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Openings: “Flourish” @ Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum

Over the weekend, the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum in Arizona hosted the opening of Flourish, a group show curated by Thinkspace Gallery. Over 100 artists contributed to the exhibition but the standouts for us were the murals from Esao Andrews and Nosego as well as a sweet hanging installation from Felipe Pantone. Full roster of artists includes: 1010, Aaron Nagel, Alex Garant, Alexis Diaz, Allison Sommers, Amy Sol, Bec Winnel, Benjamin Garcia, Cinta Vidal, Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker, Curiot, Daniel Bilodeau, David Cooley, David Rice, Derek Gores, Dulk, Erik Siador, Ernest Zacharevic, Fernando Chamarelli, Frank Gonzales, Ian […]

Openings: Robert Williams – “Slang Aesthetics!” @ Fort Wayne Museum of Art

Last month, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art (in association with Thinkspace Gallery) hosted the opening of Robert Williams’ Midwestern debut. Along with some new works, the exhibition introduced to fans in Indiana many of the pieces that others have enjoyed in Los Angeles (covered), Sonoma County, and Santa Fe, (shows which were also entitled SLANG Aesthetics!) Those can make it before the close date of July 23rd will be rewarded with a display of rich and surreal paintings as well as large-scale sculptural works from the champion of the Lowbrow art […]

Openings: Casey Gray – “Double Knotted” @ Hashimoto Contemporary

Last weekend, Double Knotted, Casey Gray’s first solo show with Hashimoto Contemporary opened in San Francisco. The new body of work from the locally-based artist continues his explorations of still life with his unique technique utilizing spray paint and hand-cut masking (check out the video below). Gray’s carefully curated selection of objects are arranged into vibrant compositions, a masterful example being the large 8 x 6 foot showstopper piece. If you look carefully at the collection of eclectic items, you can even see a little Barry McGee bottle. […]

Recap: Luke Chueh – “Blood On My Hands” @ Secret Fresh Gallery

A couple weeks ago in Manila at Secret Fresh Gallery, Luke Chueh (interviewed) successfully opened his first solo show in the Philippines. Entitled Blood On My Hands, the work on display included paintings, customized sculptural pieces of various sizes, limited edition releases, as well as toys. Fans of his work will probably recognize the title as referring to the oftentimes blood soaked paws of his iconic sad bear character, an extension of the Los Angeles-based artist himself. Chueh further explains – “Blood On My Hands is my debut […]

Showing: DALeast – “Plasma” @ Weinstein Gallery

On March 18th, Weinstein Gallery in San Francisco hosted a big comeback solo show by DALeast (interviewed). After more than a year of traveling and self discovery, the Chinese-born artist introduced a new body of work entitled Plasma. Taking the scientific definition of plasma as an inspiration, the new pieces continue artist’s quest for inner self and speak to the connection between living beings on Earth. Seeing people and animals as unbound elements that are inevitably interacting with each other, DALeast presents life on Earth as a macro version of a plasma structure. […]

Recap: Erin M. Riley – “Simple” @ Hashimoto Contemporary

Just last weekend in San Francisco, Hashimoto Contemporary closed a solo show from Erin M. Riley (interviewed) entitled Simple. The new weavings continue the Brooklyn-based artist’s provocative work pushing the boundaries of the medium with non-traditional imagery. Nude selfies, car wrecks, evidence of domestic violence – no subject matter is too taboo for Riley as she takes her tapestries to the next level rendering imagery that most observers wouldn’t even think are possible with medium of choice. Discuss Shaun Roberts here. Discuss Erin M. Riley here.

Openings: Matzu // Tomokazu Matsuyama – “Oh Magic Night” @ HOCA Foundation

A couple weekends ago, the HOCA Foundation in Hong Kong hosted an opening reception for a new showing from Tomokazu Matsuyama (interviewed) entitled Oh Magic Night. Taking full advantage of the 11,000 exhibition space, the Brooklyn-based artist presented 45 paintings and 10 sculptural works that have been a year in the making. The rich, vibrant, and complex compositions draw from experiences in America as well as from his Japanese ancestry both in subject matter and techniques, some quite impressive in scale.  For those in town, go check it out for yourself before April 9th at Shop […]

Showing: Alex Gross – “Antisocial Network” @ Corey Helford Gallery

Though the end of this week, Alex Gross’ (interviewed) solo Antisocial Network will be on view at the Corey Helford Gallery featuring the locally-based artist’s look at the paradoxical effects of social media in our lives. His series of oil paintings along with some preparatory drawings feature his characters indulging in technology leading to a distanced state, showing how these networking apps pull us apart instead of bring us closer together. Rounding out the exhibition are a new set of his signature vintage cabinet card paintings, with the subjects modified oftentimes to […]

Openings: Igor Taritaš – “Illusion Of Real Space” @ Prsten Gallery

On February 16th, the Croatian Association of Visual Artists held a quadruple solo show presentation by some fresh young talents. Igor Taritaš was one of the artists that had a chance to present his work at the unique space of Galerija Prsten in Zagreb, along with Iva Habus, Radovan Kunić and Maya Rozman. For this showing, the Croatian artist prepared a body of work that consists of 20 mostly new, previously unexhibited paintings, created in the last 3 years. Showing the development of his visual language and subject […]

Openings: Sam Friedman – “LOVE SONGS” @ Library Street Collective

Showing through April 8 at the Library Street Collective in Detroit is an exhibition from Sam Friedman. For LOVE SONGS, the artist from New York has a series of canvases as well as over 30 paintings on paper on display that look back on his exploration of beach scenes and sunsets. Utilizing a variety of techniques that speak to his background, the colorful work continues his deconstruction and revision of natural landscapes, achieved through a balanced mix of abstraction and figurative elements. Photo credit: Sal Rodriguez. Discuss Sam Friedman here.
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