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Showing: Oli Epp – “Contactless” @ Richard Heller Gallery

Oli Epp’s debut solo in the U.S. is currently showing at the Richard Heller Gallery in Los Angeles. Entitled Contactless, the new body of work from the British artist feature his amoeba-like characters and explore ideas of human relationships, technology and consumer culture. Provoking thought as well as eliciting laughs with dark humor, Epp’s paintings feature strange interactions with objects and references to brands and pop culture, all created through process that includes drawing, photoshop, and painting on canvas. Photo credit: Coeval Magazine, the artist, and […]

Recap: James Jarvis – “Ceci n’est pas un dessin, c’est une situation” @ Galerie Julien Cadet

Showing through last weekend, Ceci n’est pas un dessin, c’est une situation at Galerie Julien Cadet in Paris featured the instantly recognizable work of James Jarvis (interviewed). For an artist where drawing plays such a big role in his practice, the exhibition presented a further evolution of his work where his drawings were featured as the object – in flat sculptural form. Take a look at more photos from the show below… Photo credit: @thomas.demeester, @jeromeams, @adrianov28, the artist, and the gallery Discuss James Jarvis here.

Previews: Esao Andrews – “Petrichor” @ Mesa Contemporary Art Museum

Coming up next month (May 10th), Mesa Contemporary Art Museum will be opening Petrichor, a mid career retrospective dedicated to the dark and surreal vision of Esao Andrews. Featuring 20 iconic paintings contributed by collectors around the world, the showing from the Mesa, Arizona native will also include never seen before pieces, 70 skatedecks he has designed in the past, as well as a site specific mural. Accompanying the exhibition will be Andrews’ debut monograph coming in at a whopping 296 pages highlighting over 240 works since 2001. Discuss […]

Releases: Hikari Shimoda – “Lonely Hero and Obake” Figures

In a few hours, Hikari Shimoda will be releasing her latest collaboration with APPortfolio – the Lonely Hero and Obake figures. Both versions Polaroid (full-color, run of 300, $488) and Birch (wood, run of 118, $1360) have been made available already at the Shanghai Toy Show with an online release slated for Apportfolio’s website on April 15th, 10:00pm GMT. The characters are an amazing three dimensional representation of the Japanese artists work and first made their appearance in her work in 2011. Hikari’s Lonely Hero is a lonely magical boy, […]

Showing: Tomoo Gokita – ‘Untitled’ @ Massimo De Carlo (London)

Over the last month, Massimo De Carlo Gallery has been hosting Tomoo Gokita‘s first London exhibition. In Gokita’s post-conceptual paintings, meaning is not so much ambiguous as it is deliberately absent. The focus is entirely on the aesthetic form and the only thing that matters is the acrylic gouache which clings to the surface of the canvas. The brushwork, which ranges from velvety soft to richly expressive, creates works which are arresting on a purely visual level. The trademark use of monochrome throughout his practice purposefully harnesses the […]

Showing: James Jean – “Eternal Journey” @ Lotte Museum

Last week, the Lotte Museum in Seoul unveiled an expansive retrospective entitled Eternal Journey featuring the art of James Jean (interviewed). The exhibition features over 500 works from the American artist including pieces from his time as a comic book artist, sketchbooks, videos, digital art, and sculptures like a new eight foot tall stained glass obelisk. The  highlight of the show though has the be the room with a series of large scale paintings, prime examples of Jean’s fantastical artistic vision and unparalleled imagination. Photo credit: Giant Robot, […]

Previews: Steven Harrington – “Magic Hour” (Los Angeles popup)

On April 13th, Steven Harrington will be unveiling his latest body of work to his fans in Los Angeles with a show entitled Magic Hour. Featuring new paintings & drawings, the frenetic compositions feature some familiar motifs and characters from the California-based artist’s oeuvre, all rendered with a vibrant color palette. Rounding out the exhibition will be sculptures and a new, small capsule collection of clothing and footwear that Harrington collaborated on with Nike, whose support has made the showing possible. The exhibition will be on view thru […]

Previews: “Mother and Child” @ Dorothy Circus Gallery

Coming up on April 13th, both the London and Rome spaces of Dorothy Circus Gallery will be collectively holding a group show entitled Mother and Child. The subject of the work for the exhibition can be deeply personal, while artists can also take inspiration from the familiar motif utilized throughout art history – the most famous being depictions of Madonna and child. Participants in Rome include Javier Calleja, Marion Peck, Andrey Remnev, Adrian Cox, Amandine Urruty, Andrea Kowch, Aron Wiesenfeld, Audrey Kawasaki, El Gato Chimney, Handiedan, Hyuro, […]

Previews: Booooooom x Thinkspace – “Seeing Red”

Coming up on March 30th, Thinkspace Gallery will be hosting a group show entitled Seeing Red. Curated by Booooooom founder and Vancouver-based artist Jeff Hamada, the exhibition features 12″ x 12″ works from artists who were asked to incorporate the color red. Participants include: Aaron De La Cruz, Alessandra Maria, Alex Roulette, Alice Fennessy, Alina-Ondine, Andrea Wan, Andrew Schoultz, Andrew Tavukciyan, Andy Busc, Angela Gram, ASKEW, Audrey Kawasaki, Bagger 43, Ben Bauchau, Bráulio Amado, Brecht Vandenbroucke, Brendan Monroe, Caratoes, Céline Ducrot, Cinta Vidal, Daniela Carvalho, Drew […]

Upcoming: James Jean – “Eternal Journey” @ LOTTE Museum of Art (Seoul)

Last weekend, James Jean (interviewed) previewed a new stained glass work he has created in collaboration with Judson Studios. The large sculptural work is a followup to the pieces that were created for his exhibition in Tokyo last year (covered), and will be on display when the American artist’s solo Eternal Journey opens at the LOTTE Museum of Art in Seoul on April 4th. Take a look at some more photos of Gaia down below… Photo credit: Khoi Nguyen. Discuss James Jean here.