On Saturday night (October 6), Spoke Art in San Francisco will be opening a solo show from Amy Sol (interviewed). Lore sees the locally-based artist continue her more recent use of a darker and smokier palette for paintings as well as her forays into sculpture. Sol’s elegant renderings of her female characters and their animal companions seem to have taken on a more meditative tone, frozen moments of time seemingly giving glimpses of some delicate ritual. Discuss Amy Sol here.
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Last weekend, the Marciano Art Foundation opened an new expansive show from Ai Weiwei, his first major institutional exhibition in Los Angeles. Entitled Life Cycle, the showing includes old and new pieces, as well as a reworking of older concepts and techniques from the Chinese artist. The centerpiece is his sculptural response to the global refugee crisis, a massive boat made from bamboo used in traditional Chinese kite-making. Suspended above this is Windows, mythological figures crafted from bamboo and silk along with pieces referencing the life and works of the artist, all of […]
Combining art, music, and craft, Shepard Fairey (interviewed) has teamed up with Frank Zummo of Sum 41 and SJC Drums to create a custom drum. The Rise Above Limited Edition Snare will be produced in a run of 25, come with a signed (by Shep, Zummo, and Mike Ciprari of SJC) and numbered COA, and cost $999. Sales start at October 1st, 2018 (noon PST) and will be available through SJC’s website and select authorized dealers with a portion of the sales going towards a scholarship for students at Silverlake Conservatory of […]
Last week, Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery in Luxembourg opened its door to their third solo show from Tomokazu Matsuyama (interviewed) featuring a new series of paintings and sculpture. Entitled No Place Like Home, the exhibition continues the Brooklyn-based artist’s exploration of identity, a reflection of an upbringing that included influences from diverse cultures. The pieces on display draw from multiple references – interiors from lifestyle and home decor magazines, the exterior natural world from traditional Asian painting masterpieces, and the humans taken from fashion publications like Vogue – leading to […]
Even without the unveiling of album cover for rapper T.I.’s new album thru Kris Kuksi’s social media recently, fans of the sculptor will have recognized the characteristic aesthetic utilized. Dime Trap will feature one of Kuksi’s surreal assemblages, created from found objects, hand sculpted elements, and for the first time, involve 3D modeling. Take a look at more of the details below.. Discuss Kris Kuksi here.
After successful showings at EVOKE Contemporary back in 2013 (covered) and 2015 (covered), Kent Williams will be opening another solo on Friday night (September 28th) at the New Mexico gallery. ZOETIC TRINITY: Paintings, Drawings & Photographs features the richly textured work from the Los Angeles-based artist that bridges the gap between “his interest for representation (especially relating to the figure) and abstraction (or expressive/emotive mark-making).” He further explains – “The work in the exhibition, or my work in general has always been about or related to life – my life, the people […]
For the fourth edition of Murals In The Market, anamorphic street artist Leon Keer recently finished a piece entitled Urban Colonization. Painted on a decrepit building around Detroit’s Eastern Market, the wall featuring the Dutch artist’s considerable 3D skills (aided with some sculptural additions aka painted tires) deals with some of the controversy surrounding the city’s water drainage rate or “rain tax.” He states – “Seems like the water shutoffs and massive drainage charge in Detroit has been set up to seize poor people’s homes and land to […]
Continuing to expand on his color infused portraiture, Erik Jones has prepared a surreal new body of work for the upcoming Moniker International Art Fair in London. Scheduled to be shown at the Spoke Art booth from October 4-7, the new vibrant paintings feature some of his familiar geometric patterns surrounding his subjects, but it seems like some of the palette has bled into their bodies and limbs. Elongated legs and arms (ala Mr. Fantastic or Elastigirl) seem to be sprouting from his characters, blending abstract […]
Coming up on October 13th, Thinkspace will be opening separate solo shows from artist couple Josh Keyes (interviewed) and Lisa Ericson. Both of the Portland-based artists’ work reference the environmental issues our world faces, something that will be evident again when they unveil new paintings in Los Angeles. Keyes’ imagery (seen above) often features a post-apocalyptic world where creatures are confronted by the results of actions by humans, often creating tension by bringing nature into an urban setting while Erison (seen below) has been continuing to explore […]
Friday night in Hong Kong, Sam Friedman opened his first solo show in Asia at Over The Influence. Entitled Flesh of the Gods, the American artist unveiled a series of canvases inspired by natural landscapes, which he deconstructs and revises into hazy abstract compositions. Through the use of colorful gradients, Friedman is able to create intriguing hints of caves, light tunnels, beaches, sunsets, and other elements of natural scenery in his works. Photo credit: @fedtan, @mmmmetaphor, @kurmanix, the gallery, and the artist. Discuss Sam Friedman here.