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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, [email protected] Discuss D*Face here.

Upcoming: Brad Kunkle – “In/visible” @ Arcadia Contemporary

This Saturday night (November 12th) in Culver City, Arcadia Contemporary will be unveiling a new solo from Brad Kunkle entitled In/visible. For his first West Coast exhibition, the Brooklyn-based painter has prepared a series of paintings that highlight his signature combination of oil painting and precious metal gilding giving his works a unique luster and depth. In explaining the new pieces, Kunkle states – “While some of us struggle to be visible, others wish to be invisible… and we have all most likely experienced the desire to be […]

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 […]

Upcoming: Joe Sorren – “from Inside” @ KP Projects

On November 12th, Joe Sorren (featured) will be opening a new show at KP Projects in entitled from Inside. Fans in Los Angeles will get a rare chance to witness the Madrid-based artist’s masterful brushwork and complex layers of his surreal imagery, full of vibrant colors and emotive energy. He further explains the new paintings – “When approaching this body of work, I was interested in playing with the dichotomy between application of paint as well the imagery that evolves from that application. Because brushstrokes are tiny […]

Openings: “Juxtapoz x Superflat” @ Vancouver Art Gallery

Three months since its debut at the Seattle Art Fair (covered), the Juxtapoz x Superflat group show co-curated by Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco and Takashi Murakami opened on the November 5th at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Staying on view until February 5th, the programming included a mixture of talks, lectures, tours, and special guests. The original idea of the showcase was to expand Takashi’s original Superflat theory by including the artists who have been in the pages of the popular arts & culture magazine for the last 22 years. Building on what was on view in Seattle, this showing further […]

Releases: Ed Templeton – “One Picture Book #95 : Memories of the Salt…”

World renowned artist, photographer and skateboarder (or the other way around), Ed Templeton, recently released a new book of photographs with Nazraeli Press. Memories of the Salt… takes us along on a 5-day family roadtrip from Pismo Beach to San Francisco via Santa Cruz, through black-and-white and color photographs. This release is the 95th book in the publisher’s One Picture Book series which aims to make original artwork affordable. The uniformly designed, modestly-sized hardcover book, comprising 16 pages serves as a “canvas” for the artist to […]

Releases: Glennray Tutor – “Trio (Dreams Can Come True)” Print

American painter Glennray Tutor (interviewed) released his first ever limited edition print on November 4th, exclusively through Supersonic Art Gallery. Trio (Dreams Can Come True) is a classic example of his recent photorealistic metaphorical paintings that look at dimensions beyond our realization. Considered to be part of the photorealism art movement, Tutor has been painting almost exclusively still life’s since the 1980s. Composing images with the small commonplace artifacts of daily life, often nostalgic items such as glass jars, bottles, toys, and especially fireworks or marbles, […]

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 […]