Currently at KP Projects Gallery in Los Angeles, Greg “Craola” Simkins (featured) has a show on view through June 17th entitled No Strings. The new body of imaginative work features paintings (including the massive 6′ x 9′ piece seen above), drawings, as well as a few limited editions. Continuing to explore the rich world he has created, the locally-based artist was inspired by the story of Pinnochio and the idea of escaping reality which can be seen in the surreal imagery featuring his signature hybrid amalgamations as well as some more […]
Category Archives: Low Brow & Pop Surrealism
This Saturday night (June 3rd), Thinkspace’s project room will play host to Kisung Koh’s first solo exhibition with the Culver City gallery. The Toronto-based painter is another young artist whose imagery touches on environmental issues as is evident with his choice of subject matter for this showing. Entitled Long Live the Polar Treasure, the new collection of oil paintings from Koh is entirely dedicated to the endangered polar bear and the displacement from its habitat, paralleling the Korean artist’s own life experiences of “deracination and the pangs of dislocated belonging.”
On June 9th, Dorothy Circus Gallery in Rome will be hosting a new solo show from Fuco Ueda entitled Yumei. Extensively utilizing natural materials in her work like powdered mineral pigments on paper, cloth and wood, together with acrylic paint, the Japanese artist has created a new body of work that lingers between reality and the dream world. Here ethereal paintings are accentuated by a vibrant palette leading to an almost photo negative effect for her surreal scenes featuring her female characters and strange flora. Discuss Fuco […]
We first got turned on to the work of The Draculas during this year’s POW! WOW! Hawaii where they painted an amazing and surreal campfire scene. The Southern California-based duo, comprised of Gary Musgrave and Jeff McMillan, recently painted mural for the ETA Agency in Long Beach featuring a seaside city rampage kaiju battle. Take a look at more photos below… Photo credit: Brandon Shigeta.
On August 5th, Los Angeles will finally getting that big solo show from Josh Keyes (interviewed) that his fans have been waiting for all these years. It looks as though Implosion will have some paintings that continue his recent works that feature graffiti in natural and unusual settings. We’ll have more about the exhibition for you as it gets closer to the opening but for now, enjoy another preview image below… Discuss Josh Keyes here.
More stories from the week that ended May 28 (click on bolded words for more information): Eileen Kinsella provides a look at the Marciano Art Foundation museum. KCRW also looks at the museum, as well as the growth of private museums in general. The Hollywood Reporter also covers the opening. Christopher Knight reviews the museum and shows. Tim Schneider also provides his opinion. Christopher Hawthorne explores the architecture of the museum. RIP: Stanley Brouwn, who passed away at the age of 81. RIP: Dan Campanelli, who passed away at the […]
Following up on his showing with two other artists last year at beinArt Gallery, Adrian Cox will be opening a show on June 3rd. For his first solo in Australia, the St. Louis-based artist has created a new body of work entitled Sensory Garden, oil paintings featuring his signature “Border Creatures,” hybrid creatures that live in the the wilderness of the “Borderlands.” Each character is an amalgamation of the environment around them including flora, fauna, and crystallized mineral deposits. Discuss Adrian Cox here.
This Saturday, May 27th, Jeff Soto (interviewed) will be opening a retrospective of his screenprinted gig posters and fine art prints from the last 15 years. Hosted at Volcom Gardens in Austin thru June 18th, the exhibition will be Soto’s first in Texas and will be include over 60 pieces, spanning from 2002 to 2017. Many will be available for purchase, along with show and fine art editions of the Grim Reaper, his newest print. Discuss Jeff Soto here.
As we mentioned before, James Jean (interviewed) has a live and work space in West LA near Little Osaka. Called Hide Out, the house has already won multiple awards including the A+ Award from Architizer and the Honor Award for Residential Adaptive Reuse from AIA LA. The design of the remodel by Dan Brunn Architecture includes features like a 12′ x 14′ pivot door, a Japanese tea room inspired library, and wood stairs created by using an algorithm to calculate the most optimized curve based on a selection of […]
More stories from the week that ended May 21 (click on bolded words for more information): Yusaku Maezawa bids record-breaking $110.5mil. on Basquiat painting at Sotheby’s auction. Time’s Money section profiles the collector. CNBC has more on him. RIP: Lee Hall, who passed away at the age of 82. Kenya makes it to the Venice Biennale, despite receiving no money from its government for its pavilion. Raining fake Random International Rain Rooms in China. Two Ron English sculptures removed from outside department store in Shanghai within hours of […]