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Interviews: Ray Caesar (2013)

After an interview with Ray Caesar back in 2011, we caught up recently with him again to talk some more about his art, his inspiration and his method. The opportunity presented itself shortly after the October 3rd opening of Truth, Light and Matter at Gallery House in Toronto, Canada – an unusual display space whose premise is to deliberately partner with galleries around the world on behalf of the artists. Take a look at our Q&A’s below… Arrested Motion (AM): During previous interviews, a lot has been written about […]
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Basel Week Miami ’13 / Preview: Jeremy Geddes @ Jonathan LeVine (Pulse)

It’s that time of year again where our eyes turn towards the festivities coming up in Miami for Art Basel Week (see last year). First up is news from Australian artist Jeremy Geddes (interviewed) who we haven’t heard much from since his sold out solo show at Jonathan LeVine (covered) last year. He just introduced three new pieces he painted for the New York gallery’s booth at Pulse Miami – Ascent, Eoan and Labent – meticulously detailed hyper-realistic oil on board pieces. With these paintings, Geddes is further exploring and developing familiar imagery […]
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Openings: Branded Arts x Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica Benefit

Opening tonight at 7 pm (with a The Morning After – Santa Monica print release from Nick Walker) is the Branded Arts x Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica Benefit (1238 Lincoln Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90404). Along with a group exhibition for art lovers to enjoy, there will also be a silent auction held at the end of the night of basketballs customized by artists including Kenny Scharf, Nick Walker, Saber, Meggs, Chor Boogie, Mad Steez, Aaron De La Cruz, Hebru Brantley, 0ne0f0ne, Duncan Lemmon, and Charlie Edmiston as well as a DJ […]
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Openings: Adam Wallacavage – “Magic Mountain” @ Jonathan LeVine

Last month, AM stopped by the currently running show from Adam Wallacavage (interviewed) at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York. Magic Mountain features the Philadelphia-based artist’s surreal mixed media sculptures and functional art objects as well as some pieces inspired and cast from vintage toys in his personal collection. In addition, a limited edition Octopus Tentacle Candlestick was made available for purchase. Take a look at all our photos below… Discuss this show here. Discuss Adam Wallacavage here.
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Previews: SHAG – “Pink Elephants” @ Corey Helford Gallery

Later this month, November 23rd to be exact, the Corey Helford Gallery will be hosting a new solo show from SHAG (interviewed). The fresh paintings play on the phrase Pink Elephants, first coined by Jack London in 1913 to describe the hallucinations experienced from excessive alcohol consumption. He recently had to cut himself off as he found that it was interfering with his work ethic. So in it’s place, he has continued to expanded on the imagery of his characters enjoying their drink, part of the hip […]
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Openings: Travis Louis – “Strange Discoveries” @ Merry Karnowsky Gallery

Over the weekend, fans in Los Angeles were once again able to enjoy a new body of work from Travis Louie (interviewed) at the Merry Karnowsky Gallery. It’s been couple years since his last showing at the space (see 2011), but the paintings and drawings for Strange Discoveries were well worth the wait. Dedicated to his father who recently passed away, the exhibition featured Louie’s signature dignified portraiture of surreal creatures rendered amazingly to look like vintage photos. Take a look at more shots of the opening below… Photo […]
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Dave Cooper x Johnny Ryan – “Pig Goat Banana Cricket” TV Series

The Canada-based Dave Cooper, who we last saw during a New York solo show, recently made the trip to Los Angeles to do more work on his recently green-lighted animated series with Nickelodeon. Pig Goat Banana Cricket was developed with Cooper in charge of art direction with Johnny Ryan writing for the children’s network, who have ordered 26 episodes to begin with. As you can see from the lush backgrounds and character design (better seen in pilot video below – note cricket exchanged for mantis), Cooper’s influence is definitely evident. […]
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Openings: Masakatsu Sashie – “Coacervate” @ Jonathan LeVine

Last month, we stopped by the Jonathan LeVine Gallery to check out a new solo show from Masakatsu Sashie (featured). Included in the exhibition entitled Coacervate (Latin for “to assemble together or cluster”) of course were different permutations of the fan-favorite globes created out of buildings, appliances, vending machines, and other urban man-made elements, but also seen was an impressive sculptural representation (seen above) of the Japanese artist’s signature imagery. Take a look at more opening photos below… Discuss Masakatsu Sashie here.
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Overtime: Nov 4 – Nov 10

More stories from the week that ended on Nov 10 (click on bolded words for more information): Newly completed piece from James Jean – Enoki II – on three canvases, sized at 72″ x 90″ Nazi-looted art valued at over a billion dollars discovered in Munich apartment during raid. Bavarian authorities handling case under sharp criticism. Family spots their painting on TV and puts in a claim. Knoedler and Company may have knowingly bought fakes. Cornell University to return 10,000 ancient tablets that may have […]
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Openings: Tara McPherson – “Wandering Luminations” @ Jonathan LeVine

AM recently attended the opening of Tara McPherson’s newest show at Jonathan LeVine, her third solo with the Chelsea gallery. Inspired by the unexplored realms of deep space and deep sea, Wandering Luminations features the Brooklyn-based artist’s surreal portraiture of females and creatures all rendered in her signature palette of pinks and teals. The body of work includes paintings on linen, wood and paper as well as her largest piece to date so stop by if you can to see for yourself before the close date of November 16. […]