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Upcoming: Nuart Aberdeen 2020

Longer days and warmer temperatures among other things mean that Nuart Aberdeen is about to take place once again in Scotland’s Granite City. For the fourth consecutive year, the creative force behind Nuart Festival (teamed up with their local partners Aberdeen Inspired and the Aberdeen City Council) will challenge the cultural narrative of the city otherwise most popular for its uniformed Victorian-era architecture and grey granite. After a successful three years, production of a series of groundbreaking public murals, installations, and intervention, and overwhelming support of the […]

Recap: Bo Rune Madsen – “Bule Boy Ammer Verden (Mensh)” @ Galleri Benoni

Last month at Galleri Benoni in Copenhagen, a show featuring the work of Bo Rune Madsen was on view entitled Bule Boy Ammer Verden (Mensh). The Danish artist is best known for his role as founder of the alternative rock band Mew, one of the most critically acclaimed bands to come out of Scandinavia, but has moved on to focus on his art since he left the band in 2015. The new body of work is like a “portrait exhibition that revolves around shapes and colors, as a representation […]

Streets: Meggs (Melbourne)

Recently completed at the La Trobe University in Melbourne, Megg’s new piece utilizes his signature blue and red palette to perfection. Inspired by “the constant growth and flow of natural elements and creative ideas,” the Australian-born artist included native Eucalyptus, a Wedge Tailed Eagle feather, a duck feather, and a charred leaf in the composition. The mural expertly navigates some unique architectural components, blending in nicely with the interiors of the place of higher learning. Photo credit: Lloyd Knowles. Discuss Meggs here.

Openings: José Parlá – “It’s Yours” @ Bronx Museum

Nobody captures the fabric of the urban environment like José Parlá – the textures, layers, and traces left by city dwellers. It’s Yours (inspired by T La Rock’s song of the same name) is the Cuban-Ameircan artist’s first solo museum exhibition in New York City, and well deserved, seeing as he has spent years documenting the walls and surfaces of the boroughs with his abstraction and graffiti-inspired calligraphy. On view through August 16th at the Bronx Museum, the show features large-scale paintings, Parlá’s sketchbooks and drawings from age ten […]

Releases: James Jean x Suarez – Jewelry Collection

James Jean (interviewed) has always had a thing for jewelry (see OVM line) and high fashion (i.e. 3.1 Phillip Lim & Prada) To that end, the Los Angeles-based artist has collaborated on a new collection with Joyería Suárez (you may remember D*Face’s line with the Spanish brand back last year) featuring designs inspired by his artwork and palette. Check out some of the intriguing creative process can be ween in the video below and head here to see the whole collection. Discuss James Jean here.

Previews: Eric Joyner – “Machine Man Memories” @ Corey Helford Gallery

This Saturday night (March 7th) in Los Angeles, Eric Joyner (interviewed) will be unveiling his latest batch of paintings featuring his reoccurring obsession with robots and donuts while drawing from an eclectic mix of inspirations (like David Hockney – seen above). Entitled Machine Man Memories, the exhibition at Corey Helford Gallery from the San Francisco-based artist includes 18 new paintings, some of which stray from his usual motifs and includes non-robotic figures such as Frosty the Snow Man, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, The Wizard of O’s, and a dragon. […]

Showing: Todd “REAS” James – “Warm Welcome” @ Eighteen Gallery

Following up on his show there in 2018 (covered), Todd “REAS” James recently opened another solo at Eighteen Gallery in Copenhagen entitled Warm Welcome. Continuing to work on interior spaces in his signature cartoonish style, the NYC-based artist has inserted iconography of a certain era of youth in some of the new paintings – posters and record sleeves of artists like RUN DMC, Iron Maiden, De La Soul, Slayer, Wu Tang, B-52s and such luminaries of that time. James has also created some pieces in black and white, a contrast […]

Showing: Mike Lee – “Sunny Days” @ Over The Influence (Los Angeles)

Currently showing through the end of March at Over The Influence’s space in Los Angeles, Sunny Days is Mike Lee’s debut solo with the gallery. Working through various stages of his upbringing through a series of rooms, his paintings and sculptures featuring his signature minimalistic and monochromatic renditions of human forms are meant to confront specific memories. Fleshing out some of his compositions typically only focused on the locally-based artist’s bulbous characters with some background elements brings more depth and richness to this new body of work, an […]

Previews / POW! WOW! Hawaii ’20: Thinkspace – “Exploring The New Contemporary Movement VII”

Continuing to collaborate with POW! WOW! Hawaii (2020 edition started this weekend), Thinkspace will putting their Exploring The New Contemporary Movement VII group show at Wade Warehouse (449 Cooke Street) on view from February 11-15. Over 100 artists were asked to create something on 12″x 12″ panels for the exhibition including Aaron De La Cruz, ABCNT, Abigail Goldman, Adam Caldwell, Ador, Alex Garant, Alex Pardee , Allison Sommers, Amy Sol, Andrew Schoultz, AngelOnce, Anthony Ausgang, Anthony Hurd, Anthony Solano, Atomik, Baldur Helgason, Bier en Brood, Brad Woodfin, […]

Showing: Jonathan Chapline – “Hunter Gatherer” @ NANZUKA

Last week in Tokyo, NANZUKA hosted the first solo showcase in Asia by the Brooklyn-based Jonathan Chapline featuring 10 new paintings and two three-dimensional works. Utilizing a combination of computer based skills and traditional mark making, the American artist has populated his paintings with increasing clusters of his signature croquis drawing-like characters, a process of quickly sketching the human body, distilling it to the simplest elements. These works from Chapline are balanced nicely by two lovely large-scale multicolored sculptures, bringing his subjects off the wall and into our world. […]