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Interviews / Studio Visits: Sickboy

Sickboy’s red and yellow temples have been adorning Bristol’s dumpsters since the turn of the millennium.  Appearing like flowers blooming in the desert, their byzantine and seductive forms stand in stark contrast to the utilitarian and mundane objects on which they appear. The artist’s studio work has previously seen a broad array of cultural details filtered through a deeply surrealist imagination to create works which at one moment appear comforting and reassuring and at the next moment appear unnerving and unsettling. More recently, the canvases have seen […]

Showing: “Greatest Hits” Banksy Exhibition @ Lazinc

Last week, Lazinc in London opened a show featuring some of Banksy’s most iconic works (gleaned from private collections), focusing in on the 2002-2008 period of his career. Coinciding with some of the time Steve Lazarides spent as the elusive street artist’s photographer and gallerist, the work curated for the exhibition include stenciled canvases, unique paintings, sculptural pieces, limited-edition prints and more. Although not officially sanctioned by Banksy, the 40 or so pieces (supposedly not for sale) assembled along with Lazarides’ (who hasn’t spoken to the […]

Releases: Luke Chueh – “Wannabe” Flocked Dunny

Continuing to create art figures, something his character-based work seems suited for, Luke Chueh (interviewed) recently released a 5 inch “Wannabe” Flocked Dunny. Reprising Kidrobot’s most iconic platform toy, the Los Angeles-based artist reworked the sculpt into a version of his famous “possessed” bear with knife. Mixing the cute with the macabre with Chueh’s signature dark humor, the dunny comes in a generous edition of 1500 and can be purchased here for $55. Discuss Luke Chueh here.

Brad Kunkle // FindShadow App

Artist Brad Kunkle recently shared a piece he painted that holds deep meaning for him, inspired by the 39 days it took for him to be reunited with his lost dog Shadow in 2015. Entitled The Golden Corridor and embellished with the New York-based artist’s practice of using of gold leaf, the diptych is steeped in symbolism from circumstances surrounding the incident. The painting now hangs in the offices of FindShadow in Downtown Manhattan, an app Kunkle helped create when he realized technology could lead to […]

Overtime: July 9 – 15

More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): UTA Moves Into a New Ai Weiwei-Designed Space in Beverly Hills. Cheim & Read partner Adam Sheffer to join Pace as vice president. From Frida Kahlo in London to Casanova in Boston, here are 29 museum shows worth seeing this summer. 130,000 unseen photos of Andy Warhol will be made public at The Warhol Foundation. Artist SMASH 137 sues GM for unauthorized use of his Detriot mural for a Cadillac ad. Red […]

POW! WOW! Long Beach ’18: Papercut Lounge

As part of this year’s POW! WOW! Long Beach (more coverage here) the Papercut Lounge worked with a group of artists to make zines available to festival attendees (which you can still purchase online here). The popup space not only served as a shop but also featured a cascading installation of books by Olga Lah and a large painting from Brendan Monroe as well as hosted the kickoff and closing party for the week-long, city-wide event. Participants include: Bumblebeeloves you, The Draculas, B4Flight, Booooooom, Brenden Donahue, Benji Escobar, Grace, Sandro Grison, Yoon Hyup, Luna Ikuta, Jason Keam, Quang Le, Busy Birdy, Brendan Monroe, Persue, Quam […]

Showing: Zevs – “Supreme Même” @ Over The Influence (Hong Kong)

Returning to Hong Kong almost a decade after his last exhibition (and arrest) there (covered), Zevs currently has a show on view at Over The Influence. Entitled Supreme Même, the new body of work consisting of new canvas works, installation pieces, performance and sculpture mainly focuses in on the fetishized relationship between two powerhouse brands – Louis Vuitton and Supreme. Seen through the lens of his iconic “Liquidation” effect, the French artist continues his self defined goal questioning the power of brands by destabilizing their logos […]

Streets: Jaune (Stavanger)

Ahead of the 18th edition of Nuart Festival in Stavanger, Norway, our friends from the world-renowned street art platform just announced a new addition to their series of curated Street Art Buses. After Ernest Zacharevic (Lithuania), Add Fuel (Portugal), Martin Whatson (Norway), Hama Woods (Norway) in 2016 (covered), and M-City (Poland) in 2017 (covered), the latest artwork comes courtesy of Belgian stencil artist Jaune. Famous for his miniature, hi-vis wearing workers or “mini dudes” as he likes to call them, the mischievous artist composed an entire meaningful scenario around […]

Showing: Mark Dean Veca – “Passaggio di Pop” @ Crocker Art Museum

After a grueling twelve days of painting, Mark Dean Veca (interviewed) has finished a new commissioned installation at the Crocker Art Museum entitled Passaggio di Pop. After he created a immersive experience at the Sacramento institution last year for a group exhibition, the Los Angeles-based artist has returned as the recipient of the John S. Knudsen Prize, funding the creation of a new site-specific installation as well as the acquisition of his Oh Yeah painting into the museum’s permanent collection. Combining his modern take on Toile du Jouy patterns and […]

Recap: POW! WOW! Long Beach 2018

POW! WOW! Long Beach finished up the public art for 2018 at the end of last month with another series of great murals and installations for fans of art in the Southern California city. Along with an associated group exhibition (covered) at the Long Beach Museum of Art held in partnership with Thinkspace Projects where a few of the works were installed, most of the pieces (including one from Andrew Hem) were scattered throughout the beach city. We will take a focused look at the installations from Spenser Little in a […]