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Update: Alex Gross Cabinet Card Printings

Fans of Alex Gross (interviewed) are always interested to see his latest paintovers of cabinet cards, a style of mounted photography widely used for photographic portraiture after 1870, with the latest produced up to the 1920s. Scouring his personal trove of these collectibles for likenesses to his favorite comic book, movie, and TV characters, the Los Angeles-based artist repurposes these images of people from the past through his art. Recently, he put a few of these for sale through his website which he does from time to time… Discuss Alex Gross here.

Releases: Paul Insect – “The Ultimate Journey” (Gold) Print

Tomorrow (May 16th) at 6:oo PM (Amsterdam Time), Paul Insect will be releasing new limited edition, The Ultimate Journey – Gold, through Avant Arte. Mirroring some of his recently work, the meticulously produced 10 color screen print embellished with glitter and small diamond dust will have an edition of 70, measure 97 x 71 cm (image size 92 x 67.4 cm), and cost € 1.200,00. Seen below also are the more limited blue and red versions which will drop in June. Discuss Paul Insect here.

Streets: Blek Le Rat (San Francisco)

While in town for his showing (more on this later) at Weinstein Gallery, legendary street artist Blek Le Rat spent some time working some of his stencil magic in San Francisco. Hitting several locations including the Hastings College of Law, the French artist was able make his mark on the area including conjuring up appearances of his famous rat. Take a look at some photos documenting his time on the streets below… Photo credit: Birdman Photos. Discuss Blek Le Rat here.

Openings: Mark Drew – “What Goes On?” @ Spoke Art (New York)

Earlier this month, Spoke Art’s New York location hosted the opening of Mark Drew’s new solo show. Entitled What Goes On?, the new body of work continues the Tokyo-based artist’s signature juxtaposition of Peanuts comics and 90s rap lyrics. The mashup of hip hop bars with Snoopy & gang by the Australian artist takes two presumably familiar elements for the viewer and generates a new refreshing point of view and interpretation. Rounding out the exhibition was a dog house entrance as well as a couple installations featuring items like Snoopy paraphernalia and old […]

Releases: YESNIK – “Hollow Heaven” & “King of Kings” Skate Decks

Entitled Hollow Heaven & King of Kings, two skatedecks were recently released by YESNIK featuring some of his signature imagery. Drawing from his experience living in an isolated mountain town in Central California, the Los Angeles-based artist has been painting totemic abstracted elements of the natural landscape for the last several years. Signed and numbered in an edition of 25, the two decks can be purchased as a set or separately for $200 & $125 respectively here. Discuss YESNIK here.

Upcoming: Greg “Craola” Simkins – “The Escape Artist” @ KP Projects

On May 19th, KP Projects in Los Angeles will be hosting their annual solo show with Greg “Craola” Simkins (featured), his seventh with the gallery. Entitled The Escape Artist, the new body of work references the locally-based artist’s immersion into the surreal world he has created with his paintbrush, a way to get away to a place where anything is possible. He further explains – “I have been taking refuge in my memories lately. Memories of the first time I saw a whale in the wild, seeing a […]

Releases: James Jean x Staple – “Washizu” (Bone White Colorway)

If you missed out on the original release of James Jean’s (interviewed) Washizu figure last year, here’s your chance at the second iteration. The Bone White Colorway of the piece created for Staple’s 20th anniversary (produced by Jasper Wong and Mighty Jaxx) will be available starting 12 May 2018, 10am EDT in a 24-hour timed release ($369) with the edition size determined by the number of orders. Standing at 9.8” X 12” X 13, the figure was inspired by a character from Akira Kurosawa’s 1957 masterpiece – Throne of Blood. Head over here at […]

Kris Kuksi x US Marine Corps – “Battles Won” Sculptures

At the end of last year, Kris Kuksi revealed a series of three sculptures he worked on for the United States Marine Corps as part of their recruitment campaign. The Battles Won set features bronzes entitled Nation’s Call, Waged In Will, and the nearly seven feet tall At Their Core (seen in more detail here), which were later donated to the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Virginia where they can be viewed. Taking approximately seven months to complete, the intricate and richly layered mixed media works […]

Previews: “Le Carnival Des Animaux” @ Creatura House Gallery

Tonight (May 10th) in Seattle, Creatura House will be opening a group show entitled Le Carnival Des Animaux. With animals set as the theme, artists Peter Ferguson, Travis Louie (seen above), Josie Morway, Scott Musgrove, Kari-Lise Alexander, Lola Gil, Jim Blanchard, Demi Raven, and Jessica McCourt all contributed something for the exhibition. Take a look at more preview images below… Discuss Travis Louie here.        

Releases: Phil Frost – 100%, 400%, 1000% [email protected]

Currently on preorder, a set of [email protected] from Phil Frost are available at various online art purveyors. Produced by Medicom, the distinctive form is available in the 100%, 400%, 1000% sized and features the signature imagery of the famed artist from the early NY graffiti scene. Measuring 2.5″, 8″, and 28.5″ respectively, the figures will ship late 2018, early 2019 for those interested. Discuss Phil Frost here.