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Opening: Revok – “Los Angeles” @ Library Street Collective (LA)

Last week, fans of Revok witnessed the opening of his first solo show in LA at a popup space hosted by the Library Street Collective. Entitled simply and appropriately Los Angeles, the new body of work marked a homecoming for the local graffiti legend and consisted of a series of assemblage works which proved to be created with a further refinement in his technique and vision. Hand cutting wood pieces and putting together complex geometric shapes, the composition is then painted over in patterns that draw their influences from […]
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James Jean – “Psychic Temple” Library Project (Part II)

After introducing you last month to the Psychic Temple project from James Jean (interviewed), we now have an update with some on site photos for you to enjoy. A collaboration between the nomadic Jean and architect Brandon Shigeta, the intriguing undertaking is commissioned by interTrend in Long Beach for their new library. Take a look as he works on installing as well as hand-finishing the bookshelves and come back as we will have a final look for you when it’s completed. Photo credit: Quang Le. Discuss James Jean here.
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Upcoming: Aryz – “PARAL•LEL” (Los Angeles Popup)

On April 25th, Aryz will be opening a pop up show in Los Angeles (1340 E. 6th St.) from 8-10 pm entitled PARAL•LEL. The exhibition from the Barcelona-based muralist will feature the most extensive collection of indoor works to date. Divided into two rooms, the work in one will be a traditionally hung set of paintings while the other space promises to consist of a “high-energy onslaught of expressive works.” This separation plays on the title of the show, and refers to the non-intersecting parts and contradictions […]
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Streets: Ernest Zacharevic (Los Angeles)

After making his mark in Hawaii for POW! WOW!, Ernest Zacharevic traveled across the Pacific to spend some time in Los Angeles. While there, he worked on a mural in Culver City ( 3201 La Cienega Ave) on a building along with Nosego and Hueman, which was organized by Branded Arts. Featured a tattered Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs living out of a shopping cart, the new piece features the Lithuanian artist’s dry wit as well as his signature incorporation of found three-dimensional elements to his work. Discuss […]
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Streets: Miss Van x Dan Quintana x Victor Castillo x Esao Andrews (Los Angeles)

Last month, a group of friends got together to work on the walls of a costume shop on Fairfax Ave in West Hollywood. The project saw a street art legend in Miss Van teaming up with fellow artists who may not share the same experience getting up in the public arena but who feature the same surrealist vision in their artwork. Dan Quintana, Victor Castillo, and Esao Andrews more than held their own with the French artist, while also taking time to try on some […]
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Openings: Matzu / Tomokazu Matsuyama – “Come with me” @ Gallery Wendi Norris

Several weeks ago, Tomokazu Matsuyama (interviewed) opened his third solo show at Gallery Wendi Norris in San Francisco (previewed), titled Come with me. Featuring a nice selection of the artist’s iconic paintings, this latest from Matzu continues on his aesthetic wherein classical Japanese motifs join with contemporary “superflat” style and vibrant color choices for an expressive and dynamic showing of representative and abstract works. Comprised of new acrylic paintings on stretched canvas and sculptural works, the exhibiton will be on view until May 2nd (as well as a panel […]
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Interviews / Studio Visit: Ryan Hewett

Several weeks before opening his long awaited Europen debut on April 24th with The Unit London, we had a chance to talk with Ryan Hewett and have a peek at his process. His upcoming show is called Untitled and it features a collection of portraits of leading figures from the past and present who have somehow shaped civilization. Not limited to good or bad individuals, this unique body of work includes paintings of revered icons as Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and Abraham Lincoln, but also Adolf Hitler, […]
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Studio Visits: Shawn Huckins

When AM arrived at Shawn Huckins‘ studio in Denver’s trendy Lowry district, the paintings were finished, the oil dry and most already packed up and ready to send across town to Goodwin Fine Art for his solo show entitled American_tier opening April 17th (stay tuned for opening night coverage). Huckins is best known for his ability to engage viewers using classic style paintings of historical figures with overlaid text, the final piece being equal parts gorgeous portraiture and lighthearted humor. For each series, he has concentrated on a different period of […]
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Previews: “1st Annual Spring Group Exhibition” @ Baker + Hesseldenz Design

This Saturday night in Tucson, Arizona, Baker + Hesseldenz Design will be opening their 1st Annual Spring Group Exhibition. Featuring a respectable roster of familiar names as well as some new ones, the show includes work from Van Arno, Fabio d’Aroma, Mark Elliot, Frank Forte, Naoto Hattori, Fay Helfer, Michael Hussar, Hanna Jaeun, Tracy Lewis, Kathie Olivas, Brandt Peters, Roland Tamayo, Kristin Tercek, Helice Wen, and Yoskay Yamamoto (seen above).      
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Streets: El Mac “Ánimo Sin Fronteras” (El Paso)

Right after finishing his mural in Ciudad Juarez (covered), El Mac crossed over to El Paso and painted another striking portrait piece. Like the Juarense y Poderosa, Ánimo Sin Fronteras is also a homage to people from the US/Mex border region that suffered or lost someone to violence, corruption and injustice in the last near-decade. Ánimo Sin Fronteras (Spirit Without Borders), is created in his signature technique using only aerosol and fatcaps. This unique painting method require a high level of skills and can control, and […]
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