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Previews: “Space//Squared” @ White Walls Gallery

Tomorrow night (May 10th) in San Francisco, the White Walls Gallery will be opening a new group exhibition curated by Sven Davis entitled Space//Squared. Following up on a show last year in Portland (covered), artists are again asked to contribute artwork in a 10″ x 10″ inch format, allowing us to see how each responds to the same prescribed guidelines. Along with pieces from over 100 artists (list seen below), Adam Friedman and Robert Minervini will create a site-specific installation (see video below) featuring a series of […]

Openings: Martin Wittfooth & Jean Labourdette – “De Anima” @ Roq la Rue Gallery

In their second collaboration, artists Martin Wittfooth (interviewed) and Jean Labourdette have created captivating new works for De Amina, which opened at Roq la Rue on May 1st.  Hidden meanings and symbolism are used heavily between the two works, with animals playing a heavy role in defusing the messages of consumerism and our culture’s constant need to upgrade.  Visually less obvious is the commentary on our psyche.  The show title itself lends us clues as De Anima translates to “the soul”, which also references writings by […]

Overtime: April 28 – May 4

More stories from the week that ended May 4 (click on the bolded words for more information): WSJ looks at a day in the life with Dan Colen as he prepares for this Brant Foundation show. At least 20 are killed in Syria after the finishing touches were put on children’s art exhibition. Ai Weiwei removed from Shanghai show about history of Chinese contemporary art due to governmental pressure. The artist also denounces sci-fi Kickstarter film that used his name and image to promote the […]

Openings: “Landmark” by L’Art Projects

Several weeks ago, L’Art Projects held their inaugural group show in the unique setting of a private home in the Hollywood Hills. Entitled Landmark, the exhibition featured thirteen artists including Meryl Pataky, Chris Hanke, Michelle Blade, Sarah Jones, Pierre Auroux, Marissa Textor, Brian Rea, Elaine Asada, Thomas Doyle, Flora Kao, Briana Sophia Horne, Ching Ching Cheng, and Yoskay Yamamoto. Seeing the diverse selection of work spanning photography, painting, installations, sculpture, neon, light projection in this setting really gave attendees a good idea of how the art […]
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Previews / Videos: Mark Ryden – “The Gay 90s: West” @ Kohn Gallery

This Saturday, May 3rd, Kohn Gallery’s amazing new space will be hosting Mark Ryden’s long awaited West Coast continuation of his Gay 90s series of works that started back in 2010 in New York (covered). Along with his largest work to date, the masterful Los Angeles-based painter will be presenting new works and it appears (as seen in the installation shots below) some important older work as well. Rounding out the show will be something that will prove to be quite popular, an intricate motorized diorama […]
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Opening: Mark Whalen – “Stranded” @ Merry Karnowsky Gallery

Earlier this month, the Merry Karnowsky Gallery unveiled new work by artist Mark Whalen. Titled Stranded, this recent exhibition by the Australian artist shows him delving into both familiar and new ground. Recognizable themes such as the different aspects of human interaction in limited environments are present again in this new exhibition. However, Whalen also shows how these themes can be re-interpreted through the cultural traditions of ceramic vessels and pottery, which highlights a new aspect in his technique. The show will be displayed through the end of the week […]

Previews: Martin Wittfooth & Jean Labourdette – “De Anima” @ Roq La Rue

Tomorrow night, the first of May, the Roq La Rue gallery in Seattle will be hosting a new showing from Martin Wittfooth (interviewed) and Jean Labourdette entitled De Anima. The exhibition features the duo exploring the environmental, social, and spiritual impact of our technological advances. Fans will be in for a treat as both artists’ works are a joy to see in person – Martin’s oil paintings featuring animal characters rendered in his signature rusty palette (seen above) and Labourdette’s whimsical paintings on custom shaped surfaces. Discuss this […]

Coachella Walls ’14 / Streets: Andrew Hem

Earlier this month, we brought your attention to a mural that El Mac painted for the Coachella Walls project in the historic Pueblo Viejo area. As noted, the actual city of Coachella does not derive any revenue from the annual music and arts festival and remains a poor farming community. Date Farmers, who call the area their home, curator Medvin Sobio, and the city want to bring attention to this by sponsoring a series of public murals – which brings us to the next wall we want to spotlight from Andrew Hem. The Cambodian […]

Previews: Jolene Lai – “Play” @ Thinkspace Gallery

On Saturday night, April 26th, Jolene Lai will be presenting five new works in Thinkspace Gallery’s project room (an encore to her showing there in 2013). Entitled Play, the new collection of paintings demonstrate the Los Angeles-based artist’s unique world, filled with whimsical and adventurous scenes seemingly taken directly from a fairytale or surreal dream. Take a look at more preview images below… Discuss Jolene Lai here. Discuss this show here.

Openings: “SuperAwesome: Art and Giant Robot” @ Oakland Museum of California

Last weekend, the Oakland Museum of California opened a new exhibition, entitled SuperAwesome: Art and Giant Robot, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the art and culture magazine Giant Robot. Along with a diverse selection of GR branded paraphenalia and publications, artists who have been involved with them over the years contributed original artwork as well as some wall murals. Fans saw a diverse collection of works from artists like Ako Castuera, Sean Chao, Luke Chueh, Hamburger Eyes, Andrew Hem, James Jean, kozyndan, Masakatsu Sashie, Shizu Saldamando, Rob Sato, Amy Sol, Deth P. Sun, Adrian Tomine, and David Choe. Congrats to Eric Nakamura […]