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Showing: Roa – “Hic Sunt Dracones” @ Backwoods Gallery

Keeping the tradition of having solo shows with the gallery every two years, ROA recently spent some time in Melbourne working on his third solo show with Backwoods Gallery. Hic Sunt Dracones (Here Be Dragons) opened on the 3rd of June and will stay on view for only 2 weeks. The title of the show comes from the imaginary maps that European explorers used from the 15th to 18th centuries documenting unexplored parts of the newly discovered Terra Australis. Filled with curious animals, plants & cultures, the new land hid a lot […]
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Streets: Guido van Helten (Iceland)

Australian director & editor Selina Miles and artist Guido van Helten recently revealed a 6-minute film about their journey to Akureyri in Iceland. Back in August of 2015, the two traveled to north coast of Iceland to produce this self initiated collaboration of documenting the process of painting a mural on a local ship. The Canberra-born van Helten is a contemporary artist known for his massive scale, site-specific, portraiture murals. Part visual artist, part anthropologist, his subjects are water colored and sepia toned, imitating long forgotten photographs he […]
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Openings: Greg Simkins – “Beyond Shadows” @ KP Projects // MKG & Launch LA

Last month, KP Projects // MKG in West Hollywood hosted the opening for the latest solo from Greg “Craola” Simkins (featured). Entitled Beyond Shadows, the new pieces continue the locally-based artist’s surreal explorations of hybrid creatures rendered in a vivid palette. Also included were a some paintings from his series featuring his Stab E. Mack switchblade characters. Photo credit: Birdman Photos. Discuss Greg Simkins here.
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Previews: Jim McKenzie – “Lost Magic” @ Copro Gallery

On June 4th, Copro Gallery in Los Angeles will be presenting the debut solo show from artist and animation commercial director Jim McKenzie. Although the sculptural hybrids from the New York-based artist has a whimsical aspect to them, there is also a darker side to his work. He further explains – “I wanted to showcase the intersection where beauty and sadness intertwine within. I’ve chosen to create contrasting hybrids and though they have these brilliant colors and seemingly majestic qualities, ultimately, they are all outcasts. […]
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Showing: RETNA // “The Future of the Past: Mummies and Medicine” @ Legion of Honor

Currently at the Legion of Honor, The Future of the Past: Mummies and Medicine is showing through August 2018 featuring RETNA’s (featured) distinct script in the background. The Los Angeles-based graffiti artist’s work has always been compared to and influenced in part by Egyptian hieroglyphs, so his career has come a full circle now with an invitation by the museum in San Francisco to paint the walls surrounding the exhibition. Learn more in the video below… Discuss RETNA here.
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Streets: Ericailcane (Mexico)

While in town for his current solo show in Mexico City at Fifty24MX, Ericailcane found time to make his mark on the urban environment. Painted in his recognizable illustrative style, the new mural from the Italian artist features a fox and a rabbit entwined in branches. Cleverly utilizing the architectural connecting structures between his two anthropomorphic animal subjects, he shows once again why he’s considered one of the most skilled street artists out there today. Photo credit: Alice Bettolo (via Gorgo), the artist, and the […]
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Streets: Guido van Helten (Chernobyl)

Guido van Helten recently visited a restricted area in Ukraine and painted a mural inside disused and unfinished Chernobyl Reactor 5. As a part of the ongoing ArtUnitedUs project, curated by Geo Leros, Iryna Kanishcheva, Waone Interesni Kazki, and Ilya Sagaidak, the work commemorates the 30th anniversary of the world’s biggest nuclear catastrophe that happened on April 26, 1986. Known for massive photo realistic figurative murals, the Australian artist re-created a photograph taken by renowned photojournalist Igor Kostin during the disaster. Being the first to document the consequences of […]
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Streets: Os Gemeos (Milan) – Part II

As previously reported, Os Gemeos recently spent some time in Milan, working on the first intervention in a new program by Pirelli’s HangarBicocca – Outside the Cube. Curated by Cedar Lewisohn, this project is dedicated to street art and related forms of art connected to the urban setting and public contexts, and the twins had the honor to open it with a large mural installation entitled Efêmero (ephemeral). Aside from their undisputed graffiti and fine art world reputation, the Brazilian artists have been steadily confirming their mural art cred with […]
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Previews: 123KLAN – “Style Is The Message” @ 1AM Gallery

Tomorrow night (April 21st) in San Francisco, the First Amendment Gallery (1AM SF) will be hosting a new solo show from 123KLAN (interviewed). Originally from France, this husband and wife duo are relocated to Montreal a while back where they have now prepared a new body of work entitled Style Is The Message for this exhibition. The fresh paintings are inspired by their experiences in the Bay Area and feature their signature fusion of graphic design and graffiti styles. Discuss 123KLAN here.
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Videos: Game of Thrones Season 6 // Art the Throne

For the art lover out there who is also into Game of Thrones, we have good news for you. Leading up to the new season starting on April 24th, HBO has teamed up with five different artists to create something inspired by the show’s iconic characters or unforgettable scenes. The diverse selection of contributors include street artist Tristan Eaton (seen above), art collective Cyrcle., illustrator Marcos Chin, infographics company Pop Chart Lab, and paper sculptor Jeff Nishinaka, who respectively chose Daenerys Targaryen, the crown, Brienne of Tarth, The Red Wedding, […]
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