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Category Archives: Low Brow & Pop Surrealism

Previews: “Delusional” @ Jonathan Levine Projects

On August 9th, Jonathan Levine Projects will be opening Delusional, the result of their first annual juried exhibition searching for “the next great artist. Winners of the contest this year include: Adam Crawford (Philadelphia), Alê Jordão (Brazil), Alyssa B. DeVille (Pennsylvania), Anthony Freda (New York), Austin Parkhill (Alaska), Aya Kakeda (New York), Benjamin Nordsmark (New York), Caitlin McCormack (Pennsylvania), Charles V. Bennett (Tennesse), Choi Wong (the Netherlands), David Miller (New York), Diana Carolina Lopez (Mexico), Fiona Smyth(Canada), Garry Buckley (New Zealand), Helenbar (Brazil), Holly Matthews (Pennsylvania), Hyunjin Alex Park (Korea), Ian Cumberland (Ireland), Jennifer Gennari (New York), Jeremy Burks (Texas), Jim Salvati (California), Jim Woodring (Washington), Johnathan Reiner (Israel), Josh Tiessen (Canada), Julia Ibbini (United Arab Emirates), Julian Clavijo (Australia), Kirpy (Australia), Masha Gusova (Denmark), Merve Morkoc (Turkey), Nicci Sevier-Vuyk (Texas), Radoslaw Liwen (Scotland), Rick Newton (Florida), Risa Tochigi (New York), Ronald Gonzalez (New York), Stikman (Pennsylvania), Thomas John Carlson(New Jersey), Thomas Robert Meyers (New York), Trent Taft (New Jersey), Tyler Whitlock (North […]

Releases: Josh Keyes – “Spray” Print

Tomorrow (August 9th) at 10AM Pacific Time, Josh Keyes (interviewed) will be releasing a new print through Thinkspace Gallery entitled Spray. The image is taken from the Portland-based artist’s current show at the Culver City gallery and will be reproduced in an edition of 75. The print will be sized at 16″ x 20″ (14 x 18 inch full sized reproduction image area), come hand signed and numbered by Keyes,  and will cost $250. Head over here at the appropriate time if you are interested in purchasing. Discuss Josh Keyes here.

Previews: AJ Fosik – “From Ripe to Rot” @ Library Street Collective

On August 19th, Library Street Collective will be opening a solo show from AJ Fosik (featured) entitled From Ripe to Rot. Inspired by city he was born in, the Motor City’s continued evolution, transformation, and reinvention fuels the ideas behind this new body of work featuring his intricate wood assemblages. Fosik’s practice is informed by folk art, taxidermy, and cultural rituals which can be seen in the three dimensional beasts he creates as well in the newer more contained compositional pieces. Discuss AJ Fosik here.

Overtime: July 31 – Aug 6

More stories from the week that ended Aug 6 (click on bolded words for more information): Alex da Corte’s Slow Graffiti at Vienna Secession. RIP: Harold M. Williams, who passed away at the age of 89. RIP: Concetto Pozzati, who passed away at the age of 81. Israeli authorities arrest five Palestinian antiquities dealers in Jerusalem connected to Hobby Lobby scandal. Skulptur Projekte Münster attracts repeat acts of thievery and vandalism. Police arrest 67-year-old woman accused of stealing Basquiat painting (of questionable authenticity). Anti-gentrification movement in Southern California spreads to South […]

Previews: Josh Keyes – “Implosion” @ Thinkspace Gallery

This Saturday night (August 5th), the long overdue show in Los Angeles from Josh Keyes (interviewed) opens its doors at Thinkspace Gallery. Implosion presents the Portland-based artist’s view of a dystopian post-human world, a sort of a warning with oftentimes scenes of environmental decay and nature reclaiming man-made structures. Featuring strongly in the new body of work is the use of graffiti juxtaposed in absurd locales, a construct which Keyes seems to be using to show the overreach of our society to deplete Earth’s life forces and our possible chaotic future. […]

Previews: Ken Flewellyn – “Stay Gold” @ Thinkspace Gallery

This Saturday, August 5th, the same night Thinkspace will be showing Josh Keyes, their project room will be putting Ken Flewellyn’s new paintings on display. Entitled Stay Gold, the fresh body of work will combine his lifelong love of Hip Hop and Japanese culture. The locally-based artist combines women in traditional fabrics with chains, sneakers, boom boxes, and other accouterments giving viewers a unique view of cultural identity.

Previews: Ronit Baragna – “Embraced” @ Booth Gallery

On August 19th, Booth Gallery in New York will be opening a new solo show from Ronit Baragna entitled Embraced. The disturbing sculptures that the Israeli artist has prepared for the exhibition consist of her instantly recognizable tableware erupting with human fingers and mouths. The playful yet provocative pieces attempt to blur the lines between the inanimate and the alive, bringing to mind a scene from a surreal and macabre tea party. Discuss Ronit Baragna here.

Overtime: July 24 – July 30

More stories from the week that ended July 30 (click on bolded words for more information): Julian Schnabel’s work in permanent collection currently on view at Glass House. Artsy also has info and images. RIP: Cool “Disco” Dan, who passed away at the age of 47. RIP: Robert Loder (1934–2017). Breese Little gallery closing its doors. Three paintings on loan from the Louvre destroyed in fire on a French island of Tatihou. Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí decries Dali exhumation, saying it is inappropriate and ungrounded. Jaime Botín faces prison and €100mil. […]

Upcoming: Brandi Milne – “Once Upon a Quiet Kingdom” @ Corey Helford Gallery

On August 19th, Brandi Milne will be opening a new solo at Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles entitled Once Upon a Quiet Kingdom. For this exhibition, her fourth with the gallery, the locally based artist continues her surreal landscapes that hide the uncertainties of life under a candy coated surface. She further explains – “This new body of work is an examination of the world around me, as well as the world within me. Specifically, the discovery that as life and all its uncertainty, pain, and […]

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.