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Releases: Luke Chueh – “The Prisoner (Oxycontin)” Figure

This Saturday (February 25th, 5-9pm), Luke Chueh (interviewed) will be releasing the OxyContin 20Mg variant of The Prisoner figure based on one of his paintings. The pink version features one of the Los Angeles-based artist’s signature sad bears sitting entrapped in a pill bottle (just like his Vicodin edition). Those attending can expect drinks, music, food, giveaways, as well as a associated print release. Discuss Luke Chueh here.
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Recap: Michael Page – “Nostalgia Kills” @ Corey Helford Gallery

Recently in Los Angeles, Michael Page (interviewed) had a show on display that just closed at the Corey Helford Gallery. Nostalgia Kills features fourteen new acrylic and oil paintings that take a look back at childhood – if your childhood was a surreal dreamscape exploding with a vibrant color palette. Page further explains – “Now that I am a father and get to play with my kids everyday, I get to see the world and all its wonders through their eyes. As I look back over the years […]
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Previews: Alex Gross – “Antisocial Network” @ Corey Helford Gallery

This Saturday night (February 25th), Alex Gross (interviewed) will be presenting a new body of work collectively entitled Antisocial Network to his fans in Los Angeles. Hosted by Corey Helford Gallery, the new paintings continue to explore the pervasion of technology and social media in our lives and its deleterious effects of pulling us apart instead of bringing us closer together. His characters often have a distracted look on their face as they use cell phones (or even VR headsets) or just seem lost in their own thoughts or […]
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Overtime: Feb 13 – Feb 19

More stories from the week that ended Feb 19 (click on bolded words for more information): Doug Aitken’s MIRAGE, composed of reflective mirrored surfaces, unveils next week as part of Desert X. RIP: Jannis Kounellis, who passed away at the age of 80. RIP: Dick Bruna, who passed away at the age of 89. RIP: Jiro Taniguchi, who passed away at the age of 69. House of the Chaste Lovers to open from Feb 11 to 14 before closing for four-year restoration project. Erich Klahn heirs win court battle that will […]
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POW! WOW! Hawaii ’16 / Showing: Exploring The New Contemporary Movement” @ Honolulu Museum of Art School

Showing in associated POW! WOW! Hawaii through the tomorrow at the Honolulu Museum of Art School is the 4th annual Exploring The New Contemporary Movement group exhibition (see 2016 & 2015 & 2014) curated by Thinkspace. Artists were asked to contribute 12 x 12″ pieces leading to a visually conforming display of works. Rounding things out was a showcase for Shok-1 (seen below) and a Homer Simpson x Banksy parody installation by Oak Oak (seen above). Other participants include: Aaron Li-Hill, ABCNT, Alex Garant, Alex Yanes, Amy Sol, Baghead, Brian M. Viveros, Brian Washburn, Brooks Salzwedel, Bumblebeelovesyou, Carl Ashman, Christopher […]
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Releases: Kris Kuksi – “Claudius” Figure

Through Joshua Liner Gallery, Kris Kuksi recently released the first limited edition figure from what will an ongoing series of sculptural editions. Entitled Claudius and produced in a run of 50, each piece shares a central figure but is adorned with unique elements creating something akin to the sculptor’s signature assemblage work. These one of a kind variations will ship in Plexiglas display case and will cost $550. Those interested can contact the gallery ([email protected]). Discuss Kris Kuksi here.
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Nicola Verlato x Gatorade Messi Painting

Nicola Verlato (featured) recently reminded his fans of a commercial project he worked on a year ago centered on the incomparable Lionel Messi. The painting for Gatorade’s Don’t Go Down campaign features the superhero-like Argentine soccer player breaking free from a pack of defenders. The Italian artist’s paintings oftentimes features action shots of bodies suspended in moments of time so this seemed to be a perfect pairing of concept and artist. Recalling his month working with the agency on the project as a real struggle, Verlato now sees the positives when […]
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Showing: Paco Pomet – “Un Breve Fulgor (A Brief Glare)” @ Galería My Name’s Lolita Art

As previously announced, Galería My Name’s Lolita Art in Madrid is currently showing a new solo exhibition by Paco Pomet. Opened since the 26th of January, Un Breve Fulgor (A Brief Glare) consists of the latest oil paintings from the Spanish artist and will be on view through March 15th. The show continues Pomet’s series of work that creates alternate history while raising actual questions. Taking vintage photographs as the base for his works, he adds impossible scenarios, digital objects or symbols, as well as an entire spectrum of other unexpected […]
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Openings: Jeremiah Jenkins – “Everything Must Go” @ Hashimoto Contemporary

Earlier this month, Hashimoto Contemporary opened a solo show from Jeremiah Jenkins entitled Everything Must Go. The new body of work includes sculptural works from the local artist that display his signature wit and novel technique of dismantling an item’s original form and recreating it in a way to make the viewer think. The most delightful pieces come from his Trophy series where the ubiquitous golden figures seen on top of the common prizes appear to have taken a lives of their own. Photo credit: Shaun Roberts.
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Overtime: Feb 6 – Feb 12

More stories from the week that ended Feb 12 (click on bolded words for more information): Petzel’s We need to talk…  show in David Ebony’s list of top 10 New York gallery shows this winter. RIP: Dahlov Ipcar, who passed away at the age of 99. RIP: Arlyn Pillay, who passed away at the age of 35 after being shot by his brother. Fifteen masked men break into Visual Culture Research Center, destroys an exhibition, and steals artworks Manaf Halbouni’s vertical bus installation intended as a monument to […]
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