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Preview: Tran Nguyen – “The Synapse Between Here and There” @ Thinkspace

Tomorrow night, July 16th, Tran Nguyen will open her solo show The Synapse Between Here and There at Thinkspace. The strong new body of work includes both paintings, detailed drawings, and concept sketches all featuring her light and deft touch with imagery bringing to mind beautiful illustrations that would fit on the cover of your favorite fantasy novel, but more refined and detailed. More preview images after the jump…

Preview: Melissa Haslam – “Kigurumi” @ Lebasse Projects

Tonight at LeBasse Projects in the Los Angeles Chinatown, Melissa Haslam (featured) will be presenting a new body of work that promises an increased attention to detail and realism as she continues to refine her technique. Drawing her inspiration from the Japanese subculture of fashioning oneself to look like stuffed animals or Kigurumi, the Australia-based painter uses this metaphor to explore ideas social role-playing. More preview images after the jump…

Openings: TOYKIO Gallery & Café

At the beginning of this year, we brought you photos of the pop-up location of TOYKIO Gallery & café while they worked feverishly to get their main space set up for their official launch. Well, if the pop-up brought the bang, then this new location brings the boom! We just got word that Toykio finally opened their doors to their luxurious duplex location. The upstairs houses a beautiful café while downstairs you can see some art work from familiar names like Banksy, JR, Mark Ryden, Shepard Fairey,Ron English, Ricky Powell, Swoon, D*Face, and […]

Openings: Burning Candy – “A Fist Full of Paint” @ Tony’s (London)

  Last week, AM went along to the opening night at Tony’s, London, to grab some pics and get a feel of East London’s Burning Candy exhibition A Fist full of Paint.  Knowing the exterior had been brilliantly tagged with a paint filled fire extinguisher, it was good to see the interior had been done in the same style. The floor and the walls had all been touched by the western style showdown paint fight that had taken place. This was recreated throughout the night […]

Showing: Meggs – ‘Inner Demons’ @ Zero Cool / Red Bull Studios

A couple of weeks back AM went along to take a look at Meggs‘ first London solo exhibition entitled Inner Demons. Hosted by Zero Cool at pop-up space Red Bull Studios, Meggs pulled together a collection of work from the many facets of his output using a combination of paintings, sculpture, assemblage and an intense installation comprising a demonic masked figure seated amidst a variety of porn, hooker calling cards, spent blunts, Chinese hell money, a crack pipe and emptied bottles of alcohol. Moving further […]

Videos: JR – Inside Out Project

This spring, when JR announced that his Ted Prize wish was to “Use Art to Turn the World Inside Out” he really wasn’t joking. Using people to participate is the key and the goal is to make this the world’s largest participatory art project and since this initiative began, portraits have reached citizens on almost every continent. For review, the concept is simple. Go to the Inside Out website (here), upload your portrait so JR can send you a printout for you to wheatpaste to […]

Openings / Giveaway: Charming Baker — ‘Every Thing Must Go’ @ Mercer Street Studios, London

Every Thing Must Go (previewed), the new Charming Baker pop-up show in London’s Covent Garden opened on Thursday 7 July. It was a well-organised, confidently-run operation on the night. Guests were looked after by a tag-team of hosts including the artist himself, his manager Tim Fennell, Pat Magnarella and Roger Klein of Pat Magnarella Management, and the Jealous Gallery crew. Art may or may not be the new rock and roll, but both worlds mixed comfortably at the event which was attended by the likes […]

Studio Visits: Jeremy Fish

With the last week of Jeremy Fish’s (featured) Listen and Learn exhibition (covered) coming to a close at Joshua Liner Gallery, we bring you an inside look at Mr. Fish’s San Francisco studios when we visited the artist earlier this year as he was getting ready for the show. Remember this is the last week, if you haven’t made a stop to catch this show, do so before it closes this Saturday. Check out the full set taken for us by Joe Russo after the jump.

Preview: “Miss Danger on the Loose” @ LAB ART Los Angeles

Street art – characterized by its illegal nature, activity in rough neighborhoods late at night, demanding physical stamina, and the occasional running from cops – has historically been a young man’s endeavor.  Thankfully, there have been notable exceptions.  In San Francisco, the late Margaret Kilgallen helped revolutionize the genre and form the influential Mission School art movement.  Swoon graced the walls, doors, and subways of New York with her gorgeous wheatpastes of friends, family, and those whose stories she wanted to bring to light.  Los […]

Streets: Buff Monster (Los Angeles)

Just several days ago, LA-based and pink enthusiast Buff Monster (featured) re-visited a spot he hit up years ago above Hollywood Boulevard and pasted up an updated piece featuring his signature imagery. The busy artist who also recently patined up Bristol and London with wall murals will be showing along with Jeremyville at the Cotton Candy Machine starting on August 5th in New York. For now, check out more photos taken for us by Carlos Gonzalez after the jump…