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Category Archives: Low Brow & Pop Surrealism

Overtime: April 6 – April 12

More stories from the week that ended April 12 (click on bolded words for more information): Nate Lowman – America Sneezes opens at Dallas Contemporary. RIP: Dr. Frederic Brandt, who may have died of a suicide at age 65. A look at his art collection. Badria Mohamed al Balloushi and husband Hamad Obaid Rashash found guilty of murdering Ahmed Hussain Salarey. The fate of Erich Slomovic’s collection, after he tried to flee and escape the Nazis. Police in Gaza seize Banksy door that is in […]

James Jean – “Psychic Temple” Library Project (Part II)

After introducing you last month to the Psychic Temple project from James Jean (interviewed), we now have an update with some on site photos for you to enjoy. A collaboration between the nomadic Jean and architect Brandon Shigeta, the intriguing undertaking is commissioned by interTrend in Long Beach for their new library. Take a look as he works on installing as well as hand-finishing the bookshelves and come back as we will have a final look for you when it’s completed. Photo credit: Quang Le. Discuss James Jean here.
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Previews: Deth P. Sun – “Being and Nothingness” @ Grumpy Bert

Later this month (April 25th), Deth P. Sun will be opening another show (see 2013) at Brooklyn’s Grumpy Bert entitled Being and Nothingness. The solo exhibition will feature more of his whimsical acrylic on wood paintings based on the adventures of his signature cat-like character, along with plays with text, rounded out by lush supplemental paintings. Take a look at some preview images below… Discuss Deth P. Sun here.

Streets: Miss Van x Dan Quintana x Victor Castillo x Esao Andrews (Los Angeles)

Last month, a group of friends got together to work on the walls of a costume shop on Fairfax Ave in West Hollywood. The project saw a street art legend in Miss Van teaming up with fellow artists who may not share the same experience getting up in the public arena but who feature the same surrealist vision in their artwork. Dan Quintana, Victor Castillo, and Esao Andrews more than held their own with the French artist, while also taking time to try on some […]

Overtime: March 30 – April 5

More stories from the week that ended April 5 (click on bolded words for more information): An interview with Max Frintrop, who discusses his background, work, and future projects. RIP: Andrew Getty, grandson of J. Paul Getty, who died at the age of 47. He had a series of health issues leading up to his death. RIP: Paule Anglim, who died of old age in her 90s. SF Gate talks about her life. RIP: Albert Irvin, who died at the age of 92. RIP: Michael […]

Studio Visits: Shawn Huckins

When AM arrived at Shawn Huckins‘ studio in Denver’s trendy Lowry district, the paintings were finished, the oil dry and most already packed up and ready to send across town to Goodwin Fine Art for his solo show entitled American_tier opening April 17th (stay tuned for opening night coverage). Huckins is best known for his ability to engage viewers using classic style paintings of historical figures with overlaid text, the final piece being equal parts gorgeous portraiture and lighthearted humor. For each series, he has concentrated on a different period of […]

Previews: “1st Annual Spring Group Exhibition” @ Baker + Hesseldenz Design

This Saturday night in Tucson, Arizona, Baker + Hesseldenz Design will be opening their 1st Annual Spring Group Exhibition. Featuring a respectable roster of familiar names as well as some new ones, the show includes work from Van Arno, Fabio d’Aroma, Mark Elliot, Frank Forte, Naoto Hattori, Fay Helfer, Michael Hussar, Hanna Jaeun, Tracy Lewis, Kathie Olivas, Brandt Peters, Roland Tamayo, Kristin Tercek, Helice Wen, and Yoskay Yamamoto (seen above).      
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Previews: “Japanese Human Sensors” @ Jonathan LeVine Gallery

This Saturday night, April 4th, at Jonathan LeVine Gallery (529 West 20th Street), a new group exhibition will be opening concurrently with ROA’s solo. Curated by Tokyo’s Gallery Kogure, Japanese Human Sensors will feature work from Fuco Ueda (seen above), Takahiro Hirabayashi, Takato Yamamoto, and Yuko Soi. Take a look at some more examples of the other artist’s work below…

Upcoming: Dan Quintana – “Spectres in Grey” @ Galerie Wolfsen

On April 11th, Galerie Wolfsen in Aalborg will be opening a solo show from Dan Quintana entitled Spectres in Grey. Judging from the few preview images show here, fans in Denmark will be in for a treat as the Los Angeles-based artist has created some beautifully rendered portraits steeped in the surreal. The palette he has chosen perfectly sets off the imagery as well. Discuss Dan Quintana here.
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Previews: “Moleskin Project IV” @ Hashimoto Contemporary

This Saturday night (April 4th), Hashimoto Contemporary will be opening the fourth edition of their Moleskin Project group show. Co-curated by Sydney-based artist Rod Luff and gallery director Ken Harman, the annual exhibition sees invited artists producing artwork on Moleskin sketchbooks, the weapon of choice for many of them for the initial stages of their creative process. In the words of Luff, “The ubiquitous sketchbook is a common ground through which a visual dialogue is exchanged from page to page, forming a colorful language of […]