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Recap: Marco Mazzoni – “Dear Collapse” @ Thinkspace Gallery

Closing last weekend at Thinkspace was an exhibition from Marco Mazzoni entitled Dear Collapse, his second solo with the gallery in Los Angeles. On display were a series of colored pencil drawings that the Milan-based artist has been known for, portraits featuring obscured faces bursting forth with flora and fauna. The new body of work was inspired by “ancient Sardinian folklore and its traditions of oral storytelling – the history of its matriarchal culture, and the central role women played as herbalists and healers in […]

Recap: Erin M. Riley – “Simple” @ Hashimoto Contemporary

Just last weekend in San Francisco, Hashimoto Contemporary closed a solo show from Erin M. Riley (interviewed) entitled Simple. The new weavings continue the Brooklyn-based artist’s provocative work pushing the boundaries of the medium with non-traditional imagery. Nude selfies, car wrecks, evidence of domestic violence – no subject matter is too taboo for Riley as she takes her tapestries to the next level rendering imagery that most observers wouldn’t even think are possible with medium of choice. Discuss Shaun Roberts here. Discuss Erin M. Riley here.

Streets: Boa Mistura (Brazil)

Revisiting their installation (covered) from 2012 in the Favela of Vila Brasilandia, at the north of Sao Paulo, Boa Mistura returned to update the project. Entitled Luz Nas Vielas, the undertaking saw the collective paint a series of words and colors through their signature use of anamorphosis in the alleyways of the favela. Seen from just the right angle, the words magically appear to float in the air, with the new words “Poesía” and “Magica” (Poetry & Magic) now joining “Amor, Beleza, Orgulho, Doçura, Firmeza” (Love, Pride, Sweetness, […]

Showing: Alex Gross – “Antisocial Network” @ Corey Helford Gallery

Though the end of this week, Alex Gross’ (interviewed) solo Antisocial Network will be on view at the Corey Helford Gallery featuring the locally-based artist’s look at the paradoxical effects of social media in our lives. His series of oil paintings along with some preparatory drawings feature his characters indulging in technology leading to a distanced state, showing how these networking apps pull us apart instead of bring us closer together. Rounding out the exhibition are a new set of his signature vintage cabinet card paintings, with the subjects modified oftentimes to […]

Releases: JORDAN X KAWS Capsule

Following the initial news on the KAWS x Air Jordan 4 (covered), we now not only have an official release date for the collaboration, but also a great preview of the apparel that will be released alongside the shoes. The Jordan X KAWS capsule collection is highlighted by the Air Jordan IV designed with the Brooklyn-based artist and will include an apparel collection made up of a coach’s jacket, hoodie, t-shirt and five-panel cap. The launch is set for March 28 in Greater China and on March […]

Showing: Aya Takano – “The Jelly Civilization Chronicle” @ Galerie Perrotin (Paris)

This weekend, Galerie Perrotin in Paris hosted the opening of a new show from Aya Takano entitled The Jelly Civilization Chronicle. The ethereal and dreamy 26 paintings and drawings on display are the preparatory studies for a 186-page manga of the same name from the Japanese artist. Expanding her fantastical storytelling skills from her imagination to artwork and now to manga, Takano is finally able to more fully share her vision – in this instance – the adventures of Naki and Minaka in a journey from […]

Openings: Igor Taritaš – “Illusion Of Real Space” @ Prsten Gallery

On February 16th, the Croatian Association of Visual Artists held a quadruple solo show presentation by some fresh young talents. Igor Taritaš was one of the artists that had a chance to present his work at the unique space of Galerija Prsten in Zagreb, along with Iva Habus, Radovan Kunić and Maya Rozman. For this showing, the Croatian artist prepared a body of work that consists of 20 mostly new, previously unexhibited paintings, created in the last 3 years. Showing the development of his visual language and subject […]

Previews: Matzu // Tomokazu Matsuyama – “Oh Magic Night” @ HOCA Foundation

Starting March 19th, to coincide with Art Basel Hong Kong, the HOCA Foundation will be presenting a new solo from Tomokazu Matsuyama (interviewed) featuring “mythological guardians, fictional tableaux and ornate abstraction.” Entitled Oh Magic Night, the exhibition at Shop B104 – 305, The Pulse (No. 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay) will see the Brooklyn-based artist return to the city-state after an impressive installation at Harbour City Hong Kong in 2014 (covered). The Japanese artist takes a bicultural approach to creating imagery, in techniques chosen, and as well as in selecting the […]

Installation: Banksy’s – “Walled Off Hotel” Bethlehem (Update)

One week since Banksy’s latest & arguably one of his strongest stunts to date was revealed to the public, we’ve received the first official photographs of The Walled Off  Hotel in Bethlehem (covered). With local visitors enjoying the quiet space in an otherwise loud and turbulent area, these images give us an even closer look at the hotel premises, including the artworks which the infamous artist created & installed in the former pottery workshop building. The installation had a VIP opening on March 4th with Sir Elton John remotely playing the lobby piano […]

Showing: Austin Lee – “Serious Works” @ Kaikai Kiki Gallery

On March 3rd, Kaikai Kiki Gallery in Motoazabu, Tokyo, opened a debut Japan solo exhibition by American artist Austin Lee. Serious Works is sort of a parody title for a show that consists of paintings and sculptures done in Lee’s colorful, naive style. For this showcase, the NYC-based artist created an extensive installation within the gallery space. His large animal mural and chess board floor pattern make an eclectic environment in which his playful and poppy imagery feels at home and well presented. His sculptural piece titled Duo, a bubble gum-like […]
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