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Videos: RAMMΣLLZΣΣ – “It’s Not Who But What”

RAMMΣLLZΣΣ, the legendary artist, graffiti writer, hip-hop pioneer, myth-maker, and New York cult icon currently the subject of RAMMΣLLZΣΣ: Racing for Thunder at Red Bull Arts New York. Although not all of us are able to visit the Big Apple to experience this momentous exhibition, those of us (ie: you) with an internet connection are able to view It’s Not Who But What, a streaming film created by Red Bull Arts New York and directed by Oscar Boyson. Created on the occasion of the aforementioned survey, the film is a mini-documentary that […]

Interviews: BLO – ‘Anywhere, Out Of This Mind’ @ Galerie 42b

Berlin based artist BLO, from the Da Mental Vaporz crew, is currently showing a new exhibition entitled Anywhere, Out Of This Mind at Galerie 42b in Paris. We asked him a few questions to find out more. AM: How long have you been preparing for this show? BLO: After a year experimenting with abstraction, and following my artistic residency in Perpignan (FR) in November/December 2017, I decided to return my focus to figurative painting while exploring fragmented compositions. So, I have been preparing for my current show […]

Upcoming: Ben Tolman @ Jonathan LeVine Projects

Coming up on June 23rd, Ben Tolman will be opening a new show of his incredibly detailed drawings at Jonathan LeVine Projects in New Jersey. The American artist’s artistic vision takes Escher-like influences and combines with them a urban sensibility as well as surreal elements, leading to frenetic compositions that overwhelm the eye in a way that’s uniquely his own. Making an appearance every now and then in Tolman’s imagery are these grid-like structures (like these teaser images from the upcoming exhibition pictured above and below) of […]

Recap: Peter Opheim @ Hankyu Umeda Gallery

Between the 9th and 15th of May, Peter Opheim held a show at Hankyu Umeda Gallery in Osaka, Japan, as a part of a larger project called New York Art. The showcase is organized by the HPGRP Gallery Tokyo/New York and is his third solo presentation this year after exhibitions in Taipei and Moscow. For this showing, the Brooklyn-based artist created a large series of some 30 paintings and 60 works on paper, introducing his ongoing series of Play-Doh inspired creatures. Depicted as simple assemblages of crude […]

Releases: Rob Sato – “Everything is Happening All at Once All of the Time For Every Reason II” Print

On sale until May 28th at 10 am is a new print from Rob Sato entitled Everything is Happening All at Once All of the Time For Every Reason II. Sized at 20″ x 14.5″ and priced at $75, the image chosen is based off one of the Los Angeles-based artist’s surreal watercolors. Featured in the piece are in his words “a fart monk, toilet selfie, cat eats merman, consensual inter-species doing-it, beheadings, depth perception, Elle snipping cigarette tips, beach witches, leg soup, and sexy handshakes. Discuss Rob Sato […]

Showing: Palms Casino – “Dust to Gold” Renovation

As part of the $620 million “Dust to Gold” renovation at the Palms Casino Resort, an impressive collection ranging from blue-chip works to street art murals was acquired, commissioned, and deployed throughout the hotel. Combined with pieces on loan from owners Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, the over 150 artworks fill every part of the casino – from the Damien Hirst shark above the Unknown Bar against a backdrop of his dots (seen above), to the KAWS statue outside the steakhouse, to the Felipe Pantone mural at the new Pearl Concert […]

Previews: Scott Listfield – “ALGORITHM” @ Spoke Art (SF)

Coming up on June 2nd, ALGORITHM from Scott Listfield will open at Spoke Art in San Francisco. The Massachusetts-based painter’s ever present astronaut will be seen wondering the post-apocalyptic landscape of the Bay Area, populated by drones, self driving vehicles, robots. Pondering a future devoid of human life yet teeming with tech allows Listfield to ask questions like – “Just because we can do something, does that mean we should? What is technology without the human component? What kind of problems are we solving?” Interested in […]

Openings: Greg “Craola” Simkins – “The Escape Artist” @ KP Projects

Last weekend, Greg “Craola” Simkins (featured) opened his latest solo with KP Projects in West Hollywood entitled The Escape Artist. This was also the name of the large showstopper, the locally-based artist’s painting that took center stage while exploring the above and below water creatures of his world. Seen in this new body of work, which is kind of a prequel to some of his shows in the past, are some unusual eggs, the precursors to some of the fantastical bird seen in his imagery. Also making an appearance were […]

Previews: Evah Fan – “Inside, Outside, Come Around” @ Park Life

This Friday (May 24th), Evah Fan will be opening Inside, Outside, Come Around, her new show at Park Life in San Francisco. For this exhibition, the locally-based artist has created a handful of window studies for the gallery space, creating “windows” in a small windowless room. The premise of the new body of work as well as the imagery once again highlights the sense of play and whimsy that can often be seen in Fan’s work. Take a look at some preview images below… Discuss Evah Fan here.

Upcoming: “Dreamer, Lover, Maker, Fighter” @ BeinArt Gallery

On June 2nd, a new show group show entitled Dreamer, Lover, Maker, Fighter opens at BeinArt Gallery. The four person exhibition includes paintings and drawings by Brian Viveros, Miles Johnston (seen above), Kari-Lise Alexander and Scott Scheidly, all who create their own form of surreal portraiture. Take a look at more preview images below…    
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