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Previews: Lola Gil – “Window Journey” @ Roq La Rue

Returning to Roq La Rue in Seattle, Lola Gil has a new show opening tomorrow night (October 8) entitled Window Journey. Continuing with a style she calls “Narrative Escapism”, the new works are filled with tension while mixing different painting techniques in the same piece. The influence of the anxiety and fear that grips our world is evident in the nine new paintings from the American artist, including some burning imagery that is surely influenced by the wildfires that seem to have affected different parts of […]

Showing: Emily Mae Smith – “Kin” @ Simone Subal Gallery

A few weeks ago, Simone Subal Gallery in New York opened a new show from Emily Mae Smith entitled Kin. Much of the American artist’s reoccurring motifs can be seen in the new work – the anthropomorphic broom, teeth, references to the female form, the bespectacled face – carefully chosen imagery that has made appearances in her painting practice for the last decade. Underlying all of Smith’s work are sly references to feminist ideals, which combined with her homages to different art movements, point out the lack of […]

Releases: Yoshitomo Nara – “123 Drumming Girls”

On October 17th, How2work will be releasing a new set of figures from Yoshitomo Nara at a one day pop-up shop at the Landmark Atrium in Hong Kong. Entitled 123 Drumming Girls, the set has an attractive price point at $2500 HKD and with it planned to be an open edition, the Japanese artist is really trying to get this to as many of his fans as possible. No word yet on an overseas release, but you can follow the How2work IG for more details on this release as well as future […]

Showing: Jean Jullien @ Lyon Contemporary Museum of Art

Today in France, the Lyon Contemporary Museum of Art opened a new group exhibition group entitled Comme un parfum d’aventure which included the works of Jean Jullien, Marina Abramović, Guillaume Bijl, Jean Dubuffet,  Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Yoko Ono, Erwin Wurm and many more. For his part, Jullien has created an installation which he named Digressions pariétales – paintings set against the backdrop of drawings and texts. Take a look at the photos below… Photo credit: Alice Gallery Discuss Jean Jullien here.

Showing: Javier Calleja – “Sooner Or Later” @ Bill Brady Gallery

For his debut solo show in the US, Javier Calleja has prepared a series of paintings (some of the biggest canvases he produced to date) as well as a large totemic sculpture featuring a stack of his cartoonish heads. Sooner Or Later is an exhibition from the Spanish artist that was planned for earlier in the year at Bill Brady Gallery in Maimi, but had been postponed until now because of the global pandemic. The scale of the work perhaps is a way to celebrate the win of […]

Felipe Pantone – “INTR3PID” Carbon Cub Airplane

Felipe Pantone recently unveiled the INTR3PID, an adventure aircraft he wrapped with his signature use of colors gradients, geometrical patterns and Op Art elements. The Carbon Cub lightweight airplane is manufactured by Washington-based Cub Crafters, the design of which has been in the works for over a year from the Spanish artist. Take a look at more photos below… Via Hypebeast. Discuss Felipe Pantone here.

Releases: Perrier x Murakami

Continuing their longstanding support for the arts, PERRIER recently collaborated with Takashi Murakami on a range of new bottles. Some of the Japanese artist’s signature motifs – his smiling flowers and kaikai kiki characters – are contrasted nicely against the classic green bottles from the French mineral water brand. Murakami further explains – “When PERRIER® first approached me, I felt extremely lucky to have the opportunity to collaborate with this sparkling water brand with such a long history. It held many positive associations for me – for example, […]

Videos: Cai Guo-Qiang – “The Birth of Tragedy”

Last weekend in Cognac, France, Cai Guo-Qiang livestreamed a colorful daytime explosion event on the Charente to honor the universal values of resilience, courage, and hope in the face of the global pandemic. Inspired by Nietzsche’s The Birth of Tragedy, the 15-minute fireworks event in three acts (commissioned to mark Hennessy X.O’s 150th anniversary) required twenty thousand shots of fireworks which were launched from 150 oak barrels floating on the river. Says Cai Guo-Qiang, “We are now entering a new chapter of humankind’s strenuous odyssey. The signal […]

Releases: El Mac – “Sun And Clouds” Print

Tomorrow (October 3rd) 10am PST, El Mac will be releasing a new print entitled Sun And Clouds on his website. The edition, which will come in two versions – gray & blue, was adapted from a drawing of his son form last year. He further explains – “The drawing was inspired by my son’s radiance– that special radiance found in small children that glows with love and joy, and can part the clouds in the sky. Leonard Cohen wrote that ‘as our eyes grow accustomed to sight they armor […]

Showing: Aya Takano – “Let’s Make The Universe A Better Place” @ Perrotin (Seoul)

Currently at the Perrotin space in Seoul, Aya Takano has a new selection of sixteen drawings and ten works on canvas on view in a show entitled Let’s Make The Universe A Better Place. Inspired by a visit to girls’ schools in Korea, the Japanese artist sees herself in the students in uniform – “under strict rules and conformity, homogeneous thoughts and beliefs are encouraged.” This has lead Takano to take a new direction for her instantly recognizable manga-inspired young girls, turning the focus on emotional and interpersonal relationships as […]