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Previews: Kent Williams – “Zoetic Trinity” @ Evoke Contemporary

After successful showings at EVOKE Contemporary back in 2013 (covered) and 2015 (covered), Kent Williams will be opening another solo on Friday night (September 28th) at the New Mexico gallery. ZOETIC TRINITY: Paintings, Drawings & Photographs features the richly textured work from the Los Angeles-based artist that bridges the gap between “his interest for representation (especially relating to the figure) and abstraction (or expressive/emotive mark-making).” He further explains – “The work in the exhibition, or my work in general has always been about or related to life – my life, the people […]

Previews: Erik Jones // Spoke Art @ Moniker International Art Fair (London)

Continuing to expand on his color infused portraiture, Erik Jones has prepared a surreal new body of work for the upcoming Moniker International Art Fair in London. Scheduled to be shown at the Spoke Art booth from October 4-7, the new vibrant paintings feature some of his familiar geometric patterns surrounding his subjects, but it seems like some of the palette has bled into their bodies and limbs. Elongated legs and arms (ala Mr. Fantastic or Elastigirl) seem to be sprouting from his characters, blending abstract […]

Overtime: Sept 17 – 23

More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): Jeffrey Deitch left MOCA amid controversy. Now he’s returning to L.A. to launch a gallery on his own terms. United Talent Agency Fine Arts head Josh Roth dies at 40. The American architect and theorist Robert Venturi has died at the age of 93. Geta Brătescu, the Romanian multidisciplinary artist, has died at age 92. A Los Angeles federal judge allows Adrian Falkner aka Smash 137’s lawsuit against GM to move forward. […]

Upcoming: Josh Keyes & Lisa Ericson – “Tempest” & “Border Crossing” @ Thinkspace

Coming up on October 13th, Thinkspace will be opening separate solo shows from artist couple Josh Keyes (interviewed) and Lisa Ericson. Both of the Portland-based artists’ work reference the environmental issues our world faces, something that will be evident again when they unveil new paintings in Los Angeles. Keyes’ imagery (seen above) often features a post-apocalyptic world where creatures are confronted by the results of actions by humans, often creating tension by bringing nature into an urban setting while Erison (seen below) has been continuing to explore […]

Showing: Sam Friedman – “Flesh of the Gods” @ Over The Influence (Hong Kong)

Friday night in Hong Kong, Sam Friedman opened his first solo show in Asia at Over The Influence. Entitled Flesh of the Gods, the American artist unveiled a series of canvases inspired by natural landscapes, which he deconstructs and revises into hazy abstract compositions. Through the use of colorful gradients, Friedman is able to create intriguing hints of caves, light tunnels, beaches, sunsets, and other elements of natural scenery in his works. Photo credit: @fedtan, @mmmmetaphor, @kurmanix, the gallery, and the artist. Discuss Sam Friedman here.

Showing: Mr. @ Perrotin Gallery (Hong Kong)

Recently in Hong Kong, Perrotin Gallery opened a solo show from Mr. entitled People misunderstand me and the contents of my paintings. They just think they are nostalgic, cute, and look like Japanese anime. That may be true, but really, I paint daily in order to escape the devil that haunts my soul. The said devil also resides in my blood, and I cannot escape from it no matter how I wish. So I paint in resignation. On view from the Japanese artist are a […]

Openings: Shepard Fairey – ‘Force Majeure’ @ MMOMA (Moscow)

With a career approaching its 30th anniversary, Shepard Fairey (interviewed) has just opened a new exhibition titled Force Majeure at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (organized with RUArts Foundation, curated by MMOMA and Wunderkammern Gallery with the collaboration of Artmossphere). The exhibition is an historical overview of his career to date, showcasing the evolution of his body of work spanning three decades – from politics, commercial messaging, subversion, social constructs, environment,  to war and peace – but also showcases many of Fairey’s artworks reflecting the profound influence […]

Releases: Brendan Monroe x Raised by Wolves – “Pendleton Wool Blanket”

A couple days ago, Brendan Monroe (interviewed) announced the release of a blanket he collaborated on with Raised by Wolves featuring his geometric patterns. Produced in a hand numbered edition of 250, sized at 64″ x 80″, and priced at $400, the Pendleton Wool Blanket can be purchased on Monroe’s website or directly here from the Canadian streetwear label. “The vastness of the ocean carries it’s own beauty. There’s a feeling of infinite and unobstructed space. While it shows you this by eye, over time it reveals the cycles […]

Art Focus: Invader – The Elegant Nexus

Invader’s work is made from conventional, individual tiles whose simplicity and uniformity belies the intangible mass of history, knowledge, and experience with which these mosaics are imbued. The artist’s practice is intimately associated with both graffiti and video games, which have proven to be two of the most dominant and enduring strands of youth culture over the last half-century. Out on the streets, graffiti has had a bigger impact than almost any other art movement in history;1 while indoors, gamers have clocked up billions of plays on […]

Upcoming: Jonas Wood – “Tennis Court Drawings” @ Shane Campbell Gallery

For an exhibition opening in Chicago on September 26th, Jonas Wood will be focusing in on subject matter he has worked on the past that draws from his experience as a sports fan. Entitled Tennis Court Drawings, the new body of work to be displayed at Shane Campbell Gallery will consist entirely of 24 renderings of famous tennis courts. Using photos taken on his phone as reference while watching the tennis matches on TV, Wood has created four sets of drawings representing the Grand Slam tournaments which can distinguished in part […]