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Openings: Cleon Peterson – “Poison” @ Library Street Collective

Over the weekend, the Library Street Collective hosted the opening for a new show from Cleon Peterson in Detroit. Poison features new paintings featuring nightmarish scenes of violence and gore, nothing new to fans of the former assistant to Shepard Fairey. What is new though are the sculptural editions that Peterson has included in the new body of work, a natural next step to bringing his provocative imagery to life. Photo credit: Sal Rodriguez. Discuss this show here. Discuss Cleon Peterson here.
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Upcoming: “LAX / LHR” @ Stolenspace

This Thursday night, September 3rd, is the opening reception for LAX / LHR, a continuing series of shows (also see Hong Kong, SF, Berlin, Detroit) curated by Thinkspace Gallery in Los Angeles. This iteration will be co-curated by Stolenspace and held at their London showspace featuring the usual format of 12″ x 12″ works from each artist. Participants contributing 12″ x 12″ pieces include Aaron Nagel, Adam Caldwell, Alex Yanes, Alexis Diaz, Allison Sommers, Amanda Marie, Andrew McAttee, Andy Kehoe, Angry Woebots, Anthony Clarkson, Arth Daniels, Atsuko Goto, Baghead, Beau Stanton, Bec Winnel, […]
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Streets / Update: Josh Keyes @ Forest For The Trees (Portland)

You may recall our previous coverage of the annual Forest For The Trees mural festival in Portland (see 2013, 2014). This year’s edition is well underway now and includes a lineup of Josh Keyes (seen here working what looks like a larger version of his The Collector painting), Andrew Hem, Blaine Fontana, Insa, Joram Roukes, Low Bros, Rustam Qbic, and Troy Lovegates, just to name a few. If you are anywhere in the area, head over to show your support (locations here) or you can follow the progress […]
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Upcoming: FriendsWithYou x Netflix – “True & the Rainbow Kingdom”

Slated for release in early 2017 is a new animated series on Netflix from FriendsWithYou called True & the Rainbow Kingdom. Those familiar with the Los Angeles-based collective’s imagery will agree that their characters and visual language would be perfect for a kids show. Now with the help of Pharrell Williams’ creative venture i am OTHER, Home Plate Entertainment, and GURU Studios, the story created will center on a girl name True with the target being the preschool set. FWY further states – “As artists, we really had no […]
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Studio Visits: Brendan Monroe – “Morphology” @ Heath Ceramics (San Francisco)

Last week, AM had the opportunity to visit Heath Ceramics in San Francisco where Brendan Monroe (interviewed) was hard at work in the upstairs workshop on an upcoming show. Opening September 25th in the ceramics studio and store’s Bay Area Boiler Room, Morphology will reveal months of work the Oakland-based artist has put in testing his limits with larger pieces, carefully choosing glazes, and bringing to life (in three dimensions) concepts and elements of his visual language. Judging from what we saw as well as his show at the Los Angeles Heath […]
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Releases: Cleon Peterson Sculptural Editions

In association with his upcoming show in Detroit, Cleon Peterson has released a series of sculptural editions for fans who want to see his brutal imagery taken to the third dimension. The three offered sculpts come in an edition of ten in three different colorways (black, white, and gold), mirroring the palette of the provocative artist’s paintings. Ranging from $1500 – $2500, contact the  Library Street Collective if you are interested in adding one to your collection. Discuss this show here. Discuss Cleon Peterson here.
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Upcoming: Dan Quintana – “Diffused” @ Hashimoto Contemporary

On this Saturday, August 29th, Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco will welcome in painter Dan Quintana for a new solo show. Diffused will feature almost a dozen new oil paintings and several charcoal drawings on paper, ghostly and surreal portraiture that show off the Los Angeles-based artist’s eye for detail as well his exploration of some more abstract elements. Rounding out the show will be a site-specific mural painted in the gallery space. Discuss this show here. Discuss Dan Quintana here.
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Upcoming: Mars-1 Sculptures @ Burning Man

Taking his bronze sculptures to the next level, Mars-1 (featured) has prepped three massive new pieces for this year’s Burning Man. The eclectic week-long annual event in Northern Arizona has seen the San Francisco-based artist’s organic imagery before (see 2010), but nothing in three dimensions. Take a look at some glimpses below of what else awaits travelers at the end of the month. Photo credit: Furtherrr, Jacob Just, and the artist. Discuss Mars-1 here.
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Upcoming: Mark Whalen – “Trapazoid” @ KP Projects // MKG

Coming up on September 12th, Mark Whalen will continue his longstanding collaboration with KP Projects // MKG (see 2012, 2014) on a new show entitled Trapazoid. The new series of works continues his signature exploration of geometrical and mathematical concepts, mixed in with a heavy dose provocative human behavior. He further states – “My work is an interpretation of the modern era. I like to really explore all aspects of human activity and behavior through the paintings. Whether it be ideas of invention, science, sexual desire, […]
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Banksy – “Dismaland” @ Tropicana (Weston Super Mare – UK), The Galleries

Along with main attractions (covered) of the fairground such as the game of tipping an anvil with a ping pong ball, sculptures and installations by Banksy scattered around the site, Dismaland has a large art gallery. Obviously, we’re not talking about the white cube kind of presentation, which is referenced by the ruined white walls in the main space, but still, this exhibition “comprise the finest collection of contemporary art ever assembled in a North Somerset seaside town.” The gallery show begins with Jenny Holzer’s electronic […]
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