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Previews: Brendan Monroe – “Blobography” @ Heath Ceramics (Los Angeles)

In another collaboration (see McFetridge here)  that makes sense for both parties, Heath Ceramics in Los Angeles will be presenting a show from Brendan Monroe (interviewed) early next month. Blobography will feature organic sculptural forms from the Bay Area-based artist, which have always been an extension of his science-influenced imagery. Tickets to the opening reception on November 1st are available here. Discuss Brendan Monroe here.
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Setup: Inka Essenhigh – “Comet Dust & Crystal Shards” @ Jacob Lewis Gallery

There’s a fresh player in the gallery ranks of New York City and it’s Jacob Lewis Gallery. AM visited the newly minted space in Chelsea as they prepared for their inaugural exhibition featuring the dreamy touches of Inka Essenhigh. Entitled Comet Dust & Crystal Shards, these new paintings have been in the works for over a year as the locally-based artist utilized the changing seasons around her as part inspiration for her surreal imagery. Melding external influences with her unique creative process, Essenhigh effortlessly blends imagination & mystery with the tangible […]
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Upcoming: Hideaki Kawashima – “Back And Forth” @ Richard Heller Gallery

This Saturday (October 18), the Richard Heller Gallery all be hosting the second solo showing from Hideaki Kawashima in the United States (see 2011). Entitled Back And Forth, the new body of work includes portraits of boys and girls, familiar to those who saw his last show although presented in a simpler more raw form in this new exhibition. Also, to round out the show, the Tokyo-based artist has included a new “head” series of paintings. Discuss Hideaki Kawashima here.
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Streets: Tom Fruin’s Stained Glass House @ Brooklyn Bridge Park

As a followup to his stained glass watchtower in 2012 (covered), Tom Fruin created a new installation last month at the Brooklyn Bridge Park for the Dumbo Arts Festival. Entitled Kolonihavehus, the house created from plexiglass was a hit with visitors during the day and at night, although it was particularly stunning lit up once the sun went down. Temporarily inhabited by duo CoreAct, attendees of the event were able to see the art structure enhanced by a collaborative physical performance. Via Colossal.
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Releases: James Jean – TMNT Figures

Going back to his comic book roots, James Jean (interviewed) revealed a project over the weekend at New York Comic Con that he has been working on with Good Smile. The Japanese manufacturer of hobby products is teaming up with Nickelodeon and Jean to create new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figures based on his illustrations. Pre-orders will start up in November beginning with Leonardo, with the remaining three set to be released in next year. Via Hypebeast. Discuss James Jean here.
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Streets: DALeast (Poland)

Continuing his assault on walls around the world, DALeast (interviewed) continued to paint his creatures that appear at home in their urban environment. This newest mural, painted with his signature kinetic brushstrokes, was created for the ongoing Urban Forms Gallery public works series in Lodz, the 33rd piece in the whole project. The Chinese artist states – “The mural represents the deer as the figure of the motherland. Birds are roosting and taking off above her, and her body separates the thunderstorm underneath. She is also the individual being and the source […]
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Openings: Handiedan & Sail – “Vesica Piscis” & “Canna Intrat” @ Roq La Rue

Handiedan’s (interviewed) Vesica Piscis and Canna Intrat from Sail (featured) opened on October 2nd as Roq La Rue welcomed back both artists to the Seattle gallery. Handiedan was able to make the trip from Amsterdam to talk with fans and guests wanting to know more about the intricate nature of her collage pieces. Iconic tattoo infused pin-up girls are featured while she explores astrology and planetary movement in the surrounding space.  The sold out Vesica Piscis features the enormous piece Pentade, complete with several pin-ups and phases of the Earth or […]
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Overtime: Oct 6 – Oct 12

More stories from the week that ended Oct 12 (click on bolded words for more information): Final week to see Van Hanos – Not the Way at Tanya Leighton. RIP: Trigz, who was tragically shot and killed in North Hollywood. Go here to contribute and help the family. COST arrested in NYC. ArtBeam’s Material Evidence show’s Ukrainian display attacked and vandalized. Curator Vasyl Cherepanyn brutally beaten in public in Kiev last week. Dries Verhoeven’s Grindr art project cancelled prematurely after privacy invasion complaints. Broad Museum […]
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Previews: Thierry Noir – “The LA Retrospective” @ Howard Griffin Gallery (Los Angeles)

Some 30 years since he first started painting miles of murals on the infamous Berlin wall, Thierry Noir is about to open his first US show. His LA retrospective organized by the Howard Griffin Gallery will be the first official introduction of a real pioneer of street art in Europe to the US. The French artist, whose turbulent life included living in squats around Berlin, started creating public art as a form of rebellion and his own way of fighting the wall and everything it stands for. His colorful profiles, […]
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Upcoming: Baby Tattooville 2015 – Mark Ryden & Marion Peck Surrealist Ball

At the conclusion of Baby Tattooville last Sunday morning, attendees had the customary brunch at the Mission Inn before grabbing their Gift Bags and heading their separate ways. While they were finishing their selections from the impressive spread, ringleader Bob Self stood up to make some announcements but the final comments came as a total surprise. Next year’s event will be the last and final one and will culminate with a surrealist ball hosted by Mark Ryden and Marion Peck. Other confirmed guests include Camille […]