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Preview: José Parlá – “Walls, Diaries, and Paintings” @ Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery

Dynamic contemporary artist, José Parlá, will be setting his hometown New York City stomping grounds ablaze next month with a new solo exhibition, entitled Walls, Diaries, and Paintings (teased). The former street artist, who has become of master of his own brand of mixed media calligraphic work, started off the year already with a bang in Toronto with two huge murals (covered). By the looks of these preview images, he appears more than ready to keep the momentum rolling with this new body of work. […]

POW WOW ’11 / Interview: Jasper Wong

With POW WOW fast approaching next week, we will be publishing a series of interviews with the participants of this year’s event. Naturally, first up is the mastermind behind the annual art get-together, Jasper Wong. A man of many talents – artist, gallery owner (Above Second), illustrator, and crossdresser – we’ll be looking forward to what he has planned for us next week when the festivities start. Take a look at the questions and answers after the jump…

Pharrell Williams – “Velo” Bike for Domeau & Pérès

Creative artist extraordinaire Pharrell Williams brings you one of the freshest, cleanest, and most limited bikes you will ever have the chance of owning.  He teams up with Domeau & Pérès, who produced his first design work, the “Perspective Chairs”, and Brooklyn Machine Works, who produced the frame and fork (made out of 4130 chromemoly seamless airplane grade steel tubing).  It takes over 100 man hours to upholster the bike in water buffalo leather and all the stitching work is done by hand. There will […]

Streets: Armsrock (Vienna)

Continuing his exploration of projection art (see his show and participation in the Lightsound Project in Copenhagen), Armsrock (interviewed) recently visited Vienna and illuminated selected walls and monuments with some of his drawings. The Danish artist has been in the Austrian capital immersed in the quartier21 artist-in-residence program and appears to be keeping busy before heading back home for various other projects and shows scheduled for the rest of the year. More photos after the jump…

Releases: Aiko – “Lady Butterfly” Sculpture

Aiko Nakagawa just reported yesterday that her Lady Butterfly sculpture is nearing completion.  The complex piece produced by Tomenosuke Sho-ten requires assemblage of 13 little components and features elements of her iconic imagery. Inspired by her love for the Baroque sculptures she saw in Rome, Aiko describes her creation as “a fairy of the street… comes in the night and draws stories of love and romance with her spray paint.” Scheduled for release on Valentine’s Day, the limited figure will eventually be painted in five […]

POW WOW ‘ 11 / Streets: Angry Woebots & Ekundayo

It looks like the POW WOW preparations are already underway in Hawaii as late addition Ekundayo and Aaron Martin (Angry Woebots) get up on the walls of the FreshCafe / Loft in Space venue. The space will house all the live-painting, starting on the 16th, and main event on the 19th so hopefully we’ll be seeing more murals soon. More pics after the jump…

“Art Machine” @ The Hole Gallery & ALIFE

This Thursday, The Hole Gallery will host a brand new type of exhibition. Collaborating with NY’s fashion collective ALIFE, they’ll be showcasing art & items from various artists in a unique manner. Through the use of  vending Art Machines, attendees can purchase what they see via a credit card. Items will include mini paintings, sculptures, bearbricks, and G-Shock watches/apparel. For as little as $5 dollars for something cool, you should plan on getting there early as sales are first come first serve.

Releases: Steve Powers (ESPO) – “You and Me” Print

Street art icon and Fullbright Scholar, Steve “ESPO” Powers, who made waves last year with his A Love Letter For You urban revitalization and documentary film project (see trailer here), has released a new print with with Exhibition A today. Produced in an edition of 100, “You and Me” provides the perfect representation of ESPO’s work, with clever word play, tight typographic elements and simple imagery. The 12″ x 12″ canvas print is priced at $200 and is available for sale here! Discuss ESPO here.

Preview: Luke Chueh – “Contemptorary Art” @ Corey Helford Gallery

This Saturday night, February 12th, Luke Chueh’s (interviewed) “sad bears” will be seen through a new contemporary art “filter.”  In what look to be different series of paintings (Label, Communication, Colorfield, Template), Luke will explore in Contemptorary Art, aspects of the genre but with his signature imagery (first seen at Art Basel Week). Take a look at this studio shot he sent us that will give you a taste of what to expect this weekend.  Get there early though as there will be a free […]

Preview: Mia Araujo – “The Secret Keepers” @ Roq La Rue Gallery

Rounding out Roq La Rue’s two-person exhibition this weekend, showing alongside Brian Despain’s Tin Machines and Mercuric Dreams (previewed), will be popsurrealist Mia (interviewed). The show will provide the Los Angeles-based artist’s first opportunity since last fall’s three-person show at Corey Helford Gallery (covered) to unveil a new body of work. With the female form taking center stage in often fantastical scenarios, The Secret Keepers will give the artist a chance to continue telling her story. Check out a preview after the jump.