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Category Archives: Low Brow & Pop Surrealism

Interviews: Allison Sommers

When you look at her work, one would suspect that “detail” could have been Allison Sommer’s middle name. You can’t help but move your head closer and closer to the painting and then shake it in disbelief at how meticulous her brushstrokes are. As a matter of fact, she often paints under a magnifying glass to make sure she get the desired effect. What is even more amazing is her “story-telling” does not suffer from this focus on details. Her paintings always seem to be […]

Audrey Kawasaki “timed release” print

In response to all her loyal fans who participated but missed out in yesterday’s sold out print release of “She Who Dares” (previewed), Audrey is deliberating the possibility of bringing back the “timed release” print in an effort to get her work into the homes of her supportive fans. (Her last timed release was last November’s “Mizuame“.) The edition size of a “timed release” is based on a given time frame, instead of a predetermined print run. So all orders will be fulfilled as long […]

Openings: Clowns! @ Corey Helford Gallery

The Clowns! (previewed) show opened last night in Culver City and AM contributor Marcus was on hand to snap some photos. This group show had a pretty unique and strong lineup as Corey Helford teamed up with Stolenspace (UK) to exhibit artists from both sides of the Atlantic. Photos of all the work after the jump.

Preview: APAK @ Junc Gallery

APAK has a three person show opening tonight at Junc Gallery with Betsy Walton and Aya Kakeda. For those not familiar with the duo, APAK consists of a husband and wife team, Aaron Piland and Ayumi Kajikawa respectively, hence their name. Their rich and colorful paintings of creatures living in a utopian society are a breath of fresh air in this genre. Their work bring us back to a time before modern technology and industry when people seemed more willing to make time to enjoy […]

Teaser: Chris Berens @ Roq La Rue

We are really looking forward to Dutch artist Chris Beren’s show at Roq La Rue next month.  Beren’s works look almost digital or like photography, but it is all hand-painted.  The unique “look” to his paintings are result of his long painstaking process – taking many steps.  Many of his characters appear to have a fuzzy, unfocused look to them like they were photos taken with a soft-focus lens on.  Look for his new wonderfully imaginative body of work entitled “Go West” to begin showing […]

Preview: Clowns! @ Corey Helford Gallery

What do you get when you have an enormous group of talented artists take their own spin on a modern day “clown”? Well, for their newest show Clowns!, Corey Helford assembled a diverse group and let them loose on this simple theme and the results? A veritable carnival of visual delights! How often does one see the likes of Dave Kinsey, Shag, Audrey Kawasaki, Gary Baseman work off the cuff with a subject that is foreign to their repertoire? If that wasn’t enough, Corey Helford […]

Openings: Candice Tripp @ Lazarides (Newcastle)

We were pretty impressed with the setup of Candice Tripp’s show (previewed) after seeing photos from the opening last night. Lazarides (Newcastle) really put time and effort into staging the pieces even using one of the images from her previous paintings as the wallpaper. Photos after the jump.

Preview: Fuco Ueda @ Court Gallery Kunitachi

Japanese artist, Fuco Ueda has a new show Symbiosis at Court Gallery Kunitachi (Tokyo) with the official opening reception being this Saturday, November 15th. Her signature girls with the raw knees and the use of creative imagery along with dreamy powdery backgrounds have been a hit in the U.S. pop surrealist scene a while now.  She’s held her own with sold out shows exhibiting along side artists such as Audrey Kawasaki and Esao Andrews.  Her main audience however is in Asia and we have some […]

Preview: “Looking Glass” @ Basel Miami (2008) – Part I

Andrew from Thinkspace has forwarded us some images for the group show he is organizing entitled “Looking Glass” for the Gen Art Vanguard New Contemporary Art Fair at this years Art Basel week. This is one of the shows Arrested Motion will be covering as we will be blogging live from Miami. Artists participating in this show include Allison Sommers, Andrew Hem, Andy Kehoe, Anthony Pontius, ARMSROCK, Audrey Kawasaki, Brandi Milne, Brian Viveros, Camilla d’Errico, Damon Soule, Dan-ah Kim, David MacDowell, Elbow-Toe, Ekundayo, Esao Andrews, […]

Openings: Tin, Kukula, Sas @ Copro Nason

Rounding up AM‘s whirlwind gallery tour of LA last weekend was Copronason’s show of Kukula, Tin, and Sas Christian. The Santa Monica gallery was busy with three appealing artists at its opening this past Saturday. As usual, Sas Christian presented a quality, not quantity body of work. It was great to see her alluring works in person; those eyes are bigger than life! Kukula’s body of work looked even better in person than the images which we previewed last week. If you already had a […]