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Releases: James Jean x Staple – “Washizu” (Bone White Colorway)

If you missed out on the original release of James Jean’s (interviewed) Washizu figure last year, here’s your chance at the second iteration. The Bone White Colorway of the piece created for Staple’s 20th anniversary (produced by Jasper Wong and Mighty Jaxx) will be available starting 12 May 2018, 10am EDT in a 24-hour timed release ($369) with the edition size determined by the number of orders. Standing at 9.8” X 12” X 13, the figure was inspired by a character from Akira Kurosawa’s 1957 masterpiece – Throne of Blood. Head over here at […]

Kris Kuksi x US Marine Corps – “Battles Won” Sculptures

At the end of last year, Kris Kuksi revealed a series of three sculptures he worked on for the United States Marine Corps as part of their recruitment campaign. The Battles Won set features bronzes entitled Nation’s Call, Waged In Will, and the nearly seven feet tall At Their Core (seen in more detail here), which were later donated to the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Virginia where they can be viewed. Taking approximately seven months to complete, the intricate and richly layered mixed media works […]

Previews: “Le Carnival Des Animaux” @ Creatura House Gallery

Tonight (May 10th) in Seattle, Creatura House will be opening a group show entitled Le Carnival Des Animaux. With animals set as the theme, artists Peter Ferguson, Travis Louie (seen above), Josie Morway, Scott Musgrove, Kari-Lise Alexander, Lola Gil, Jim Blanchard, Demi Raven, and Jessica McCourt all contributed something for the exhibition. Take a look at more preview images below… Discuss Travis Louie here.        

Previews: Chris Konecki – “Head On A Swivel” @ 111 Minna

Tonight (May 4th) in San Francisco, Chris Konecki will be opening a new show alongside Sam Flores (covered) at 111 Minna. Head On A Swivel features Konecki’s assemblages of found and repurposed objects, mirroring the imagery found in his street murals. The gritty sculptural pieces are constructed dilapidated structures, boarded up windows, graffiti, barbed wire, fencing, and other elements of urban decay. Take a look at some more preview images below…

Previews: Tiffany Bozic – “The Five Elements” @ Talon Gallery

Tomorrow night (May 4th) at Talon Gallery in Portland, Tiffany Bozic will be opening a show alongside new work from Josh Keyes (covered). Her new pieces are centered around the idea of The Five Elements (Air, Earth, Fire, Water, ​Easther) of nature, filled with creatures of the wild rendered with exquisite detail and created with a geometric shape in mind. You can head here for an thoughtful explanation behind each piece – for example, the piece seen first is Earth – the cubed cross section of the evolutionary […]

Previews: Mark Drew – “What Goes On?” @ Spoke Art (New York)

On May 5th, Spoke Art’s New York location will be opening a new solo show from Mark Drew entitled What Goes On? The new body of work continues the Tokyo-based Australian artist’s instantly recognizable mashups of Peanuts comics and 90s rap lyrics, like the painting seen above featuring the rhymes of Nas. That piece, Maintain (Nas), will also released as a limited edition screen print and be available in person at the opening. Discuss Mark Drew here.

Upcoming: Sam Flores – “Where’d the Wild Things Go” @ 111 Minna

This Friday night (May 4th), Sam Flores (interviewed) will be opening a new exhibition at 111 Minna in San Francisco entitled Where’d the Wild Things Go. It’s been a minute since we last saw a show from the locally-based artist so it’s nice seeing the familiar elements of his imagery – the long faced costumed girls, oversized hands, ships, and more. Take a look at a few more preview images down below… Discuss Sam Flores here.

Overtime: April 23 – 29

More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): David Hockney painting to go on the block at Sotheby’s in May, with $20-$30m. estimate. Christie’s adds 22 Richard Diebenkorn works to May auctions in New York. Marc Chagall painting will not be sold, National Gallery says. Is stock market volatility good for the art market? How Danh Vo rocketed to market stardom with art designed to confound collectors. What you need to know about J.M.W. Turner, Britain’s great painter of tempestuous seas. […]

Previews: Camille Rose Garcia – “The Wonderful World of Dr. Deekay” @ Corey Helford Gallery

Following up on her show in 2016 (covered here & here), Camille Rose Garcia will be opening her solo soon in downtown Los Angeles at Corey Helford Gallery on May 12th entitled The Wonderful World of Dr. Deekay. As referenced by the title of the exhibition, the work centers around imagery from her new illustrated dystopian novel and stop motion animation documenting the horror of her real life dental experience of enduring “11 root canals, a full mouth reconstruction, gum surgery, and finally a bad reaction to an anti-anxiety pill […]

Art Focus: Stephen Fox

Fascinated by the play of light within the nighttime landscape ever since he was a young boy, Stephen Fox has taken that interest and translated it into a career of painting. In particular, we were drawn to the Brooklyn-based artist’s The Drive-Ins series of works that depict various nostalgic scenes of outdoor theaters steeped with an air of mystery. Interestingly enough, a good number of these pieces seem to have made it into the hands of producers, which makes sense due to the subject matter, including Larry Mark (producer […]
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