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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 […]

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.

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 […]

Streets / Videos: Xenz – “Concrete Jungle” (Oslo)

Recently in the Sandvika, Norway, Xenz was invited in to create a delightful new installation on some concrete columns under a railway bridge featuring his distinctive birds and butterflies. Completed over the course of five days, the Concrete Jungle was brought to life with the British artist’s colorful trompe-l’œil technique and gave him a chance to point out unexpected parallels between the Impressionst and graffiti movement. He further explains – “Putting paint in tubes gave the Impressionists the opportunity to work en plein air for the first time. In […]

Streets: D*Face // London Mural Festival

With the global pandemic starting to loosen its grip on some areas of the world, it’s nice to see artists out painting walls again. The first ever London Mural Festival kicked off this month (created by Global Street Art) with a roster the included the locally-based D*Face (interviewed). The new piece created in his segmented style features his cartoonish imagery while also including what looks to be a partial self portrait. As the event was sponsored by Zippo, there appears to be some lighters produced with […]

Banksy Funded Refugee Rescue Boat

As an outspoken critic of EU policies towards the migrant crisis, Banksy has decided to take matters into his own hands. Redirecting some of the proceeds from his art sales, the elusive artist has purchased a former French Navy boat and converted it to a rescue boat for refugees in the Mediterranean (now captained by Pia Klemp and crewed by a team of rescue professionals drawn from across Europe). The MV Louise Michel has been painted over with the infamous street artist’s instantly recognizable Girl With Balloon image, with the […]

Showing: José Parlá – “The Awakening” @ Yuka Tsuruno Gallery

Over the weekend, Yuka Tsuruno Gallery opened up a solo exhibition from José Parlá entitled The Awakening. For his third showing with the gallery, the New York-based artist has created a new body of work while the US has been experiencing significant social unrest. Part of a series of works which are all protests paintings, Parla’s graffiti inspired imagery and textured layers reflect the fabric of the cities where this upheaval is taking place. Some accompanying words from the artist – “awakening hindsight, envisioning reason, camouflage writing against gaslighting, blooms of […]

Upcoming: Josh Keyes – “Inside Out” @ Thinkspace

On September 19th,  Thinkspace Gallery will be presenting all new works from Josh Keyes (interviewed) in a new solo show entitled Inside Out. The latest piece revealed from the talented painter features a horse wearing a gas mask in full gallop, something that hits close to home with the current pandemic. Known for his focus on a dystopian future for our planet and their denizens (notably with a lacking of human presence), the Portland-based artist has surely prepared more pieces in the same vein judging from another released image of […]

Showing: OSGEMEOS – “You Are My Guest” @ Storage by Hyundai Card (Seoul)

Currently in Itaewon, OSGEMEOS has a show on view at Storage by Hyundai Card, an exhibition space in central Seoul. Entitled You Are My Guest, the showing features 14 works (consisting of 244 pieces) including paintings, sculptures, installations, and videos that put on display the Brazilian artists’ distinctive style. Creating an immersive installation featuring their signature cartoonish yellow-skinned figures, the duo made liberal use of balloon heads including the eye-catching large piece outside sandwiched between two buildings. Photo credit: Jeon Byung Cheol (courtesy of Storage by Hyundai Card), @yeonhee_424, @maysix71, @usual.jungeun, @diana.jinseo, @deway_bora2, @sweet_elly95, @davidgmaupin, and […]