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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 […]
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Streets: Phlegm / Empty Walls (South Wales)

A couple of weeks ago, Phlegm traveled down to South Wales for the Empty Walls Festival where he painted a large mural on Wood Road right next to the main bus station. Featuring his signature characters acting out the old Welsh tradition of Mari Lwyd, the exaggerated imagery filled with local flavor is a welcome addition to the area. The luck-bringing ritual sees participants accompany a person disguised as a horse from house to house (including pubs) where they sing at each door in the hope […]
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Openings: José Parlá – “IN MEDIAS RES” @ Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery

Brooklyn-based artist José Parlá recently opened his latest show at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery. Entitled IN MEIA RES, this fresh body of work is a reflection on the artist’s life. From his Cuban descent and childhood,  to his younger days as an artists working both indoors & out, to his global travels abroad, Parlá uses paintings, sculptures and murals to convey a reflection of his history through his striking style. This show will be up until October 15th so make sure to stop by if you’re fortunate enough to be […]
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Releases: Ed Templeton – “Wayward Cognitions” Book

Ed Templeton recently released his latest photography book titled Wayward Cognitions, published by Thomas Campbell’s Um Yeah Arts, showing 20 years worth of capturing street life in it’s purest, rawest form. The skateboarding legend, artist and photographer, whose books such as Teenage Smokers and Teenage Kissers influenced a whole generation of young photographers, this time published a book that isn’t capturing or  exploring a certain theme, but gives a good peek inside his extensive archives. Documenting the behind-the=scenes of skateboarding, alternative life styles, teenagers, general public, religious lunatics, homeless, drunks, and […]
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Upcoming: Égrégore @ Yves Laroche

Starting on October 30th, Yves Laroche in Montreal will be hosting a massive group exhibition entitled Égrégore. The term refers to a kind of group mind which is created when people consciously come together for a common purpose and was used in relation to the Montreal Surrealists, best known as Les Automatistes in the 40s. The resurrection of the idea in relation to geography and purpose is definitely appropriate to this show which will run through December 20th. Participating artists include SHAG, Van Arno, Anthony Ausgang, Liam […]