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Openings: “The Baxter Collection” @ Roq La Rue

Roq La Rue changed it up for this month’s opening. The works on display are from the personal collection of the Baxter family, who are selling some of their collection to move overseas. The pieces in question were collected over the past decade and represent a who’s who of the pop surrealism scene including Mark Ryden, Marion Peck, Audrey Kawasaki, Camile Rose Garcia, Lori Earley, Nicoletta Ceccoli, Liz McGrath, Glenn Barr, Donald Roller Wilson, Kukula, Ana Bagayan, Fuco Ueda, Joe Sorren, Brian Despain, and Femke Hiemstra. […]
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Previews: “The BLAB Show” (2013)” @ Copro Gallery

On September 14th, the Copro Gallery in Los Angeles will be opening up a group show that has become somewhat of an annual tradition (see 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)  – The BLAB Show. Put together by the people behind the Blab! Anthology, this year’s edition promises to be a great one as well with artists like Nicoletta Ceccoli, Travis Louie, Souther Salazar, Glenn Barr, Camille Rose Garcia, Andrew Hem (seen above), Lola, Xue Wang, Peter Ferguson, Travis Lampe, Matt Dangler, Brian Despain, Katja Tukiainen, and […]
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Openings: “Sur-Realism” @ Arcadia Fine Arts

Earlier this month, Arcadia Fine Arts in New York hosted a new wave of representational painters who are challenging tradition in a group exhibition entitled Sur-Realism. Included in the lineup were Rick Berry, Ryan Bradley, John Brosio (above), Nancy Depew, Brian Despain, Craig Elliot, Shown Fields, Danny Galieote, Andrew Hem, Damon Lehrer, Adam Miller, Billy Norrby, Michael Rosenfeld, Laura Sanders, Linnea Strid, Eric White, Aron Wiesenfeld, and Martin Wittfooth. Discuss this show here.

Previews: “Dark Pop” @ Last Rites

This Saturday, March 3, in New York, the Last Rites Gallery will be hosting another iteration of their Dark Pop exhibition. The fourth version of the show, which has artists focusing on creating one piece that encompasses what they consider “dark art,” will be curated by Gary Pressman and will feature artists like Alexandra Pacula, Ana Bagayan, Brian Despain, Charles Wish, Dave MacDowell, Mark Garro, Matt Dangler, Matthew Grabelsky, TIN, Travis Lampe, Travis Louie, and more. Check our more preview images after the jump…
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Preview: Brian Despain – “Tin Machines and Mercuric Dreams” @ Roq La Rue Gallery

In his first exhibit with Seattle-based Roq La Rue since 2009’s Requiarium (covered), Brian Despain (interviewed) is primed and ready with a whole bag of new tricks for his upcoming show next month. Opening Friday, February 11th, Tin Machines and Mercuric Dreams will continue to highlight the artist’s expertise with the brush, with a new series of brilliantly rendered oil paintings of his personable robot characters in desolate landscapes rife with iconography and symbolism for the viewer to draw meaning and inspiration from. This exhibit, […]

Openings: “Dark Pop 3.0″ @ Last Rites Gallery

The third installment of Last Rites Gallery’s annual group exhibition Dark Pop 3.0 opened this weekend in New York. The show brought together some intriguing work from a diverse group of names, whose work is either intimately or loosely synonymous with a pop art aesthetic within their various genres. With a directive to err on the darker end of the spectrum, such artists as Scott Musgrove, Mark Dean Veca, Buff Monster, Glenn Barr, Brian Despain, Esao Andrews and Gaia produced work that was decidedly foreboding, […]

Preview: “JEST in Time: The Phylogenesis of Clowns” Benefit @ Distinction Gallery

Clowns are different things to different people. Some have an intense fear of clowns (Coulrophobia), or for some, they are a source of amusement and entertainment. These costumed and masked performers are also fertile subject matter for artists (here and here), but the exhibition we are letting you know about this time, “JEST in Time: The Phylogenesis of Clowns”, will be a benefit show (with all profits to benefit ArtHatch and art scholarships at Palomar college). You can also get a clue as to what […]

Openings: “Lead Poisoning” & Jason D’Aquino Solo @ Last Rites Gallery

Earlier this month, Last Rites Gallery in New York hosted “Lead Poisoning”, a group show that included a surprisingly strong list of participants. Artists like David Stoupakis, Eric White (interviewed), Glenn Barr, Ron English (featured), Chet Zar, Esao Andrews (interviewed), Chris Mars, Greg Simkins (interviewed), Robert Williams, Brian Despain (interviewed) and many others contributed drawings to exhibition. Add in a solo show from Jason D’Aquino, who seems to work exclusively in graphite, and the evening was complete. Take a look at all the openings pics […]

Preview: Brian Despain – “Requiarium” @ Roq La Rue

Friday night, Brian Despain (interviewed) will be treating Seattle residents to his cadre of robots and their adventures.  Despain is able to imbue his mechanical characters with emotional depth as they interact with companions from the natural world set against an often lush background. Despain’s “Requiarium” is set to open Nov 12th at Roq La Rue alongside John Brophy’s “Saints and Angels.” More preview images after the jump.

Preview: “Monster?” Group Show @ Copro Gallery

Monsters are attacking Bergamot Station!  Well, at least for the similarly named group show at Copro Gallery this Saturday night curated by none other than Travis Louie (interviewed).  Well respected in the art world and a talented artist himself, Travis was able to put together an impressive list of participants for exhibition.  Not only did he include regulars like Audrey Kawasaki (interviewed), Ron English (featured), Dan May (interviewed), Kris Kuksi, Chet Zar, Brian Despain (interviewed), Ana Bagayan (featured), and Tessar Lo, he also made sure […]
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