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Openings: KMNDZ & Ekundayo @ Thinkspace

Judging from the crowd that showed up for the opening, KMNDZ & Ekundayo careers are going in an opposite direction when compared to the stock market right now.  Luckily we got there early and took some quick pics before it got too packed.  The two artists spent several days completely transforming Thinkspace and their hard work definitely paid off. Entering the gallery was like entering into their own little post-nuclear apocalyptic world. More pics after the jump.

Skool of Hard Knocks / Above

Street artist Above has forwarded us a video to his newest creation “Skool of Hard Knocks.” He was able to take some existing graffiti and transform it into a lesson for a classroom. Hopefully, he will be able to sit down with us soon and share some of his thoughts with our readers. Some before and after pics after the jump.

Preview: KMNDZ & Ekundayo @ Thinkspace

KMNDZ (above) & Ekundayo’s (below) two-man show is set to open this Friday, October 10th at Thinkspace in the Silverlake district. Arrested Motion was invited to take a look at the installation process last night, as well as take some photos to share with our readers. Those attending this show will be very impressed by the setup, as the two artists have completely transformed the space into the “Red Forest” (title of the show), the most radioactive place on earth. The paintings of the show […]

Baby Tattooville: Thomas Han

One of the most frequently asked questions about Baby Tattooville is “what do we get out of it?”  As our readers, you all have seen our coverage of some of this “loot” already, but over the next several weeks, AM will try to answer this question in more detail. The enigmatic Thomas Han turned out to be one of the surprise guests that showed up at the event this year and he did not come empty-handed. He along with Munky King (one of the sponsors) […]

Preview: Brendan Monroe @ Galerie L.J. Beaubourg

Over the last several shows, it is becoming more apparent that Brendan Monroe is in the middle of a transition period. Although it can be argued that all artists are constantly evolving and technically always in “transition,” most collectors have noticed less and less figurative elements to his work. For example, he rarely adds faces to his characters anymore. Perhaps it’s a conscious desire to distance himself from the “Low Brow” scene or perhaps it’s a subconscious progression into more abstract imagery. His upcoming show […]

Baby Tattooville 2008 Wrapup

Baby Tattooville concluded yesterday with a fantastic brunch at the Mission Inn as well as passing out of the “goodie” bags (more on this later). We must say that we thoroughly enjoyed covering this event and would recommend attending next year for anyone interested in this genre. Arrested Motion will be on hand to cover the event again in 2009 and we hope you have enjoyed our on-site blogging this year. Over the next several weeks, we will post some extra stories from this year’s […]

Opening: JR @ Lazarides

Famed street photographer JR opened his show in London last Friday. Much anticipation had built up over the last week because of the large installations he had put up in Soho (teased previously). We had wondered how his art would translate into the gallery setting, but it looks as though he was able to maintain the “feel” of his work quite nicely. By pasting his photographs onto uneven pieces of wood, aluminum, and even a mirror, he was able to emulate his famous style on […]

KAWS Bronze Head

For those so inclined, a KAWS bronze sculpture (self portrait) will be available at his upcoming show at Gering & Lopez. Sized at 11 x 6 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches and produced as an edition of 33, every one will be painted a unique color and cost 25K. These heads look like the same basic sculpt that was used for his Bounty Hunter Skull Kun figures seen below. via highsnobiety.

Baby Tattooville Day 2: Riverside Art Museum

After an afternoon of artists alternating between sketching for attendees or working on the collaborative “Art Jam” piece, everyone headed down for the “Beyond Baby Tattooville” show at the Riverside Art Museum. We had previously previewed the show, but there was a new additional piece from each featured artist for sale at this exhibition. See a video of these new pieces & photos from the show after the jump.

Baby Tattooville Day 2: 11-12 pm

The session right before lunch was a panel of three artists: Dave Cooper, Brandi Milne, and Ana Bagayan. Dave did drawings of one of his famous luscious, lavacious, and occasionally obese women. Each attendee of the event was to receive one of these…there were inked drawings for sale too! (look for a future feature on these beautifully rendered drawings). He was also very happy to personalize these drawings to each attendee. Brandi decided to little paintings on matchbooks to give away. She also painted on […]