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Category Archives: Contemporary Art

Releases: James Jean – “The Editor – Cutaway” Print

On April 21st (10 AM Japan Time), James Jean (interviewed) will be releasing a stunning new print through Adachi Hanga with proceeds going towards the institute’s mission of preserving of the traditional art of Japanese woodcut printing techniques by training young artisans and holding workshops. Entitled The Editor – Cutaway and priced at 100,000 yen (framed) and 80,000 yen (unframed), the edition (limited to 100) is the fourth collaboration between the American artist and Adachi Hanga and is the result of a detail intensive process utilizing 8 hand carved wood […]

Showing: Carlos Ramirez – “A Faster Hallelujah” @ Thinkspace

Galleries are off limits at the moment – so you will have to be satisfied with photos from the current show at Thinkspace by Carlos Ramirez. Formerly half of the artistic duo from Coachella, the Date Farmers, Ramirez continues in the vein of their former work with a series of paintings, mixed media pieces, and sculptures created from found objects scavenged from various desert locales. A Faster Hallelujah features works that deal with social and political issues of the working class, a raw blend of influences from his Mexican-American experience, Catholic symbolism, elements from the natural world […]

Showing: Mark Whalen – “Gentle Reminders” @ Over The Influence (Hong Kong)

Currently at the Over The Influence’s Hong Kong space, Mark Whalen (featured) has a show on view featuring 10 new sculptural works and a series of wall–hung reliefs. Gentle Reminders is a followup to the gallery’s show with the American artist at their Los Angeles space last year (covered) and continues his totemic sculptural works. Along with his signature stacks of heads, body parts, and everyday objects, the installation of of the new body of work also includes handwritten post-it notes that give insight into the studio process. Discuss Mark […]

Upcoming: Nuart Aberdeen 2020

EDIT: “Following the recommendations of governmental agencies, the decision has been taken to postpone the Nuart Aberdeen festival until further notice. The safety of the public, our artists, crew, and partners is our utmost priority and we will work closely with our Nuart partners in Stavanger and Aberdeen City Council to rearrange this world-class event.” – Nuart Aberdeen 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 […]

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 […]

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.

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, […]