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Preview / Installation: Mark Whalen @ Merry Karnowsky

A couple of weeks ago, AM paid a visit to Mark Whalen aka Kill Pixie’s studio as he was putting the final touches on his latest collection which will debut this coming weekend at the Merry Karnowksy Gallery. Now, we were fortunate enough to visit the gallery as he readies the installation process for his show titled Anamoly. The exhibition will feature artwork which fuses various thematical elements such as control, human nature, and Eastern culture. The opening reception will also feature a one-night only […]

Studio Visit / Preview: Yoskay Yamamoto – “Picking Up Where We Left Off” @ LeBasse Projects – Culver City

During this past Labor Day weekend, AM had the privilege to visit Yoskay Yamamoto’s (interviewed) studio as he prepares to present his forth solo exhibition at LeBasse Projects Culver City location. The show titled Picking Up Where We Left Off opening on September 10th will feature paintings as well as sculptures that attempt to touch on both his Japanese heritage and his time living in the United States. This latest exhibit continues to highlight his style which often focuses on the face as a way to […]

Openings: Korin Faught & Joey Remmers – “Voices of the Lake” & “Sheep’s Clothing” @ Corey Helford Gallery

After visiting Korin Faught’s studio a few days ago (here), we finally got to see the unveiling of her new work on the walls of Corey Helford Gallery. Titled Voices of the Lake, Faught continues to use the theme of reflections and dual imagery in her paintings. This time however, her work features water as a visual motif to explore the hidden and elusive qualities of her subjects. The dark and white colors draping against wooden canvas and the smallest of details on any given […]

Studio Visit: Korin Faught

This past weekend, AM had the privilege to visit Korin Faught’s studio as she prepares for the opening of her new solo show which will take place at the Corey Helford Gallery. Entitled Voices of the Lake, her latest artwork will focus on the theme of multiples as a way to explore issues of identity and self-reflection. Using photography and self portraits as a starting point for her artwork, Faught is able to give her paintings an aura of mystery and elusiveness. Equally important, her latest […]

Studio Visit / Preview: Brian Viveros – “Returning Art To The Unclean” @ Last Rites

Recently, AM was fortunate enough to visit the studio of artist Brian M. Viveros. In preparation for his show titled Returning Art To The Unclean opening on September 3rd, the artist has further expands on his signature style which often features extremely sensual women under an aura of pin up style imagery. Working with portraits instead of full body images, Viveros’ style carries a weight of emotion and feeling that’s often hidden underneath the gaze of his female creations. The various influences which he borrows […]

Openings: James Jean REBUS Release & Signing @ LACMA

This past weekend, LACMA celebrated the release of the book, REBUS, by artist James Jean’s (featured). The event began with a discussion in which the LA-based artist went on to explain his background and career as an artist and Giant Robot founder Eric Nakamura (interviewed) was also on hand to expand on James’ work over the years as well as their shared histories. This session was followed by a book signing event in which people lined up and filled the room space to capacity. It […]

Openings: Cyrcle. – “We Never Die” @ Design Matters

Early last week, we gave you a studio visit with the three-man art collective known as Cyrcle. as they were preparing for the first solo show. Well, this past Thursday, their exhibit debuted over at Design Matters and the event helped the group take a step forward in their development as artists. Although they are mostly known for their street art campaigns which have included wheat paste art and a handful of murals, this solo exhibit helped them take their technique into a whole new […]

Openings: Ken Garduno – “Golden Structure” @ LeBasse Projects – Chinatown

A couple Fridays ago, Ken Garduno presented new body of work at the LeBasse Projects Chinatown location. Named Golden Structure, the exhibition exemplifies the artist’s technique with watered down acrylic paintings and his thematic explorations that revolve around the relationships between men and women. Using jealousy and sexual motifs as the catalyst, Garduno manages to present these troubled and tense relationships in a very unique way which features a combination of 1960’s iconography and a color palette that forces the characters to step out of […]

Openings: Risk & Nathan Ota – “That Was Then, This Is Now” @ LeBasse Projects – Culver City

This past weekend, Lebasse Projects hosted a traveling exhibition (see SF coverage) which featured collaborations by artists Risk and  Nathan Ota. Titled That Was Then, This Is Now, the show brought together the two long time friends for an exhibit which showcased a superb collection of artwork diplaying each artist’s strengths and respective styles. While Risk’s work often focused on graffiti-type iconography and lettering, Ota rendered the rest of the paintings with finely detailed settings and characters that at times felt surreal and strange. Although […]

Studio Visit / Preview: Cyrcle – “We Never Die” @ Design Matters

Last week, AM paid a visit to the studio of the street art collective known as Cyrcle. Combining their different backgrounds which blend graffiti, fine art and design, the trio will debut their first solo exhibition this coming Thursday over at Design Matters located in West Hollywood. Titled We Never Die, the exhibit will explore the group’s fascination with Classic Romanticism and delve into concepts of death, life, and the gray areas in between. Although the artistic ensemble has been known for their wheat paste […]