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Previews: Jim Houser & Jeremy Fish – “New Works” @ Thinkspace Gallery

Tomorrow night (June 25th) in Los Angeles, Thinkspace will be opening a joint show from Jim Houser (work seen above) & Jeremy Fish. Both the Philly-based Houser and SF-based Fish have iconic aesthetics and became the artists they are through their love for drawing, music, and skate culture. And, they have both evolved their work to include dimensionality with Houser adding paraphernalia and installations to further expand his visual language and iconography, while Fish has included sculptural works as well as custom framing. Take a look at […]
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Previews: Edwin Ushiro – “Capturing What Still Glimmers” @ Giant Robot 2

Tomorrow night at Giant Robot 2 in Los Angeles, Edwin Ushiro (interviewed) will be opening a new solo show entitled Capturing What Still Glimmers. Employing a laborious and unique technique (mark making and painting, then scanning and outputting to acrylic, Lucite or Plexiglass and then painted once again), the locally based artist is able to achieve a luminosity and ethereal quality to his work. The dream-like effect only enhances the nostalgic feel to his imagery as it harkens back to the experiences of his youth and the myths of Hawaii where he once resided. […]
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Openings: James Bullough – “Breaking Point” @ Thinkspace Gallery

Last month, at the same time as Curiot’s immersive showing at Thinkspace Gallery, the Berlin-based James Bullough also presented an all new set of works. Collectively entitled Breaking Point, the new paintings are classic examples of the American artist’s fragmented portraiture. Inspired by “moments in life, good or bad, that hit like a flash, break you down and rearrange your parts, when everything seems to change in an instant,” Bullough’s new pieces feature his levitating characters, rendered with glitchy overlapping segments. Photo credit: Birdman Photos. Discuss James Bullough here.
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Openings: Jedediah Voltz – “Somewhere Small” @ Virgil Normal

Back in April, Virgil Normal in Los Angeles hosted a brief showing of miniature “tree” houses from Jedediah Voltz. His whimsical structures embedded in the branches of common household plants (such as succulents) featured a high level of detail to include tiny furniture, pots, rugs, and other accessories. As a creative outlet for his commercial prop making experience, the series of tiny domiciles is obviously a labor of love, something his audience appreciated leading to an almost sold out opening night. Discuss Jedediah Voltz here.
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Openings: Curiot – “Warped Passage” @ Thinkspace Gallery

On May 28th, Thinkspace Gallery opened a new solo show by Favio Martinez aka Curiot, along with solo shows by James Bullough and UR New York. For his third solo show with the gallery, the Michoacán artist prepared a collection of new paintings, two new digital editions, an adventurous installation, as well as an offsite mural completed for the RFK Schools project with Branded Arts. Warped Passage features one of the gallery’s most intense install takeovers ever as the Curiot painted the walls and floors of the gallery, blending […]
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Openings: Greg Simkins – “Beyond Shadows” @ KP Projects // MKG & Launch LA

Last month, KP Projects // MKG in West Hollywood hosted the opening for the latest solo from Greg “Craola” Simkins (featured). Entitled Beyond Shadows, the new pieces continue the locally-based artist’s surreal explorations of hybrid creatures rendered in a vivid palette. Also included were a some paintings from his series featuring his Stab E. Mack switchblade characters. Photo credit: Birdman Photos. Discuss Greg Simkins here.
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Previews: Jim McKenzie – “Lost Magic” @ Copro Gallery

On June 4th, Copro Gallery in Los Angeles will be presenting the debut solo show from artist and animation commercial director Jim McKenzie. Although the sculptural hybrids from the New York-based artist has a whimsical aspect to them, there is also a darker side to his work. He further explains – “I wanted to showcase the intersection where beauty and sadness intertwine within. I’ve chosen to create contrasting hybrids and though they have these brilliant colors and seemingly majestic qualities, ultimately, they are all outcasts. […]
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Upcoming: Edwin Ushiro – “Capturing What Still Glimmers” @ Giant Robot 2

On June 18th, Edwin Ushiro (interviewed) will be opening a new solo show at Giant Robot 2 in Los Angeles. Just in time for summer, Capturing What Still Glimmers features nostalgic imagery from the artist’s youth growing up in Hawaii. Utilizing a unique process and technique, the locally-based painter’s work glows with an ethereal translucent quality that must be seen in person to be fully appreciated. Discuss this show here. Discuss Edwin Ushiro here.
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Streets: RFK Mural Festival (Los Angeles)

Currently at the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools (701 S. Catalina St.) a massive mural festival put on by Branded Arts is underway. Featuring murals from artists including Shepard Fairey, Kenny Scharf, Jeff Soto (seen above), Sam Flores, Hueman, David Flores, Greg Mike, Curiot, Mad Steez, Cyrcle, Andrew Hem, Mear One, Risk, Yoskay Yamamoto. James Bullough, Beau Stanton, Hebru Brantley, Hush, Charlie Edmiston, Colette Miller, Rob Hill, Dallas Clayton, Clinton Bopp, James Haunt, Jonas Never, Josh Everhorn, Baker’s Son, Jose Maradiaga-Andrade, and Paige Smith, the event […]
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Studio Visits: Greg Simkins – “Beyond Shadows” @ KP Projects // MKG & Launch LA

Leading up to his show opening tomorrow night at KP Projects // MKG, we had a chance to take a peek at Greg “Craola” Simkins (featured) prepping for the show in his studio. Entitled Beyond Shadows, the new solo will include detailed works focused on his surreal characters, some “drip script” pieces, and some new paintings of his favorite switchblade Stab E. Mack. The exhibition will take over the entire West Hollywood Gallery as well as upstairs area where Launch LA is located. Photo credit: Birdman Photos. Discuss Greg Simkins here.
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