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Openings: Nimit Malavia – “Finding Together Again” @ Spoke Art

Last Thursday evening, Spoke Art in San Francisco hosted Nimit Malavia’s solo show entitled Finding Together Again (previewed). The show featured drawings and paintings on paper, depicting reinterpreted myths and religious symbols in his signature flowing style. The first 100 patrons of the show were treated to a free exclusive print, courtesy of the gallery. Check out photos from the evening after the jump…

Teaser: Arrested Motion – “City of Fire” Exhibition

After our first curatorial experience last year in Hong Kong with the East West Connect exhibition, our next project is a little closer to home. Entitled City of Fire, this new show in Los Angeles will again bring together a diverse list of artists that we have admired and covered through the years here on AM. We’ll be revealing more details soon as we draw closer to the opening in June.

Interview: Seonna Hong

Seonna Hong is a Los Angeles-based multi-talented painter, illustrator, writer, animation art director, and Emmy winning artist that we have admired and written about here on AM in the past. We last caught up with her at last year’s Art Basel in Miami where we quite enjoyed a showing of her new paintings. She graciously agreed talk with us about the many facets of of her work, her inspirations, her experience working with Murakami, and more in an interview. Questions and answers after the jump…

Streets: World Roundup (April 2 – April 8)

At week’s end, AM is again catching you up with the latest walls from around the world. Leading things off is this sick spider’s web collaboration between Flying Fortress, ZAY, and LAY-Z. Other murals you should check out come from Dabs & Myla (Australia), Bacon (Canada), DECYCLE (Germany), Eine, Sickboy, and Niels Shoe Meulman (California), City Bilder x Otecki (Germany), JR x Cyrcle. (France), M-City (Poland), Mea & Mart (Brazil), Ewok & Rubin (New York), Pøbel (Norway), Faith47 & DAL (Denmark), Deedee Cheriel (California), and […]

Openings: Quam Odunsi – “Anachronistic Capture: Motion & Stills” @ Design Matters

Opening a couple of weeks back in Los Angeles was Quam Odunsi’s debut solo exhibition (curated by AM’s Khoi Nguyen) of captivating film, still images, slides, and Polaroid collage-based artwork.  The well thought-out and displayed exhibition was one of the first shows in the new Design Matters space (down the street and on the other side of the 405 from their former location).  Consisting of a film projector, two slide projectors, a wall of 100 Polaroids, and framed pieces throughout, the show of completely new […]

Ron English – Kinkade Bunny

As this is Easter Sunday, Ron English (featured) has decided to paint something with imagery that has a two-fold tribute. One is obviously for the holiday with his interpretation of the Easter Bunny. As seen in the background for the piece, the piece is also in remembrance of painter Thomas Kinkade and his signature “idyllic cottages and bucolic garden gates” as sad news came of his untimely death just this Friday. Discuss Ron English here.

Rewind: April 2 – April 8

One of the stories dominating AM of recent weeks has been the behind-the-scenes look at Cai Guo-Qiang and his Sky Ladder exhibition opening today at the LA MOCA. We had the pleasure of attending the explosive Chinese artist’s creative sessions (here, here, and here) as well as the setup for his amazing pyrotechnic event last night. Before heading over to check out the exhibition for yourself, take a look at the video above from Art.sy films (via NOWNESS) that sees Cai talk about his choice of […]

Overtime: April 2 – April 8

Trayvon Martin street art goes up in Baltimore, courtesy of Justin Nether. A look at places where REVOK acquires his found materials for his work. New print from Mear One now on sale. Mr. Cartoon honored by LA Weekly as one of the 10 Awesome Tattoo Artists in L.A. Bobby Hundreds pays a visit to Futura. The market for Banksy works seems to be experiencing a revival. Photos from the INSA “Self Reflection” installation. Virtual room view here. In tribute: friends and collaborators remember the life and […]

Mausolee: Lek x Sowat (Paris)

Imagine an abandoned four storey supermarket in the North of Paris occupied by squatters, then deserted again. On August 12, 2010, French graffiti artists Lek and Sowat discovered the place much to their delight. For a year, in the greatest of secrets, both artists continuously wandered in this 430,000 sq ft monument to paint murals and organize an illegal artistic residency. They invited forty French graffiti artists to collaborate, from the first to the last generation of the graffiti movement. Together they built a Mausolee, […]

Setup: Cai Guo-Qiang – “Sky Ladder” @ MOCA

After joining in on the three explosive creative sessions (here, here, and here) held by Cai Guo-Qiang, his crew, and a group of volunteers as they readied pieces for his upcoming exhibition, Sky Ladder, at the Los Angeles MOCA, we are really looking forward to the opening this Sunday. First up though is the public outdoor explosion event, Mystery Circle to be held on the exterior wall of The Geffen Contemporary (facing Temple Street) at 7:00pm on Saturday. AM stopped by to check in on the setup progress of the three-stage pyrotechnic extravaganza themed […]