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Previews: Eric Joyner – “Glazed Machinations” @ Corey Helford Gallery

Continuing his annual showings at Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles, Eric Joyner (interviewed) will be returning for another solo on June 23rd. Cleverly entitled Glazed Machinations, the new body of work perfectly encapsulates what inspires him to paint – robots and donuts. Whether it be his signature Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots or incorporating the iconic Randy’s Donuts into his imagery, Joyner always finds novel new adventures for his two “muses” as well as unique ways for them to interact. Discuss Eric Joyner here.

Previews: “LAX/PDX” Curated By Thinkspace @ Antler Gallery

On June 9th, a massive group show will open at Antler Gallery in Portland entitled LAX/PDX. The exhibition is the 13th iteration of an effective way Thinkspace shares their roster of artists around the world by curating exhibitions for their friends at different galleries. You can see a full list of the artists below and some preview images but a few things that caught our eyes included another shark from Josh Keyes (seen above), a timely piece from OakOak, Matthew Grabelsky taking his animals off the subway, Mark Dean […]

Previews: Erin M. Riley – “Used Tape” @ P·P·O·W

Tonight in New York, P·P·O·W will be hosting the opening of a new solo from Erin M. Riley (interviewed) entitled Used Tape. Continuing to tackle issues that have become even more timely in this #metoo era, the Brooklyn-based artist uses her weaving skills to depict imagery that pushing the boundaries of the traditional medium. Riley’s large scale tapestries deal with deeply personal subject matter such as the “difficulty of womanhood, objectification of the female body, and traumas both large and small that weigh the search for self identity.” Discuss […]

Interviews: BLO – ‘Anywhere, Out Of This Mind’ @ Galerie 42b

Berlin based artist BLO, from the Da Mental Vaporz crew, is currently showing a new exhibition entitled Anywhere, Out Of This Mind at Galerie 42b in Paris. We asked him a few questions to find out more. AM: How long have you been preparing for this show? BLO: After a year experimenting with abstraction, and following my artistic residency in Perpignan (FR) in November/December 2017, I decided to return my focus to figurative painting while exploring fragmented compositions. So, I have been preparing for my current show […]

Upcoming: Ben Tolman @ Jonathan LeVine Projects

Coming up on June 23rd, Ben Tolman will be opening a new show of his incredibly detailed drawings at Jonathan LeVine Projects in New Jersey. The American artist’s artistic vision takes Escher-like influences and combines with them a urban sensibility as well as surreal elements, leading to frenetic compositions that overwhelm the eye in a way that’s uniquely his own. Making an appearance every now and then in Tolman’s imagery are these grid-like structures (like these teaser images from the upcoming exhibition pictured above and below) of […]

Recap: Peter Opheim @ Hankyu Umeda Gallery

Between the 9th and 15th of May, Peter Opheim held a show at Hankyu Umeda Gallery in Osaka, Japan, as a part of a larger project called New York Art. The showcase is organized by the HPGRP Gallery Tokyo/New York and is his third solo presentation this year after exhibitions in Taipei and Moscow. For this showing, the Brooklyn-based artist created a large series of some 30 paintings and 60 works on paper, introducing his ongoing series of Play-Doh inspired creatures. Depicted as simple assemblages of crude […]

Releases: Rob Sato – “Everything is Happening All at Once All of the Time For Every Reason II” Print

On sale until May 28th at 10 am is a new print from Rob Sato entitled Everything is Happening All at Once All of the Time For Every Reason II. Sized at 20″ x 14.5″ and priced at $75, the image chosen is based off one of the Los Angeles-based artist’s surreal watercolors. Featured in the piece are in his words “a fart monk, toilet selfie, cat eats merman, consensual inter-species doing-it, beheadings, depth perception, Elle snipping cigarette tips, beach witches, leg soup, and sexy handshakes. Discuss Rob Sato […]

Showing: Palms Casino – “Dust to Gold” Renovation

As part of the $620 million “Dust to Gold” renovation at the Palms Casino Resort, an impressive collection ranging from blue-chip works to street art murals was acquired, commissioned, and deployed throughout the hotel. Combined with pieces on loan from owners Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, the over 150 artworks fill every part of the casino – from the Damien Hirst shark above the Unknown Bar against a backdrop of his dots (seen above), to the KAWS statue outside the steakhouse, to the Felipe Pantone mural at the new Pearl Concert […]

Previews: Scott Listfield – “ALGORITHM” @ Spoke Art (SF)

Coming up on June 2nd, ALGORITHM from Scott Listfield will open at Spoke Art in San Francisco. The Massachusetts-based painter’s ever present astronaut will be seen wondering the post-apocalyptic landscape of the Bay Area, populated by drones, self driving vehicles, robots. Pondering a future devoid of human life yet teeming with tech allows Listfield to ask questions like – “Just because we can do something, does that mean we should? What is technology without the human component? What kind of problems are we solving?” Interested in […]

Openings: Greg “Craola” Simkins – “The Escape Artist” @ KP Projects

Last weekend, Greg “Craola” Simkins (featured) opened his latest solo with KP Projects in West Hollywood entitled The Escape Artist. This was also the name of the large showstopper, the locally-based artist’s painting that took center stage while exploring the above and below water creatures of his world. Seen in this new body of work, which is kind of a prequel to some of his shows in the past, are some unusual eggs, the precursors to some of the fantastical bird seen in his imagery. Also making an appearance were […]