Edwin Ushiro – Gathering Whispers at Giant Robot 2 (7.12)


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LA-based painter Edwin Ushiro  will open his new solo exhibition, ‘Gathering Whispers’ on Saturday, July 12th  at Giant Robot 2 in West Los Angeles.  Ushiro expresses both the everyday experiences of growing up in Hawaii and a respect for the lore and spirituality that are an integral part of the iconic islands. Through his unique process,  the artist’s signature ethereal aesthetic delivers the warmth of a smile, the mystique of legend, and the comfort of the local.  His deep connection to the subject matter as well as his painting style convey an undeniable sense of ‘home’, even for those that have never experienced the depicted places first hand.

Edwin Ushiro || ‘Gathering Whispers’
Opening: Friday, July 12th (6:30 – 10 PM)

Giant Robot 2
2062 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
310.445.9276

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Tr3spass: Brooklyn Pop-Up Show (6.27)


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The Tr3pass:Brooklyn Pop-Up Exhibition will open its doors this Friday (6.27, 5-7 PM) at the Dumbo Spot in Brooklyn.  The three person urban art exhibition features work from Victor ‘Marka27’ Quiñonez, David ‘Don Rimx’ Sepulveda, and Ian Kuali`i. Made possible in part by The Brooklyn Arts Council and sponsors Tamganic and Sailor Jerry, will feature a large scale public mural and an exhibit of mixed media paintings, prints, and installation.

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Tr3pass:Brooklyn
Friday, June 27th 2014 (5-7 PM)

The Dumbo Spot
160 Water Street
Brooklyn, NY

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Jacub Gagnon — ‘Worlds Collide’ at Thinkspace (6.21)


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Toronto artist Jacub Gagnon returns to Thinkspace with ‘Worlds Collide’ (6.21).  The exhibition continues the artist’s series of playful paintings casting a spotlight on unlikely combinations of wild animals interacting with one another and various objects, fancy and commonplac3.  The new collection features 14 new acrylic paintings on linen and canvas, all with Gagnon’s trademark stark black backgrounds.

To coincide with the show opening, Thinkspace will release a limited-edition giclee print of Gagnon’s ‘Aperitif’ (14×18”, edition of 40 s/n, $60) on Saturday June 21st beginning at 1 PM during the Summer Solstice Festival taking place in the Culver City Arts District.  Only in-person orders will be accepted on Saturday with any remaining prints being available for phone/internet orders sometime in the week following the opening.

Jacub Gagnon || ‘Worlds Collide’
Opening: Saturday, June 21st 2014 (6-9 PM)

Thinkspace Art Gallery
6009 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
310.558.3375

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Seen: Mario ‘Mars-1’ Martinez — ‘Toward a Distant Dawn’ at Martha Otero


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Mario ‘Mars-1’ Martinez unveiled a new collection of work for ‘Toward a Distant Dawn’ which opened on Saturday (6.7) @ Martha Otero Gallery in Hollywood.  Martinez continued his exploration of geometrically complex alien worlds drawn from his colorful imagination with a sweeping, massive painted vista and several new bronze sculptures.  The centerpiece painting is one of the best examples of the artist’s signature aesthetic with complex, undulating geometry awash with waves of gradiated color.  

In addition to his stunning painting,  Mars-1 also continued his recent efforts to fully realize his creations through detailed sculpture.  This show features three impressive bronze sculptures created from 3D printed masters of digital models.  The  result are pieces that match collectors’ expectations with intricate geometry of repeating shapes and symbols in perfect alignment.  Some of that digital magic was also on display in a looped animation showing pulsating, morphing alien technology.

Mario Martinez || ‘Toward a Distant Dawn’
Through July 19th, 2014

Martha Otero Gallery
820 N Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046
323 951 1068

 

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Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins — ‘Good Knight’ at Merry Karnowsky Gallery (5.17)


Greg Simkins. Good Knight. Acrylic on canvas wrapped panel. 72 x 96". 2014.

Greg Simkins returns to Merry Karnowsky Gallery for ‘Good Knight’, opening on Saturday May 17th. The play-on-words title evokes both  his recurring, signature heroic White Knight character as well as the common childhood bedtime ritual which ushered in the dreams that are the basis of the fantastic world he paints.  With Good Knight, the artist offers viewers an ever expanding view of that world and it surreal inhabitants – hybrid creatures caught up in a classic struggle between good and evil.

As part of the opening reception festivities,  behind the scenes footage from the artist’s upcoming film, ‘I’m Scared’, will be projected on a 30 foot outdoor wall  of the Graffiti Cafe (2nd and La Brea).

Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins || ‘Good Knight’
Opening: Saturday, May 17th (8 to 11 PM).
RSVP by 5 PM, 5.16: rsvp@mkgallery.com

Merry Karnowsky Gallery
170 S. La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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Dina Goldstein Solo at Circa Gallery (5.17)


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Dina Goldstein. Tub and Toilet. In the Dollhouse. 2011.

