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Releases: Katrin Fridriks Print For Avant Arte

Katrin Fridriks recently joined forces with the brand new digital platform for collectible arts, Avant Arte, and created two new fine art editions. Based on her previously shown originals, Waving Miracle & Magic Mind and Waving Force of Nature – Awakening, both high quality prints were produced using various high-end techniques at Coriander Studio in London. Avant Arte was launched in 2015 as a digital outlet and quickly gained a large following and created its own community. Compromising of curators, designers, and developers, their goal is to empower new art collectors and […]

Showing: Tom French – “Paralax” @ Unit London

On the 1st of June, Unit London opened a new exhibition of work by Tom French (featured) titled Parallax. Through this show, the London-based artist explores the literal, metaphorical and metaphysical manifestations of perspective and visual perception through his expressive monochromatic works. Stepping away from his previous work that used illusion and double images, French is this time focusing on the apparent displacement of his subject matter and its relation to the viewer. With this in mind, he snatches his figures, preserves them in oils with photographic clarity and incorporates them within abstract […]

Overtime: May 29 – June 4

More stories from the week that ended June 4 (click on bolded words for more information): Rome’s first permanent installation of contemporary art is Giuseppe Penone’s Foglie di pietra. RIP: Ronald Markman, who passed away at the age of 86. RIP: Dan Tranberg, who passed away at the age of 53. Sam Durant sculpture will likely be removed from the sculpture garden at the Walker Art Center after Native American protests. Walker Art Center postpones opening of sculpture park after the protests. The work will be dismantled […]

Streets: Telmo Miel – “Trollstigen” (Norway)

Recently in Gol, Norway, a new mural was painted by Telmo Miel entitled appropriately entitled Trollstigen. The Dutch duo explain – “They come in all shapes and sizes. Trolls, Beings from Norse mythology and Scandinavian folklore. Till this day they’re still being hunted by tourists, trying to get a glimpse of one of these creatures.” Discuss Telmo Miel here.

Showing: Greg “Craola” Simkins – “No Strings” @ KP Projects Gallery

Currently at KP Projects Gallery in Los Angeles, Greg “Craola” Simkins (featured) has a show on view through June 17th entitled No Strings. The new body of imaginative work features paintings (including the massive 6′ x 9′ piece seen above), drawings, as well as a few limited editions. Continuing to explore the rich world he has created, the locally-based artist was inspired by the story of Pinnochio and the idea of escaping reality which can be seen in the surreal imagery featuring his signature hybrid amalgamations as well as some more […]

Releases: KAWS – “Blush Companion”

Just released this morning, the Blush edition of KAWS’ Companion figure is still available on his website. The two versions (regular and flayed) are both open editions and retail for $200 each. If you remember, word on these first surfaced around the time the Brooklyn-based artist opened his show in Shanghai. Discuss KAWS here.

Previews: Kisung Koh – “Long Live the Polar Treasure” @ Thinkspace

This Saturday night (June 3rd), Thinkspace’s project room will play host to Kisung Koh’s first solo exhibition with the Culver City gallery. The Toronto-based painter is another young artist whose imagery touches on environmental issues as is evident with his choice of subject matter for this showing. Entitled Long Live the Polar Treasure, the new collection of oil paintings from Koh is entirely dedicated to the endangered polar bear and the displacement from its habitat, paralleling the Korean artist’s own life experiences of “deracination and the pangs of dislocated belonging.”

Previews: Fuco Ueda – “Yumei” @ Dorothy Circus Gallery

On June 9th, Dorothy Circus Gallery in Rome will be hosting a new solo show from Fuco Ueda entitled Yumei. Extensively utilizing natural materials in her work like powdered mineral pigments on paper, cloth and wood, together with acrylic paint, the Japanese artist has created a new body of work that lingers between reality and the dream world. Here ethereal paintings are accentuated by a vibrant palette leading to an almost photo negative effect for her surreal scenes featuring her female characters and strange flora. Discuss Fuco […]

Murals: The Draculas @ ETA Agency

We first got turned on to the work of The Draculas during this year’s POW! WOW! Hawaii where they painted an amazing and surreal campfire scene. The Southern California-based duo, comprised of Gary Musgrave and Jeff McMillan, recently painted mural for the ETA Agency in Long Beach featuring a seaside city rampage kaiju battle. Take a look at more photos below… Photo credit: Brandon Shigeta.

Previews: Shawn Huckins – “Somewhere to Nowhere” @ Goodwin Fine Art

Following up on his show there last year (covered), Shawn Huckins (featured) will be opening Somewhere to Nowhere at Goodwin Fine Art on June 9th. The new distinctive text-based works are a response to his previous body of work where he overlaid today’s digital conversations (complete with abbreviations and mistakes) over scenes of traditional 18th and 19th century paintings. This time around, he uses phrases he finds from traditional pen and paper communications from a time when words seemed to be chosen more carefully and more meaningful and combined it with […]