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Category Archives: Low Brow & Pop Surrealism

Overtime: June 5 – June 11

More stories from the week that ended June 11 (click on bolded words for more information) AQNB writes about Smart Objects, after the gallery opens a second location in Landers, CA. RIP: Benjamin Cho (1977-2017). RIP: Mauro ”Malang” Santos, who passed away at the age of 89. RIP: Barry Lett, who passed away at the age of 77. RIP: Jozef Jankovič, who passed away at the age of 79. Two people, including landlord Derick Almena, arrested in Oakland’s deadly Ghost Ship fire. London museums pledge to stay open, […]

Rewind: Sept 20 – June 8

It’s been quite a long while since one of our Rewind features. Here are some footage that you may be interested in since we last updated you on videos from the art world. Leading things off is a look at Johnny Depp’s downtown LA penthouse which includes some pieces of his art collection including a massive piece from Os Gemeos. Other worthy videos: POW! WOW! Hawaii 2017 official video Process video for Chuck Close’s “Self-Portrait” (2015) woodcut. Robert Mangold on Drawing, Printmaking and Painting. Trailer: Ed Atkins […]

Upcoming: Joe Ledbetter // IKEA Art Event 2018

Joe Ledbetter recently revealed images of his upcoming collaboration with IKEA featuring his iconic Mr. Bunny character. The limited edition glass rendition of his famous furry friend was created with the help of  the Målerås glass factory in southern Sweden and will be part of the IKEA Art Event, the fourth of its kind (seen 2017’s event featuring posters). Other artists involved include Arkiv Vilmansa, Coarse, James Jarvis, Joe Ledbetter, Junko Mizuno, Ludvig Löfgren, Michael Lau and Nathan Jurevicius with no details about the release other than a target […]

Previews: Collin van der Sluijs & Super A – “Back and Forth” @ First Amendment Gallery

Tonight (June 8th) in San Francisco, First Amendment Gallery will be opening a joint show from Collin van der Sluijs and Super A. Entitled Back and Forth, the exhibition features collaborative works from the Dutch artists (something they have done often on the streets) as well as individual works. Super A’s paintings feature a dark sense of humor while wander Sluijs’ painting are more loose and free-flowing. Take a look at more preview images below (first five are collaborations). Discuss Collin van der Sluijs here.

Releases: Jeff Soto – “The Gardener” Print

While in town for his gig poster and print retrospective (covered), Jeff Soto (interviewed) has also released a new limited edition from Industry Editions in Austin. The 4 color screen print measures at 22″ x 30″, is produced in a run of 30, and will cost you $100. Head over here if you are in treated in adding it to your collection. Discuss Jeff Soto here.

Overtime: May 29 – June 4

More stories from the week that ended June 4 (click on bolded words for more information): Rome’s first permanent installation of contemporary art is Giuseppe Penone’s Foglie di pietra. RIP: Ronald Markman, who passed away at the age of 86. RIP: Dan Tranberg, who passed away at the age of 53. Sam Durant sculpture will likely be removed from the sculpture garden at the Walker Art Center after Native American protests. Walker Art Center postpones opening of sculpture park after the protests. The work will be dismantled […]

Showing: Greg “Craola” Simkins – “No Strings” @ KP Projects Gallery

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 […]

Previews: Kisung Koh – “Long Live the Polar Treasure” @ Thinkspace

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.”

Previews: Fuco Ueda – “Yumei” @ Dorothy Circus Gallery

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 […]

Murals: The Draculas @ ETA Agency

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.