya, Yemen and more for her stunning portraitures on wood, adding in some intricate jewelry and headwear for her increasingly complex compositions. Take a look at more detailed photos below including shots of some drawings and […]

Overtime: Nov 28 – Dec 3

More stories from the week that ended Nov 12 (click on bolded words for more information): Something new from Banksy on the separation wall in Bethlehem. One of the New Orleans Banksy pieces restored. A new print from Mobstr. Jack Pierson designs bags for Dior. A studio visit with Henry Taylor. A chat with Tomoo Gokita. Sam Falls opening a show at the Hammer Museum soon. Mark Bradford to create a “waterfall” work for the Baltimore Museum of Art. James Jean’s work with Prada in […]

Previews: Attaboy – “Grow In The Dark” @ Corey Helford Gallery

Tonight (December 2nd) in downtown Los Angeles at Corey Helford Gallery, Attaboy will be presenting a new series of paintings entitled collectively Grow In The Dark. For his first showing in the last six years, he has decided to share some pieces that have a more sculptural dimension to them. He further explains – “After the election I found myself obsessively painting mushrooms, the way my ceramicist grandmother used to when I was a child. I painted 125 of them on cardboard and started planting them […]