Tonight in Los Angeles, Brad Kunkle’s postponed exhibition alkəmē will be opening at the Arcadia Contemporary. Titled after the pronunciation of the word alchemy, the new body of work is inspired by the the American artist’s fascination with the aforementioned ancient philosophy – most commonly thought of in association with the creation and transformation of other materials into gold. This fits in quite naturally with Kunkle’s signature use of gold leaf and gilding in his work, as well as with his discovery of magical thinking in his ancestral roots. […]
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Tomorrow (June 9th) in Tokyo, the next chapter of Daniel Arsham’s collaboration with the Pokémon company will continue with an exhibition opening at NANZUKA. Relics of Kanto Through Time continues the New York-based artist unique practice of “future archeology”, this time used on fictional creatures, recreating the Pokémon with pyrite, selenite, volcanic ash, glass and obsidian. This new body of work was teased a couple month ago with the release of the Pikachu collectibles and Arsham’s collection with Uniqlo (covered). Discuss Daniel Arsham here.
Tomorrow (July 9th) at 12 noon EST, KAWS will be releasing a new set of vinyl figures modeled after another combination of his Companion and BFF characters. Entitled TAKE, the three iterations are smaller versions of the sculpture introduced at his London exhibition last year (covered). A portion of the proceeds (goal of $250,000) will be split among Black Lives Matter and Color Of Change. Because of this added fundraising component, the NY-based artist has also added a few pieces from his personal inventory as well […]
Unfortunately, the looting that happened in Los Angeles did not leave artwork unscathed in certain locations. The iconic Haroshi (featured) middle finger sculpture that stood as the centerpiece at the HUF store since 2015 was damaged in the chaos of that weekend. The piece created from skateboard decks, as is the usual practice by the Japanese artist, has always stood as symbol of “fuck you” – a FU to “oppressors, to injustice, to violence, to racism, to authority, to inequality, and to anyone or anything working […]
With the sad events that have seem to have brought the United States to a tipping point recently, many artists have use their art to make their views known. One of these hails from the other side of the pond, from perhaps the most infamous street artist of all – Banksy. He recently posted up a striking image along with the words below… “At first I thought I should just shut up and listen to black people about this issue. But why would I do […]
This weekend in Denver at K Contemporary, an exhibition from Shawn Huckins (featured) opened that focuses on “our relationships with the past and how it affects our current state of the world and our place in it.” Continuing his practice of altering historical paintings (but without the overlaid text he is known for), the new body of work instead juxtaposes Roman sculpture over classic 18th century American paintings as a preemptive warning of a failed society. Take a look at more photos from the show below… Discuss Shawn […]
Last weekend, Jammie Holmes initiated an art demonstration (with support from Library Street Collective) in five cities in the United States (Detroit, Miami, Dallas, Los Angeles, and New York) that flew banners with George Floyd’s last words across the skies. With this highly visible and powerful presentation, the artist’s form of protest was meant to bring people together in their shared incense at the inhumane treatment of American citizens. He further explains – “With this demonstration, I hope that people across the United States will use […]
Grappling with PTSD from the current state of the world and his experiences from the riots of 1992, David Choe (featured) recently shared a series of new works on his instagram. Using abstract expressionism as a form of therapy and catharsis, the artist who grew up in Los Angeles channeled his pain and anger into gestural pieces that featured fighting opponents which he turned upside down and transformed into kissing faces. Watch the video for more details and to get a glimpse of his state of mind. […]
Tomorrow at 10am, HYPERFLY will be releasing a collaboration with POW! WOW! founder Jasper Wong on their website. The collaboration between the Hawaii-based artist and the brand from the world of Jiu-Jitsu will feature a Gi, pants, rash guard and bag with the design inspired Wong’s studies in Kung Fu, as well as the saying, “catch a tiger by the tail.” Take a look at more photos below… Discuss Jasper Wong here.
For their annual TIME 100 issue, the news magazine decided to pivot their focus to COVID-19 by asking their TIME 100 alumns to share any for insights on some of the challenges of what we are all facing in navigating the new realities of the pandemic. Participants this year include Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, Former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev, and as you can see from the cover, artist JR (interviewed), a 2018 TIME 100 honoree. The French street artist, who had the coronavirus himself weeks ago and has recovered, […]