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Streets: Fanakapan // Halloween Pumpkin Heads (London)

With Halloween in mind, Fanakapan put his special style to work creating some pumpkin head murals on the streets of London. The first piece (seen above) was a solo endeavor that once again highlights the UK-based artist’s balloon animal technique with a creepy jack-o’-lantern. The second wall painted was a collaboration with AliHamish Campbell & Tom Blackford at Mile End Skate Park with a pumpkin-head skeleton as his contribution. Photo credit: Street Art Atlas & @annahitahessami.
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POW! WOW! Japan ’16: Recap

In the middle of this month, POW! WOW! Japan invited in a roster of artists including Persue, Push (seen above), Sam Rodriguez, Cinta Vidal, John “Prime” Hina, Kami and Sasu of Hitotzuki, Ryuichi Ogino, Jun Inoue and Kensuke Takahashi to Kobe, Japan to create murals on Rokko Island. The event was a followup to last year’s inaugural gathering in Tokyo and despite the new location, the same philosophy of a multi-pronged approach – art, music, talks, education was used including workshops by the artists for children at the Canadian Academy from grades one to […]
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Upcoming: “Hindsight” @ Modern Eden

On November 5th, Modern Eden Gallery in San Francisco will open Hindsight, a four person show from Josh Keyes (seen above), Sandra Yagi, Ahren Hertel, and Ellen Jewett. Here’s what curator Bradley Platz had to say about the exhibition – “There is a somewhat of a post-apocalyptic environmental hindsight, running through each of these four artist’s works. It is this perspective that I looked for when selecting the artists, and which ultimately became just the starting point for a larger dialogue. The exhibition deals with heavy issues […]
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Recap: Clare Rojas – The Inexhaustible Middle” @ Alice Gallery

Alice Gallery in Brussels recently had a solo from Clare Rojas on display entitled The Inexhaustible Middle. Continuing her move to abstraction and color study, the new works from the American artist distill her folk art-like imagery into patterns, geometric shapes, and linear forms in her distinctive palette. Along with presenting her latest works on canvas and paper, Rojas also performed songs in her “folk-bluegrass” style under the pseudonym of singer-songwriter Peggy Honeywell. Photos via Juxtapoz. Discuss Clare Rojas here.
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Showing: Jamian Juliano-Villani – “The World’s Greatest Planet on Earth” @ Studio Voltaire

Lat month, Studio Voltaire in London opened an exhibition from Jamian Juliano-Villani entitled The World’s Greatest Planet on Earth. For her first solo outside the United States at a public institution, the New York-based artist prepared a series of her painted collages featuring appropriated images, personal photographs, and reproductions of existing artworks, reinterpreted into surreal amalgamations with a touch of dark humor. Along with these paintings, some never before exhibited sculptural installations rounded out the show that will be on view until December 11th. Photos via Studio Voltaire. Discuss Jamian Juliano-Villani here.
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Overtime: Oct 24 – Oct 30

More stories from the week that ended Oct 30 (click on bolded words for more information): Artspace profiles Nathan Cash Davidson, Torey Thornton, and Avery Singer. (above: Torey Thornton’s Rapport Vroom show at Shane Campbell Gallery). Frieze reviews Jamian Juliano-Villani’s The World’s Greatest Planet on Earth at Studio Voltaire. RIP: Raymond Brown, who passed away during scaffolding accident in Miami while painting a mural. RIP: Tom Doyle, who passed away on Oct 8. RIP: Marwan Kassab-Bachi, who passed away at the age of 82. RIP: Steve Dillon, who passed away […]
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Openings: Hajime Sorayama @ Jacob Lewis Gallery

Last night, Jacob Lewis Gallery held the opening reception for their inaugural show with Hajime Sorayama. A few weeks after announcing his representation, the Chelsea-based gallery revealed his newest body of work featuring his signature Sexy Robots. The 10 new acrylic paintings and one sculpture were created around the idea of re-inventing American icons. From Hollywood starlets to pop culture idols (fashion and music stars), the Japanese artist presented his vision of these characters as one of his retro-future pinups. Examples include Kate Moss shown as a bionic Playboy bunny, Elvis Presley as […]
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Releases: Chet Zar – “The Meeting” Print

In association with his current DY5TOPIA show at Copro Gallery, Chet Zar (interviewed) has released a new print entitled The Meeting. Based on a painting from the exhibition of the same name, the image shows a group of the Los Angeles-based artist’s creepy characters getting together to discuss some secret objective. Produced in a run of 55, there is an offer to personalize the 19″ x 13″ giclée with a drawing by Zar tomorrow Saturday, October 29, at the gallery if ordered online for $100 before the signing (3-7 pm). […]
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Streets: El Mac (Colorado)

Over the summer, El Mac spend some time on a commission mural at the Manitou Art Center, coincidentally also referred to as The MAC in Manitou Springs, Colorado. It was a collaboration (something he often does) with his friend FUSE, who painted some of the graffiti elements for this piece entitled Native Son (This Saint Floyd), a tribute to local artist local artist Floyd Tunson. You can read more about it here if you are interested. Discuss El Mac here.
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Previews: 1010 – “Eversion” @ Hashimoto Contemporary

Following up on last year’s exhibition (covered) at Hashimoto Contemporary will be another solo from 1010 at the San Francisco gallery starting November 3rd. Eversion continues the Hamburg-based artist’s series of portals, echoing the large-scale works he paints on the streets. The pieces utilizing color theory and perspective are painted on layers of acrylic glass and mounted on aluminum dibond, a technique that augments the illusory effect. Discuss 1010 here.
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