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Recap / Videos: POW! WOW! Rotterdam

Last month, another POW! WOW! wrapped up in Rotterdam, their first event in Europe. POW! WOW! Rotterdam featured live music and a special exhibition in the HAKA building, but of course our focus is on the street art that was created at Keilewerf 1 and 2, an area that used to be an industrial part of the city. Along with artists from the Netherlands like Super A (seen above) and Telmo Miel (seen below), the international roster did their best to brighten up the grim concrete walls. […]

Releases: KAWS x Uniqlo x Sesame Street (Part II)

Following up on his previous collaboration (covered) with Uniqlo x Sesame Street, KAWS will be releasing a more extensive collection featuring the iconic cast of characters from the popular children’s show on November 19th. This time around not only will there be t-shirts – sweatshirts, hoodies, and a selection of plushes join the release. Head over here for more information. Photo credit: KAWS & Uniqlo. Discuss KAWS here.

Showing: Martin Wittfooth – “Domestic Katabasis” @ Corey Helford Gallery

Last weekend in Los Angeles, Corey Helford Gallery opened their third showing with Martin Wittfooth (interviewed) entitled Domestic Katabasis. Featuring 19 oil paintings on canvas, linen, and wood panels, some of his largest to date, the new exhibition from the New York-based artist posits that perhaps the relentless progress of the human race is actually a decline or deterioration when viewed from a different prospective. Wittfooth further explains – “Katabasis is an ancient Greek term that refers to a descent of some type in mythology, usually into the underworld, out of which […]

JR x Time Magazine – “Guns In America” Cover

After working over the course of five months, JR (interviewed) has finally revealed to the world his latest pojrect –  a new TIME cover. Dealing with the complex and often controversial issue of Guns In America, the French artist photographed 245 people from three cities – St. Louis, Washington, D.C., and Dallas – to construct a mural for the weekly news magazine. Choosing people from all sides of the polarizing debate (veterans, teachers, hunters, doctors, people afraid that guns may kill their children and people afraid they won’t have […]

Streets: Okuda – “Air, Sea, Land” (Boston)

Earlier this month, Okuda completed his largest public installation project to date in Boston’s Seaport District. Curated by Justkids, the seven large-scale sculptures from the Spanish artist features his distinctive kaleidoscope of colors and geometric shapes. Air, Sea, Land is inspired by the intersection of elements at the dynamic waterfront neighborhood and continues exploring some of the street artist’s favorite themes – “the tale of life and coexistence, and the mythological edge where the animal kingdom encounters with the human world.” Discuss Okuda here.

Showing: Dadara – “Life Inside a Pixel” @ KochXBos

Amsterdam’s KochXBos gallery recently opened a solo exhibition by local art hero, Dadara. Life Inside a Pixel is the long-awaited exhibition from the famou illustrator, designer, cartoonist, painter, and performance artist, built around the ideas and experiences from his Solipmission Installation at Burning Man 2017. For the aforementioned installation, the Dutch artist and his team were locked inside a black box in the desert for the duration of the event. Inspired by everyday life and the perception of reality through the screens of our phone and computers, […]

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

On view through November 10th at Quint Gallery in La Jolla, Kelsey Brookes’  new show sees him take his work in a more dimensional direction. Fibonacci, Waveforms, and Capsid Symmetries continues the locally-based artist’s longstanding practice of looking to nature and science for inspiration. The painted freestanding and wall sculptures deal with viruses and the Fibonacci sequence, and feature Brookes’ signature psychedelic and colorful patterns. Check out the video below for further explanation if you are interested… Discuss Kelsey Brookes here.

Upcoming: KAWS – “GONE” @ Skarstedt Gallery

Making the move up to Skarstedt Gallery, KAWS, whose work recently breached the $1 million mark at auction, has a show opening in New York on November 8th entitled GONE. Fans of the Brooklyn-based artist will certainly be looking forward to seeing in person the monumental new bronze revealed recently on the cover of the Vanity Fair On Art 2018 supplement along with other sculptures and his abstracted paintings, which are often riffs on iconic cartoonish characters. The striking new piece featuring his instantly recognizable Companion and BFF figures have […]

Showing: Jonathan Chapline – “Material Memory” @ The Hole

Material Memory, a solo show from Jonathan Chapline opened last week at The Hole in New York City. Set against an eye-catching floor-to-ceiling gridded out gallery space, the Brooklyn-based artist’s digital aesthetics are perfectly accentuated by the Tron-like backdrop. Although he works with traditional subject matter like domestic interiors, still lifes, bathers, it is Chapline’s use 3D programs to render artworks followed by hand painting with acrylic and flashe on panel that make them unique, along with his masterful use of color gradients and lighting. Rounding out the show in the middle of […]

Releases: Shok-1 x Bally Collection

With the help of tastemaker Swizz Beatz, Bally recently launched a new capsule collection with artwork from Shok-1. Known for his unique x-ray aerosol technique, the British artist recently traveled to Japan and Hong Kong (seen above) to promote the release of a selection of sweatshirts, joggers, totes, fanny packs, sneakers, and hats for both men and women. Blending art and music, the Swiss luxury house brought in Nas to celebrate the release by performing a full set backed up by Swizz at a local underground Tokyo club. While in town, […]