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Upcoming: Brian Viveros – “Matador” @ Thinkspace Gallery

On November 7th, the latest solo from Brian Viveros (featured) will be opening at Thinkspace Gallery in Los Angeles. Entitled Matador, the exhibition will not only include new oil paintings, drawings, exclusive edition prints but also a large collaborative sculpt with Pretty In Plastic entitled Bullheaded and the release of his first ever art book published by the gallery called The DirtyLand. We recently had the opportunity to visit Viveros at his Riverside studio and were quite impressed with the increasingly intricate detailing and evolution of his imagery that has taken his work to […]
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Releases: Esao Andrews / Contrast 15: Emotional Connection

Those interested in the gothic surreal imagery of Esao Andrews might want to get their hands on a copy of Contrast Magazine. The latest issue features a nice full color cover with one of the Los Angeles-based artist’s reoccurring images, various iterations of a ghostly ship. Inside the Hawaii-based publication you will find a nice spread of Andrews’ work along with a lengthy interview. Also included are features on Thomas Campbell, Sean Yoro, Caratoes, Chocomoo, Ja Tecson, Ryan Moss, Sosupersam, Aloha Got Soul, Beefowl, and Asylum. Purchase a copy here. Discuss Esao Andrews here.
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Previews: 100Taur & Hisham Echafaki – “Lusus Naturae” (London)

French artists 100TAUR and Hisham Echafaki (featured) are opening their debut exhibition Lusus Naturae in London on the 14th of October. The latin terminology utilized as the show title refers to creatures that can not be classified, or are labelled ‘freaks of nature.’ Curated by Butterfly Art News, the showing explores notions of anthropomorphism, human fascination with oddities or monstrosities, and our fragile relationship with the natural world through a series of paintings, drawings, and three dimensional works. Inspired by mythology and sacred art, 100TAUR illustrates hybrid animals […]
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Releases: Ian Francis – “Reflective Encounter” & “Two People Feed A Lion” Prints

Those who enjoyed the stunning new works from Ian Francis (featured) for a showing earlier this summer (covered) at Lazarides had an opportunity earlier this week to purchase some prints of images seen at the exhibition. The gallery released limited editions (run of 20) featuring the British artist’s masterful melding of photorealistic and abstract imagery through their webstore. Two People Feed A Lion has already soldout but Reflective Encounter (seen above) is still available here. Discuss Ian Francis here.
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Previews: Yoskay Yamamoto / Giant Robot Biennale 4 @ JANM

Opening on October 10th at the Japanese American National Museum is Giant Robot Biennale 4, a group exhibition featuring works from artists curated by Eric Nakamura (interviewed), the man behind the Giant Robot brand. The fourth iteration (see 2009, 2012) of the show looks to be the most ambitious yet featuring artists like James Jean, Jim Lee, Kim Jung Gi, Katsuya Terada, Edwin Ushiro, and Yumi Sakagawa, among others. To give you a taste of what to expect, take a look at what Yoskay Yamamoto (interviewed) has prepared for his part in the […]
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Upcoming: Nathan Ota – “Four Corners” @ KP Projects//MKG

Nathan Ota will be opening a new solo this weekend at KP Projects//MKG in Los Angeles entitled Four Corners, alongside a showing from Andrew Hem. The new body of work from the locally based painter, illustrator, and educator examines the role of the artist’s studio as a refuge and space that allows safe observation of the madness of the outside world. Featuring imagery that Ota’s fans will recognize like woodlands, cartoonish creatures, and wood crates, the new whimsical pieces will be on display starting this Saturday, October […]
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Showing: Brendan Monroe – “Morphology” @ Heath Ceramics (San Francisco)

Currently, Heath Ceramics in San Francisco has an amazing new set of works on display from Brendan Monroe (interviewed) at their Boiler Room space. Entitled Morphology, the exhibition is a cohesive combination of mostly sculptural works, wall mural, and original pieces. As we expected after our studio visit with the Oakland-based artist at the end of August, his months of hard work pushing the limits to further expand his imagery in the third dimension paid off in a big way. Don’t miss this show if you are in the area before it closes […]
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Openings: Casey Weldon & Jeff Jacobson & Samantha Wall – “Hastemaker” & “Aphotic Ilk” & “Let Your Eyes Adjust to the Dark” @ Roq La Rue

On October 1st, Roq La Rue opened it’s doors to a cavalcade of new works. Casey Weldon (featured) was welcomed back to the gallery for Hastemaker, where he continues to explore putting real people in surreal situations. Jeff Jacobson’s first solo show at Roq la Rue, titled Aphotic Ilk, explores a world between worlds. The dimension shifted vision gives bioluminescence to several species as they explore the ether. And, Samantha Wall continues her series of ink, pigment, and charcoal portraits in Let Your Eyes Adjust to the […]
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Previews: “OUTSIDEIN” @ ArtCenter College of Design

Thursday night, the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena will be opening OUTSIDEIN, an indoor and outdoor exhibition that is focused graffiti-based mural painting. Along with the wall painted by RISK that we showed you a few weeks back, artists Olivia Bevilacqua, David Flores, Chase, Robbie Conal, Cryptik, Jeanne Detallante, Shepard Fairey, James Jean, Geoff McFetridge, Kenny Scharf, and Jeff Soto have also made contributions. The exhibition’s opening reception will be on October 8th (6-10pm) with the show spanning both of ArtCenter’s campuses with shuttle service between locations (Williamson Gallery on the Hillside Campus and five miles […]
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Openings: Beyond Eden 2015

Just this past weekend, the fifth and final edition of Beyond Eden was held at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park. The bulk of the artworks exhibited was seen at booths from C.A.V.E. Gallery (Venice, CA), Copro Gallery (Santa Monica, CA), Spoke Art (San Francisco, CA), Hashimoto Contempoary (San Francisco, CA) and event organizers Thinkspace (Culver City, CA). Also, both Mear One (interviewed) and Meggs had solo showcases hosted by the event and there was live painting from Steven Lopez, Gustavo Rimada, John Park and Joseph Lee on Saturday night. Photo credit: Birdman Photos. Discuss Beyond Eden […]