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Art Focus: Jessica Stoller

Our next Art Focus feature is on sculptor Jessica Stoller and her provocative porcelain works. Her ornate, Rococo-influenced creations take a traditional medium and add a modern twist to it. The mix of decadent foods, masked characters, signs of decay, BDSM references, voluptuous body parts – all piled to together – challenge the viewer to find beauty in the grotesque. Some of her most effective work comes in the form of still lifes, but instead of painted, are composed of a selection of her unexpected deviant sculptures […]
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Sketchbook: James Jean

Fans of James Jean (interviewed) may remember his recent work with Linkin Park on the cover of their new album (covered). While wokring on the concepts and fleshing out the imagery for that project, the gifted artist filled up one of his sketchbooks with some pretty amazing drawings. Take a look at more photos over on Hypebeast as well as some more samples below… Photo credit: Sean Marc Lee / Hypebeast. Discuss James Jean here.
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Upcoming: Gary Baseman – “Mythical Creatures” Kickstarter Launch

Tonight in Los Angeles, Gary Baseman (interviewed) will be launching his kickstarter for Mythical Creatures, a documentary about the artist and his career by David Charles. Held from 8pm – 10pm at Canter’s Deli / The Kibitz Room, the donation event will also feature a set from Moby but requires an RSVP (RSVP@garybasemandoc.com). The premise behind the film – “After the recent passing of his parents, Gary was compelled to dive deep into his heritage and tell their tragic experience during the Holocaust in their hometown village in […]
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Update: Joel Rea

Since our Art Focus on painter Joel Rea, he has since exhibited with Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York as well as released prints of two of his popular images – Moment of Truth & Elevation. Currently, the Australia-based artist has a new piece (seen above), The Final Pieces, showing at the Art Gallery of New South Wales which was nominated as a finalist for the prestigious Sulman Prize. Fans in Melbourne can also catch new work from Rea at the Gallery One booth during the Melbourne Art Fair […]
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Releases: Mark Ryden – “Daisy” Brooch

For those that missed Mark Ryden’s magnificent recent Los Angeles showing (covered) at Kohn Gallery, here’s your chance to own a piece of the action. This new release from Porterhouse features his Daisy drawing from The Gay 90s: West, placed on a brooch. Priced at $99 and sized at 2″ x 1-1/2″ x 3/8″, the memento comes in a black velvet pouch and with a certificate of authenticity. If interested, head over here to add it to your collection. Discuss Mark Ryden here.
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Upcoming: “The Provocateurs” @ Block 37

Coming up on July 31st at Block 37 in Chicago, Shepard Fairey will be curating a massive group exhibition that reaches across all genres. Set to coincide with Lollapalooza and presented by Art Alliance, The Provocateurs will feature an impressive roster of artists including Andrew Schoultz, C215, Camille Rose Garcia, Clare Rojas, Cleon Peterson, Cope2, Cyrcle., D*Face (seen above working on a massive diptych), Dana Louise Kirkpatrick, Deedee Cheriel, Dzine, Ernesto Yerena Montejano, Estevan Oriol, Evan Hecox, FAILE, Gary Panter, HAZE, How & Nosm, James Cauty, Jamie Reid, […]
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Previews: Joram Roukes – “Paramnesia” @ Thinkspace

After including his works in their group shows around the globe, Thinkspace Gallery is pleased to present new works by Dutch artist Joram Roukes in a solo entitled Paramnesia. Opening on July 19th, this show will introduce a whole new body of work created while residing and working in Los Angeles over the past six months. His chaotic and surrealist works are a complex mixture of different influences, elements and emotions. The collage-like painting style he uses allows him to combine and blend together different styles, from photorealistic […]
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Openings: Chie Yoshii & Casey Curran – “In The Darkness of Mere Being” & “Indeterminate Apotheosis” @ Roq La Rue

In The Darkness of Mere Being, Chie Yoshii’s first solo show, opened at Roq la Rue in Seattle on July 3rd. Titled after a quote from the great Carl Jung, the art explores many of the Swiss psychotherapist’s hypotheses about the psyche and our subconscious – rich colors emerging from the darkened forest to subjects bathed in moon light. Individuality was a large part of Jung’s work in psychology, and is represented here by a different animal in each piece. While some are bold and dominant, […]
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Previews: Interesni Kazki – “Inter Arma Silent Musae” @ Studio Cromie

Ukrainian art duo Interesni Kazki are currently in Italy where they are adding the final touches to their newest body of work for the upcoming Inter Arma Silent Musae show with Studio Cromie. The show opens on the 12th of July. The turbulent situation in their homeland caused the artists to put their works on hold and literally stop creating new art. The strong tension during the revolution and the pre-war surroundings just stopped their creative energy, and forced them to put down their brushes and paint […]
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Showing: Kenichi Yokono – “The New Suburbs” @ Mark Moore Gallery

Currently at the Mark Moore Gallery in Los Angeles, Japanese artist Kenichi Yokono has a show on view entitled The New Suburbs. The new collection of painted wood carvings are a continuation of what he presented with the same gallery back in 2011 (covered), and are fine examples of Yokono’s modern take on traditional woodcutting. Sourcing the grotesque and mundane from his native country’s culture, the intricate pieces deal with “notions of globalization and consumerism with the overwhelming cuteness (or kawaii) found in popular Japanese […]
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