More stories from the week that ended July 27 (click on bolded words for more information): Azuma Makoto sends bonsai tree, orchids, lilies, other plants into the stratosphere, suspended in a balloon. RIP: Otto Piene, who died at the age of 85. Should Britain do more to protect cultural objects and sites during time of war? The Shrine of Jonah/Mosque of Yunus (Nineveh, Mosul, Iraq) has been destroyed, allegedly by ISIS. Artists destroy Beuys sculpture for an ingredient in liquor, which they drank. Eva Beuys takes […]
Category Archives: Low Brow & Pop Surrealism
Last week, Riverside native Jeff Soto (interviewed) headed to Los Angeles to paint a mural (invited by Juxtapoz) for Converse and their Wall to Wall program. Set in South Central L.A. on Slauson Avenue where some of his ancestors originally settled, Soto decided to do something as a tribute to them. Working on the piece over the course of two days, he decided to go with one of his familiar owl motifs. He states: “The Owl is a symbol of age and experience, a matriarch or patriarch of the […]
Continuing his long history with Jonathan LeVine Gallery (see 2012, 2010), painter Alex Gross (interviewed) is preparing for his fourth solo with the New York showspace. Set to open on October 9th, Future Tense will feature a new series of oil paintings and mixed media works that will continue to explore ideas of how modern society relates to technology and our consumer culture. As always, the Los Angeles-based artist will present his artistic visions beautifully rendered in well composed paintings combining different elements drawn from various influences. […]
Our next Art Focus feature is on sculptor Jessica Stoller and her provocative porcelain works. Her ornate, Rococo-influenced creations take a traditional medium and add a modern twist to it. The mix of decadent foods, masked characters, signs of decay, BDSM references, voluptuous body parts – all piled to together – challenge the viewer to find beauty in the grotesque. Some of her most effective work comes in the form of still lifes, but instead of painted, are composed of a selection of her unexpected deviant sculptures […]
Fans of James Jean (interviewed) may remember his recent work with Linkin Park on the cover of their new album (covered). While wokring on the concepts and fleshing out the imagery for that project, the gifted artist filled up one of his sketchbooks with some pretty amazing drawings. Take a look at more photos over on Hypebeast as well as some more samples below… Photo credit: Sean Marc Lee / Hypebeast. Discuss James Jean here.
Tonight in Los Angeles, Gary Baseman (interviewed) will be launching his kickstarter for Mythical Creatures, a documentary about the artist and his career by David Charles. Held from 8pm – 10pm at Canter’s Deli / The Kibitz Room, the donation event will also feature a set from Moby but requires an RSVP ([email protected]). The premise behind the film – “After the recent passing of his parents, Gary was compelled to dive deep into his heritage and tell their tragic experience during the Holocaust in their hometown village in […]
More stories from the week that ended July 20 (click on bolded words for more information): Profile of The Mistake Room and a look at Korakrit Arunanondchai exhibition there. RIP: Seymour Slive, who died at 93 after battling cancer. RIP: Otto Piene, who died in a taxi at the age of 86. One of the world’s greatest art collections in private hands in all likelihood is a hoax. Ronald Lauder urges Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum to return Pissarro painting looted by Nazis. Three paintings in Prussian Cultural Heritage […]
Since our Art Focus on painter Joel Rea, he has since exhibited with Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York as well as released prints of two of his popular images – Moment of Truth & Elevation. Currently, the Australia-based artist has a new piece (seen above), The Final Pieces, showing at the Art Gallery of New South Wales which was nominated as a finalist for the prestigious Sulman Prize. Fans in Melbourne can also catch new work from Rea at the Gallery One booth during the Melbourne Art Fair […]
For those that missed Mark Ryden’s magnificent recent Los Angeles showing (covered) at Kohn Gallery, here’s your chance to own a piece of the action. This new release from Porterhouse features his Daisy drawing from The Gay 90s: West, placed on a brooch. Priced at $99 and sized at 2″ x 1-1/2″ x 3/8″, the memento comes in a black velvet pouch and with a certificate of authenticity. If interested, head over here to add it to your collection. Discuss Mark Ryden here.
Coming up on July 31st at Block 37 in Chicago, Shepard Fairey will be curating a massive group exhibition that reaches across all genres. Set to coincide with Lollapalooza and presented by Art Alliance, The Provocateurs will feature an impressive roster of artists including Andrew Schoultz, C215, Camille Rose Garcia, Clare Rojas, Cleon Peterson, Cope2, Cyrcle., D*Face (seen above working on a massive diptych), Dana Louise Kirkpatrick, Deedee Cheriel, Dzine, Ernesto Yerena Montejano, Estevan Oriol, Evan Hecox, FAILE, Gary Panter, HAZE, How & Nosm, James Cauty, Jamie Reid, […]