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Openings: Scott Hove – “Master of Rapacity” @ Hashimoto Contemporary

Last weekend, Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco opened a new show from Scott Hove entitled Master of Rapacity. Featuring his signature faux cake sculptural works, the exhibition was thematically based on what one would see in the house of a corporate bigwig’s house. Hove states: “America is currently undergoing a very decisive and quiet transition to corporate oligarchy, the government becoming more and more acquiescent to corporate policy. Corporate policy is by nature rapacious, and could not give a fuck about nature or your feelings. […]
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Previews: Kazuki Takamatsu – “Spiral of Emotions” @ CHG Circa

On the 21st of June, CHG Circa in Culver City will be hosting the opening of a new show (see 2013) from Kazuki Takamatsu entitled Spiral of Emotions. Using a combination of digital and more traditional mediums, the ghostly portraits are created with depth map techniques and a layering process. The x-ray like paintings features adolescents and children, textured in graduated spirals, oftentimes juxtaposed against symbols death and violence – his portrayal of the youth or “lost generation” in Japan. Discuss this show here. Discuss Kazuki Takamatsu here.
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POW! WOW! Taiwan ’14 / Streets: James Jean

Only few months after creating his first ever outdoors mural for their event in Honolulu (covered), James Jean (interviewed) was invited to join the POW! WOW! family at their first edition of POW! WOW! Taiwan. Designated an old rugged wall at the Taipei Zoo, the Taiwanese American visual artist fought the elements and created this impressive mural titled Paradise. Using house paint, lacquer, spray paint, and oil, he painted this fantastic 43′ x 17′ piece showing “Taiwanese macaques tumble in a paradise/prison of man’s making.” Giving a sharp […]
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Previews: Andy Kehoe – “Inner Mystic” @ Roq La Rue

Tomorrow night (June 5th), Roq La Rue in Seattle will be opening a solo show from Andy Kehoe entitled Inner Mystic. The paintings as well as some of the more sculptural & dimensional pieces he has been working on of late all feature his signature autumn hues, and see his woodland creatures continue their adventures whether they be by the light of day or by moonlight. He describes his new series by saying “I love creating a world steeped in mystery and mysticism, and it’s really up […]
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Interviews: Mike Maxwell – ‘The Span Of My Attention’ @ Nowheresville Gallery

Chances are, you probably know of Mike Maxwell not just for his own art, but also the series of podcasts he releases called Live Free, where he interviews artists and broadcasts the results. The San Diego native is now finalizing the details for his solo exhibition in San Francisco at Nowheresville Gallery entitled The Span Of My Attention, which opens on Saturday June 7th. We thought it was time to even the balance a little a put some questions to Mike ourselves. Read on for our […]
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Showing: Brendan Monroe & Evah Fan – “Black and Night” @ Shimokitazawa Books

While in Taiwan for POW! WOW! Taiwan, husband and wife Brendan Monroe and Evah Fan took the opportunity to show together at Shimokitazawa Books. Entitled Black and Night, the exhibition featured a small selection of Monroe’s topographic “Black” ink drawings and Fan’s characters floating among the stars of the “Night” sky. Take a look at more photos below and email Monique Lee: [email protected] if you have interest in adding something to your collection. Photo credit: Sean Marc Lee & the artists. Discuss Brendan Monroe here.
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Showing: Mark Ryden – “The Gay 90s: West” @ Kohn Gallery

We recently had the opportunity to stop by for a look at the long awaited solo from Mark Ryden at the new Kohn Gallery location in Los Angeles. Entitled The Gay 90s: West (see the East showing in 2010), the exhibition included stunning new paintings from the master of his field featuring some of his most iconic imagery as well as his largest work to date (seen above). Rounding out the show were a series of drawings / studies, sculptural works, some important older pieces, and an intricate […]
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Previews: Mars-1 – “Toward A Distant Dawn” @ Martha Otero Gallery

This Saturday night (June 7th), the Martha Otero Gallery in Los Angeles will be hosting a solo show from Mars-1 (featured) entitled Toward A Distant Dawn. On display will be a new body of work featuring the Bay Area-based artist’s paintings of otherworldly imagery informed by cosmology, mathematics, altered states of consciousness, science,  among other things. This can be seen in the patterns, geometric-organic structures, and use of color gradients that are prevalent in Martinez’ work. Rounding the show will be a series of sculptural musings […]
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Releases: Jeremy Geddes – “Ascent” Print

Jeremy Geddes (interviewed) recently announced the lottery for his newest print release set to drop next week. Entitled Ascent, the latest limited edition from the Australian artist will feature an image sized at 56cm wide and 56cm high (paper size 61cm x 64m). Highlighting one of Geddes’ most popular reoccurring characters, the gravity defying astronaut can be yours for $235 AUD if you are lucky and will come in a run of 250. Enter for a chance to buy here with the deadline being June 4th. Discuss Jeremy Geddes here.
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Overtime: May 27 – June 1

More stories from the week that ended June 1 (click on bolded words for more information): Jeff Koons’ Split-Rocker to be installed at 30 Rock. RIP: Maya Angelou, who died at the age of 86. RIP: Michael Schmidt, who died at the age of 68, three days after learning he had won Prix Pictet. Gunman opens fire and kills four people during attack at Brussels Jewish Museum. Alexander Selvik Wengshoel eats his own hip as part of art performance. Says it tastes like “wild sheep”. […]