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Showing: Ron English – “Delusionville” @ Allouche Gallery

Returning to Allouche Gallery for another showing (see 2016), Ron English (featured) recently unveiled a selection of work from the last three years for his fans in New York. Delusionville features the locally-based artist’s pop culture infused imagery with iconic characters like the “Baby Hulk” and “MC Supersized”, oftentimes with references to art history. Additionally, the exhibition features a series of collaborative works with English’s friend Daniel Johnston, a singer, songwriter and artist with whom he has worked with in the past 30 years. Photo credit: Eddie Lee (Via Hypebeast). […]

Streets: Andrew Hem // UPEART (Finland)

Recently in Oulu, Finland, Andrew Hem (interviewed) completed by far the hardest mural he’s ever painted due to the challenging texture of the wall. Created for multi-city UPEA street art festival, Crystal Blue from the American artist has a pixelated feel to it due to the tiny rocks on the surface of the wall. Using masterful gradients of of red and orange in the background, the stunning piece really stands out from the surroundings. Take a look at more photos below… Photo credit: Hannu Uusitalo, the artist, and the festival. Discuss Andrew Hem […]

Previews: “Lush Life 6” @ Roq La Rue

Tonight in Seattle, Roq La Rue celebrated their re-opening after a two year hiatus with a group show entitled Lush Life 6. Like the previous iterations of the exhibition, artists were free to interpret the theme as they saw fit. Participants this year included Camille Rose Garcia, Josie Morway, Lola Gil, Casey Curran, Kazuki Takamatsu, Brandi Milne, Bella Ormseth (seen above and below), Sarah Leea Petkus, Rebecca Chaperon, Kai Carpenter, and Kari-Lise Alexander. Discuss this show here.

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

On October 13th, Thinkspace Projects in Los Angeles will be opening a duo show from Josh Keyes and his life partner, Lisa Ericson. Presenting complementing bodies of work titled Tempest and Border Crossing respectively, the Portland-based artist couple will be revealing their environmental & socio-political views & concerns in the form of meticulously rendered hyperrealistic paintings. Keyes’ newest body of work continues his post-apocalyptic imagery depicting the aftermath of the ongoing environmental crisis. The new pieces are dominated by a single, usually animal character, wandering through a setting that […]

Previews: “Universes” @ Tales Of Art Gallery

On October 13th, Tales Of Art Gallery in Imola, Italy will be opening a group show curated by Sasha Bogojev entitled Universes. The eclectic roster of artists have diverse range of artistic practice and mark-making but all share an interest in rendering the surreal and figurative. Participants include Ador, Ana Barriga, Calvin Wong, Giorgiko (seen above), Edgar Plans, Kobusher, Peter Chan, Peter Opheim, Peter Schenck, and Super Future Kid.

Previews: Dabs Myla – “THINGS THAT CAN’T BE SEEN” (LA Popup)

On October 20th, Dabs Myla will be opening a new show curated by Roger Gastman in Los Angeles (8070 Beverly Blvd). Entitled THINGS THAT CAN’T BE SEEN, the new body of work includes over 20 large scale interior and floral paintings, works on paper, handmade ceramics, and an installation. The husband and wife duo further explain – “we wanted to bring our subconscious thoughts to life in this new body of work and have spent the past two years exploring and painting these ideas, broadening the scope […]

Previews: “Hi-Fructose Presents: The Art of The Mushroom” @ Compound Gallery

On October 20th, Compound Gallery in Oakland will be opening a group show curated by Hi-Fructose Magazine that is a tribute to the “friendly, deadly, tasty, hallucinogenic, phallic, alien, and legendary mushroom.” Participants include Andrew Schoultz, Naoto Hattori, Chuck Sperry, Annie Owens, Steven Cerio, Marion Peck, Mark Ryden (seen above), Travis Louie, Travis Lampe, Attaboy, Isabel Samaras, Michael Campbell, Martin Ontiveros, Gary Taxali, Michael Reedy, Nicomi Nix Turner, Mark Dean Veca, Ferris Plock, Jennybird Alcantara, Yoko d’holbachie, Skinner, Brandi Milne, Marco Mazzoni, Kii Arens, Graham Yarrington, […]

Releases: James Jean – “Azimuth” Catalog

On October 9th at 8 AM PDT, James Jean (interviewed) will be releasing the catalog for his show last year at Kaikai Kiki Gallery. Azimuth will include the artwork, installation photos, and process images from the exhibition in Japan, as well as ancillary works created in the same period. The exquisite book, which includes many thoughtful details, is limited to 1000 copies, comes signed, and includes an afterword by Takashi Murakami. Taking things to the next level, James will also be offering three slipcase editions with custom-engineered cloth cases with a magnetic enclosure that […]

Previews: Scott Scheidly – “Glamour Shots” @ Spoke Art (NY)

Tonight in New York, Spoke Art will be unveiling the latest paintings from Scott Scheidly’s wildly popular “pink series,” poking fun at notorious politictians, celebrities, and pop culture characters. Glamour Shots will feature 15 new satirical portraits (with ornate pink frames) that take on familiar subjects while dressing them up in hues that are historically more feminine, touching on issues of gender roles, power, and corruption. Scheidly further explains – “the paintings are about the perception of color so by painting people in hues of pinks and purples it […]

Showing: Kaili Smith // Thinkspace Gallery @ Moniker Art Fair

Another show to check out at the Moniker International Art Fair in London is a solo from Kaili Smith at the Thinkspace Gallery booth. The new series of “Le Petit Prince” paintings from the  Netherlands-born and Australia-raised artist deal with the issues of youth criminality through the lens of his experience hearing the famous childrens’ story from his French mother as a child. Smith, who himself spent jail time for graffiti while young, wanted to present works that explore the perspective of the children who find […]