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Openings: Greg “Craola” Simkins – “The Escape Artist” @ KP Projects

Last weekend, Greg “Craola” Simkins (featured) opened his latest solo with KP Projects in West Hollywood entitled The Escape Artist. This was also the name of the large showstopper, the locally-based artist’s painting that took center stage while exploring the above and below water creatures of his world. Seen in this new body of work, which is kind of a prequel to some of his shows in the past, are some unusual eggs, the precursors to some of the fantastical bird seen in his imagery. Also making an appearance were […]

Previews: Evah Fan – “Inside, Outside, Come Around” @ Park Life

This Friday (May 24th), Evah Fan will be opening Inside, Outside, Come Around, her new show at Park Life in San Francisco. For this exhibition, the locally-based artist has created a handful of window studies for the gallery space, creating “windows” in a small windowless room. The premise of the new body of work as well as the imagery once again highlights the sense of play and whimsy that can often be seen in Fan’s work. Take a look at some preview images below… Discuss Evah Fan here.

Upcoming: “Dreamer, Lover, Maker, Fighter” @ BeinArt Gallery

On June 2nd, a new show group show entitled Dreamer, Lover, Maker, Fighter opens at BeinArt Gallery. The four person exhibition includes paintings and drawings by Brian Viveros, Miles Johnston (seen above), Kari-Lise Alexander and Scott Scheidly, all who create their own form of surreal portraiture. Take a look at more preview images below…    

Update: Alex Gross Cabinet Card Printings

Fans of Alex Gross (interviewed) are always interested to see his latest paintovers of cabinet cards, a style of mounted photography widely used for photographic portraiture after 1870, with the latest produced up to the 1920s. Scouring his personal trove of these collectibles for likenesses to his favorite comic book, movie, and TV characters, the Los Angeles-based artist repurposes these images of people from the past through his art. Recently, he put a few of these for sale through his website which he does from time to time… Discuss Alex Gross here.

Openings: Mark Drew – “What Goes On?” @ Spoke Art (New York)

Earlier this month, Spoke Art’s New York location hosted the opening of Mark Drew’s new solo show. Entitled What Goes On?, the new body of work continues the Tokyo-based artist’s signature juxtaposition of Peanuts comics and 90s rap lyrics. The mashup of hip hop bars with Snoopy & gang by the Australian artist takes two presumably familiar elements for the viewer and generates a new refreshing point of view and interpretation. Rounding out the exhibition was a dog house entrance as well as a couple installations featuring items like Snoopy paraphernalia and old […]

Upcoming: Greg “Craola” Simkins – “The Escape Artist” @ KP Projects

On May 19th, KP Projects in Los Angeles will be hosting their annual solo show with Greg “Craola” Simkins (featured), his seventh with the gallery. Entitled The Escape Artist, the new body of work references the locally-based artist’s immersion into the surreal world he has created with his paintbrush, a way to get away to a place where anything is possible. He further explains – “I have been taking refuge in my memories lately. Memories of the first time I saw a whale in the wild, seeing a […]

Releases: James Jean x Staple – “Washizu” (Bone White Colorway)

If you missed out on the original release of James Jean’s (interviewed) Washizu figure last year, here’s your chance at the second iteration. The Bone White Colorway of the piece created for Staple’s 20th anniversary (produced by Jasper Wong and Mighty Jaxx) will be available starting 12 May 2018, 10am EDT in a 24-hour timed release ($369) with the edition size determined by the number of orders. Standing at 9.8” X 12” X 13, the figure was inspired by a character from Akira Kurosawa’s 1957 masterpiece – Throne of Blood. Head over here at […]

Kris Kuksi x US Marine Corps – “Battles Won” Sculptures

At the end of last year, Kris Kuksi revealed a series of three sculptures he worked on for the United States Marine Corps as part of their recruitment campaign. The Battles Won set features bronzes entitled Nation’s Call, Waged In Will, and the nearly seven feet tall At Their Core (seen in more detail here), which were later donated to the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Virginia where they can be viewed. Taking approximately seven months to complete, the intricate and richly layered mixed media works […]

Previews: “Le Carnival Des Animaux” @ Creatura House Gallery

Tonight (May 10th) in Seattle, Creatura House will be opening a group show entitled Le Carnival Des Animaux. With animals set as the theme, artists Peter Ferguson, Travis Louie (seen above), Josie Morway, Scott Musgrove, Kari-Lise Alexander, Lola Gil, Jim Blanchard, Demi Raven, and Jessica McCourt all contributed something for the exhibition. Take a look at more preview images below… Discuss Travis Louie here.        

Previews: Chris Konecki – “Head On A Swivel” @ 111 Minna

Tonight (May 4th) in San Francisco, Chris Konecki will be opening a new show alongside Sam Flores (covered) at 111 Minna. Head On A Swivel features Konecki’s assemblages of found and repurposed objects, mirroring the imagery found in his street murals. The gritty sculptural pieces are constructed dilapidated structures, boarded up windows, graffiti, barbed wire, fencing, and other elements of urban decay. Take a look at some more preview images below…