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Studio Visits / Videos: Nicola Verlato – “Zero Gravity” @ Merry Karnowsky

We were first introduced to the work of Italian-born, Los Angeles-based artist Nicola Verlato’s imagery back in April at a showing (covered) with Jonathan LeVine in New York. Since then, the painter has been compiling a series of work for his latest solo, Zero Gravity, that opens at Merry Karnowsky this Saturday, August 11th. His cinematic visions of suspended moments in time are mixed in with the impending possibility of the future crash of the social economical system. Take a look inside his studio in the photo set as he […]
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Openings: “Oakland NOW” @ Spoke Art (Oakland)

San Francisco’s Spoke Art Gallery recently teamed with East Bay Express, fiftyseven-thirtythree and the city of Oakland to set up an exhibition that opened in conjunction with the 12th Annual Art and Soul Festival. The show features a wide selection of East Bay artists and was hosted at a pop up gallery space in downtown Oakland that was the previous home of a Far East National Bank branch. The show includes original artwork from Brendan Monroe (shown above), Lucien Shapiro (just below), Deth P. Sun, Aaron […]
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Publications: Andrew Hem – “Dreams Towards Reality” Book

Andrew Hem (interviewed), who we last saw a year ago during his solo in Los Angeles (covered), has something new for his fans. The new book, Dreams Towards Reality, is a survey of Hem’s recent paintings but also includes “selections from his early work, graffiti, sketches, murals, sculptures and collages, as well as photographs from the extensive travel in Southeast Asia and South America that has informed his vision.” Also included is an in-depth essay by Amanda Erlanson. It is now available for preorder from Zero+ Publishing at a […]
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Releases: Nathan Spoor – “Rites of Passage”

The folks at 1xRUN just released a new print from Nathan Spoor entitled Rites of Passage in a time-released run of 40 for the next 7 days. The limited edition (priced at $65 and sized at 13 x 22 inches) combines his mix of surrealism and architectural elements and shows “shows a moment of transition – a leap of faith.” The image details a world that has been built up around one of the main characters in the work, and her jump from the stable […]
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Openings: “Summer Group Exhibition” @ Joshua Liner Gallery

Last week, Joshua Liner Gallery held its annual Summer Group Exhibition. We were excited about the diverse showcase of talent as this has been a perennial preview of the talent which will be gracing the walls of the gallery for this upcoming art season. We saw faces old and new to the Liner’s diverse and talented stable of artists. It seemed like Alfred Steiner (seen above), Clayton Brothers, Cleon Peterson, Damon Soule, Daniel Rich, David Ellis, Ian Francis (seen above), Jean-Pierre Roy, Kris Kuksi, Mars-1, Oliver Vernon, Pema […]
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Upcoming: Audrey Kawasaki @ Jonathan LeVine

Coming up on September 8th, Audrey Kawasaki (interviewed) will be opening her latest exhibition at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery, site of her big solo in New York at the end of 2009. As a teaser, here is a photo she posted to her Instagram showing some glimpses of her now completed new body of work. If this is not enough to add this show to your calendar, consider for a moment that Jeff Soto and Judith Supine are also opening new shows at the gallery on the […]
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Overtime: July 30 – Aug 5

Stories of the week: A look at Babara Kruger’s new Belief + Doubt installation at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C. RIP – Wael Issa Kaston, who died at the age of 46 due to torture. Four plead guilty to stealing 18 ancient Chinese artifacts from the Fitzwilliam Museum’s permanent collection. MOCA Mobilization petition builds support worldwide, including from some big art world names. The Atlantic profiles Jeffrey Deitch’s tenure at MOCA. LA Downtown News imagines Seven Groundbreaking Exhibits From Jeffrey Deitch. Jeffrey Deitch defends seriousness […]
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Preview: Travis Louie – “Spirits” @ Stranger Factory

Those in Albuquerque, New Mexico tonight need to head over to Stranger Factory to check out Travis Louie’s (interviewed) newest solo show. Entitled Spirits, the new body of work features a menagerie of strange and wonderful creatures including some of the supernatural persuasion. In particular, we love the piece above – The Spirit of the Cyclo-Sasquatch – the NY-based painter’s interpretation of the mythical creature based loosely on the Patterson footage. Also, for those artists out there, Travis will be offering a very special, small-group rendering […]
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Teaser: “Lush Life Four” @ Roq La Rue

Next week, August 10th to be precise, the Roq La Rue Gallery in Seattle will be hosting the opening of their fourth annual Lush Life group show (see 2011, 2010, and 2009). Again, the list of artists include many that have been featured here before on the pages of AM like Camille Rose Garcia, Chris Berens, Madeline Von Foerster, Travis Louie, Glenn Barr, Ti Kunkit, Seamus Conley, Sam Wolfe Connolley, Laurie Lee Brom, Lindsey Carr, Jessica Joslin, Michael Alm, Handiedan, Peter Ferguson, Zoe Williams, and more. Take […]
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Teaser: Brandi Milne – “Before I Hide Away” @ Corey Helford Gallery

On August 11th, the Corey Helford Gallery will be hosting the opening for Brandi Milne’s latest show. Entitled Before I Hide Away, her third solo at the Culver City showspace will feature her most revealing and personal body of work to date (see more about this on her blog). A selection of fourteen paintings will be on display, each part of a series about moving forward and following one’s heart, despite life’s challenges. She states – “My aesthetic for this show is a little different than […]