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POW! WOW! ’15 / Streets: Ernest Zacharevic

While most artists were painting large murals at one location, Ernest Zacharevic contributed to POW! WOW! Hawaii (more coverage here) with several smaller interventions scattered around town, making visitors go on a real hunt for his work. Due to their nature, a few of them actually got buffed soon after their creation, but some of them stayed up waiting for people to discover them. The first piece he created was on the side of the bridge on Ala Moana Blvd at the beginning of Waikiki. The Lithuanian artist painted one of […]
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Studio Visit: Matzu / Tomokazu Matsuyama – “Come with me” @ Gallery Wendi Norris

While preparing for his next big solo at Gallery Wendi Norris in San Francisco, Tomokazu Matsuyama (interviewed) recently hosted a studio visit from prolific art patron Swizz Beatz. While one of the pieces glimpsed in the New York-based artist’s workspace will end up in the record producer’s collection, the photos sent us reveals some of what Matzu has been working on for Come with me, his planned third solo with the Bay Area gallery. The exhibition opening on March 12th will feature paintings rendered in his signature aesthetic […]
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Invader Continues Space Invasion

After taking his own work up to space and living up to his moniker, Invader has recently expanded his activities to spread his work further along similar lines. Not only has the French street artist put up his signature tiled mosaics up at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne and Euro Space Center in Belgium (above), but it also looks like one of his pieces has made it up with an astronaut to the International Space Station. Discuss Invader here.
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Viewpoints / Recap: Dran – ‘Public Execution’ pop up show in Soho, London (Part II)

AM recently covered the opening and first week of the last show by Dran, which was hosted by Pictures On Walls and closed on Saturday 21 February. The uniqueness of Public Execution is that it was produced by the artist — bit by bit and in public view — over the course of its duration. A white space filled with spraypainted images of blank canvases on Day 1 evolved into a picture-rich multicoloured venue on Day 17, the grand finale. Some visitors have referred to […]
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Showing: Johnny “KMNDZ” Rodriguez – “I’d Rather Love You” @ KP Projects / MKG

Showing at KP Projects / MKG (Merry Karnowsky Gallery) in the main space (also see Verlato in the back), Johnny Rodriguez (aka KMNDZ) currently has a selection of prime works on display for his fans in Los Angeles. As mentioned in our interview with the locally-based artist, I’d Rather Love You is a deeply personal show drawing from his struggles in the last several years as well as taking inspiration from important influences in his life such as his father and his beliefs. Stop by for a look yourself through March 7th. […]
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Upcoming: Revok @ Library Street Collective (Los Angeles)

Coming up on April 18th, Revok will be making a triumphant return to Los Angeles after a self-imposed exile for his first solo in the city he used to call his home. One of the most notorious graffiti artist of his generation but also one of the L.A. Sheriff Department’s most wanted vandals, he moved to Detroit to shield himself from the constant harassment from the police and legal ramifications of his residence there. While in Motown, he has further developed his fine art skills, […]
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Showing: Nicola Verlato – “Conquest of the West” @ KP Projects / MKG

Earlier this month, the newly branded KP Projects / MKG (Merry Karnowsky Gallery) opened a small solo from Nicola Verlato (featured) in their back room entitled Conquest of the West. The selection of work included a few midsize pieces featuring the Italian artist’s recognizable modern takes on the styles seen in old masterworks, some smaller paintings that continue the theme of the show in closeups, and a few studies. The exhibition closes on March 7th, so you have a couple of weeks left to stop by for a […]
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POW! WOW! ’15 / Streets: HotTea

Probably most original and unique artist of this year’s POW! WOW! Hawaii (more coverage here) was the Minneapolis-based HotTea. Known for his yarn installations on fences, he found a very original and harmless way of expressing himself on the streets. He created this technique after getting in trouble for doing graffiti but still wanting to be able to continue bombing, but not get in trouble. Thinking of his grandma’s knitting skills, he found a way to incorporate this unusual medium in creating public works. His unique style and […]
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Openings: Robert Williams – “Slang Aesthetics!” @ LA Municipal Art Gallery

Saturday night marked the triumphant return of Robert Williams to the Los Angeles art scene with his first comprehensive showing in many years. Slang Aesthetics! at the LA Municipal Art Gallery featured paintings, drawings, and sculptural works from the influential painter and and one of the co-founders of Juxtapoz Magazine, and was a testament to the locally-based artist’s talent and the significance of his career. The prime selection of new and recent work must be viewed in person to be appreciated and we will certainly be back multiple time before it […]
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Showing: Borondo – “Animal” @ Rex Romae

Gonzalo Borondo’s Animal recently opened on the 5th of February at London’s Newcastle Project Space in Shoreditch, and is now in its final week. Closing on the 26th of February, this elaborate show presented by Rex Romae is a worthy visit for all the street and urban art fans. For this well formulated and executed show, the Spanish artist created eight thematic spaces which work great individually, as well as a whole. These included a cluster of small pieces on glass, large paintings, a haystack installation, glass works with […]
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