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Upcoming: Andrew Hem – “Leap” @ Jonathan LeVine Gallery

After some impressive shows on the West Coast, Andrew Hem (interviewed) will be moving east for his next solo show. Leap opens on May 14th at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York and will feature the Los Angeles-based artist’s surreal otherworldly scenes painted with a vivid palette of blues, greens, reds, and splashes of golden light. The first image we have seen from the new body of work was recently shared by the artist with Cambodian heritage and it left us wanting more… Discuss Andrew Hem here.
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Previews: Parra – “I can’t look at your face anymore” @ Ruttkowski;68

Pieter Janssen aka Parra will be returning to Ruttkowski;68 in Cologne, Germany for his second solo with the gallery. Three years since And wait for something to happen (covered), the Dutch artist will be opening I Can’t Look At Your Face Anymore on April 15th. The new body of work he created for this showcase is built as a response to the narcissism of selfies and the creation of edited selves in today’s social media. The artist, designer, illustrator and skateboard brand owner is pushing his visual language further with these […]
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Upcoming: Josh Keyes – “Overgrown” @ Archimedes Gallery

Continuing to work with Archimedes Gallery, located just west of Portland, Josh Keyes (interviewed) will be presenting a new body of work come June 25th. The locally-based artist will be showing his post-apocalyptic visions of nature’s reclamation in a show entitled Overgrown alongside the sculptures of Eva Funderburgh. Discuss Josh Keyes here.
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Overtime: April 4 – April 10

More stories from the week that ended April 10 (click on bolded words for more information): Hyperallergic reviews Jessi Reaves and Sophie Stone’s show at Del Vaz Projects. RIP: Tony Conrad, who passed away at the age of 76 due to pneumonia. Group of artists, scientists and politicians call for British Museum to drop BP sponsorship. Edinburgh International Festival no longer sponsored by BP. Donald Trump’s art collection actually consists of fakes? Dmitri Rybolovlev’s divorce from wife shows how he used offshore shelters to hide his assets, such as art. […]
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Previews: “Dream Covers” @ Krab Jab Studios

Tonight at Krab Jab Studios in Seattle, a gallery specializing in the publication arts, group show Dream Covers will open. Curated by Lauren Panepinto, who has been designing and art-directing book covers for 13 years, the exhibition asks the question of what artists would created if they could illustrate covers only to please themselves. Participating artists include Marc Scheff, Tran Nguyen (seen above with her choice of The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman), Rebecca Yanovskaya, Jeremy Wilson, Laurie Lee Brom, Brom, Wylie Beckert, Dan Dos Santos, Dave Palumbo, […]
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Previews: “Selfie” @ Stephanie Chefas Gallery

This Friday, April 8th, a group show of artists exploring the idea of a Selfie will open at Stephanie Chefas Gallery in Portland. Participants include John Felix Arnold III, Ana Bagayan, Jana Brike, Adrian Landon Brooks, Adrian Cox (seen above), Vanessa Foley, Monica Kim Garza, Caleb Hahne, Maria Kreyn, Mike Lee, Brian Mashburn, Mako Miyamoto, Jennifer Nehrbass, Jeff P., Meryl Pataky, Erik Mark Sandberg, Lucien Shapiro, Kevin Sloan, Marnie White, Kristen Liu Wong, and Christine Wu. More preview images below…
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Upcoming: Michael Dotson @ Zieher, Smith, & Horton

On April 28th, Zieher, Smith, & Horton will be putting on display Michael Dotson’s remix of iconic Disney imagery in a solo show. The New York-based artist started down this path when he stumbled upon Disney Screencaps, a website featuring almost every frame of every Disney movie ever made. Altering, twisting, and distorting the stills with his artistic vision, Dotson helps them reach their full potential by accenting different elements and incorporating electric colors and patterns. Take a look at some more photos below from a studio visit by […]
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Previews: Casey Weldon – “Stray Voltage” @ ArtHatch

Coming up on April 9th at ArtHatch in Escondido, California, Casey Weldon (featured) will opening a new solo show entitled Stray Voltage. Presented along with Distinction Gallery, the exhibition will feature 20 of his surreal paintings that make use of glowing highlights and a bright hyper chromatic palette. Take a look at a couple more preview images below… Discuss Casey Weldon here.
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Previews: 2nd Annual “Ema Show” @ Hellion Gallery

After the first phase of the 2nd Annual Ema Show in Japan (covered), AJ Fosik, Maryanna Hoggatt, Eric Wert, Nosego, Ben Venom, Casey Weldon, Souther Salazar, Olivia Knapp, Jon MacNair, Mary Iverson, Robert Bowen, Jesse Hazelip, Karilise Alexander, Andrew Schoultz, Josh Keyes (seen above), Stephanie Buer, KozynDan, Zach Johnsen, Ren Sakurai, Yoskay Yamamoto, Koralie, Jean Jullien, Amandine Urruty, Nicolas Barrome, Alexone, Koleo, JM Ouvry, Haroshi, Tamaki Mori, Nino, MHAK, Renan Santos, Heather Mclean, Kojiro Ankan Takukawa, Ewa Prończuk-Kuziak, Peca, Joram Roukes, Dilka Bear, SAL, Jeff P and Yu […]
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Previews: Shawn Huckins – “Everything Is Hilarious And Nothing Is Real” @ Modernism Inc

Next month (May 5th) in San Francisco, Shawn Huckins (featured) will be opening a new solo at Modernism Inc entitled Everything Is Hilarious And Nothing Is Real. The title of the show is also the text used and part of the name of one of his instantly recognizable paintings that will be on display featuring the Denver-based artist’s on-going series of 19th-century American painting replications overlaid by the new grammar and language of social media. Huckin’s special form of satire forces us to examine the contrast of […]
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