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Preview: Deth P. Sun – “This Is My Jam” @ Grumpy Bert

This Friday night (May 31st), Berkeley-based Deth P. Sun will be opening a new solo show in Brooklyn entitled This Is My Jam. Like many of his previous exhibitions, the body of work consists of whimsical paintings of his cat-like creature in various adventurous situations and environments. Take a look at some preview images below… Discuss this show here. Discuss Deth P. Sun here.
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Upcoming: “Into The Dark” @ Unit 44 / Newcastle Victoria Tunnel

Coming up on June 12th, Unit 44 will be presenting Into The Dark, a group exhibition in Newcastle’s Victoria Tunnel (ala Lazarides’ subterranean Hell’s Half Acre & Minotaur events). On tap to provide works are artists Candice Tripp, D*Face, Eelus, Faith47, Hendrik Beikirch, Hush, Meggs, Pedro Matos, Shepard Fairey, Stormie Mills, Will Barras, and Word to Mother. Free tickets to the event will be released released on the June 1st at midday (UK time) with the link revealed through their social media for those interested in […]
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Showing: Brendan Monroe – “Melting Into The Floor” @ Richard Heller Gallery

Earlier this month, Brendan Monroe (interviewed) opened his new solo show at the Richard Heller Gallery in Los Angeles. Entitled Melting Into the Floor, the new body of work includes paintings on paper and a number of sculptures in wood. Drawing from the name of the show, many of the pieces explore the transformation between liquids, gases, and solids – especially the crossing points at which the alteration occurs. Although figurative elements can still seen in Monroe’s new work, the Bay Area-based artist continues to explore the gradual […]
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Videos: Gary Baseman X Die Antwoord – “Buckingham Warrior” on MOCAtv

MOCAtv just released their newest video Buckingham Warrior, a tale inspired by Gary Baseman’s (interviewed) father who survived the holocaust. Ben Baseman fought the Nazi invasion in Ukraine’s birch tree forests for almost four years and this new music video (animated by Peter Markowski and scored by South-African duo Die Antwoord) tells his story in his son’s signature imagery. This was created in association with Gary’s current exhibition, The Door Is Always Open (covered) at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Discuss Gary Baseman here.
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Openings: Parra – “Il Senso di Colpa” @ Galleria Patricia Armocida

Earlier today in Italy, illustrator, artist, and designer, Parra opened his solo show Il Senso di Colpa (The Guilt) at Galleria Patricia Armocida. In accordance with the title of his show, the artist focused this body of work on the feeling of guilt and similar emotions that are often limiting and troubling for many of us. Through a series of black and white drawings, watercolors, and his signature red & blue acrylic paintings, the Dutch artist showed situations and reactions that are somehow connected with feelings of guilt and self-judgement. […]
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Overtime: May 20 – May 26

More stories from the week ended May 26: John Constable masterpiece, Salisbury Cathedral from the Water Meadows, bought by Tate for £23.1mil. RIP: Cecilia Steinfeldt, known as the First Lady of Texas Art, pass away just a week shy of her 98th birthday. Detroit Institute of Art’s multibillion-dollar art collection could face sell-off to satisfy Detroit’s creditors Joseph Beuys biography accuses him of having close ties to the Nazis. SplitArt ends in liquidation due to a split between the investors about its direction. Nils Jennrich, […]
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Openings: Scott Campbell – “Things Get Better” @ OHWOW Gallery

Last night, Scott Campbell unveiled a new body of work in Los Angeles at OHWOW Gallery entitled Things Get Better. Mostly consisting of paintings of what he calls “Frankenguns,” jerry-rigged tattoo guns that he was able to make inside of jails in Mexico (with looser regulations than in the United States) and administer tattoos to inmates. Learn more about his unique personal project here and check out some photos from the opening below… Photo credit: Waltercrunk for Arrested Motion. Discuss this show here. Discuss Scott Campbell here.
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Preview: “Zombie” @ Last Rites Gallery

Tomorrow night (May 25th), the Zombie group exhibition will be opening at the Last Rites Gallery in New York. Featuring a roster hand-selected by Travis Louie to give their artistic interpretation of the undead, the show is sure to be an interest among fans of these artists. Here we have more preview images of pieces that are destined for the show that will include paintings, drawings, and sculptural pieces including the one seen above (cropped) from Chris Seamon. See the full list of artists and preview here. Discuss this show here.
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Upcoming: Eishi Takaoka -”Waiting” @ Giant Robot 2

This Saturday (May 25th) marks the return of Eishi Takaoka to Giant Robot 2 in Los Angeles for another solo showing. Entitled Waiting, the exhibition will feature the serene floating heads that the Japanese artist has become know for. Each sculpture comprises of carved wood painted with raw mineral pigments and although they display an outwardly calm façade, their bottled-up emotions manifest as outlandish formations that are often seen sprouting from each face.
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Preview: Scott Campbell – “Things Get Better” @ OHWOW

Tomorrow night (May 23rd) at the OHWOW Gallery in Los Angeles, tattoo and fine artist Scott Campbell will be opening a new solo show entitled Things Get Better. The new series of ink paintings depict his “Frankenguns,” hand-made contraptions built inside prisons to administer tattoos to inmates. This culmination of a personal project he started two years ago took him to the inside of Mexican prisons with improvised tools, a true art form that contrasts with superficiality of the contemporary tattoo world. Check out some preview images below […]