Spring is in full effect and art is blooming all around us. March has beenÂ another busy month and the staff atÂ AM picks some of the freshest stories of the month in this edition of Second Helpings. Get served after the jump.
Check out this interesting time-lapse video of Hush (interviewed) working on his large mural from his solo show “Hymn of Beauty” at Carmichael Gallery in LA (coverage here).Â His next stop will be at the legendary Fifty24SF Gallery / Upper Playground in San Francisco, opening April 2nd. After the bold showing of large scale original pieces in Los Angeles, the new show focuses on the other side of Hush’s oeuvre – hand finished prints.Â Hush tells us that there will be 8 new hand finished […]
Following the success of Swimming Cities of Switchback Sea (Hudson River, 2008) and the Miss Rockaway Armada (Mississippi River, 2006-2007), Swoon has announced her most ambitious and creative project to date: The Swimming Cities of Serenissima. In May 2009, Swoon will set sail in three intricately hand-crafted vessels built from recycled materials and crewed by 35 fellow artists starting from the Karst region of Slovenia across the Adriatic Sea to their final destination in Venice. The crafts will be developed as the journey progresses and […]
Matt Small’s long awaited solo show “Youngstarrs” opens at Black Rat Press on Friday, March 27th. Small has developed a unique style of portrait painting which he uses to acknowledge and passionately celebrate individuals on the outskirts of society who are typically ignored or routinely demonized by the media through no fault of their own. Small’s following has been building for some time and this show features a new body of work on salvaged metal and concrete as well as some canvas pieces – definitely […]
Joseph McSween, better known as 2H, opens his debut Los Angeles solo show this Friday, March 27th at Ronin Gallery. 2H speaks with AM about the artistry behind his alluring female portraits, the epiphany that led to his dramatic growth as an artist and as an individual, as well as future plans and projects. Check out the interview after the jump…
Todd Schorr’s show, “The World We Live In,” is fast approaching, set to open this Saturday, March 28th at Merry Karnowsky Gallery in Los Angeles. Seen above is Schorr in his studio, holding up one of the smaller paintings for the show. As we have seen from this body of work so far, some of the show looks to be an outgrowth from the large “Ape Worship” painting that was part of the “Land of Retinal Delights” exhibit at the Laguna Art Museum. After completing […]
In yesterday’s South Park “Watchmen x Batman” episode, Mr. Fairey’s Obama “Change” poster is remixed South Park style. It was about time Matt and Trey weighed in on Shepard Fairey’s Obama image, as we were wondering if they lost their edge… apparently not. Check it out the whole episode here.
Sam Flores’ show “Ego, Addiction and other Bedtime Stories” is set to open at Subliminal Projects on May 2nd. We know many of you are looking forward to attending the opening but here is a little taste of what to expect. Flores sent us a description of some of his creative process to share with our readers: “This painting was done in steps. First the sky – a layer of clouds with acrylic, then colored and blended with a misting of spray paint. I like […]
Luke Chueh’s show “From Light Cometh Darkness” opens this Friday, March 20th at Corey Helford Gallery. Although this body of work encompasses his usual beloved but sad and/or tortured characters, Chueh does appear to be exploring some different techniques and themes. For example, look at the raw energy and loose strokes in his interpretation of Goya’s famous painting (seen above).Â We sat down with Luke to talk about about this painting as well as other things in the interview after the jump…
Seattle based artist Mike Leavitt is opening up his show “Don’t Stop Object Shopping” in New York at the Fuse Gallery on March 21st. His versatility as almost a modern day renaissance man, working in many different mediums and art forms, has always impressed us but in particular his Art Army figures and more recently, his cardboard shoes have caught our eye. Luckily, many examples of both series will be on display for this exhibition. He talks about his work among other things in an […]
Ana Bagayan’s latest show: “Orphan” is set to open Saturday at the renowned Billy Shire Fine Arts. We’ve been keeping tabs on the fabulous Ana and her superfine works.Â Ana has been working non-stop since we last saw her at Baby Tattooville to get ready for this show and thankfully she worked in some time to do a “creative process” on her latest work “Promethius“. This gorgeous 12″ x 23” oil on wood made it’s debut at Copro Nason’s “Superschool” group show this past weekend (covered). […]
The famous inquiry from the graphic novel turned movie “Watchmen” has been popping up in various cities throughout the world, including New York, Toronto, and across the pond in London. Having seen the “Who watches the watchmen?” tag scrawled on the sides of buildings, across payphones, and even on the back of a truck, we doubt that the writers received permission to put the work up. Is this the work of Comic-Con-going fans who can’t contain their excitement about tomorrow’s movie opening or is this […]