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Releases: Joe Ledbetter // DC Collectibles – “Batman Characters”

This weekend at San Diego Comic-Con, some new figures designed by Joe Ledbetter will be on view at the DC booth. As part of DC Collectibles Artist’s Alley line, the 7″ figures take on the American artist’s signature vector-inspired aesthetic with each character imagined as the animal they are named after (Batman as a bat, Catwoman as a cat, Robin as a bird, and the Penguin as a penguin). Expect these to hit stores in 2019, with a retail price of $60 per figure. He further explains […]

Previews: “The New Romantics” @ Corey Helford Gallery

On July 28th, Corey Helford Gallery will be presenting another group show curated by Caro Buermann. Entitled The New Romantics, the exhibition aims to “survey this moment’s neo-romantic yearnings for paradise, magic and transcendence above the climate of political, environmental and social turmoil.” Participants include: Adrian Cox (seen above), Akiko Ijichi, Alessandra Maria, Annie Stegg Gerard, Bao Pham, Camilla d’Errico, Carrie Pearce, Dilka Bear, Erika Sanada, Hannah Yata, Happy D, Hirabayashi Takahiro, Iva Troj, Jana Brike, Joanne Nam, Junko Mizuno, Kate Zambrano, kelogsloops, Lu Cong, Mandy Cao, […]

Releases: Luke Chueh – “Wannabe” Flocked Dunny

Continuing to create art figures, something his character-based work seems suited for, Luke Chueh (interviewed) recently released a 5 inch “Wannabe” Flocked Dunny. Reprising Kidrobot’s most iconic platform toy, the Los Angeles-based artist reworked the sculpt into a version of his famous “possessed” bear with knife. Mixing the cute with the macabre with Chueh’s signature dark humor, the dunny comes in a generous edition of 1500 and can be purchased here for $55. Discuss Luke Chueh here.

POW! WOW! Long Beach ’18: Papercut Lounge

As part of this year’s POW! WOW! Long Beach (more coverage here) the Papercut Lounge worked with a group of artists to make zines available to festival attendees (which you can still purchase online here). The popup space not only served as a shop but also featured a cascading installation of books by Olga Lah and a large painting from Brendan Monroe as well as hosted the kickoff and closing party for the week-long, city-wide event. Participants include: Bumblebeeloves you, The Draculas, B4Flight, Booooooom, Brenden Donahue, Benji Escobar, Grace, Sandro Grison, Yoon Hyup, Luna Ikuta, Jason Keam, Quang Le, Busy Birdy, Brendan Monroe, Persue, Quam […]

Previews: Edwin Ushiro – “Graduation” @ Giant Robot 2

Continuing to show with Giant Robot 2 in Los Angeles, Edwin Ushiro (interviewed) will be presenting a new body of work starting this Saturday (July 14th). As is his usual practice, the new exhibition, Graduation, will draw from nostalgic experiences growing up in Hawaii, producing haunting and ethereal imagery crafted with his unique mixed media process. Ushiro further states – “Graduation is a series of drawings and paintings that recount stories from my childhood that focuses on the point when you have reached a goal and the endless possibilities ahead. […]

Previews: “Aquamarine” @ Creatura House Gallery

Tonight (July 12th) in Seattle, Creatura House Gallery will be opening a new group show entitled Aquamarine. For the exhibition, 11 artists were asked to create work based on the theme, which could refer to the stone, the color, or aquatic imagery. Participants include Madeline Von Foerster, John Brophy, Brian Despain, Jonathan Viner (seen above), Laurie Lee Brom, Logan Hicks, Gail Potocki, Travis Louie, Flannery Grace Good, Claudia Griesbach-Martucci, and Scott Musgrove.

Previews: Cleon Peterson – “Blood & Soil” @ Over The Influence (LA)

Tomorrow (July 7th), Cleon Peterson will be opening a brutal new show at the Los Angeles location of Over The Influence. Featuring new acrylic-on-canvas paintings, small bronze sculptures, and one large-scale sculpture, Blood & Soil will continue the locally-based artist’s provocative treatise on the dynamics of power, violence, and oppression. Taking the title of the exhibition from a Nazi slogan, Peterson takes an unflinching look at the rise of nationalism, populist fervor, economic inequality, and political corruption where the lawbreakers and law enforcers are one and the same in today’s […]

Showing: Haroshi – “NANZUKA at Petzel” @ Petzel Gallery

Recently in New York, Haroshi (featured) unveiled a new series of works at Petzel Gallery (35 E 67th Street location) for Tokyo’s Nanzuka Gallery as part of the second New York edition of Condo, a gallery share program. Known for his sculptural use of skate decks as a medium, the Japanese artist had 29 new pieces on view alongside works from Makoto Taniguchi & Mori Masato. Arranged in a circle, the sold out cleverly conceived half kaiju half wood pieces made for a striking installation. Discuss Haroshi here.

Releases: Parra x Nike Air Max 1 & Zoom Spiridon Collection

Over the last week or so, Parra started to reveal some new collaborations with Nike including his take on the Zoom Spiridon, & Air Max 1 (including a Friends and Family edition with the lateral swoosh removed and a matching tracksuit). Featuring the palette often employed by the Dutch artists often uses, the new collection utilizes a patchwork of patterns and will be released at select shops on July 21st. Take a look at a promotional video as well as more photos below… A post shared […]

Upcoming: Hajime Sorayama – “Sorayama Explosion” @ NANZUKA

On July 7th, NANZUKA in Tokyo will be hosting the opening of a new solo show from Hajime Sorayama. Entitled Sorayama Explosion, the exhibition will feature paintings as well as a new human-scale sculpture from the Japanese artist known for his “sexy robot” motif. Also available will be a few held back Sorayama Classic Robot SURF sculptural editions from APPortfolio (seen further below) and a new ceramic sculpture edition from Case Studyo entitled A Touch of Mercury (seen directly below). Discuss Hajime Sorayama here.
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