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Showing: Mike Lee – “Rebound” @ Giant Robot

From April 29th until May 18th, Giant Robot 2 welcomes back Mike Lee with another show of his unmistakable oils on paper, mylar and canvas. Rebound continues the body of work from his previous solo with the Los Angeles-based gallery, Repose, and is in particular focused on love. Using the softness of oil as a major feature, his monochromatic images feature faceless and featureless characters in various settings. For this particular exhibition, Lee focused on feelings of ambiguity, reliance, longing, and hope, as a reaction to his personal experiences in the past […]

Previews: “TONDO” @ Spoke Art (SF)

This Saturday night, May 6th, Spoke Art in San Francisco will be opening a new group show entitled TONDO. As the name of the exhibition suggests, over 50 artists were asked to contribute works that were round with creative license to use their own style and imagery. Take a look at examples of the works below (and above from Amy Sol) and make plans to hit the opening if you are in the Bay Area this weekend.        

Showing: Rosson Crow – “The Happiest People on Earth” @ Honor Fraser Gallery

Currently at Honor Fraser Gallery in Los Angeles, Rosson Crow has on display a series of new paintings in a show entitled The Happiest People on Earth. The new mixed-media works (acrylic, spray-paint, photo transfer, oil, and enamel on canvas) sees the locally-based artist step away from the surreal interiors she is known, moving in a new direction featuring “desert landscapes set in a future overwhelmed by the refuse of the paranoid present.” Created in the leadup to the 2016 presidential election and influenced by the post-apocalyptic mood […]

Previews: Javier Calleja – “Hi” @ AishoNanzuka gallery

After being introduced at Nanzuka Gallery’s booth at the recent Art Basel in Hong Kong, Javier Calleja will be opening a solo show with AishoNanzuka Gallery on the 13th of May (also in Hong Kong). Hi will be the official Asian debut by the Spanish artist and will include a large body of work created especially for this occasion. Over the years, Calleja has been playing with formats and mediums, creating work that is surprising and humorous. Though pretty simple at first, his newest drawings and paintings pay a lot of […]

Previews: Nathaniel Mary Quinn – “On That Faithful Day” @ Half Gallery

On May 2nd, Half Gallery will be opening long time coming NYC solo debut by Nathaniel Mary Quinn. Conceived as an ode to his mom, On That Faithful Day consists of nine works on paper and one painting on linen canvas, all portraying the artist’s late mother and himself. Following his body of work that heavily references his childhood and experiences, this very personal showcase is focused on the most important person in the American artist’s life. Using individual memories, experiences and narratives, Quinn paints his subjects from […]

Overtime: April 24 – April 30

More stories from the week that ended April 30 (click on bolded words for more information): RIP: Vito Acconci, who passed away at the age of 77. Jerry Saltz writes about the artist. RIP: Chris Oh, who passed away at the age of 35. RIP: Bill Fisher, who passed away at the age of 59. Doubts over whether Berlin can afford a MoMA of its own. Metropolitan Museum of Art considering charging a mandatory admission fee to tourists. Tate criticized for soliciting donations from staff towards Nicholas […]

Previews: Gehard Demetz – “Introjection” @ Jack Shainman Gallery

Tonight (April 27th) at 524 West 24th Street location of Jack Shainman Gallery in New York, Gehard Demetz will be opening a new solo show entitled Introjection. The new sculptures from the Northern Italy-based artist are created in his signature fashion of assembling the works from small modular units of wood, kind of like building blocks. Inspired by the title of the show, a psychoanalytic term for when a person unconsciously takes on behaviors or attributes of other people or of the surrounding world, Demetz has created a intriguing selection […]

Showing: Haroshi – “GUZO” @ Nanzuka gallery

Nanzuka Gallery in Tokyo recently opened the long awaited solo by local artist Haroshi (featured). After many successful shows worldwide, Guzo is the first major exhibition for the artist in his hometown. For this showing, the Japanese artist worked on a new concept and created a series of over 20 figurines carved from salvaged skate decks. After trying several different techniques of repurposing old skateboards over the years, Haroshi went back to the original concept of compressing multiple boards together and then using the resulting solid wooden slab as carving material. Through […]

Showing: Aaron Johnson – “Gone Fishin'” @ Joshua Liner Gallery

On 20th of April, Aaron Johnson opened Gone Fishin’, his first solo with Joshua Liner Gallery. For this showcase, the Brooklyn-based artist prepared a whole new body of diverse work that includes his unorthodox approach to painting and creating art work in general. The idea of the exhibition is to take a different approach to the traditional image of Americana and leisure lifestyle that goes with it. From fishing and hunting, all the way to America’s favorite snacks, Johnson pulled the stereotypical imagery through his own recognizable […]

Showing: Mitar Matich – “Encaustics” @ Galerija Juraj Klovich

On April 13th, Mitar Matich introduced his latest body of work at Juraj Klovich Gallery in Rijeka, Croatia. Named after the ancient technique of hot wax painting, Encaustics consists of mostly medium and large size works depicting wildlife caught with camera traps. These pieces are the continuation of the Croatian artist’s constant experimenting with different techniques and approaches to creating work. Though not very popular nowadays, encaustic technique was used extensively in the past from Egyptian mummy portraits all the way to works of 20th-century North American artists, to artists in […]