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Upcoming: “MONOCHROME” @ HHH Gallery

This Saturday night, June 13th, the HHH Gallery in Tokyo will be hosting a new group exhibition entitled MONOCHROME. Curated by Usugrow, one of the co-founders of the gallery along with Haroshi, the show will include pieces from Aaron Horkey, Mike Giant, SHOHEI, Kyotaro (seen above), Toshikazu Nozaka, Ozabu, Sadam, and Usugrow. The work will be created with pencils, mechanical pencils, black markers, ink pens, ink brushes, and everyday ballpoint pens, and although complex, will be monochromic as referenced by the title of the show. A zine […]
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Openings: Casey Weldon – “Tropefiend” @ Spoke Art

Last weekend, Spoke Art in San Francisco welcomed back Casey Weldon (featured) for a third solo show at their space entitled Tropefiend. Using a vibrant retro color palette, the Seattle-based artist’s paintings feature his unique points of view, oftentimes surreal and filled with dark humor. He further explains the new body of work – “I think on one hand, the color palette I work with has been gradually getting darker, and I was getting really into recreating the glowing and reflecting colors of bright lights. The subject matter has been […]
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Showing: Parra – “Salut” @ Alice Gallery

Alice Gallery in Brussels recently opened Salut, the first Belgium solo show by artist, designer, and illustrator, Parra. The show features a new body of work that includes drawings, paintings, and a large sculpture titled Give Up. With the fresh collection of works, Parra has gone back to mixing his signature lettering along with recognizable female figures. Curvaceous and naked, these blue ladies with beak faces are engaged in bizarre, often sexual activities. With lots of flat humor and double meanings, the Dutch artist’s imagery is both harmonious and […]
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Showing: Jenny Morgan – “All We Have Is Now” @ Driscoll Babcock Galleries

Currently at Driscoll Babcock Galleries in New York, All We Have Is Now is on display from Jenny Morgan. The series of paintings utilizing vivid oversaturated colors are striking in their raw honesty and emotive value. Based thematically on her thoughts on life, death, and rebirth, the new work shows the NYC-based artist skills while deftly alternating between stark portraiture and surreal imagery. Photo credit: NYCArtventures & Driscoll Babcock Galleries, portrait shot by @plusgallery. Discuss Jenny Morgan here.
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Upcoming: Josh Keyes @ Antler Gallery

On July 30th, Josh Keyes (interviewed) will be returning to the Antler Gallery in Portland for another showing (see 2014). If this glimpse into the new body of work is any indication, the locally-based artist has further refined his new aesthetic that takes his imagery all the way to the edge of the panels he paints on. This new 12 x 18″ piece is entitled Quake, and has us excited to see the fresh set of works when the exhibition opens. Discuss Josh Keyes here.
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Rewind: Mar 19 – Jun 7

It’s time for another Rewind feature where we share some art related videos that might have slipped past you the last few months. First up is a video from Birdman documenting Miss Van and her friends Dan Quintana, Victor Castillo, and Esao Andrews paintings the facade of an an old cinema costume shop usually closed to the public on Fairfax Boulevard in Los Angeles. Particularly interesting is the quality of murals (photos here) that were created seeing as Miss Van is the only one who […]
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Overtime: June 1 – June 7

More stories from the week that ended June 7 (click on bolded words for more information): Anish Kapoor sculpture becomes relevant to a lot of people’s interests because it is a giant vagina. Artists create parody imagery mocking FIFA and World Cup sponsors due to human rights violations. Russia requests that Britain blocks sale of Ivan Aivazovsky’s “Evening in Cairo” because it is stolen. Some of the creative class in San Francisco leaving the city to live in Portland. Portland’s creative community starting to be evicted and priced out of properties. […]
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Interviews / Setup: Jim Houser – “HUSH” @ Andenken / Battalion Gallery

Jim Houser is currently setting up his upcoming show (previewed) entitled HUSH with Andenken / Battalion Gallery, the American artist’s first solo in Amsterdam. The gallery owner, artist and friend of AM, Hyland Mather aka X-O, used this opportunity to do a little Q&A session with Houser on our behalf. What was planned as an interview, turned into a deep and informative conversation between the two creatives, covering all kinds of subjects from skateboarding, music, traveling, family, rising kids, and last but not least, art. Hyland Mather (HM): Hey Jim, […]
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Showing: Erin M. Riley – “Darkness Lies Ahead” @ Joshua Liner Gallery

Showing through this Saturday at Joshua Liner Gallery in New York is Erin M. Riley’s (interviewed) solo show entitled Darkness Lies Ahead. The exhibition gives fans a good look at some of the different series of works she has woven so far in her career including the Selfies featuring portraiture sourced from young women on the internet as well as from her own self-portraits and The History Pieces, works that document car crashes, skid marks, and the residue of trauma. Riley’s weavings are a merging of a traditional medium with a modern point of view and are intriguing to see […]
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Releases: Josh Keyes – “Migratory Soul” & “The Hermit” Figures

Tomorrow, June 2nd, Josh Keyes (interviewed) will be releasing his latest collaborations with ToyQube in bringing his imagery to three dimensional life. Based off two of his associated paintings, The Hermit & Migratory Soul, the sculpts of which we already shared with you, the figures are now almost ready to be added to your collection if you so choose. These would compliment the two prints released last year (covered) for those who snapped them up. Head over here tomorrow at 1 PM EST to make your purchase, and to pre-order the signed […]
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