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Showing: Todd “REAS” James – “Electric Ritual” @ Alice Gallery

Entitled Electric Ritual, the currently showing selection of new paintings from Todd James is his third solo (see 2010, 2015) with Alice Gallery in Brussel. The vibrant new pieces from the New York-based artist continue his explorations of interiors while including some signature elements like his curvaceous nudes, war planes, and vivid color palette. Also included are some more abstract creations, with hints of shapes and forms from his familiar visual language. Discuss Todd “REAS” James here.

Previews: Mike Lee – “I’ve Missed You” @ The Garage

Amsterdam’s The Garage will be opening the European debut show from Mike Lee on the 29th of September. I’ve Missed You will be American artist’s first solo exhibition in Europe after successfully introducing his work in Tokyo (covered) and Hong Kong (covered) last year. We’ve been following Lee’s work since his early shows with Giant Robot (back in 2015), while he was still working with pencils on paper and are excited to see him taking over the art world with his cheerful monochromatic oils. Regularly depicting sphere-based […]

Overtime: Sept 10 – 16

More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): Three shows coming up from Ai Weiwei in Los Angeles starting at the end of the month. Interview with Conor Harrington about his new show “The Story of Us & Them” at Heni Gallery. Street artist Revok and H&M settle dispute over an ad that featured his work without permission. Inside his London studio, Mark Wallinger contemplates our desire for self-reflection and recognition. The Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation has opened with an […]

Showing: Madsaki – “French Fries with Mayo” @ Galerie Perrotin (Paris)

Last week, Galerie Perrotin opened a solo show from Madsaki entitled French Fries with Mayo, the first time the Japanese artist has exhibited in Paris. On view are mostly pieces featuring his wife as his muse and pieces from his signature Wannabe series, crude imitations done in spray paint that initially can be be seen as critiques on masterworks from art history, but in actuality are his “attempts to use laughter and humor as both distraction and therapy for his internal turmoil.” To prepared for the exhibition, he […]

Previews: John Brosio – “Recent Paintings” @ Arcadia Contemporary

Tomorrow night (September 15th) in Los Angeles, Arcadia Contemporary will be presenting some recent paintings from John Brosio. The new body of work includes many of the locally-based artist’s suburban landscapes, tinged with surreal features in the background like dinosaurs, natural disasters, and the monsters – with unsuspecting people in the foreground going about their daily life. Brosio also intriguing injects some two dimensional elements into his imagery, such as trees that look like flat props or creatures that are nothing more than childlike drawings. Discuss John […]

Studio Visits / Interviews: Rowdy

Rowdy is perhaps best known for his crocodiles, which stalk the urban landscape with a quiet menace, and his cast of other characters which abound with abrasive energy. But the Bristol-based artist’s abstract landscapes, which can be read as both highly political but also deeply personal, represent a far more reflective and contemplative side to his work. An entire building is depicted by an individual mark such as the smudge of a fingerprint, the stroke of a paintbrush or the squirt from a spray-can and […]

Openings: Soey Milk – “INFLORESCENCE” @ Corey Helford Gallery

Over the weekend, Soey Milk premiered Inflorescence, her second solo show (see 2015) to date with Corey Helford Gallery. The collection of over 20 paintings and drawings highlighted significant moments in Milk’s life. Those who attended the premiere may have felt a sense of familiarity with some of the crowd. This should not come as a surprise as the new body of work included portraits of many of her friends as well as herself. During a recent interview, she further explained – “If I’m working […]

Openings: Luke Chueh – “ANTHROPOMORPHUCKED” @ Corey Helford Gallery

This past weekend at Corey Helford Gallery, Luke Chueh (interviewed) opened his first major Los Angeles show in over three years. ANTHROPOMORPHUCKED is a collection of 24 paintings which showcases themes such as Luke’s love of Asian mythology (including a series of rabbit on the moon pieces – explained here, here, and here) and pop culture. Chueh elaborates further on the new body of work – “When I started painting with my characters, I admittedly felt bad for them. It was like I was God, […]

Recap: YESNIK x Jaybo – “For Better or Worse” @ (LA Popup)

Last weekend, YESNIK and Jaybo presented some new works for fans in Los Angeles with a surprisingly cohesive three day pop up show. Presented by F-U (For the Unconventional), For Better or Worse featured totemic nature-inspired works from the San Diego-based YESNIK that had a collage-like feel to the balanced compositions alongside Berlin-based Jaybo Monk’s portrait mashups which were described as “a fractured vision of contemporary society.” Both artists contributed sculptural pieces to exhibition – an eclectic selection of assemblages from Jaybo and some large-scale three dimensional representations of YESNIK’s imagery […]

Previews: Conor Harrington – “The Story of Us and Them” @ HENI Gallery

This Thursday (September 13th), Conor Harrington (interviewed) will be opening a solo show in London entitled The Story of Us and Them. Consisting of 12 new works, the exhibition to be hosted by HENI Gallery sees the Irish artist explore the fine line between tribalism and patriotism. Working with with two combatants wrapped in blue and red flags from a fictional nation state, the UK-based artist uses the pair’s struggles to reference the political climates seen in many parts of the world in these times of strife. […]
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