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Category Archives: Low Brow & Pop Surrealism

Overtime: July 31 – Aug 6

More stories from the week that ended Aug 6 (click on bolded words for more information): Alex da Corte’s Slow Graffiti at Vienna Secession. RIP: Harold M. Williams, who passed away at the age of 89. RIP: Concetto Pozzati, who passed away at the age of 81. Israeli authorities arrest five Palestinian antiquities dealers in Jerusalem connected to Hobby Lobby scandal. Skulptur Projekte Münster attracts repeat acts of thievery and vandalism. Police arrest 67-year-old woman accused of stealing Basquiat painting (of questionable authenticity). Anti-gentrification movement in Southern California spreads to South […]

Previews: Josh Keyes – “Implosion” @ Thinkspace Gallery

This Saturday night (August 5th), the long overdue show in Los Angeles from Josh Keyes (interviewed) opens its doors at Thinkspace Gallery. Implosion presents the Portland-based artist’s view of a dystopian post-human world, a sort of a warning with oftentimes scenes of environmental decay and nature reclaiming man-made structures. Featuring strongly in the new body of work is the use of graffiti juxtaposed in absurd locales, a construct which Keyes seems to be using to show the overreach of our society to deplete Earth’s life forces and our possible chaotic future. […]

Previews: Ken Flewellyn – “Stay Gold” @ Thinkspace Gallery

This Saturday, August 5th, the same night Thinkspace will be showing Josh Keyes, their project room will be putting Ken Flewellyn’s new paintings on display. Entitled Stay Gold, the fresh body of work will combine his lifelong love of Hip Hop and Japanese culture. The locally-based artist combines women in traditional fabrics with chains, sneakers, boom boxes, and other accouterments giving viewers a unique view of cultural identity.

Previews: Ronit Baragna – “Embraced” @ Booth Gallery

On August 19th, Booth Gallery in New York will be opening a new solo show from Ronit Baragna entitled Embraced. The disturbing sculptures that the Israeli artist has prepared for the exhibition consist of her instantly recognizable tableware erupting with human fingers and mouths. The playful yet provocative pieces attempt to blur the lines between the inanimate and the alive, bringing to mind a scene from a surreal and macabre tea party. Discuss Ronit Baragna here.

Overtime: July 24 – July 30

More stories from the week that ended July 30 (click on bolded words for more information): Julian Schnabel’s work in permanent collection currently on view at Glass House. Artsy also has info and images. RIP: Cool “Disco” Dan, who passed away at the age of 47. RIP: Robert Loder (1934–2017). Breese Little gallery closing its doors. Three paintings on loan from the Louvre destroyed in fire on a French island of Tatihou. Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí decries Dali exhumation, saying it is inappropriate and ungrounded. Jaime Botín faces prison and €100mil. […]

Upcoming: Brandi Milne – “Once Upon a Quiet Kingdom” @ Corey Helford Gallery

On August 19th, Brandi Milne will be opening a new solo at Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles entitled Once Upon a Quiet Kingdom. For this exhibition, her fourth with the gallery, the locally based artist continues her surreal landscapes that hide the uncertainties of life under a candy coated surface. She further explains – “This new body of work is an examination of the world around me, as well as the world within me. Specifically, the discovery that as life and all its uncertainty, pain, and […]

James Jean – “The Shape Of Water” Poster

Recently, James Jean (interviewed) revealed the artwork he finished for a new movie from Guillermo del Toro – The Shape Of Water. The romantic horror film centers around a mute janitor who falls in love with an amphibious man, a scenario captured perfectly by Jean’s artistic vision. Take a look at the trailer below as well as some in progress shots as the design progressed. Discuss James Jean here.

Upcoming: Lisa Ericson @ Antler Gallery

On July 27th, Antler Gallery in Portland will present new surreal paintings from Lisa Ericson featuring her hybrid creatures of the natural world. The new body of work she has prepared for this exhibition seems to be centered upon”mobile habitats,” plants growing on the back of tortoises that can support other wild life such as butterflies, frogs, and other insects. She will be sharing the show space with artists David Rice and Danny Samuels and their new work. Discuss Lisa Ericson here.

Previews: “Small Works” @ BeinArt Gallery

On July 29th, BeinArt Gallery will be opening Small Works, a show featuring over 60 artists, the second installment in an annual group exhibition. The size of the pieces is limited to 10″ x 10″ and smaller with 5% from every purchase to the Australia’s Climate Council and will feature carbon offsetting on all shipping. Participating artists include: Shaun Tan, Tiffany Bozic (see above), Julia Deville, Henrik Uldalen, David Stoupakis, Jana Brike, Naoto Hattori, Scott Scheidly, Amy Sol, Dan May, Johnson Tsang, Adipocere, Mahlimae, Menton3, Miles Johnston, Alex Garant, […]

Kickstarter: Luke Chueh – “Grief Encounters” Animated Series

Luke Chueh (interviewed) has recently started a Kickstarter with Munky King to create one minute shorts of some of his most iconic paintings. With the expertise of Tiny Giants, the Los Angeles-based artist’s world will expand as stories can be told centered around how his characters ended up in the situations they did (see an example below of his Target painting). Entitled Grief Encounters, the animated series can be supported by going to kickstarter here, with many goodies from Chueh going to those who invest in the different tiers […]