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Openings: Brian Viveros – “The Dirtyland” @ Thinkspace Gallery

A couple weeks ago, Brian Viveros’ “The Dirtyland” exhibition opened at the Thinkspace Gallery in Culver City. The immersive exhibition featured paintings, drawings, one-off hand-finished prints, installations, sculptural work (with the help of Gustavo Ponce), and video from the Riverside based artist all inspired by his fascination with Hispanic culture in general (bull-fighting, day of the dead, luchadores, etc) and of course, nicotine. When we visited his studio before the show, Brian was really excited to have a large space all to himself to fully […]

Preview: Know Hope – “There is Nothing Dear (There Is Too Much Dear)” @ Show & Tell Gallery

Israel’s Know Hope will be opening his show tonight in Toronto at the Show & Tell Gallery. The prolific street artist has creatively fashioned together some found objects and painted them with his signature imagery for this new body of work entitled “There is Nothing Dear (There Is Too Much Dear)” (teased). Also included will be works on paper featuring his long-armed characters and some words of wisdom. More after the jump…

Preview: Beyond Eden 2010

This weekend, the second annual Beyond Eden Art Fair will open at the LA Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park with offerings from Thinkspace, Copro Gallery, La Laz De Jesus Gallery, LeBasse Projects, C.A.V.E. Gallery, and Carmichael Gallery alongside a special exhibition showcasing Cannibal Flower’s 10 Year Anniversary. With some of our favorite new contemporary galleries included, AM is excited to see what this year’s edition has to bring. Along with gallery booths, there will be many associated art events and activities. For example, the opening […]

Baby Tattooville ’10 – “Late Night Madness” with Michael Hussar

Michael Hussar returned for Baby Tattooville 2010 and once again graciously hosted one of the key events of the special weekend. Each night, Hussar’s suite became the site for non-stop late night festivities. BT attendees joined in on sketching the models in one room, while artists such as Ron English, Johnny “KMNDZ” Rodriguez, Van Arno and Robert Williams could be seen participating in photoshoots with the models, sketching under Sketch Theatre and just flat out partying. Great art, beautiful models and partying until the morning… […]

Video: Steve “ESPO” Powers – Love Letter to Syracuse

Building on the amazing success of his Love Letter project in Philadelphia (covered), Steve “ESPO” Powers and his sign-painting crew recently went upstate to the “Rust-Belt” city of Syracuse, New York, to transform the train bridges that divide the town’s poor Near West Side from the rest of downtown to display beautiful and inspirational messages of love from Syracuse to Syracuse. Powers, as seen in the above video, worked with local art groups and talked to people in the community to develop the words used […]
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Showing: Irina Davis – “Nice Girls” @ Sputnik Gallery

Sometimes it’s good to take a second look. That’s what happened when we did a double-take at Sputnik Gallery and discovered Irina Davis. When we first passed by her alluring works, we thought they were simply painted pin-up model pieces. But then upon closer inspection, we noticed that they were real models in pin-up poses. The twist that got us is that Irina actually paints the faces and certain details with watercolor to give the realistic photos a touch of fantasy and character. Davis’ show […]

Teaser: The Hole’s “RE:FORM SCHOOL” Group Exhibit

The Hole will play host to a group show in an abandoned school in NoLIta to raise money for educational reform this weekend, October 9 – 11th. Partnering with Redu and RE:FORM SCHOOL, the exhibit will feature a nice range of contemporary and street art favorites including Shepard Fairey, Faile, WK Interact, Mel Kadel, Sam Flores, Ron English, Gary Baseman, Chris Johanson, SWOON, Maya Hakuk, Friends With You, Jim Houser, TrustoCorp, APAK, and many more. It sounds like a compelling event in the name of […]

Previews: Dale “Vn” Marshall – “Room 101″

In George Orwell’s novel “1984,” Room 101 was the torture chamber in which citizens were subjected to direct peril from their own worst fears, anxieties and phobias. The worlds of fine art and graffiti merge within Dale Marshall’s (streets) work and have been used as his own Room 101 for a more positive form of therapy. The artist, who also goes by the names Vn and Vermin, is open about his history of mental health issues. The duality of the artist and the exhibition echoes Marshall’s […]

Baby Tattooville ’10: Print Shop Presented by Diesel Fuel Prints

If you collect prints, you’re probably used to pressing a few buttons on your favorite artist’s website and having art show up at your door a few days later in a (hopefully uncrushed) tube.  But do you have any idea how your prints are made or how much effort was put into each piece?  Well, attendees of Baby Tattooville this year now do. At the Secret Society gathering, guests were treated to a special screenprinting demonstration by Andy from Diesel Fuel Prints and had the […]
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Audrey Kawasaki Unfinished Pieces

It’s amazing how self-critical some artists can be when it comes to their own artwork. We have even heard of some burning work that doesn’t sell after a show. We suppose that is the price of perfection! Audrey Kawasaki (interviewed) recently posted up some unfinished paintings that just didn’t make the cut for some reason or another – like the one above which would have fit nicely with her upcoming series of shows in Australia next month. Most of these paintings passed the test of […]