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Showing: Joakim Ojanen – “Island” @ Dio Horia

An exhibition entitled Island from Joakim Ojanen recently opened at Dio Horia in Mykonos featuring four oil paintings he created during his residency at the gallery as well as a group of ceramic sculptures crafted after his time on the Greek island at the artist’s studio in Stockholm. The character-based works loosely reference his experience on the island including the large centerpiece, situated in what looks like a cobbled Mykonian alley and featuring a smiling Greek amphora full of daisies. Take a look at more photos below… Photo credit: The […]

Streets: Mark Jenkins @ Rose Beton Festival (Toulouse)

Working in Toulouse for the third Rose Beton Festival (see 2016), Mark Jenkins (interviewed) has created a duo of striking installations so far (with two more to come). Utilizing the human form, the American artist stages disconcerting urban interventions of which these first two pieces are prime examples. The first is what seems to be a girl with her face hidden by her hair hanging from a swing from the Saint Pierre bridge while the second features his signature hooded figure blending in with the statue of Pierre Goudouli at […]

Releases: Saber – “LA River” Print

With the release of the LA River print from SABER (interviewed), fans have a chance to own a part of graffiti history. The LA writer was recently on the TV show To Tell The Truth, which put a spotlight on the Los Angeles River piece he painted in 1997 (hailed as the world’s largest graffiti piece at the time). The large format edition of 100 is sized at 24 x 35 inches with an embellished signature and can be purchased here. Discuss Saber here.

Releases: Felipe Pantone x Hennessy – V.S Cognac Bottle @ Complexcon (Chicago)

Recently at Complexcon in Chicago, Felipe Pantone was on hand to present his collaboration with Hennessy on his design for the V.S Cognac Bottle. Featuring his special form of glitch effects and optical art, the event featured original pieces, wall graphics from the project, as well as samples of the product, kicking off with the help of rapper A$AP Ferg. The Argentinian-Spanish artist follows in the line of some distinguished artists such as Kaws, Futura, Os Gemeos, Shepard Fairey, Ryan McGinness, and Scott Campbell who have previously worked on the bottle. Discuss […]

Upcoming: Lisa Ericson – “Islands” @ Antler Gallery

Tonight in Portland at Antler Gallery, Lisa Ericson will be opening a new show entitled Islands alongside some sculptural works from Crystal Morey. Building on concepts conceived in previous body of works (LA ’18 & PDX ’18), the locally-based artist returns with more acrylic on panel paintings that feature fauna and flora, entire ecosystems, balanced on the backs of different creatures. The science-based and surreal imagery from Ericson simultaneously brings to mind the global refugee crisis and environmental issues such as global warming. Discuss Lisa Ericson here.

Showing: James Jarvis – “Throw-ups” @ NANZUKA

Opening last week, Throw-ups at NANZUKA in Tokyo marks James Jarvis’ (interviewed) first solo showing in Japan in the last four years. The exhibition continues the British artist’s laser-cut wooden relief works that were last seen earlier this year in Paris (covered), but also features a wide range of techniques including new spray paintings, colored acrylic panels, a bronze sculptural work, and of course drawings. For Jarvis, daily drawing forms the basis of his practice and those figurative musings are where his signature characters originate and then evolve into […]

Showing: “KAWS:HOLIDAY” (Japan)

Earlier today, another leg of the Asian KAWS:HOLIDAY tour (see Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong) was unveiled at the Fumotoppara Camping Ground in Japan with the iconic Mt. Fuji looming in the background (on view through July 24). Teaming up with AllRightsReserved again to present larger than life versions of his signature Companion figure, the American artist has opted this time for a massive reclined 40-meter inflatable. As in the other countries, the public showing featured a release at DING DONG Takuhaibin of related merchandise including vinyl figures, t-shirts, cushions, […]

Showing: Andrew Hem – “Fragmentz” @ Galerie Openspace

Come July 20th, a beautiful show from Andrew Hem (interviewed) will close in Paris at Galerie Openspace. Fragmentz features the American artist’s dream-like imagery rendered in lush colors, a world full of natural landscapes and city scenes oftentimes inspired by his Cambodian heritage for his characters to inhabit. For his first time exhibiting in France, Hem prepared a series if 10 paintings, a selection of watercolors done on paper from his travel diaries, and a wall mural. Pboto credit: @smiloalain, @nicolas_galerieopenspace, the gallery, and the artist. Discuss Andrew Hem […]

Streets: Nychos // Titanes Project (Spain)

Recently in Spain, Nychos completed a series of murals with a focus on skeletons for the Tatanes Project in the province of Ciudad Real. Curated by Okuda, the program seeks to promote social inclusion for people with disabilities through art by creating a public art museum of top international artists on unused silos in Porzuna. Entitled The Pillar Of Unified Love, the four part piece from the Austrian artist delves into losing the fear of death by utilizing this traditional morbid motif in a way that directs the […]

Openings: “Hello Kitty 45th Anniversary Group Show” @ Corey Helford Gallery

Following in a long line of Sanrio themed group shows, the Hello Kitty 45th Anniversary Group Show opened last month at the Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles. Drawing on the talents of a large roster of artists, the exhibition features a varied selection of artwork inspired by the famous bowed feline. Participants: Gary Baseman, Andrew Brandou, Tara Mcpherson, Simone (Tokidoki) Legno, Kukula (Nataly Abramovitch), Luke Chueh, Buff Monster, Sarah Folkman, Brandi Milne, Amy Sol, Paul Frank, Nate Frizzell, Eric Joyner, D*Face, Mike Stilkey, Risk, Kazuki Takamatsu, […]