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Openings: Tomokazu Matsuyama – “New Work” @ Mark Moore Gallery

Just this last weekend, the NY-based Tomokazu Matsuyama (interviewed) opened a new showing at the Mark Moore Gallery. Bringing with him several tondos as well as his irregularly shaped canvases, Matsu filled the project room with a juxtaposition of eastern and western imagery. Mixing things up, the new body of work also included two works on paper that he placed on a hand-painted wall as well as a re-cast of a 18th century erotic Chinese porcelain figure (customized for the Los Angeles area) that he encased in resin. Discuss Matsu here.

Preview: Ransom & Mitchell – “For Smoke & Mirrors” @ Varnish Fine Art

Tomorrow night (September 8th) in San Francisco, Varnish Fine Art will be hosting For Smoke & Mirrors, the debut exhibition by Ransom & Mitchell. The Bay Area-based duo formed by Jason Mitchell (photographer-director) and Stacy Ransom (set designer and photo-illustrator) will be putting new surreal photographs on display including a series on artist portraits that incorporate their imagery (Greg “Craola” Simkins – seen above, Scott Musgrove, Charmaine Olivia, Alex Pardee, and more). What may be mind-blowing to fans of the work is the fact that oftentimes what they […]

Studio Visit: Luke Chueh

This Friday night, art toy boutique and gallery Rotofugi will be hosting the unveiling of new works from Luke Chueh (interviewed) in a show entitled I Am Your Plaything. AM stopped by the LA-based artist’s studio (dubbed the Shedio 2.0) to check out the paintings headed out to Chicago for the opening. The work he showed us centered around his clever and often times self-deprecating humor all with plenty of inside jokes to go around for toy collectors out there – from the frustrations and joys of blind boxing to digs […]

Dabs Myla – “Marvelous Expeditions” @ Thinkspace

Over the holiday weekend, Thinkspace in Culver City played host to the opening of Marvelous Expeditions, a showing of work from Dabs Myla as well as a series of 16 x 20″ pieces from their friends. Curated by the Aussie couple, the group exhibition featured the stylings of 123 Klan Aaron, De La Cruz, Askew, Augustine Kofie, Axis, Cat Cult, Dabs Myla, Dscreet, Dvate, EINE, Elliot Francis Stewart, Ephameron, Greg Lamarche, Honkey Kong (aka Adam Hathorn), Johnny ‘KMNDZ’ Rodriguez, KC Ortiz, KEM5, Logan Hicks, Luke Chueh, […]

Previews: Tomokazu Matsuyama – “New Work” @ Mark Moore Gallery

Next Saturday, Tomokazu Matsuyama will unveil a brand new body of work at Mark Moore. The Brooklyn-based artist is coming to Los Angeles for his first solo exhibition where he will continue the exploration of his dual US & Japanese heritage in his imagery. Fusing the two cultures together with his unique eye for color and patterns, Matsu is ready to take his works up another notch. The show opens on September 8th with the artist in attendance – so if you can make it out, […]

Openings: José & Rey Parlá – “U.T.O.P.I.A.” @ colette

Parisian house colette in France just opened the eagerly awaited new exhibition titled U.T.O.P.I.A. (previewed) featuring new collaborative works from the Parlá Brothers. The Brooklyn-based siblings placed a series of paintings on the walls featuring a melding of José’s urban calligraphy and Rey’s playful arrangement of colors and lines as evidence of their artistic dialogue. The show runs until 22nd, but check out our opening photos if you can’t make the show in person. Photo credit for Arrested Motion: Butterfly. Discuss this show here. Discuss José Parlá here.

Studio Visits: Steve “ESPO” Powers – “A Word is Worth A Thousand Pictures” (Part II)

In the second part of our visit to Steve “ESPO” Powers’ (featured) ICY cool studio, we give you an up close preview of the works in his upcoming colossal show. As noted in our previous overview of ESPO’s Brooklyn laboratories, A Word is Worth A Thousand Pictures at Joshua Liner Gallery will be his first NYC solo over seven years. ESPO and his team of dedicated craftsmen have put together a series of large yet intricate compositions of his iconic signage & graffiti hybrid style. Condensing the signature […]

Openings: Thomas Campbell – “Clastic Plowers” @ V1 Gallery

Copenhagen has more quality exhibitions for their art fans to enjoy as three solos from Thomas Campbell, Evan Hecox, and Ed Templeton opened simultaneously recently. The joint showing at the V1 Gallery from the three friends and Beautiful Losers was Campbell’s bright idea so we’ll start our coverage off with a look at his new body of work entitled Clastic Plowers. The diverse new selection of bronzes, works on paper, sculptures, and more speak to the collision of the natural and modern worlds brought about by the […]

Closings: Josh Keyes @ Joseph Gross Gallery (University of Arizona)

Last night, AM attended the closing of Josh Keyes’ show at the University of Arizona (Joseph Gross Gallery). As we discussed in an earlier interview with the Portland-based painter, the body of work consisted of a wonderful mix of new and old pieces giving fans a nice overview of the progression of his aesthetic over the last several years. Included in the selection of new work was a refreshed take on his treadmill imagery, pieces that featured local references, as well as a piece that will […]

Previews: Audrey Kawasaki – “Midnight Reverie” @ Jonathan LeVine

Earlier this month, we gave you a first taste of Audrey Kawasaki’s (interviewed) upcoming exhibition with Jonathan LeVine Gallery. The show entitled Midnight Reverie is her second showing with the New York space and flirts with more dreamy undertones with her seductive feminine figures. Similar to her previous turn at LeVine, there will be a limited edition available. Entitled You Come First, the print will be sold in person on a first come first served basis with the sale beginning on September 8th at 1pm in […]