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Upcoming: Eishi Takaoka -“Waiting” @ Giant Robot 2

This Saturday (May 25th) marks the return of Eishi Takaoka to Giant Robot 2 in Los Angeles for another solo showing. Entitled Waiting, the exhibition will feature the serene floating heads that the Japanese artist has become know for. Each sculpture comprises of carved wood painted with raw mineral pigments and although they display an outwardly calm façade, their bottled-up emotions manifest as outlandish formations that are often seen sprouting from each face.

Preview: Scott Campbell – “Things Get Better” @ OHWOW

Tomorrow night (May 23rd) at the OHWOW Gallery in Los Angeles, tattoo and fine artist Scott Campbell will be opening a new solo show entitled Things Get Better. The new series of ink paintings depict his “Frankenguns,” hand-made contraptions built inside prisons to administer tattoos to inmates. This culmination of a personal project he started two years ago took him to the inside of Mexican prisons with improvised tools, a true art form that contrasts with superficiality of the contemporary tattoo world. Check out some preview images below […]

Preview: Dan Quintana – “Zero Instruments” @ Varnish Fine Art

This Saturday, May 25th, Varnish Fine Art in San Francisco will be presenting all new works from Dan Quintana. Zero Instruments will consists of oil paintings and charcoal drawings from the Los Angeles-based artist and will feature his surreal landscapes and fantastical creatures. Drawing influence from Bosch, Quintana’s compositions are rife with leering gremlins and demons meshing with his Mel Ramos-esque girls into works that deserve a second look. Take a look at some more preview images below as well as the artist statement. He […]

Upcoming: “Otherworld” @ Roq La Rue

On June 6th, the Roq La Rue Gallery in Seattle will be opening a new group exhibition entitled Otherworld. Works submitted for the show will center around an artist’s interpretation of the show title which will lead to some intriguing imagery like seen in the painting above from Martin Wittfooth (interviewed). Other participants include Josh Keyes, Chris Berens, John Brophy, Peter Ferguson, Sam Wolfe Connelly, Casey Curran, Madeline Von Foerster, Tom Bagshaw, Kris Lewis, Glenn Barr, Ryan Heshka, Jean Labourdette (Turf One), Dan Quintana, Derek Nobbs, […]

Openings: Mars1, Damon Soule, Oliver Vernon – “Cosmic Terrain” @ Petaluma Art Center

Last month, the Petaluma Art Center north of San Francisco opened up an exhibition entitled Cosmic Terrain, the brainchild of Mars-1, Damon Soule, and Oliver Vernon. As part of the Furtherrr collective, the three friends are no stranger to collaborative works, which along with individual pieces, is what this show is about. The cosmic musings of Mars-1, organic patterns of Soule, and the chaotic abstractions from Vernon fuse and meld so well together, it is sometimes hard to differentiate where one artist’s vision starts and […]

Preview: Parra – “Il Senso di Colpa” @ Galleria Patricia Armocida

Dutch based artist, illustrator, and  designer Parra is opening a solo show at Galleria Patricia Armocida in Milan, Italy, on Monday, the 27th of May entitled Il Senso di Colpa (The Guilt). Four years since his last show with the same gallery, a lot of things have changed for the artist, except for his unique style and imagery which has only became more unique, more recognizable, and more distinctive. After exhibiting in important international galleries and museums all over the world (LA, NYC, Tokyo, Paris, etc), collaborating with such brands as […]
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Rewind: May 13 – May 19

This week’s Rewind’s top video focuses on Anish Kapoor and his current show in Berlin at Martin-Gropius-Bau. Along with footage of his first comprehensive showing in the city, an insightful interview with the artist is included. Some other videos worth of attention include: Voina Wanted banner hung off London Tower Bridge. Leo Villareal releasing an edition of his The Bay Lights piece. Ai Weiwei cuts hair during dinner. Taylor Mead’s final fifteen minutes. Reactions from actual neighbors from Arne Svenson’s photographs. Benedikt Taschen talks with Sebastião […]

Overtime: May 13 – May 19

More stories from the week ended May 19: New Yorkers upset over neighbor Arne Svenson’s photos taken through windows for art exhibit. Chinese authorities begin demolishing ancient capital of Lhasa to transform city into a tourist destination. Construction company destroys one of Belize’s largest Mayan pyramids to extract crushed rock for project. RIP: Thomas M. Messer, longtime director of the Guggenheim Museum, who died at the age of 93. British police interrupt stunt by Voina on London Tower Bridge. Activists occupy Budapest’s Ludwig Museum protesting the […]
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Preview: Souther Salazar – “Souvenirs” @ Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Tonight (May 18th) at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery, Souther Salazar will be presenting his fourth solo with the gallery entitled Souvenirs. The show will feature a selection new paintings, drawings, sculptures and installations by the Portland-based artist inspired by the Trading Tortoise, his recent collaboration with his wife, Monica Choy. As you can see in Salazar’s artistic version of the project in the painting above, the two created an interactive art installation in the form of a tortoise-shaped trading post where fans come to barter objects and […]

Preview: Andy Kehoe – “Luminous Reverie” @ Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Tomorrow night (May 18th) in New York, Andy Kehoe returns for his third solo show with Jonathan LeVine Gallery with new works collectively entitled Luminous Reverie. Continuing a new process (sculpted elements mixed in with poured resin and paint) first revealed to us during a show in Los Angeles last year (covered), the Pittsburgh-based painter has given his human-animal hybrid figures and forested backgrounds new life. The title of the show refers to “the idea of experiencing clarity of vision when lost in a daydream,” certainly something that can be imagined […]