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Previews: Brad Kunkle – “alkəmē” @ Arcadia Contemporary

Tonight in Los Angeles, Brad Kunkle’s postponed exhibition alkəmē will be opening at the Arcadia Contemporary. Titled after the pronunciation of the word alchemy, the new body of work is inspired by the the American artist’s fascination with the aforementioned ancient philosophy – most commonly thought of in association with the creation and transformation of other materials into gold. This fits in quite naturally with Kunkle’s signature use of gold leaf and gilding in his work, as well as with his discovery of magical thinking in his ancestral roots. […]

Previews: Daniel Arsham – “Relics of Kanto Through Time” @ NANZUKA

Tomorrow (June 9th) in Tokyo, the next chapter of Daniel Arsham’s collaboration with the Pokémon company will continue with an exhibition opening at NANZUKA. Relics of Kanto Through Time continues the New York-based artist unique practice of “future archeology”, this time used on fictional creatures, recreating the Pokémon with pyrite, selenite, volcanic ash, glass and obsidian. This new body of work was teased a couple month ago with the release of the Pikachu collectibles and Arsham’s collection with Uniqlo (covered). Discuss Daniel Arsham here.

BLM / Releases: KAWS – “TAKE” Figures

Tomorrow (July 9th) at 12 noon EST, KAWS will be releasing a new set of vinyl figures modeled after another combination of his Companion and BFF characters. Entitled TAKE, the three iterations are smaller versions of the sculpture introduced at his London exhibition last year (covered). A portion of the proceeds (goal of $250,000) will be split among Black Lives Matter and Color Of Change. Because of this added fundraising component, the NY-based artist has also added a few pieces from his personal inventory as well […]

BLM: Haroshi x HUF

Unfortunately, the looting that happened in Los Angeles did not leave artwork unscathed in certain locations. The iconic Haroshi (featured) middle finger sculpture that stood as the centerpiece at the HUF store since 2015 was damaged in the chaos of that weekend. The piece created from skateboard decks, as is the usual practice by the Japanese artist, has always stood as symbol of “fuck you” – a FU to “oppressors, to injustice, to violence, to racism, to authority, to inequality, and to anyone or anything working […]

BLM: Banksy

With the sad events that have seem to have brought the United States to a tipping point recently, many artists have use their art to make their views known. One of these hails from the other side of the pond, from perhaps the most infamous street artist of all – Banksy. He recently posted up a striking image along with the words below… “At first I thought I should just shut up and listen to black people about this issue. But why would I do […]

Showing: Shawn Huckins – “Fool’s Errand” @ K Contemporary

This weekend in Denver at K Contemporary, an exhibition from Shawn Huckins (featured) opened that focuses on “our relationships with the past and how it affects our current state of the world and our place in it.” Continuing his practice of altering historical paintings (but without the overlaid text he is known for), the new body of work instead juxtaposes Roman sculpture over classic 18th century American paintings as a preemptive warning of a failed society. Take a look at more photos from the show below… Discuss Shawn […]

Jammie Holmes – “George Floyd” Public Sky Banner Demonstration

Last weekend, Jammie Holmes initiated an art demonstration (with support from Library Street Collective) in five cities in the United States (Detroit, Miami, Dallas, Los Angeles, and New York) that flew banners with George Floyd’s last words across the skies. With this highly visible and powerful presentation, the artist’s form of protest was meant to bring people together in their shared incense at the inhumane treatment of American citizens. He further explains – “With this demonstration, I hope that people across the United States will use […]

David Choe – “Transform Hate 2 Love Using Art”

Grappling with PTSD from the current state of the world and his experiences from the riots of 1992, David Choe (featured) recently shared a series of new works on his instagram. Using abstract expressionism as a form of therapy and catharsis, the artist who grew up in Los Angeles channeled his pain and anger into gestural pieces that featured fighting opponents which he turned upside down and transformed into kissing faces. Watch the video for more details and to get a glimpse of his state of mind. […]

Streets: Nuart Aberdeen 2020 – Lock Down Past Up

Attending every edition of the festival since the inaugural 2017, we were very much looking forward to reuniting with our Nuart family for the fourth edition of now indefinitely postponed Nuart Aberdeen 2020 Festival. But, as it was to be expected with the event and the group of people around it, simply canceling and giving up on the dream wasn’t an option. After digitally launching Nuart Journal: Issue IV earlier this month (covered), they recently released Nuart’s Lockdown, Paste Up project which enables the cast of international artists […]

Releases: Nuart Journal – “Lockdown” EDITION

Barred from their designated playground, the public space, our friends from Nuart festival recently revealed the “lockdown” edition of their efforts with an online launching of the newest issue of Nuart Journal. Originally set to be released during Nuart Aberdeen 2020, in the year that marks the 20th anniversary of the festival, the theme of this year’s event as well as publication, was “Freedom”.  As the writers, artists, critics, academics, and collaborators worked on the issue, the world was entering into a shelter at home phase caused […]