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Previews: Pastel – “Space-Landscape” @ Athen B. Gallery

On September 9th, Pastel will be opening a solo show at Athen B. Gallery in Downtown Oakland entitled Space-Landscape. For his debut solo show in the United States, the Buenos Aires-based artist, whose real name is Francisco Diaz, has prepared a selection of paintings and sculptures that mirror his work on the streets paintings large floral based murals. Take a look at more photos from his studio process below… Discuss Pastel here.

Upcoming: Stella Im Hultberg – “Mago” @ Spoke Art (SF)

Following up on her solo there in 2015 (covered), Stella Im Hultberg (interviewed) will be opening a show at  Spoke Art in San Francisco this Thursday, August 31st. Entitled Mago, the new body of work from the Portland-based artist includes paintings and drawings that explore her Korean heritage, traditional folk stories, and her experiences with having a child. The name of the exhibition is taken from the mother of mothers and root of creation in Korean mythology, something that resonates with Stella as a mother and an artist. Available […]

Jay Z Performs With Jeff Koons Balloon Dog @ V Festival

A couple nights ago, Jay Z took to the stage at Virgin V Festival in Chelmsford with a 40 foot inflated Jeff Koons balloon dogg with the blessing of the artist. The rapper is a self-proclaimed admirer of the British sculptor and even included a line – “Oh what a feeling, fuck it I want a billion / Jeff Koons balloons, I just wanna blow up” on his 2013 song Picasso Baby. Take a look at a some fan photos and a video below… Photo credit: @samneill_photo (top […]

Releases: James Jean – “Hunting Party II” Print

Coming up next week (August 29th), James Jean (interviewed) will be releasing a new time limited edition entitled Hunting Party II. The print depicts all the animals of the Chinese Zodiac, comes sized at 21-15/16″ tall × 29-1/2″ wide (image size: 18-3/4″ tall × 27-5/16″ wide), and cost $200. It will only be available for 24 hours starting at 8:00 AM PDT on Monday, August 28th and ending at 7:59 AM on Tuesday, August 29th here for those interested. Discuss James Jean here.

Openings: Josh Keyes – “Implosion” @ Thinkspace Gallery

A couple weekends ago, Josh Keyes (interviewed) unveiled a new body of work entitled Implosion at Thinkspace Gallery for his long awaited solo show in Los Angeles. The new paintings continue the Portland-based artist’s thoughts on a possible dystopian future, something even more frightening in this political climate. Keyes’ masterful rendering of of nature and the excesses of mankind creates a powerful new series of works that make the viewer consider what we can do to change the bleak outlook for our species and world. Keyes further states – […]

Recap: POW! WOW! Long Beach 2017

Following up on the last two POW! WOW! Long Beach events (see 2015, 2016), this year’s gathering featured music, culinary delights, merchandise, and of course art for attendees to enjoy. Participants this year include Mike Giant, Kevin Lyons, Andrew Schoultz, The Draculas, Adele Renault, Tatiana Suarez, Niels Shoe Mailman, Ryan Milner, Dave Van Patten, Dulk, Yoskay Yamamoto, Noelle Martinez, Bodeck Hernandez, Ezra One, TRAV MSK (seen above), Mina Hamada, Bryan “Blue”, Nate Frizzell, Nosego, Apex, and Sparc. Check out the photos and video below documenting all the recent […]

Upcoming: Jose Parla – “Mirrors” @ Brand New Gallery (Milan)

Coming up on September 21st, Jose Parla will be opening a solo show in Milan at Brand New Gallery that reflects on memories from his travels in Italy. Entitled Mirrors, the new work incorporates parts of posters ripped from off the walls of Milan, Rome, Napoli, Matera, Bari, Lecce and Bologna. This collage technique will add further depth and texture to the Brooklyn-based artist’s signature urban calligraphy, as well as re-contextualizes the found materials. Discuss Jose Parla here.

Previews: Nicoletta Ceccoli & Yuka Sakuma – “Hide and Seek” & “Miniature Garden” @ Corey Helford Gallery

On Angust 19th, along with a showing from Brandi Milne, Corey Helford Gallery will also be presenting solos from Nicoletta Ceccoli (interviewed) & Yuka Sakuma. Entitled Hide and Seek, the new acrylic and colored pencil works on paper (pictured first) from the San Marino, Italy-based Ceccoli features her children disguising themselves or in the act of hiding. Her characters appear innocent on the surface, but when you look more into the details of her surreal compositions you will notice more menacing and frightful themes running in the background. Sakuma, on […]

Studio Visits: Brandi Milne

With Brandi Milne’s solo Once Upon a Quiet Kingdom opening soon (August 19th) at Corey Helford Gallery in Downtown Los Angeles, now is a good time to bring you some shots from her studio. Surrounded by her paintings, reference photos, and various paraphernalia, the locally-based artist definitely has many sources of inspiration in her work space. Take a look at more photos that give you an idea of what to expect when the exhibition opens as well as an interview with Milne below… Photo and video credit: Birdman Photos. Discuss Brandi […]

Previews: “Delusional” @ Jonathan Levine Projects

On August 9th, Jonathan Levine Projects will be opening Delusional, the result of their first annual juried exhibition searching for “the next great artist. Winners of the contest this year include: Adam Crawford (Philadelphia), Alê Jordão (Brazil), Alyssa B. DeVille (Pennsylvania), Anthony Freda (New York), Austin Parkhill (Alaska), Aya Kakeda (New York), Benjamin Nordsmark (New York), Caitlin McCormack (Pennsylvania), Charles V. Bennett (Tennesse), Choi Wong (the Netherlands), David Miller (New York), Diana Carolina Lopez (Mexico), Fiona Smyth(Canada), Garry Buckley (New Zealand), Helenbar (Brazil), Holly Matthews (Pennsylvania), Hyunjin Alex Park (Korea), Ian Cumberland (Ireland), Jennifer Gennari (New York), Jeremy Burks (Texas), Jim Salvati (California), Jim Woodring (Washington), Johnathan Reiner (Israel), Josh Tiessen (Canada), Julia Ibbini (United Arab Emirates), Julian Clavijo (Australia), Kirpy (Australia), Masha Gusova (Denmark), Merve Morkoc (Turkey), Nicci Sevier-Vuyk (Texas), Radoslaw Liwen (Scotland), Rick Newton (Florida), Risa Tochigi (New York), Ronald Gonzalez (New York), Stikman (Pennsylvania), Thomas John Carlson(New Jersey), Thomas Robert Meyers (New York), Trent Taft (New Jersey), Tyler Whitlock (North […]