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Teasers: Masakatsu Sashie – “Invisible Hand” @ Mizuma Gallery

In his first solo exhibition since De Facto Standard way back in 2009, Masakatsu Sashie will present a new series of work at Mizuma Gallery that riff on his signature seemingly self-autonomous orbs. Entitled the Invisible Hand, his current body of retro-futuristic work references Adam Smith’s 1759 economic metaphor stating the market magically self-regulates for the betterment of society when individuals act out of their own self-interests, an argument that could easily be considered flawed in the modern era of complex derivatives and rampant greed that […]

Streets: How & Nosm @ LA Weekly Building (Los Angeles)

After recently completing an impressive murals in the heart of Downtown LA (covered), the prolific brothers known as How & Nosm returned to Los Angeles for another go around. This time however, they decided to paint the exterior of the LA Weekly building. Although this project is not quite the same size as last time, this mural is perhaps more detailed and more layered. What’s really unique is also the way in which the duo decided to use the building’s layout as part of the […]

Pow Wow ’12 – Kickoff

AM is in Hawaii and it’s the officially the first day of Pow Wow 2012. Similar to last year, we started the day on the North Shore and moved to Honolulu where artists and media took their first steps to getting the Loft in Space location ready for the big exhibition this Saturday. It was a cheerful mood as the Pow Wow alumnus reunited and new artists got introduced. With an expanded roster for this year’s event, the setup work is requires helpf from everyone. […]

Art Focus: Claire Streetart

We hope you all enjoyed your Valentine’s Day today. To cap things off, we bring you a special mid-week Art Focus that we have been saving for the occasion. Claire Streeart is a Parisian street artist who work focuses on life-size couples kissing, hugging, and showing their affections. No surprise here as Paris is the City of Love. More photos after the jump…

Streets: RIME (Los Angeles)

Keeping up with yet another mural going up across the streets of Los Angeles, we caught up with MSK/AWR graffiti writer RIME as he was putting up his signature character design in the arts complex overseen by Warren Brand. This Branded Arts project is yet another addition to the growing list of artists such as Herakut (covered), Dabs Myla (covered) and most recently Anthony Lister (covered) who all have left their imprint at the Culver City complex. Sticking with his very unique style, RIME painted a number […]

Previews: Francesco Igory Deiana @ Park Life Gallery

Francesco Igory Deiana, the San Francisco-based artist we first introduced last year in a well-received Art Focus feature, will be taking part in a two-person hometown show later this month at Park Life Gallery. Opening Friday, February 24th at the Bay Area multipurpose mainstay, the Milan-born artist will show a selection of abstract and pseudo-portraiture work highlighting his technical proficiency with nothing more than a ballpoint pen and ruler, coupled with a wealth of patience and imagination to spare. Showing alongside fellow SF-native Harley Lafarrah […]

Happy Valentine’s Day from Escif!

It seems that every year, some of Escif’s work will inevitably be applicable to this holiday. Last year, you may remember a piece entitled Black Kiss from the prolific Spanish artist. Well, for 2012, here is a recent mural he dubbed White Kiss that seems appropriate for the occasion. As a bonus, take a look at a similarly themed piece after the jump…

Video Release Party: Mark Whalen & Autolux @ Launch LA

During the weekend, Launch LA hosted a music video release party that featured an incredible collaboration by artist Mark Whalen and the music group Autolux. Directed by Thomas McMahan, the music video, which was shown on a large screen through out the night, features Whalen’s work come to life accentuated by a great song performed by the band. We actually got a small teaser of what this video would look like some months ago as Whalen was prepping for his show at the Merry Karnowksy Gallery (covered). […]

Openings: ZES x RETNA – “Excavated Revelations” @ Known Gallery

Over the weekend  ZES & RETNA (featured), two key members of the MSK graffiti crew, came together for an exhibition titled Excavated Revelations in which each of their unique styles was on full display. Taking place at Known Gallery, this show was the first for ZES who’s known in the graff world as one of the most daring and talented members of the crew. His new body of work was made up both rectangular and squared-like pieces that featured an affinity for streaks and patterns often […]

Releases: Aiko – “Lady Butterfly” Sculpture (Cherry)

You may remember last year when we told you about Aiko’s Lady Butterfly figure. The initial silver version drop on Valentine’s Day last year and subsequent black version release sold out rapidly, but in about an hour, this year’s V-day cherry version will be available here. Just follow the link and fill in the order form no earlier than midnight eastern time to order one of the 10 available pieces ($550). More photos after the jump…