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Openings: Mel Kadel – “Tied Up” @ Merry Karnowsky Gallery

We last caught up with Mel Kadel back in 2012 when she presented a solo show at the Merry Karnowsky Gallery in Los Angeles. Last weekend, her works returned to the same space for another exhibition entitled Tied Up,  opening on the same night as Andrew Hem’s show. In her new paintings, Kadel continues to explore, along with her recognizable character, a folksy world created by patterns and repetitive motifs. This time around, the pieces created on hand-stained paper revolve around the notion referenced to […]

Showing: Yoshitomo Nara @ Blum & Poe

Over the weekend, AM stopped by Blum & Poe in Culver City to check out the new expansive exhibition from Yoshitomo Nara. The solo is the Japanese artist’s seventh with the gallery and includes a selection of new paintings, a series of large-scale bronze sculptures, and a survey in the upstairs space of drawings made over the last thirty years displayed in a chronological order. Definitely make plans to stop by if you are in the area before the close date of April 12th. Discuss this show here. Discuss Yoshitomo […]

Showing: Cleon Peterson – “End of Days” @ New Image Art

Returning to the site of his 2010 Los Angeles solo (covered), Cleon Peterson brought his hard-hitting imagery for his currently showing exhibition at New Image Art entitled End of Days. The collection of paintings feature a limited palette of black & white or black & red, making the brutal details all the more evident when rendered in a uniform color scheme. Check out this shadowy world of violence influenced by the writings of Jung and Nietzsche for yourself before the show closes on April 12th. Discuss Cleon Peterson here.  

Openings: Andrew Hem – “Dream But Don’t Sleep” @ Merry Karnowsky Gallery

On Saturday night, the Merry Karnowsky Gallery opened their doors to an impressive new solo show from Andrew Hem (interviewed). Always willing to experiment with new imagery and to work on new ideas, the fresh paintings are powerful and full of vivid colors, a dream like distillation of his experiences and travels through the years. In addition, he has included a series of works are based on his studio, a theme that also rounds out the show in the form an installation at the entrance of the showspace.  Take […]

Previews: Daniel Arsham – “Kick the Tires and Light the Fires” @ OHWOW Gallery

On April 5th, the OHWOW Gallery in Los Angeles will be hosting new works from Daniel Arsham entitled Kick the Tires and Light the Fires. The American artist is known for his sculptural “relics” that take modern items and recreates it in such a way that makes it appear as it would if found in the future as part of an archeological dig as well as works based off himself that resemble the victims of Pompeii. Take a look at some more preview images below… Discuss Daniel Arsham here.

Previews: Yoshitomo Nara @ Blum & Poe

It looks like Takashi Murakami has been by to check out the setup of Yoshitomo Nara’s new solo show at Blum & Poe, and so should you tomorrow night (March 1st) when it opens (6-8pm). This latest exhibition will be the seventh one with the Los Angeles showspace and will feature lush new paintings, large-scale bronze sculptures, and a survey of approximately two hundred drawings made over the last thirty years. Take a look at another shot of the setup below as well as some preview […]

Openings: Risk & Nathan Ota – “Innocence Lost” @ Corey Helford Gallery

A couple weekends ago, old friends RISK (interviewed) and Nathan Ota opened up a show together at the Corey Helford Gallery. Displaying their collaborative efforts (like the paintings seen in 2011 in LA & SF), the two artists put together a cohesive new body of work that features RISK’s deconstructive color washes & lettering along with Ota’s surreal characters. Take a look at more photos from the opening of Innocence Lost below… Discuss Risk here. Discuss Nathan Ota here.

Upcoming: Andrew Hem – “Dream But Don’t Sleep” @ Merry Karnowsky Gallery

After seeing the sweet wave breakdancer that Andrew Hem (interviewed) painted for a show (covered) during POW! WOW! Hawaii, we are really looking forward to his exhibition opening next month at Merry Karnowsky Gallery. Entitled Dream But Don’t Sleep, the exhibition will feature the Los Angeles based artist’s dream-like paintings, always inspired by his Asian heritage as well as his travels and personal experiences. Make sure you RSVP with the gallery if you would like to attend the opening on March 8th. Discuss Andrew Hem here.
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Upcoming: Fuco Ueda – “Kioku No Hana (Flower Of Memory)” @ Thinkspace Gallery

Expanding on and showing a series last seen during a show in Tokyo last year, the luminous works of Fuco Ueda will be making a rare appearance in the Los Angeles area. On March 29th, the Thinkspace Gallery will be hosting Kioku No Hana or Flower Of Memory from the Japanese painter featuring her young girls positioned in a bizarre world filled with bold electric colors, flora, and fauna – dominated by flowers in this instance. Discuss this show here. Discuss Fuco Ueda here.

Openings: Joao Ruas – “VERSO” @ Thinkspace

Showing through this weekend at the Thinkspace Gallery in Culver City is VERSO, a new solo show from Joao Ruas. The Brazilian artist presented a diverse set of works including his largest work to date (seen above), a wall mural & installation, etchings, polaroids, backlit pieces, and more utilizing mediums such as acrylic, watercolor, pen, pencil, and gouache. Head over for a look this week if you have time as the exhibition features some of Ruas’ most powerful and haunting imagery to date. Photo credit: Sam Graham. Discuss this show here. Discuss Joao Ruas here.