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Previews: Erik Jones // Spoke Art @ Moniker International Art Fair (London)

Continuing to expand on his color infused portraiture, Erik Jones has prepared a surreal new body of work for the upcoming Moniker International Art Fair in London. Scheduled to be shown at the Spoke Art booth from October 4-7, the new vibrant paintings feature some of his familiar geometric patterns surrounding his subjects, but it seems like some of the palette has bled into their bodies and limbs. Elongated legs and arms (ala Mr. Fantastic or Elastigirl) seem to be sprouting from his characters, blending abstract […]

Upcoming: Josh Keyes & Lisa Ericson – “Tempest” & “Border Crossing” @ Thinkspace

Coming up on October 13th, Thinkspace will be opening separate solo shows from artist couple Josh Keyes (interviewed) and Lisa Ericson. Both of the Portland-based artists’ work reference the environmental issues our world faces, something that will be evident again when they unveil new paintings in Los Angeles. Keyes’ imagery (seen above) often features a post-apocalyptic world where creatures are confronted by the results of actions by humans, often creating tension by bringing nature into an urban setting while Erison (seen below) has been continuing to explore […]

Showing: Sam Friedman – “Flesh of the Gods” @ Over The Influence (Hong Kong)

Friday night in Hong Kong, Sam Friedman opened his first solo show in Asia at Over The Influence. Entitled Flesh of the Gods, the American artist unveiled a series of canvases inspired by natural landscapes, which he deconstructs and revises into hazy abstract compositions. Through the use of colorful gradients, Friedman is able to create intriguing hints of caves, light tunnels, beaches, sunsets, and other elements of natural scenery in his works. Photo credit: @fedtan, @mmmmetaphor, @kurmanix, the gallery, and the artist. Discuss Sam Friedman here.

Showing: Mr. @ Perrotin Gallery (Hong Kong)

Recently in Hong Kong, Perrotin Gallery opened a solo show from Mr. entitled People misunderstand me and the contents of my paintings. They just think they are nostalgic, cute, and look like Japanese anime. That may be true, but really, I paint daily in order to escape the devil that haunts my soul. The said devil also resides in my blood, and I cannot escape from it no matter how I wish. So I paint in resignation. On view from the Japanese artist are a […]

Openings: Shepard Fairey – ‘Force Majeure’ @ MMOMA (Moscow)

With a career approaching its 30th anniversary, Shepard Fairey (interviewed) has just opened a new exhibition titled Force Majeure at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (organized with RUArts Foundation, curated by MMOMA and Wunderkammern Gallery with the collaboration of Artmossphere). The exhibition is an historical overview of his career to date, showcasing the evolution of his body of work spanning three decades – from politics, commercial messaging, subversion, social constructs, environment,  to war and peace – but also showcases many of Fairey’s artworks reflecting the profound influence […]

Releases: Brendan Monroe x Raised by Wolves – “Pendleton Wool Blanket”

A couple days ago, Brendan Monroe (interviewed) announced the release of a blanket he collaborated on with Raised by Wolves featuring his geometric patterns. Produced in a hand numbered edition of 250, sized at 64″ x 80″, and priced at $400, the Pendleton Wool Blanket can be purchased on Monroe’s website or directly here from the Canadian streetwear label. “The vastness of the ocean carries it’s own beauty. There’s a feeling of infinite and unobstructed space. While it shows you this by eye, over time it reveals the cycles […]

Upcoming: Jonas Wood – “Tennis Court Drawings” @ Shane Campbell Gallery

For an exhibition opening in Chicago on September 26th, Jonas Wood will be focusing in on subject matter he has worked on the past that draws from his experience as a sports fan. Entitled Tennis Court Drawings, the new body of work to be displayed at Shane Campbell Gallery will consist entirely of 24 renderings of famous tennis courts. Using photos taken on his phone as reference while watching the tennis matches on TV, Wood has created four sets of drawings representing the Grand Slam tournaments which can distinguished in part […]

Previews: Mike Lee – “I’ve Missed You” @ The Garage

Amsterdam’s The Garage will be opening the European debut show from Mike Lee on the 29th of September. I’ve Missed You will be American artist’s first solo exhibition in Europe after successfully introducing his work in Tokyo (covered) and Hong Kong (covered) last year. We’ve been following Lee’s work since his early shows with Giant Robot (back in 2015), while he was still working with pencils on paper and are excited to see him taking over the art world with his cheerful monochromatic oils. Regularly depicting sphere-based […]

Previews: Kelsey Brookes – “Fibonacci, Waveforms, and Capsid Symmetries” @ Quint Gallery

On September 28th, Quint Gallery in La Jolla will be opening a show from Kelsey Brookes entitled Fibonacci, Waveforms, and Capsid Symmetries. Continuing to draw from his scientific background as former biochemist for inspiration, the locally-used artist has found a novel way to present his geometric and patterned imagery by applying them to sculptural surfaces. Working in particular with the Fibonacci sequence and viral structures with this new body of work, these psychedelic wall mounted and free standing sculptures from Brookes have been in the works for most of this year. Discuss […]

Overtime: Sept 10 – 16

More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): Three shows coming up from Ai Weiwei in Los Angeles starting at the end of the month. Interview with Conor Harrington about his new show “The Story of Us & Them” at Heni Gallery. Street artist Revok and H&M settle dispute over an ad that featured his work without permission. Inside his London studio, Mark Wallinger contemplates our desire for self-reflection and recognition. The Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation has opened with an […]