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Releases: Mike Lee – “Bump & Grind” Figure Set

Following up his sculptural edition for last year’s ComplexCon, Mike Lee recently released a now sold-out figure set he called Bump & Grind. The porcelain dancers caught in an intimate moment are his first collaboration with Case Studyo and are three-dimensional representations of his signature faceless and bulbous characters. Take a look at more photos below… Discuss Mike Lee here.

Releases: James Jean – “Chelone” Print

Coming up next week, James Jean (interviewed) has another print scheduled for release on his website for his collectors featuring the nymph Chelone. Starting at 8:00 AM PDT on Tuesday, February 12 and ending at 7:59 AM PDT on Wednesday, February 13, the time limited edition printed on special metallic paper will come signed and numbered. Priced at $220, the 20-1/2″ tall × 18-1/2″ wide print features dimensionally enhanced elements like the tortoise shell, octopus, and Chelone’s hair as well as the shell and water are silkscreened in diamond dust Jean further explains – […]

Showing: “New Classics” @ Galerie C.O.A.

At the end of last month, Galerie C.O.A. in Montreal opened up a group show featuring artists who took inspiration from artistic movements or individual masters of the past, albeit with their own contemporary take on things. Curated by Sasha Bogojev, the exhibition included work from Eleanor Mccaughey, Pablo Benzo, Ted Pim, Erkut Terliksiz, Emilio Villalba, Sean Norvet, Kathy Ager, Julio Anaya Cabanding (seen above), Doping-Pong, Aldo Sergio, and Mathieu Cherkit.

Openings: Keiichi Tanaami – “Tanaami x adidas Originals” @ Nanzuka

Over the weekend, Nanzuka in Tokyo presented a special show in association with adidas Originals from the legendary Keiichi Tanaami featuring his special mix of surreal imagery influenced by childhood memories such as the Great Tokyo Air Raid of World War II. The new body of work includes 16 new works on canvas, with many that feature the brand’s famous “Trefoil” logo and several new three-dimensional works. Following the exhibition, a “ADICOLOR X TANAAMI” 9 item collection will be released in March including versions of the 3-stripes California T-shirt, […]

Previews: Kisung Koh – “Way of Life II” @ Thinkspace

This Saturday night (February 2nd), Thinkspace in Los Angeles will be opening a solo exhibition from Kisung Koh entitled Way of Life II. For his first showing in the main space, the Toronto-based artist will be presenting a series of works featuring animal subjects set in an allegorical universe often steeped with a sense of loss and longing. For this particular body of work, the Korean artist will be exploring the necessity of interrelationships in nature intermixing realism with surreal elements.

Upcoming: Phlegm – “Mausoleum of the Giants” (Sheffield)

So, it looks like Phlegm has been hard at work at something epic that will open to the public soon in the UK. Mausoleum of the Giants in the street artist’s home base of Sheffield will feature large-scale sculptural installations in an abandoned factory, populating the halls and rooms with creatures and elements of his distinct imagery. The solo show will be open starting March 15 and run until April 6 (head over here for the location and hours to be revealed at a later date). Photo […]

Previews: “New Classics” @ Galerie C.O.A.

On January 31st, Galerie C.O.A. in Montreal will be opening a group show curated by Sasha Bogojev featuring 11 international artists. Taking inspiration from renowned artistic movements or individual masters, these artists rework what they have learned to create New Classics. Participants include Eleanor Mccaughey, Pablo Benzo, Ted Pim, Erkut Terliksiz, Emilio Villalba, Sean Norvet, Kathy Ager, Julio Anaya Cabanding, Doping-Pong, Aldo Sergio (seen above), and Mathieu Cherkit.

Showing: “KAWS:HOLIDAY” (Taipei)

Over the weekend in Taiwan, fans of KAWS experienced what their counterparts in Seoul felt (covered) when the American artist’s impressive HOLIDAY companion sculpture was revealed. Produced in a sitting position rather then laying down, the 36 meter tall inflatable figure relaxed itself at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei and will be on view through the 27th of this month. Check out more photos of the event made possible with the help of AllRightsReserved & JFJ Productions. Photo credit: @rkrkrk, @songmatin, @cchhii611, @s.yin.h, @nk7, and the artist. Discuss KAWS here.

Previews: “CONJOINED VS. GROTESQUE” @ Copro Gallery

Tonight in Los Angeles, Copro Gallery will be opening a group show curated by artist Chet Zar (interviewed) and collector, author, musician Jeremy Wagner. Entitled CONJOINED VS. GROTESQUE, the show slanted towards the dark arts will continue Zar’s series of shows mainly featuring sculptural work as well as painting and drawings from fine artists, motion picture and music industry artists, and special F/X technicians. Take a look at some images below and head here for the full preview. Discuss Chet Zar here.

Jeff Soto for Empellón Al Pastor (New York)

After creating murals for Empellón Taqueria in New York a few years ago (covered), Jeff Soto (interviewed) has returned to paint for another restaurant from chef Alex Stupak. Empellón Al Pastor in the Pod 39 Hotel features three pieces from the Riverside, California-based artist utilizing his signature imagery. Soto explains – “I worked with an eye towards symmetry and math, with organic forms balancing geometric shapes. I put emphasis on complimentary colors that would add to the warm browns and oranges of the wood and tile decor. Chef Alex, being an […]