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Openings: Shepard Fairey – “Printed Matters” @ Library Street Collective

Opening last month and showing through the middle of August is Shepard Fairey’s (featured) solo at the Library Street Collective in Detroit. Entitled Printed Matters, the exhibition featured a diverse collection of the Los Angeles-based artist’s distinctive work across all mediums. While in town, Shep also gifted the Motor City with his tallest mural ever (covered) as well as many other pieces left in the wild. Photo credit: Jon Furlong & Sal Rodriguez & the gallery. Discuss Shepard Fairey here.

Openings: James Reka – “Olympvs” @ Avantgarden Gallery

On June 4th, Avantgarden Gallery in Milan opened OLYMPVS, a solo show by James Reka, that will stay on view until THE 10th of July. For this event, the Berlin-based artist created a coherent body of work that mirrors the aesthetics of ancient Greek culture. Showing the typical imagery of that period, through his almost abstract visual language, Reka created an interesting mixture of old and new. Using his strict geo shapes along with spraypaint transparency and solid fill ins, the artist depicts recognizable architectural elements such as arches and […]

Openings: Casey Weldon – “Tropefiend” @ Spoke Art

Last weekend, Spoke Art in San Francisco welcomed back Casey Weldon (featured) for a third solo show at their space entitled Tropefiend. Using a vibrant retro color palette, the Seattle-based artist’s paintings feature his unique points of view, oftentimes surreal and filled with dark humor. He further explains the new body of work – “I think on one hand, the color palette I work with has been gradually getting darker, and I was getting really into recreating the glowing and reflecting colors of bright lights. The subject matter has been […]

Openings: Open Summer Festival in Toulouse (FR)

For the 4th year running (see 2014 here), the Open Summer Festival invited twenty international artists to Toulouse (FR) to the new creative hub Cinquante Cinq / Espace Cobalt. Outside the exhibition space, guests enjoyed live painting sessions with a Graffiti Jam and relaxed with good summer vibes including enjoying a barbecue and music. Many artists from the Toulouse scene joined in at the opening like Tilt and 100Taur. Invited artists included: Babz – Katre – Twopy – Moner – Arnem – Meyer – Druid81 – Most […]

Openings: Hendrik “ECB” Beikirch – “Waiting” @ Ruttkowski;68

Waiting is Hendrik ‘ECB’ Beikirch’s third exhibition with Ruttkowski:68 gallery which opened on the 5th of June. Famous for his portraiture work, the exhibition features renderings of people he encountered in his numerous trips around the world. Through his works, Beikirch seeks to capture a person’s “aura,” making them immortal in the process. No matter if he works on a massive murals covering skyscrapers, or draws in his sketchbook, his works are black & white and focused on transforming people from the anonymous to the iconic. His characters are […]

Openings: Gris1 & Kan – “Humanity” @ Atelier des Bains

Urban art lovers in Geneva, Switzerland, are currently enjoying the original works by two of the members of the infamous French graffiti crew DMV.  Humanity, curated by Nicolas Couturieux, is a two men show featuring Kan and Gris1 that opened on the 28th of May at Atelier des Bains. With both artists attending the opening, the show featured five large canvases from each, plus large murals painted inside and outside of the space – a celebration of urban art at its purest. Quite original in their visual languages as well as […]

Openings: Pastel & Elian – “Fallas” @ Montana Gallery Barcelona

On the 29th of May, Montana Gallery Barcelona opened a two men show featuring works by Argentinian artists Elian and Pastel. Though significantly different in their use of visual language, the two artist put up a coherent and well balanced show juxtapozing their works and creating a collaborative mural inside gallery space. Supported by their local artists friends such as Zosen or Aryz, Fallas (Failure) presents a series of paintings about errors. Standing for plural of defect, the show focuses on the consequences and alterations of the nonfunctional […]

Openings: Barry McGee & Todd James – “FUD” @ V1 Gallery

On May 28th, V1 gallery  in Copenhagen, or V1 contemporary art center as the artists renamed it for the occasion, hosted a preview of FUD, a two men show featuring  Barry McGee & Todd James. Being long time friends, this was the second time they exhibited together in Copenhagen. Matching their visual language that often celebrates ridiculousness and nonsense in any form, the show was titled with a made up word that can be found in James’ earlier works. Without being pretentious about the depth and meaning […]

Openings: Travis Louie & Lauren Marx – “Archive of Lost Species” & “American Wilderness” @ Roq la Rue

Earlier this month, Roq la Rue welcomed back Travis Louie for his Archive of Lost Species solo show. Louie’s finely rendered acrylic paintings are once again on display, with his usual recipe of the odd and imaginary. Oscar Pennington and his travels take center stage as he documents strange and wild creatures found around the world. The stories don’t stop with the brush though, as the pieces are accompanied with a short story, and Pennington’s Fish Frog of Burma even includes a diagram detailing the […]

Openings: Greg “Craola” Simkins – “Where Am I” @ KP Projects // MKG

Over the holiday weekend, those who found time to attend Greg Simkins’ new solo at KP Projects // MKG in Los Angeles were transported by the artist’s boundless imagination into his surreal landscapes filled with fantastical creatures and mutations. Where Am I was a new body of work that included large scale paintings, smaller gems, as well as drawings from the locally based artist. With Craola knight characters and other familiar imagery running throughout the narratives as well as a throwback color palette, long time fans were filled with a sense of nostalgia, […]