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Openings: “Uchronia” Group Show and Amanda Manitach – “Whiskey Helps” @ Roq La Rue

Opening alongside Peter Ferguson’s Prime Meridian (covered), Roq La Rue packed even more art into the space to showcase the mini-group show titled Uchronia, and the upstairs featured Amanda Manitach’s Whiskey Helps. Featuring mostly Roq La Rue alumns, Uchronia asked artists to recreate or alter history in some way.  Femke Hiemstra imagines a different take on evolution which has enabled a frog to smoke a pipe while fly fishing with a pole. Jessica McCourt unveils the mystery of Percy Fawcett’s disappearance with a painting framed by […]

Openings: Peter Ferguson – “Prime Meridian” @ Roq La Rue

For several years now, Peter Ferguson has been transporting us to a world where human characters share their living spaces with monsters and other strange creatures. Prime Meridian continues to give us a glimpse into the every day lives of this world’s inhabitants. Over a dozen new works tell the tales of travelers, explorers, and even a bathing troll. Each piece has a color palette that could seemingly have come from being aged in cigar room for twenty some years. Complementary frames and inscribed title plates […]

Openings: Matzu / Tomokazu Matsuyama – “Come with me” @ Gallery Wendi Norris

Several weeks ago, Tomokazu Matsuyama (interviewed) opened his third solo show at Gallery Wendi Norris in San Francisco (previewed), titled Come with me. Featuring a nice selection of the artist’s iconic paintings, this latest from Matzu continues on his aesthetic wherein classical Japanese motifs join with contemporary “superflat” style and vibrant color choices for an expressive and dynamic showing of representative and abstract works. Comprised of new acrylic paintings on stretched canvas and sculptural works, the exhibiton will be on view until May 2nd (as well as a panel […]

Openings: Vhils – “Dissonance’ @ Lazarides (London)

After showing at Lisbon’s Electricity Museum / EDP Foundation (covered) and in Paris (covered) over the last year, multidisciplinary Portuguese artist Alexandre Farto aka Vhils returned to London for a new solo entitled Dissonance at Lazarides Rathbone. Running until April 23rd, the exhibition reflects on how various factors in the contemporary urbanized world shapes its inhabitants, while personal identities are vanishing under the visual noise and surrounding clutter. Reflecting this, the subjects being portrayed in the pieces disappear through multiple layering of billboards and stratification on metal and wood. Check out images from the opening below. Photo credit: Butterfly. […]

Openings: Haroshi – “Wait What” @ HHH gallery

One month after opening his third NYC show (covered), Haroshi had a pre-opening special exhibition at HHH gallery on March 21st in Tokyo. The gallery that was co-founded by Haroshi and Usugrow held host to a group of locals who are engaged in various creative activities, such as book-making, event planning, music-making and filmmaking. While the Japanese artist has previously exhibited many times abroad, this event in his hometown was a great opportunity show off a sculpture created with the support of HUF founder Keith Hufnagel. The main piece on display was a large hand […]

Openings: Seth Globepainter – “Walking on a Dream” @ Itinerrance Gallery

According to the photos and info we received from Paris, the opening of Julien Malland aka Seth Globepainter’s solo show Walking on a Dream at Itinerrance Gallery on March 20th was a huge success. Known in his homeland both as an artist but also as a TV host of the popular show Les Nouveaux Explorateurs (The New Explorers), the Paris-based artist has a huge following that wanted to witness his artwork in person especially since he doesn’t do gallery shows that often. For this exhibition, Seth produced around 20 canvases featuring his recognizable imagery […]

Opening: Pixel Pancho – ‘Memory of Life’ @ StolenSpace

Pixel Pancho just launched his first solo exhibition in London at StolenSpace entitled Memory of Life. The Italian artist has transformed the gallery space with installations featuring surreal robotic characters using pieces of furniture & musical boxes while also created some sculptures with moving mechanisms, including Michelone, an edition of 10 handmade and articulated robots. The new body of work includes acrylic and pencil on wood pieces that showcase robotic figures that explore the circle of life, from the moment they grow while also making and […]

Openings: Sam Wolfe Connelly & Liz Brizzi & Darla Teagarden – “And Here I Lay” & “Anagrams” & “Altars” @ Roq La Rue

Sam Wolfe Connelly’s second solo show at Roq La Rue opened on March 5th. And Here I Lay features several oil paintings that can be described as haunting with a touch of remorse.  Feelings of quiet and loneliness invade film-like locations that could easily be used as crime scene evidence. The exhibition also has a few graphite drawings that add to the narrative. Sharing the downstairs space is Liz Brizzi’s Anagrams. The multi-layered collage pieces start off with some acrylic background color before buildings and city-scapes […]

Openings: Nawer – “Colors in Shapesland” @ Hidari Zingaro, Tokyo

Nawer recently opened his successful Tokyo debut at Hidari Zingaro Gallery. Co-curated by Takashi Murakami and Takumi “Kasenyan” Kaseno of the GEISAI executive committee, Colors in Shapeland is a part of KaiKai Kiki’s GEISAI∞Infinity​ project. For this show, the Polish artist created a whole new body of work consisting of his abstract geo-based pieces. While quite different than other artists on the KaiKai Kiki’s roster, Nawer’s futuristic abstract works obviously resonated with the local collectors as the show completely sold out. The dynamics he achieves with his refined geometric lines […]

Openings: Sarah Joncas & Camilla d’Errico – “Beauty in the Breakdown” @ Thinkspace Gallery

Last weekend,  Sarah Joncas (seen above) and Camilla d’Errico (seen below) opened up a joint show together at Thinkspace Gallery in Los Angeles that included good representations of what they were known for. Beauty in the Breakdown featured the feminine portraiture  of Joncas in film-noir settings contrasted against the manga-inspired surreal work of d’Errico. Both Canada-based artists were in attendance and it looks like a good time was had by all. Photo credit: Birdman Photos. Discuss Sarah Joncas here. Discuss Camilla d’Errico here.