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Preview: Group Exhibition @ David B. Smith Gallery

After a short hiatus, the David B. Smith Gallery will be hosting a new group exhibition tomorrow night (August 3rd) that touts an intriguing lineup of artists. In addition to new works by returning artists Molly Dilworth, AJ Fosik, Ryan McLennan, Regan Rosburg, Paul Jacobsen, Dena Schuckit, Cole Sternberg, and Jason Thielke, the showing also features excerpts from John Houck’s Aggregates series, a captivating oil painting from Jonathan Viner (seen above), a portrait by Mark Dean Veca of the infamous Mr. Hankey, of South Park fame, new work […]

Art Focus: Toyin Odutola

Our midweek Art Focus is on an artist new to AM – Nigerian-born, American artist Toyin Odutola. Using only pen and ink on paper, the tools of her trade create a novel look to her portraits which explore ideas of race and refers to skin as geography and terrain where she uses to draw on their individualities and experiences. She is currently in a group show at the Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico entitled  Afro: Black Identity in America and Brazil “highlighting work by three Afro Brazilian artists […]

Rewind: July 23 – July 29

Leading off this week’s summary of videos is this time-lapse (via Savage Habit) from the Volvo Switzerland as seven Chinese artists paint and repaint the new Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid. The event was held at the Zurich Main Station and featured the work of Shadow Chen, Wang Meng, Sally Zou, Honghua, Hua Tunan, Left, Shan Jiang & MEGAMUNDEN. Other notable videos include: A look at LX.ONE’s process(via Nuart). Estevan Oriol interviewed by Label Pushers. Avante/Garde Diaries’s video of Aaron Rose talks about art and Watts Tower (via Los […]

Preview: James “Dalek” Marshall – “STABILIMENTUM” @ Hurley H SPACE Gallery

Tomorrow night (July 31st), in celebration of the US Open of Surfing 2012 (also see PUSH’s effort) and launch of the Phantom Fuse boardshort, Hurley presents STABILIMENTUM, an immersive new installation from James “Dalek” Marshall (interviewed). The event kicks off from 6-9PM at the Hurley H SPACE Gallery in Costa Mesa with a floor-to-ceiling display from Dalek which recalls his other shows at the gallery (see Prism Break & Psych Optic Black Light Fuzz). In addition to the art itself, the exhibit will feature a display of the Phantom Fuse-inspired product […]

Upcoming: “Summer Group Exhibition” @ Joshua Liner Gallery

With the opening reception set for this Thursday, August 2nd, it’s about time we told you about the Summer Group Exhibition at the Joshua Liner Gallery. The attractive lineup includes artists Alfred Steiner, Clayton Brothers, Cleon Peterson, Damon Soule, Daniel Rich, David Ellis, Ian Francis (seen above), Jean-Pierre Roy, Kris Kuksi, Mars-1, Oliver Vernon, Pema Rinzin, Riusuke Fukahori, Tat Ito, Tiffany Bozic, and Tomokazu Matsuyama. If this is any indication of what to expect from the upcoming art season from the gallery, New Yorkers will […]

Teaser: Matt Small – “Seen and Heard” @ Blackall Studios

On August 10th, a new series of works from Matt Small (interviewed) will be on display at Blackall Studios in London. Presented by Moniker Projects, the paintings are collectively entitled Seen and Heard, also the name of the youth empowerment project the UK-based artist has been working on. The portraits which seem to be formed by a kaleidoscopic swirl of colors are of the young people that Small has been putting through his workshops where they are challenged to think of what positive words they would apply to themselves […]

Overtime: July 23 – July 29

Stories of the week: The Village Voice visits Chuck Close on occasion of his upcoming Pace Gallery show. Original cover for Amazing Spiderman no. 328 by Todd McFarlane sells for record $675,250. RIP – Franz West, who has been sick for quite some time, dies at age 65. RIP – Herbert Vogel dies at the age of 89. Judd Tully looks back on the life of Herbert Vogel. RIP – Karl Benjamin, who died at the age of 86. Roberta Smith finally comments on the […]

Openings: Kamea Hadar – “White Dreams” @ Loft In Space

Last weekend, the our friend Kamea Hadar opened a new solo show at the Loft In Space gallery in Hawaii. Kamea is one of the people who has been instrumental in planning the annual POW WOW art festival (covered) in Oahu and is an artist himself. For this new body of work entitled White Dreams, he put together a series of paintings that deal with his personal experiences with his Jewish and island upbringing. As such, his new paintings reflect influences from both background and include a wall to ceiling installation.

Art Focus: Jill Sylvia

This week’s artist who we want to introduce to you in our Art Focus feature is Jill Sylvia. The American artist uses an unusual medium – ledger paper – to create famous buildings in the United States utilizing a painstaking and time-consuming process. The symbolism of her raw materials is not lost on the viewers as she explores ideas of greed, debt, financial responsibility, and economics with a sort of an artistic hijacking of the idea of “accounting.” For those who are interested, head over […]

Teaser: “Cheer Up! It’s not the end of the world…” @ Edinburgh Printmakers

On August 2nd, the Edinburgh Printmakers will be opening a group show entitled Cheer Up! It’s not the end of the world… Included is work from artists Ricky Allman, Martin Barrett, Gordon Cheung, Etienne Clément, Jake & Dinos Chapman, David Faithfull, Damien Hirst, Konstantin Kalinovich, Kris Kuksi, Lori Nix and Andy Warhol that explore ideas “bout the end of the world, apocalypse, finality, the death of thought, or related eschatological concerns.” As a advanced look at the show, we have photos of Alpine Equestrian, a new mixed media […]