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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 […]

Upcoming: Lisa Ericson – “Islands” @ Antler Gallery

Tonight in Portland at Antler Gallery, Lisa Ericson will be opening a new show entitled Islands alongside some sculptural works from Crystal Morey. Building on concepts conceived in previous body of works (LA ’18 & PDX ’18), the locally-based artist returns with more acrylic on panel paintings that feature fauna and flora, entire ecosystems, balanced on the backs of different creatures. The science-based and surreal imagery from Ericson simultaneously brings to mind the global refugee crisis and environmental issues such as global warming. Discuss Lisa Ericson here.

Showing: James Jarvis – “Throw-ups” @ NANZUKA

Opening last week, Throw-ups at NANZUKA in Tokyo marks James Jarvis’ (interviewed) first solo showing in Japan in the last four years. The exhibition continues the British artist’s laser-cut wooden relief works that were last seen earlier this year in Paris (covered), but also features a wide range of techniques including new spray paintings, colored acrylic panels, a bronze sculptural work, and of course drawings. For Jarvis, daily drawing forms the basis of his practice and those figurative musings are where his signature characters originate and then evolve into […]

Showing: Andrew Hem – “Fragmentz” @ Galerie Openspace

Come July 20th, a beautiful show from Andrew Hem (interviewed) will close in Paris at Galerie Openspace. Fragmentz features the American artist’s dream-like imagery rendered in lush colors, a world full of natural landscapes and city scenes oftentimes inspired by his Cambodian heritage for his characters to inhabit. For his first time exhibiting in France, Hem prepared a series if 10 paintings, a selection of watercolors done on paper from his travel diaries, and a wall mural. Pboto credit: @smiloalain, @nicolas_galerieopenspace, the gallery, and the artist. Discuss Andrew Hem […]

Openings: “Hello Kitty 45th Anniversary Group Show” @ Corey Helford Gallery

Following in a long line of Sanrio themed group shows, the Hello Kitty 45th Anniversary Group Show opened last month at the Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles. Drawing on the talents of a large roster of artists, the exhibition features a varied selection of artwork inspired by the famous bowed feline. Participants: Gary Baseman, Andrew Brandou, Tara Mcpherson, Simone (Tokidoki) Legno, Kukula (Nataly Abramovitch), Luke Chueh, Buff Monster, Sarah Folkman, Brandi Milne, Amy Sol, Paul Frank, Nate Frizzell, Eric Joyner, D*Face, Mike Stilkey, Risk, Kazuki Takamatsu, […]