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Baby Tattooville ’14 / Interviews: Brian Smith

As we countdown to Baby Tattooville, we have a couple more interviews from participating artists to share with you. Los Angeles based painter Brian Smith recently spent some time talking to AM about his dark, flowing art work, what it was like not making art for a decade and why he is excited to be a part of this year’s Baby Tattooville. See below for the conversation, some studio shots, work in progress shots and a few examples of Brian’s work. Arrested Motion (AM): You famously […]
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Fashion: Yoskay Yamamoto x Big Bad Wolf Tee Release

Some of our friends behind POW! WOW! recently started Big Bad Wolf with the goal of bringing street inspired fashion, art and culture down to the little ones. Their current plan is to release a limited edition artist tee once a month and kickstarting things is a design by Yoskay Yamamoto (interviewed). Fans of his work and those who know any kids from two to ten can head over here to make a purchase. Discuss Yoskay Yamamoto here.
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Baby Tattooville ’14 / Interviews: Tara McPherson

New York-based artist Tara McPherson spent some time talking with AM while she got ready for this year’s Baby Tattooville. She is best known for her paintings featuring women in mysterious settings, but is also widely regarded for her screen printing and has even been called “The Crown Princess of Rock Posters” by Elle Magazine. She explains how being a mother has changed her daily schedule, how she has moved on from the fire that destroyed her home and how she beats an artistic funk. […]
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Previews: Sail – “Canna Intrat” @ Roq La Rue

On October 2nd, Seattle will see a new solo from Sail (featured) opening at Roq La Rue entitled Canna Intrat. The Northwest artist will be revisiting the gallery (see 2013) with new ink drawings on paper featuring darkly atmospheric portraits of his characters surrounded by shadows and vegetation. The strikingly detailed works almost seem like photos, with his mysterious subjects posed to “represent the promise of rebirth after death or catastrophe.” More preview images below… Discuss Sail here.
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Baby Tattooville ’14 / Interviews: Bob Dob

AM recently got the chance to catch up with California based pop surrealist & art professor Bob Dob while he was preparing this year’s Baby Tattooville (other interviews here). Bob uses an illustrative, retro style to capture feelings of optimism tapered with cynical images to capture strange moments with a cast of recurring characters (most notably the red devil Luey). Questions and answers below… Arrested Motion (AM): Tell me about your history with Baby Tattooville? What are you most excited about? Bob Dob (BD): I was […]
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Overtime: Sept 22 – Sept 28

More stories from the week that ended Sept 28 (click on bolded words for more information): JR’s exhibition Unframed — Ellis Island in NY Times. Image: Joshua Bright for The New York Times. Two American tourists allegedly steal 30kg artifact from the ruins of Pompeii. Uffizi Gallery in Italy damaged by flooding after massive hail storms. Ownership of set of 396 prints by Jörg Immendorff in dispute in court. WSJ provides information and tips for dividing art work in case of a divorce or death. […]
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Baby Tattooville ’14 / Interviews: Brom

Washington State based artist Brom is a legend in the fantasy world, with art work in movies, games and books.  His latest book Krampus, the Yule Lord was released in April of this year and he is coming off of recent appearances at Emerald City Con and Fantasy Con. AM recently got the chance to talk with him while he was preparing for this year’s Baby Tattooville about things like his experiences working on Van Helsing, how living in the Pacific Northwest affects his work and who he […]
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Souther Salazar Mural for TEDMED (San Francisco)

After collaborating on a whimsical new mural with Brendan Monroe in Portland, Souther Salazar headed south to work on a project for the 2014 TEDMED conference at The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. While there, he painted a a large canvas as part of The Imagine Wall and was based off Twitter responses to the question – “how would you imaging a healthier world?” Photo credit: TEDMED & Veronica Reo of TBWA\Chiat\Day (via Jonathan LeVine). Discuss Souther Salazar here.
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Showing: Clayton Brothers – “Open to the Public” @ Mark Moore Gallery

The last time we saw a solo show from the Clayton Brothers in Los Angeles (covered), it was 2011. Showing through this weekend, the exhibition at the Mark Moore Gallery gives Angelino fans of the talented and respected artists another chance to check out the new body of work featuring mixed-media drawings, assemblage, photography, video, and installations. Open to the Public draws its inspiration and eclectic setup from the Sun Thrift Store in Sunland, a famous local “thrifting mecca” and includes not just the brothers’ paintings but […]
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Upcoming: Chet Zar – “All Hallow’s Eve” @ Copro Gallery

Those who are familiar with Chet Zar’s (interviewed) beautifully grotesque imagery would not be surprised if they heard Halloween was one of his favorite holidays. This year, Copro Gallery in Los Angeles will be celebrating in fashion with a vintage costume party on October 18th along with the opening of a new solo show from the locally-based artist entitled All Hallow’s Eve. As you can see from the preview shots, he has been preparing a series of ghastly paintings for the occasion. Discuss Chet Zar here.