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Previews: “Made in California” @ Arcadia Contemporary

On Saturday night (April 2nd), Arcadia Contemporary will be opening their inaugural exhibition at its new home in Santa Monica’s Bergamot Station Arts Complex after 16 years in New York. The group show entitled Made in California will feature work from their artists that reside in the “Golden State” including John Brosio (seen above), Michael Chapman, Jeremy Lipking, Julio Reyes, John Wentz, Aron Wiesenfeld, and Vincent Xeus.
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Previews: “Last Gasp Anniversary Show” @ 111 Minna Gallery

On April 1st, (Friday night), 111 Minna Gallery will be hosting the opening of a group show celebrating Last Gasp’s 46th anniversary. The group show will feature works from artists who have been supported, published, or admired by the San Francisco-based publishing house over the years with a diverse mix of mediums including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, neon, collage, mixed media and more. Participating artists include: Ron English, Mike Davis, Isabel Samaras, Jennybird Alcantara, Gary Baseman, Elizabeth Mcgrath, Ransom & Mitchell, Rob Reger, Bo Heimlich, Junko Mizuno, Mitch O’connell, […]
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Previews: Amy Sol – “Garden Garmine” @ Thinkspace Gallery

This Saturday night, April 2nd, Amy Sol (interviewed) will opening her solo at Thinkspace Gallery in Culver City. Entitled Garden Gamine, the set of new pieces continue to show her love for nature with flora and fauna surrounding her female characters. The delicate works feature the Nevada-based artist’s experimentations with oils in a full set of paintings for the first time. Take a look at an interview here to learn more about her recent mindset and artistic vision. Discuss Amy Sol here.
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Upcoming: Joram Roukes – “POV” @ Galleri Benoni

On April 1st, Galleri Benoni in Copenhagen will be opening a new solo from Joram Roukes entitled POV. For this exhibition, the Dutch artist has put together a series of mostly larger oil paintings featuring his observations of everyday life but through the prism of his imagination turn into surreal landscapes. Put together in almost a collaged fashion, these fragmented elements come together to form a cohesive composition that provide an “engaging narrative characterized by beauty, chaos and decay.” Discuss Joram Roukes here.
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Showing: David Shrigley – “Song For The Rat” @ BQ gallery

From 11th of March until 16th of April, BQ gallery in Berlin will be showing a solo exhibition by David Shrigley. Song For The Rat includes a series of signature drawings, as well as a single neon work, similar to the ones he did before for his two prior shows with the gallery. Primarily known to a wider public for his newspaper cartoons, books and animations, Shrigley created an array of pencil on paper drawings for the show. Depicting absurd situations of everyday life and taking banal objects for subjects of artworks, the pieces are easy […]
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Streets: Rustam Qbic (Kiev, Ukraine)

Previously seen as an ink drawing and oil on canvas piece, the “Labyrinth” image from Rustam Qbic recently took form as a large mural in Kiev, Ukraine, officially marking the beginning of the Art United Us project. Aiming to become the biggest urban art project (engaging 200 artists through mural art) while spreading the message of peace on Earth, the event is scheduled to take place in Ukraine and around the globe over the course of the next 2 years. Showing a mythical looking character hovering over a maze of buildings, this new […]
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Showing: “Hawaii SWIM 5.0″ @ New Image Art

Less than one year after their debut show SWIM 1 (covered), curators Yarrow Slaps from San Francisco and Auguste Somers of Los Angeles opened the next edition of their successful group show on March 18th. Hawaii SWIM 5.0 will be staying on view at New Image Art until April 9th. This showcase includes paintings, drawings and photos from a diverse lineup of 33 vibrant contemporary artists. From small works of savaged material to elaborate oil works, the show aims to show the wide range of interest of young contemporary creatives. Mostly relating to […]
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Streets: ROA (Belgium)

Last week, ROA returned to his home country of Belgium to participate in the Crystal Ship Festival on the streets of Ostend. The muralist decided to paint some of his favorite imagery that fans have seen from him the past – a stack of animals. Other artists slated to participate include 1010, Fintan Magee, Guido Van Helten, Pixel Pancho, Robert Montgomery, Ella & Pitr, Agostino Iacurci, Faith47, Ever, Cyrcle, JAZ, Elian, Isaac Cordal, Biancoshock & Zio Ziegler. Via StreetArtNews. Discuss ROA here.
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Releases: Saber – “Refulgent” Color Studies On Paper

Inspired by some recent paintings (example above) he has been working on called the “Refulgent” series, SABER (interviewed) has recently released some color studies on paper (seen below) for purchase on his website. These pieces on textured water color paper were created using spraypaint, acrylic, charcoal pencil, and oil stick and help loosen the Los Angeles-based graffiti artist up before he tackles the larger paintings like the one seen above. Head over here to add one to your collection if you are interested. Discuss Saber here.
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Showing: Vhils – “Debris” @ HOCA Foundation (Part I)

As part of his solo exhibition with the HOCA Foundation in Hong Kong, Alexandre Farto aka Vhils (filmed) has prepped a special installation at the Terrace of Pier 4 in Central. The neon works were modeled after the ubiquitous lighted signage the Portuguese saw during his residency in Hong Kong, as well as images that he created from scratch. Take a look at more photos below and head back here later for more coverage of Vhils show in the Chinese city-state. Photo credit: HOCA Foundation, @sunny_liu, Jose Pando Lucas, @h31.d1, and @rivah. Discuss Vhils here.