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Interviews / Studio Visits: Sickboy

Sickboy’s red and yellow temples have been adorning Bristol’s dumpsters since the turn of the millennium.  Appearing like flowers blooming in the desert, their byzantine and seductive forms stand in stark contrast to the utilitarian and mundane objects on which they appear. The artist’s studio work has previously seen a broad array of cultural details filtered through a deeply surrealist imagination to create works which at one moment appear comforting and reassuring and at the next moment appear unnerving and unsettling. More recently, the canvases have seen […]

Showing: “Greatest Hits” Banksy Exhibition @ Lazinc

Last week, Lazinc in London opened a show featuring some of Banksy’s most iconic works (gleaned from private collections), focusing in on the 2002-2008 period of his career. Coinciding with some of the time Steve Lazarides spent as the elusive street artist’s photographer and gallerist, the work curated for the exhibition include stenciled canvases, unique paintings, sculptural pieces, limited-edition prints and more. Although not officially sanctioned by Banksy, the 40 or so pieces (supposedly not for sale) assembled along with Lazarides’ (who hasn’t spoken to the […]

Brad Kunkle // FindShadow App

Artist Brad Kunkle recently shared a piece he painted that holds deep meaning for him, inspired by the 39 days it took for him to be reunited with his lost dog Shadow in 2015. Entitled The Golden Corridor and embellished with the New York-based artist’s practice of using of gold leaf, the diptych is steeped in symbolism from circumstances surrounding the incident. The painting now hangs in the offices of FindShadow in Downtown Manhattan, an app Kunkle helped create when he realized technology could lead to […]

POW! WOW! Long Beach ’18: Papercut Lounge

As part of this year’s POW! WOW! Long Beach (more coverage here) the Papercut Lounge worked with a group of artists to make zines available to festival attendees (which you can still purchase online here). The popup space not only served as a shop but also featured a cascading installation of books by Olga Lah and a large painting from Brendan Monroe as well as hosted the kickoff and closing party for the week-long, city-wide event. Participants include: Bumblebeeloves you, The Draculas, B4Flight, Booooooom, Brenden Donahue, Benji Escobar, Grace, Sandro Grison, Yoon Hyup, Luna Ikuta, Jason Keam, Quang Le, Busy Birdy, Brendan Monroe, Persue, Quam […]

Showing: Zevs – “Supreme Même” @ Over The Influence (Hong Kong)

Returning to Hong Kong almost a decade after his last exhibition (and arrest) there (covered), Zevs currently has a show on view at Over The Influence. Entitled Supreme Même, the new body of work consisting of new canvas works, installation pieces, performance and sculpture mainly focuses in on the fetishized relationship between two powerhouse brands – Louis Vuitton and Supreme. Seen through the lens of his iconic “Liquidation” effect, the French artist continues his self defined goal questioning the power of brands by destabilizing their logos […]

Recap: POW! WOW! Long Beach 2018

POW! WOW! Long Beach finished up the public art for 2018 at the end of last month with another series of great murals and installations for fans of art in the Southern California city. Along with an associated group exhibition (covered) at the Long Beach Museum of Art held in partnership with Thinkspace Projects where a few of the works were installed, most of the pieces (including one from Andrew Hem) were scattered throughout the beach city. We will take a focused look at the installations from Spenser Little in a […]

Felice Varini Carcassonne Installation

Visible from May to September 2018, Felice Varini’s latest project is a striking installation at the medieval fortress of Carcassonne in Southern France. Spread on the west front of the city fortifications, 15 yellow circles (composed of temporary thin aluminium strips) all come together perfectly in the field of vision when standing facing one of the gates and is characteristic of the Swiss artist’s geometric perspective-localized paintings. The project from the Paris-based Varini celebrates the 20th anniversary of the inscription of the city on the world heritage […]

Previews: Cleon Peterson – “Blood & Soil” @ Over The Influence (LA)

Tomorrow (July 7th), Cleon Peterson will be opening a brutal new show at the Los Angeles location of Over The Influence. Featuring new acrylic-on-canvas paintings, small bronze sculptures, and one large-scale sculpture, Blood & Soil will continue the locally-based artist’s provocative treatise on the dynamics of power, violence, and oppression. Taking the title of the exhibition from a Nazi slogan, Peterson takes an unflinching look at the rise of nationalism, populist fervor, economic inequality, and political corruption where the lawbreakers and law enforcers are one and the same in today’s […]

Recap: Mark Jenkins – “BRD SHT” @ Lazinc

Just closing over the weekend in London, BRD SHT from Mark Jenkins (interviewed) filled Lazinc with clever sculptural works that mirror his public interventions. At times disconcerting because of the American artist’s use of the human form, the nine sculptural pieces were joined by three canvases and works on paper that also were a testament to his dark humor. Jenkins further explains – “BRD SHT, the show’s title, nods to a license plate in the film Brewster McCloud. In the film, it was a murderous substance and while I understand here […]

Previews: KAWS:HOLIDAY Project (Seoul)

Continuing to target the Asian market through which he has scored some record results as of late, KAWS will be unveiling a project (with support from LOTTE) soon with a return to Korea (see 2016). Along with one of the New York-based artist’s companion figures floating in Seoul’s Seokchon Lake, his Korean fans will also be pleased to know there will be an assortment of associated products released just in time for summer including a replica floating figure, inflatable pool bed, T-shirts, umbrella and towel. The 28 meter high inflatable […]
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