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Previews: “Tiny Trifecta” 2015 @ The Cotton Candy Machine

This Saturday, June 6th, one of the most anticipated shows of the year from the Candy Cotton Machine, Tiny Trifecta, will be opening. Annually, the New York gallery puts together a roster of artist who each contribute three pieces of artwork that will sell for only $100. Be warned though as lines for long and early for first picks of the artwork like this exquisite piece from Eric Fortune (seen above). Check out a small sample below of what will be available this year from […]

Overtime: May 25 – May 31

More stories from the week that ended May 31 (click on bolded words for more information): Richard Prince’s Original exhibition on view at Gagosian Gallery on Madison Avenue. RIP: Mary Ellen Mark, who died at the age of 75 due to myelodysplastic syndrome. Three shot during Last Thursday art walk in Portland. People subsequently take selfies and demand ice cream. Maura Reilly writes about sexism in today’s art world. The following artists respond to her piece: Jamian Juliano-Villani, Cindy Sherman, Betty Tompkins, Eleanor Antin, Mickalene Thomas, and K8 […]

Showing: Evah Fan – “A Waffle Lot” @ Legion

Currently at Legion in San Francisco, Evah Fan has a series of works on display entitled A Waffle Lot. Curated by Alice Wu, the solo from the Oakland-based artist features gouache paintings on wood panels and paper, new prints, zines, and multiples. Fan’s human or animal subjects are often small when compared to the size of her pieces, which allows them room to wander freely in their environment, often times without standard boundaries. Her eclectic choice of imagery can perhaps be linked to her lifelong addiction to […]

Showing: Mark Whalen – “Improper Fraction” @ Chalk Horse

Currently at Chalk Horse in Sydney, Mark Whalen (featured) has a new body of work entitled Improper Fraction on display. The new ceramic works included in the exhibition sees the artist otherwise known as Kill Pixie continue explore the “universal perfection of mathematics and geometries” which you can see in the structure seen in his composition. This is countered by the disturbing scenes played out by the artist’s characters that is dark and regimented as well as shows the influence of artists like Hieronymous Bosch and M.C. […]

Releases: Mark Ryden – “Apis Ectoplasm” Print

Tomorrow, May 29th, at 8 AM PDT, Porterhouse will be releasing a new print from Mark Ryden entitled Apis Ectoplasm. The print was made in collaboration with the Beyond Brookledge event and comes in an edition size of 100 (only 30 are available tomorrow). Sized at 14″ x 11″, adding it to your collection will cost you $1500. Head over here at the appropriate time if interested. Discuss Mark Ryden here.

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 artist’s 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.

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 […]

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.

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, […]