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Category Archives: Low Brow & Pop Surrealism

James Jean – “The Shape Of Water” Poster

Recently, James Jean (interviewed) revealed the artwork he finished for a new movie from Guillermo del Toro – The Shape Of Water. The romantic horror film centers around a mute janitor who falls in love with an amphibious man, a scenario captured perfectly by Jean’s artistic vision. Take a look at the trailer below as well as some in progress shots as the design progressed. Discuss James Jean here.

Upcoming: Lisa Ericson @ Antler Gallery

On July 27th, Antler Gallery in Portland will present new surreal paintings from Lisa Ericson featuring her hybrid creatures of the natural world. The new body of work she has prepared for this exhibition seems to be centered upon”mobile habitats,” plants growing on the back of tortoises that can support other wild life such as butterflies, frogs, and other insects. She will be sharing the show space with artists David Rice and Danny Samuels and their new work. Discuss Lisa Ericson here.

Previews: “Small Works” @ BeinArt Gallery

On July 29th, BeinArt Gallery will be opening Small Works, a show featuring over 60 artists, the second installment in an annual group exhibition. The size of the pieces is limited to 10″ x 10″ and smaller with 5% from every purchase to the Australia’s Climate Council and will feature carbon offsetting on all shipping. Participating artists include: Shaun Tan, Tiffany Bozic (see above), Julia Deville, Henrik Uldalen, David Stoupakis, Jana Brike, Naoto Hattori, Scott Scheidly, Amy Sol, Dan May, Johnson Tsang, Adipocere, Mahlimae, Menton3, Miles Johnston, Alex Garant, […]

Kickstarter: Luke Chueh – “Grief Encounters” Animated Series

Luke Chueh (interviewed) has recently started a Kickstarter with Munky King to create one minute shorts of some of his most iconic paintings. With the expertise of Tiny Giants, the Los Angeles-based artist’s world will expand as stories can be told centered around how his characters ended up in the situations they did (see an example below of his Target painting). Entitled Grief Encounters, the animated series can be supported by going to kickstarter here, with many goodies from Chueh going to those who invest in the different tiers […]

Overtime: July 17 – July 23

More stories from the week that ended July 23 (click on bolded words for more information): Cady Noland files lawsuit seeking the destruction of her work Log Cabin, claiming that it is a copy. Arthur Brand claims scientific certainty that Gardner Museum paintings stolen in 1990 is currently in Ireland. Authorities in Genoa close exhibition and confiscate 21 suspected fake Amedeo Modigliani paintings. Istanbul’s Rampa Gallery closes shop. Off Vendome closes its gallery. Other Criteria to close and become Other Criteria Books, focused on only publishing specialist art […]

Overtime: July 10 – July 16

More stories from the week that ended July 16 (click on bolded words for more information): Dallas Museum of Art acquires Yayoi Kusama’s All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins installation. RIP: Lala Rukh, who passed away at the age of 69. RIP: Daniel LaRue Johnson (1938-2017). Salvador Dalí’s body to be exhumed next week to help resolve paternity battle. Vika Gazinskaya steals Brad Troemel’s artwork for its clothing designs. NY-based graffiti artists suing Vince Camuto for alleged misappropriation and infringement of their mural work. Four, including […]

Overtime: July 3 – July 9

More stories from the week that ended July 9 (click on bolded words for more information): 1000 GESTALTEN performance takes place during G20 Summit. RIP: Jan Fontein, who passed away at the age of 89. RIP: Xavier Douroux, who passed away at the age of 61. America Meredith on Why It Matters That Jimmie Durham Is Not a Cherokee. New cybersecurity law goes into effect in China, causing greater self-censorship by artists. Hobby Lobby accused of buying up Iraqi war loot in quest to amass biblical artifacts for museum. $3.9mil. in […]

Previews: “Sea Sick in Paradise” @ Depart Foundation Malibu Village

Few things remind us of summer in America more than surfing and Southern California, specifically, Malibu. When you combine those two things with art, you have a fantastic timely mix for a warm weather exhibition. DEPART Foundation presents Sea Sick in Paradise, a group show curated by Amy Yao.  The exhibition features works in a variety of media by 44 artists (including Barry McGee and Margaret Kilgallen), many of whom are surfers themselves or inspired by surfing, the ocean, and coastal culture. Showing in context with these visual artists’ works are […]

Previews: Edwin Ushiro – “A Survey” @ Giant Robot 2

On July 8th, Giant Robot 2 in Los Angeles will be opening a new solo from Edwin Ushiro (interviewed) entitled A Survey. Like his showing with the gallery back in 2015 (covered), the locally-based artist delves deep into his youth with nostalgic scenes from his experiences growing up in Hawaii. Created through his unique process and novel technique, the paintings seem to glow with a luminous light  like a memory extracted from Ushiro’s Pensieve. Ushiro further explains – “Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things by Lafacdio Hearn is […]

Overtime: June 26 – July 2

More stories from the week that ended July 2 (click on bolded words for more information): Serpentine Galleries releases new Gerhard Richter edition, produced by HENI Productions. RIP: Sylvia Hougland, who passed away at the age of 78. RIP: Richard Benson, who passed away at the age of 74. RIP: Paul Fitzgerald, who passed away at the age of 94. Judge orders Salvador Dali’s body to be exhumed for a paternity suit. Two people have died looking for Forrest Fenn’s buried treasure. Native American artists from around US […]