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Category Archives: Low Brow & Pop Surrealism

Releases: Tristan Eaton – “New Money” Dunny

Returning to reinvent the ubiquitous Dunny whose form he designed 15 years ago for Kidrobot, Tristan Eaton has created the first metal version of the collectible. Entitled New Money, the new chrome finished 5 inch figure features the LA-based artist’s patchwork aesthetic while poking fun at the bling-bling culture. He further explains – “it’s really about sarcastically hyping up the bling of it, you know. Kind of bringing together all these bling stereotypes in a way. There’s gold chains in there, gold teeth…  you know, all those elements of […]

Previews: Johnny “KMNDZ” Rodriguez – “Year of Atomic Bird” @ KP Projects

Tomorrow night (October 5th) in Los Angeles, KP Projects will be opening a solo show from Johnny Rodriguez (aka KMNDZ) entitled Year of Atomic Bird. For his first showing in the West Hollywood space in three years, the locally-based artist has prepared 40 new paintings including some impressively scaled pieces (see the 60” x 48” Atomic House painting below) that weave a narrative about a society of birds has taken it upon itself to save humanity. Taking his tried an true visual language featuring rusted weaponry, bird and their houses, and ornamentation […]

Moniker UK ’19 / Previews: Andrew Hem @ Thinkspace Gallery

Later this week, the Moniker Art Fair in London will be the venue for Andrew Hem’s (interviewed) latest solo showing. Presented by Thinkspace Gallery, the new acrylic paintings from the American artist continues his use of a vivid palette while painting imagery inspired by his heritage, travels, and street culture. This new body of work also sees Hem further explore his recent fascination with the meta “painting within a painting” motif which you can see above as well in other pieces below. Discuss Andrew Hem here.

Moniker UK ’19 / Previews: Josh Keyes @ Thinkspace Gallery

With this year’s Moniker Art Fair in the UK opening soon, it’s time to look at some of the art soon to be on display. First up is a mini solo show from Josh Keyes (interviewed) showing with Thinkspace Gallery featuring his acrylic and panel pieces that deal the effects of humanity on our environment. Reoccurring themes and motifs abound in the new work including his renderings of statues, the natural world, underwater scenes, as well as juxtaposing graffiti in usual locations. Take a look at more preview images below… […]

Showing: Travis Louie – “Biodiversity” @ Roq La Rue

Last week in Seattle, Travis Louie (interviewed) opened a new show at Roq La Rue entitled Biodiversity. Taking the title to the extreme, the New York-based artist has included real and imaginary creatures into the variety and variability of life on Earth, all rendered in his unique technique. Typically posing his characters in Victorian garb, Louie’s meticulously painted portraits mimic the aesthetics of vintage photography, despite the surreal imagery. A carefully constructed and entertaining backstory usually accompanies each piece, an example of which corresponds to the painting above – “The reluctant […]

Previews: The BLAB Show // 14th Annual @ Copro Gallery

Tonight’s opening at Copro Gallery in Los Angeles marks the 14th annual iteration of the BLAB! show, a group exhibition curated by Monte Beauchamp. Featuring a roster of artists familiar to our readers, the showing also always introduces us to works from new artists that we have never seen before. Participants this year include Ana Bagayan, Adrian Cox, Alex Graham, Andrew Hem, Annie Owens, Adam Wallacavage, Bennett Slater, Bill Mayer, Blair Dawson, Brandi Milne, Bruno Pontiroli (see above), Buck Shanty, Cathie Bleck, Chris Mars, Christopher Buzelli, Clare […]

Previews: Kenny Scharf – “Optimistically Melting!” @ Honor Fraser Gallery

Tonight in Los Angeles, Kenny Scharf (interviewed) will be unveiling a new body of work entitled Optimistically Melting! at Honor Fraser Gallery. The California-born artist, who first made his name on the streets of New York four decades ago, has prepared a few series of works for this exhibition. First on the list are a set of paintings featuring his signature trippy and cartoonish imagery, but applied to a motif he has rarely explored before – still life. Like the rest of the show, there is a sense […]

Previews: “Ace Of Spades, Queen of Diamonds” @ Roq La Rue

Tonight (August 7th) in Seattle, Roq La Rue will be celebrating their 21st anniversary with a group show entitled Ace Of Spades, Queen of Diamonds. It’s hard to believe it’s really been that many years for one of the rare galleries that have made it past two decades showing a genre of art that we love – so congrats to them. Participating artists Peter Ferguson, Travis Louie, Marion Peck, John Brophy, Lola Gil, Chris Berens, Jean Labourdette, Isabel Samaras, Casey Weldon, Camille Rose Garcia, D. Allan Drummond, […]

Showing: “Reshaped Reality: 50 Years of Hyperrealistic Sculpture” @ Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall (Taipei)

Continuing its travel throughout the museums of the world, Reshaped Reality: 50 Years of Hyperrealistic Sculpture has now touched down at the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall in Taiwan. Showing through September 22nd, the exhibition features hyperrealistic sculptures from a roster of internationally recognized artists like Patricia Piccinini, Ron Mueck, Kazuhiro Tsuji, and more. As referenced but the title, the artists explore the human form rendered in deceptively and disturbingly realistic detail but oftentimes with a surreal touch. Take a look at more photos below… Photo credit: Hi-Fructose, c5h1e6r2r4y, wliomsky, […]

Showing: Joakim Ojanen – “Island” @ Dio Horia

An exhibition entitled Island from Joakim Ojanen recently opened at Dio Horia in Mykonos featuring four oil paintings he created during his residency at the gallery as well as a group of ceramic sculptures crafted after his time on the Greek island at the artist’s studio in Stockholm. The character-based works loosely reference his experience on the island including the large centerpiece, situated in what looks like a cobbled Mykonian alley and featuring a smiling Greek amphora full of daisies. Take a look at more photos below… Photo credit: The […]