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Overtime: Aug 10 – Aug 16

More stories from the week that ended Aug 16 (click on bolded words for more information): Ramiro Gomez profiled by NY Times. RIP: Susanne Hilberry, who died at 72 due to complications of a brain tumor. RIP: Karen Sinsheimer, who died of pancreatic cancer. Tali Lennox’s boyfriend Ian Jones still missing after kayak accident. His body is later found. 55 Gansevoort to close after two years to make room for Restoration Hardware’s hotel. Paper Magazine visits the gallery’s final opening and Queer Thought’s first opening in NY. Hirshhorn’s decision […]
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Previews: Tim Biskup – “Space Madness” @ Kong Art Space

For his first time in Hong Kong, Tim Biskup (featured) will be opening a show on August 27th at the Kong Art Space entitled Space Madness. The title of the exhibition references one of the Los Angeles-based artist’s first influences for his cartoon-like imagery – Ren & Stimpy, an animated TV show. Another inspiration of his, the work of  Roberto Matta, was also listed as a touchpoint for the new vibrant and colorful pieces. Discuss Tim Biskup here.
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Upcoming: Brendan Monroe – “Morphology” @ Heath Ceramics (San Francisco)

After a fantastic showing at Heath Ceramics in Los Angeles last year (covered), Brendan Monroe (interviewed) will be next putting new works on display soon at their San Francisco location. Morphology in the Boiler Room will continue the locally-based artist’s collaboration with the manufacturer of artisan pottery, a perfect way for Monroe to bring to life in a new way his organic and science-based imagery. Opening night is planned for September 25th. Discuss Brendan Monroe here.
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Openings: “Lush Life 5: Reverie” @ Roq La Rue

Roq La Rue upped the ante for the fifth edition of their Lush Life group show, titled Reverie.  With both the main floor and upstairs project room utilized, and the debut of the large installation piece by Cheyenne Randall, the gallery was literally packed to the rafters. Highlights include Scott Hove’s delicious Devils Food starting off the main floor, just waiting for you to get closer. Jonathan Viner’s Force Projection will leave you mesmerized as will Christian Van Minnen’s Self Portrait as James Hurley, or Small Town […]
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Releases: Travis Louie – “Mr. Stephenson And The Bug” Print

Fans of Travis Louie’s (interviewed) fantastical painted faux vintage photographs will be glad to hear that Pressure Printing has just released a new print entitled Mr. Stephenson And The Bug. Sized at 19″ X 41″, the hand-stained intaglio prints will be limited to a run of 40 and cost $450. Take a look at all the details here. Discuss Travis Louie here.
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Overtime: Aug 3 – Aug 9

More stories from the week that ended Aug 9 (click on bolded words for more information): Aaron Moulton provides a video walkthrough for Gagosian Gallery’s Theories on Forgetting show. RIP: Ruben Espinosa, who was found shot to death in Mexico City apartment. RIP: Lance Kinz, who died at the age of 64. RIP: Charles Goldstein, who died at the age of 78 due to complications of an infection. Opus Art Gallery closes and owners flees to France as they allegedly have swindled collectors and consignors. Mixed Green gallery closes as its […]
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Recap: Edwin Ushiro – “The Study of Life as Things” @ Giant Robot 2

We stopped Giant Robot 2 in Los Angeles earlier this week to see the solo from Edwin Ushiro (interviewed) who had a wonderful series of drawings on display made from ballpoint pen, markers, pens, color pencils and graphite. Perhaps it’s the translucent paper used for these new pieces, but the translucent and ethereal look draws the viewer in for a second look to try and decipher how the Los Angeles-based artist achieves the effect. This transparency and glowing look would have been familiar to fans of his larger paintings, a […]
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Showing: Axel Void – “Sehnsucht” @ BC Gallery

Currently at BC Gallery in Berlin, Axel Void has a series of provocative works on display entitled Sehnsucht. The solo show from the Miami-based artist consists mainly of small and large paintings featuring portraits of people with plastic wrapped around their heads as well as some videos (sample here). The idea of the exhibition is to explore the idea of mundanity and the pursuit of purpose in our life, also referenced by the title of the show which comes from the German noun translated as longing, yearning, or craving or in a wider sense […]
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Studio Visits: Yoskay Yamamoto

Earlier this week, AM stopped by the studio of Yoskay Yamamoto (interviewed) to see what he has been up to and what he has planned for the future. Along with picking up some of the whimsical Pothead plant holders he is producing through Sunny Side Up Studio, we also enjoyed seeing some of the new paintings he has been working on – many sunsets and polka dots in a beautiful new color palette. Those in Los Angeles can see these pieces at the upcoming Giant Robot Biennale at the Japanese […]
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Hayao Miyazaki Un-retires

Fans around the world were delighted to hear last month that Studio Ghibli founder Hayao Miyazaki will be working on a ten minute short that will screen exclusively at the Studio Ghibli museum in Japan. His son Goro Miyazaki revealed that his father is bored maintaining the museum and wants to keep busy working on a new three year project that will feature a 3D animation about a caterpillar named Boro. Hopefully this means the man known for producing the highest quality traditional hand-drawn animation will […]