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POW WOW ’19 / Previews: “My Neighbor Hayao” @ Ala Moana Center

As part of this year’s POW! WOW! HAWAII, Spoke Art will be presenting a group exhibition entitled My Neighbor Hayao. The tribute show to the Hayao Miyazki features work from over 100 international artists (like Dan Mumford above) each contributing an interpretation of their favorite Miyazaki films, characters and scenes. This special weekend-only showing will be on view inside Ala Moana Center (unit 1234) from February 13-17.          

Releases: James Jean – “Chelone” Print

Coming up next week, James Jean (interviewed) has another print scheduled for release on his website for his collectors featuring the nymph Chelone. Starting at 8:00 AM PDT on Tuesday, February 12 and ending at 7:59 AM PDT on Wednesday, February 13, the time limited edition printed on special metallic paper will come signed and numbered. Priced at $220, the 20-1/2″ tall × 18-1/2″ wide print features dimensionally enhanced elements like the tortoise shell, octopus, and Chelone’s hair as well as the shell and water are silkscreened in diamond dust Jean further explains – […]

Showing: “New Classics” @ Galerie C.O.A.

At the end of last month, Galerie C.O.A. in Montreal opened up a group show featuring artists who took inspiration from artistic movements or individual masters of the past, albeit with their own contemporary take on things. Curated by Sasha Bogojev, the exhibition included work from Eleanor Mccaughey, Pablo Benzo, Ted Pim, Erkut Terliksiz, Emilio Villalba, Sean Norvet, Kathy Ager, Julio Anaya Cabanding (seen above), Doping-Pong, Aldo Sergio, and Mathieu Cherkit.

Openings: Keiichi Tanaami – “Tanaami x adidas Originals” @ Nanzuka

Over the weekend, Nanzuka in Tokyo presented a special show in association with adidas Originals from the legendary Keiichi Tanaami featuring his special mix of surreal imagery influenced by childhood memories such as the Great Tokyo Air Raid of World War II. The new body of work includes 16 new works on canvas, with many that feature the brand’s famous “Trefoil” logo and several new three-dimensional works. Following the exhibition, a “ADICOLOR X TANAAMI” 9 item collection will be released in March including versions of the 3-stripes California T-shirt, […]

Previews: Kisung Koh – “Way of Life II” @ Thinkspace

This Saturday night (February 2nd), Thinkspace in Los Angeles will be opening a solo exhibition from Kisung Koh entitled Way of Life II. For his first showing in the main space, the Toronto-based artist will be presenting a series of works featuring animal subjects set in an allegorical universe often steeped with a sense of loss and longing. For this particular body of work, the Korean artist will be exploring the necessity of interrelationships in nature intermixing realism with surreal elements.

Previews: “New Classics” @ Galerie C.O.A.

On January 31st, Galerie C.O.A. in Montreal will be opening a group show curated by Sasha Bogojev featuring 11 international artists. Taking inspiration from renowned artistic movements or individual masters, these artists rework what they have learned to create New Classics. Participants include Eleanor Mccaughey, Pablo Benzo, Ted Pim, Erkut Terliksiz, Emilio Villalba, Sean Norvet, Kathy Ager, Julio Anaya Cabanding, Doping-Pong, Aldo Sergio (seen above), and Mathieu Cherkit.

Previews: “CONJOINED VS. GROTESQUE” @ Copro Gallery

Tonight in Los Angeles, Copro Gallery will be opening a group show curated by artist Chet Zar (interviewed) and collector, author, musician Jeremy Wagner. Entitled CONJOINED VS. GROTESQUE, the show slanted towards the dark arts will continue Zar’s series of shows mainly featuring sculptural work as well as painting and drawings from fine artists, motion picture and music industry artists, and special F/X technicians. Take a look at some images below and head here for the full preview. Discuss Chet Zar here.

Jeff Soto for Empellón Al Pastor (New York)

After creating murals for Empellón Taqueria in New York a few years ago (covered), Jeff Soto (interviewed) has returned to paint for another restaurant from chef Alex Stupak. Empellón Al Pastor in the Pod 39 Hotel features three pieces from the Riverside, California-based artist utilizing his signature imagery. Soto explains – “I worked with an eye towards symmetry and math, with organic forms balancing geometric shapes. I put emphasis on complimentary colors that would add to the warm browns and oranges of the wood and tile decor. Chef Alex, being an […]

Previews: Mark Dean Veca – “The Troubled Teens (Work of a Decade)” @ Jason Vass

On January 26th, Jason Vass in Los Angeles will be presenting a selection of work from Mark Dean Veca (interviewed), his first solo gallery show in over four years. The Troubled Teens (Work of a Decade) features a carefully curated collection of the locally-based artist’s pop culture-infused paintings created from 2010 – 2019. Often tackling iconic cartoon figures as well as more political charged imagery such as the presidential seal with his contemporary use of Toile du Jouy patterns and his patterned dithering, Dean Veca references art history […]

Upcoming: Kevin Peterson – “Wild” @ Thinkspace

Coming up on March 2nd, Thinkspace in Los Angeles will continue to show Kevin Peterson with a new exhibition entitled Wild. Known for his beautiful paintings of children passing through urban environments with their animal companions, the Houston-based painter looks to not be deviating from this formula for his new body of work. Those who want to own some art from him now can purchase a new print (seen below) from him this Friday, January 18th at 10 am PST from the gallery’s webstore. Discuss Kevin Peterson here.