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ComplexCon ’16: Dabs Myla

After a first look at the inaugural ComplexCon, held at the Long Beach Convention Center, we now will focus in on a few things that caught our eye. Like their recent high profile projects at Times Square in New York, with Modernica in Los Angeles, and for the MTV Movie Awards, the Dabs Myla created an immersive installation for the attendees to enjoy. Featuring sculptural as well as painted elements featuring their signature retro cartoonish characters, the area from the two featured a steady stream of people wandering […]

Overtime: Nov 7 – Nov 13

More stories from the week that ended Nov 13 (click on bolded words for more information): Images for Aaron Garber-Maikovska’s Jizzle exhibition and performance up on High Art’s website. RIP: Giles Waterfield, who passed away at the age of 67. RIP: Ann Tower, who passed away at the age of 65 after suffering an aneurysm. RIP: Arnold Mesches, who passed away at the age of 93. Sharbat Gula (green-eyed girl in Steve McCurry photo) convicted and deported from Pakistan to Afghanistan. The art world reacts to Donald Trump’s […]

Openings: 1010 – “Eversion” @ Hashimoto Contemporary

Last weekend, Hashimoto Contemporary welcomed in the Hamburg-based 1010 for a solo showing at their San Francisco space entitled Eversion. Mirroring his aesthetic on the streets, the German artist created a series of colorful portals, formed with graduated layers of paint on acrylic glass and mounted on aluminum dibond. When seen in public, 1010’s work has a powerful illusory effect, making the viewer see a large crevice or hole on the side of a building. This same effect, to a lesser extent, can be experienced from his gallery pieces […]

Streets: D*Face // The Unexpected 2016 (Fort Smith) – Part I

Following up on a mural he painted last year for the The Unexpected event in Fort Smith, Arkansas, D*Face (interviewed) returned for a companion piece. For this year’s edition (curated again by Just Kids), the British artist painted a Indian warrior pulling back on her bow which pairs nicely with 2015’s cowboy themed piece. Entitled Warpaint, this wall will soon be supplemented by an impressive installation (more on that later in Part 2). Photo credit: Just Kids, The Unexpected, D*Face, and @eltipoese. Discuss D*Face here.

KAWS x Nike: New York Made // Stanton Street Courts

Nike recently unveiled their collaboration with KAWS that kicks off their New York Made campaign. The Brooklyn-based artist designed the graphics for the playing surface for Stanton Street Courts (In Sara D. Roosevelt Park in Manhattan’s Lower East Side), two side by side full basketball courts. He explains – “I always think about when I was young and the things I had interaction with, whether it was skateboard graphics or magazines, and how art reached me. I’ve been conscious of how my work disseminates and reaches people. It […]

Showing: Revok – “SYSTEMS” @ Library Street Collective (Los Angeles)

Only showing through the end of the week is SYSTEMS from Revok at Library Street Collective’s new permanent location in Los Angeles. The collection of 17 new works see the infamous graffiti writer move in a more abstract direction while still maintaining an intriguing conceptual connection with his time on the streets. The exhibition marks a turn away from the increasingly complex wood assemblages he has become known for while heading towards a new freedom of working on canvas. Refreshing old concepts from his artistic roots, he has created […]

ComplexCon ’16: First Look

This past weekend, our friends at Complex held their first ever “pop culture world fair” in Los Angeles and it was pretty spectacular. Entitled ComplexCon, the inaugural convention gathered some of the top creative minds in the respective fields of fashion, music, culinary fare and of course art to create a unique two day event to satisfy even the most adventurous individual. The staff at AM had the run of the Long Beach Convention Center and there were more events & exhibits than we could […]

Studio Visit: Remi Rough

We stopped by the studio of Remi Rough while he prepared for his upcoming solo show entitled Post at the Speerstra Gallery in Switzerland. Since his first gallery exhibition in 1989, the British artist has successfully transitioned from his early graffiti style to create his own abstract geometrical language, recognisable regardless of its form, whether  large scale murals or gallery works. Opening on the 12th of November, the exhibition will feature nineteen new works on paper and canvas. Remi Rough will redefine the idea of space and invite the viewer […]

Overtime: Oct 31 – Nov 6

More stories from the week that ended Nov 6 (click on bolded words for more information): Alex Da Corte – A Man Full of Trouble show opens at Maccarone Gallery in New York. Norcia’s Basilica of San Benedetto among historic cultural sites destroyed by latest Italian earthquake. LAPD investigating Boyle Heights gallery vandalism as possible hate crimes sparked by gentrification fight. How Israel’s Minister of Culture and Sport Miri Regev declared war on the art world. The bizarre fake death and resurrection of Gaetano Pesce. Ottawa police begin […]

Showing: RETNA x SF Opera – “Aida”

After working with the Legion of Honor on an Egyptian exhibition (covered), RETNA’s (featured) recently took the role of the artistic designer for another Bay Area institution, the SF Opera. Again like with the exhibition, the choice of the infamous Los Angeles graffiti writer’s imagery as the backdrop was a bold but interesting decision as his script takes influence from hieroglyphics which matches up well with the current production of Aida, Verdi’s famous opera set in Egypt. Take a look at the stunning visuals as well as video interview […]