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Openings: Dave Kinsey – “Lost For Words” @ FFDG

Last Friday evening at FFDG marked the opening of Dave Kinsey’s first solo show in San Francisco in over a decade (previewed). This longtime Los Angeles artist recently moved away from the city, to a much quieter town near the Sequoia National Forrest and has created a body of work that has become more abstract, but still incorporates his recognizable figurative characters. Lost For Words features a series of textured mixed media works on surfaces that range from canvas pieces with slightly crooked frames (which […]

Openings: Ryan McGinness – “Women: Blacklight Paintings & Sculpture” @ Charles Banks

Ryan McGinness is an artist with a seemingly limitless passion and a work ethic to match as evidenced by his back to back exhibition in New York City during Frieze week. First was his very technical Sketches & Solutions at  Gering Lopez (covered). Then the following night, Ryan took across town to Charles Banks Gallery for the next installment of his eye catching UV reactive painting series entitled Women: Blacklight Paintings & Sculptures (See previous stops in LA, NYC,  Miami & PdP). Utilizing his nude figurative studies and taking them […]

Openings: “FRENCH INVASION” @ Fabien Castanier Gallery

Several days ago, the Fabien Castanier Gallery in Los Angeles hosted a group show for a selection of French street artists appropriately entitled FRENCH INVASION. Featuring the likes of Speedy Graphito, JonOne, Nasty, Rero and Tilt, the space was filled with paintings, installations, silkscreens and sculpture from each artist. The evening was rounded out by a live painting session on a collaborative mural as well as a surprise showing from SEEN and Sket One. Photo credit: Birdman Photos & Guillaume Zuili.

Openings: Samuel Lowder – “Time Machine” @ Shooting Gallery

Last Saturday evening, Shooting Gallery hosted the opening of Samuel Lowder aka Freprs’s exhibition entitled Time Machine. This ex-90’s graffiti artist has fully transitioned into creating pop art pieces incorporating layered stencils, with hidden details to be picked out when viewed closely. Time Machine takes the viewer back around 70 years with a cinematic feel with a colorful twist. Discuss Samuel Lower (Freprs) here.

Openings: Word to Mother – “Can’t Afford to be Broke” @ White Walls

London-based artist, Word to Mother’s (interviewed) latest offerings were put on display last Saturday evening at White Walls in an exhibition entitled Can’t Afford to be Broke (previewed). With this show, he took his weathered assemblage style and incorporated past and current pop icons with typography to create a commentary on the current state of our economy and society. The pieces evoke a sense of desperation, yet with some humor and color, there is still some optimism. In addition to the mixed media pieces on wood, […]

Openings: KAWS – “Nature of Need” @ Galerie Perrotin (Hong Kong) Part II

On Tuesday, Galerie Perrotin held the grand opening for its Hong Kong gallery location with a showing from the New York-based KAWS (a.k.a. Brian Donnelly) and it was a quite an event. Yesterday, we brought you an intimate look at each of the pieces in the exhibition entitled Nature of Need. Today, in the second part of the coverage, we give you an idea of impressive scale of the works as the audience hovered from piece to piece taking in all the colorful compositions created by the artist. […]

Openings: Rime & KC – “Sketchy M%#herfuckers” @ Known Gallery

Last week, Known Gallery presented the exhibition titled Sketchy M%#herfuckers featuring artwork by 7th Letter writer RIME and artist KC which showed currently with Dabs Myla’s Break Night Lovers (covered). The show included a variety of works which covered the gallery’s walls with colorful characters and bright colors. RIME shared a variety of sketches and works on canvas which demonstrate his signature style characters and settings. Also showing during the exhibition included artwork by photographer/artist KC featuring works which touched upon various themes such as pop culture, […]

Showing: Travis Louie – “The Secret Pet Society” @ William Baczek Fine Arts

Currently showing at William Baczek Fine Arts through June 2nd is The Secret Pet Society from NY-based painter Travis Louie (interviewed). The new body of work for this Northampton, Massachusetts exhibition focuses in on people and their strange pets, an angle that Travis has explored before. Included are floating creatures, monsters, insects, huge frogs among other bizarre characters, and suffice it to say, some of the owners are not that normal themselves. All the pieces are beautifully executed in his distinctive “vintage-surreal” black and white style. […]

Openings: Ryan McGinley – “Grids” @ Team Gallery NY

After bringing you photos of Ryan McGinley’s Animals showing at the Grand Street Team Gallery location in New York, we now continue our coverage with a look at the concurrently showing Grids at the Wooster space. This new body of work consists of three huge grids of individual portraits of fans at concerts (similar subject matter with Moby), derived from the photographer’s own love affair with rock music and live performance. Each snap is a captured moment in time with each awash with colored light […]

Openings: Ryan McGinness – “Women: Sketches & Solutions” @ Gering Lopez

A couple weekends ago, New York City got their second dose (see Pace Primatives show) of Ryan McGinness’ work in as many months when Women: Sketches & Solutions opened at Gering Lopez. This first solo exhibition with the gallery featured pieces that demonstrated the NY-based painter, illustrator, and designer’s creative process in regards to his ongoing series the past several years on the deconstructed female form. Also, the exhibition was separated in two parts – this uptown venue where everything was entirely in black & […]