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Previews: Sean Norvet – “High on Stress” @ Amala Gallery

Amala gallery in Tokyo will be opening this weekend a small showing by American artist Sean Norvet. High On Stress will be the first solo show outside the US for the LA-based artist for which he prepared three new paintings. Norvet has been spending the last several years creating works that primarily make him laugh, but also, comment on our modern, consumerist society. Using the classic portrait form as the base for his latest paintings, he composes his “characters” from different foods, drinks or vices. By patching up seemingly […]

Releases: James Jean – TMNT Villains Figures

Following up on the first phase of his  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles collaboration with Good Smile in 2014 (covered), James Jean (interviewed) will be releasing some of the villains from the cartoon series, films, and comic books. The Japanese manufacturer of hobby products is teaming up with Nickelodeon and Jean to design new collectible versions of Shredder, Bebop, Rocksteady and Krang. It looks like first up will be their archenemy Shredder (preorder here) and also an offer of a limited edition aluminum art print (seen below) for those that eventually order all four. Tipped off […]

Overtime: Feb 20 – Feb 26

More stories from the week that ended Feb 26 (click on bolded words for more information): RIP: Ren Hang, who passed away at the age of 29. (above: photograph by artist) RIP: Fritz Koenig, who passed away at the age of 92. RIP: Michael E. McPherson, who passed away at the age of 44. RIP: Seijun Suzuki, who passed away at the age of 93. RIP: Armin Medosch, who passed away at the age of 54. RIP: Tom Noble, who passed away in Taos. RIP: Max Angus, who passed […]

Releases: Luke Chueh – “The Prisoner (Oxycontin)” Figure

This Saturday (February 25th, 5-9pm), Luke Chueh (interviewed) will be releasing the OxyContin 20Mg variant of The Prisoner figure based on one of his paintings. The pink version features one of the Los Angeles-based artist’s signature sad bears sitting entrapped in a pill bottle (just like his Vicodin edition). Those attending can expect drinks, music, food, giveaways, as well as a associated print release. Discuss Luke Chueh here.

Recap: Michael Page – “Nostalgia Kills” @ Corey Helford Gallery

Recently in Los Angeles, Michael Page (interviewed) had a show on display that just closed at the Corey Helford Gallery. Nostalgia Kills features fourteen new acrylic and oil paintings that take a look back at childhood – if your childhood was a surreal dreamscape exploding with a vibrant color palette. Page further explains – “Now that I am a father and get to play with my kids everyday, I get to see the world and all its wonders through their eyes. As I look back over the years […]

Previews: Alex Gross – “Antisocial Network” @ Corey Helford Gallery

This Saturday night (February 25th), Alex Gross (interviewed) will be presenting a new body of work collectively entitled Antisocial Network to his fans in Los Angeles. Hosted by Corey Helford Gallery, the new paintings continue to explore the pervasion of technology and social media in our lives and its deleterious effects of pulling us apart instead of bringing us closer together. His characters often have a distracted look on their face as they use cell phones (or even VR headsets) or just seem lost in their own thoughts or […]

Overtime: Feb 13 – Feb 19

More stories from the week that ended Feb 19 (click on bolded words for more information): Doug Aitken’s MIRAGE, composed of reflective mirrored surfaces, unveils next week as part of Desert X. RIP: Jannis Kounellis, who passed away at the age of 80. RIP: Dick Bruna, who passed away at the age of 89. RIP: Jiro Taniguchi, who passed away at the age of 69. House of the Chaste Lovers to open from Feb 11 to 14 before closing for four-year restoration project. Erich Klahn heirs win court battle that will […]

POW! WOW! Hawaii ’17 / Showing: Exploring The New Contemporary Movement” @ Honolulu Museum of Art School

Showing in associated POW! WOW! Hawaii through the tomorrow at the Honolulu Museum of Art School is the 4th annual Exploring The New Contemporary Movement group exhibition (see 2016 & 2015 & 2014) curated by Thinkspace. Artists were asked to contribute 12 x 12″ pieces leading to a visually conforming display of works. Rounding things out was a showcase for Shok-1 (seen below) and a Homer Simpson x Banksy parody installation by Oak Oak (seen above). Other participants include: Aaron Li-Hill, ABCNT, Alex Garant, Alex Yanes, Amy Sol, Baghead, Brian M. Viveros, Brian Washburn, Brooks Salzwedel, Bumblebeelovesyou, Carl Ashman, Christopher […]

Releases: Kris Kuksi – “Claudius” Figure

Through Joshua Liner Gallery, Kris Kuksi recently released the first limited edition figure from what will an ongoing series of sculptural editions. Entitled Claudius and produced in a run of 50, each piece shares a central figure but is adorned with unique elements creating something akin to the sculptor’s signature assemblage work. These one of a kind variations will ship in Plexiglas display case and will cost $550. Those interested can contact the gallery ([email protected]). Discuss Kris Kuksi here.

Nicola Verlato x Gatorade Messi Painting

Nicola Verlato (featured) recently reminded his fans of a commercial project he worked on a year ago centered on the incomparable Lionel Messi. The painting for Gatorade’s Don’t Go Down campaign features the superhero-like Argentine soccer player breaking free from a pack of defenders. The Italian artist’s paintings oftentimes features action shots of bodies suspended in moments of time so this seemed to be a perfect pairing of concept and artist. Recalling his month working with the agency on the project as a real struggle, Verlato now sees the positives when […]
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