Canadian pop surrealist photographer Dina Goldstein will make her US debut at Circa Gallery on Saturday evening (5.17).  The exhibition will feature  multiple sized fine art prints of her  first two ‘storyography’ series – ‘Fallen Princesses’ and ‘In the Dollhouse’.  Goldstein’s work tarnishes the allure of pop culture fantasy with the stark and complex reality of the everyday to produce imagery that is at once inviting, provocative, satirical and humorous.    By recasting Sleeping Beauty as a mother coping with the monotonous routine of caring for her children or Rapunzel as a victim of Cancer, Goldstein highlights the inescapability of the vagaries of the human condition be they pragmatic or profound.  Offering a more upbeat yet critical perspective, her  series of hilarious images featuring Barbie and a homosexual Ken challenge the notion of the ideal that will guarantee happiness and success.  For Goldstein, Fantasy is the perfect lens for assailing  the very concept of perfection.

Dina Goldstein Solo
Opening: Saturday, May 17th 2014 (7-10 PM)

Circa Gallery
8530-A Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA  90232
310.287.2340

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Shows: Superchief Gallery LA Grand Opening 5/15


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Superchief Gallery is proud to announce the GRAND OPENING and group show at its brand new Downtown Los Angeles location, opening May 15 and running through July 31. This is Superchief’s west coast debut, largest group show yet and most ambitious undertaking since curating 52 week-long shows on the Lower East Side in New York last year.

Additionally, the May 15 opening will feature an exclusive print release with work from The Yok & Sheryo, Alexander Heir, David Cook, Ron Wimberly, Lee Trice, and Metro Zu.

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Preview: Yoskay Yamamoto — ‘House of Daydreamers’ (5.17) at GR2


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Yoskay Yamamoto will soon open ‘House of Daydreamers’ (5.17) at Giant Robot 2 in West LA.  Featuring new original paintings and sculptures, the show reflects partly upon the relationship between  the varying concepts of ‘home’, physical location, and distance.  The exhibition will also feature a detailed installation folding in the show pieces.  Don’t miss this one.

Yoskay Yamamoto || ‘House of Daydreamers’
Opening: Saturday, May 17th 2014 (6:30 – 10 PM)

Giant Robot 2
2062 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
310.445.9276

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Seen: Joao Ruas — ‘Verso’ at Thinkspace


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Joao Ruas and Tia Lobi

Brazilian painter Joao Ruas opened his latest exhibition, Verso, at Thinkspace on Saturday February 1st.  Featuring a sold-out collection of 15 new pieces, the event drew a large crowd of collectors, art fans and fellow artists.  The massive ‘Cannae of You and Me’ (82” x 29”) which took four months to complete, showcases the  artist’s signature mix of creative, timeless fables of human conflict and exquisitely precise rendering.   In addition to a collection of acrylic and graphite works, Ruas also presented a trio of lightbox pieces as well as a wall of affordable Polaroids, apparently photo references.

Verso continues through Saturday February 22nd.  For detailed information on individual pieces, see the gallery’s official show page.

[Photography: Amy Gottstein (curatedinla@gmail.com)]

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Seen: Cat Art Show at 101/Exhibit


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Perhaps one of the most widely appealing group shows of the year so far, the Cat Art Show opened at 101/Exhibit in Los Angeles on Saturday (1.25) to a massive crowd, with lines wrapped around the block for most of the evening.   Curated by writer Susan Michals, the exhibition celebrates visions of felines – wild, domestic, and imaginary with work from a large group including Sage Vaughn, Buff Monster, Anthony Micallef, Tim Biskup, Luke Chueh, Marion Peck, Ray Caesar, Natalia Fabia, Shepard Fairey, and many more. Portions of the proceeds from the art sales will benefit the Stray Cat Alliance.  If you are a cat  and art lover,  you’ll definitely want to drop by the gallery this  weekend (Saturday and Sunday, 12-5 PM) — your last chance to see the work in person.  Luke Chueh will be releasing his ‘Love & Allergies’ silkscreen print on Saturday at 2 PM at the gallery.

[Photography: Amy Gottstein (curatedinla@gmail.com)]

Cat Art Show
Runs through Sunday, February 2nd 2014

101/Exhibit
6205 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90038

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Luke Chueh — ‘Love & Allergies’ Print Release for Cat Art Show (2.1)


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Luke Chueh will be at 101/exhibit gallery on Saturday (2.1) @ 2 PM to sign and release the silk-screen print of his ‘Love & Allergies’ piece for the extremely popular Cat Art show which runs through the gallery until Sunday (2.2). Roughly 80 to 85 pieces of the 16” x 20” 7 color silk screen print will be available for $250. If you can’t make it out to the gallery, drop a line to susan@catartshow.com to order.

Luke Chueh || ‘Love & Allergies’ Print Release
Saturday, February 1st 2014 @ 2 PM PST

101/exhibit
8920 Melrose Avenue
West Hollywood, CA 90069
310.592.7980

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“Postcards from the Edge” at Luhring Augustine (1.24-1.26)


PostcardsI’m proud to have a piece in the annual Postcards from the Edge benefit, happening Friday-Sunday, Jan. 24-26, at Luhring Augustine in New York, NY. Featuring over 1,300 postcard-sized works by emerging and established artists (like Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari and John Waters), each work  is displayed anonymously until purchased, and everything is the same price! All proceeds support the work of Visual AIDS, which utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue and supporting HIV+ artists.

Click here for more information about the show and click here to see more of my art. I hope our readers in the New York area will get a chance to see this remarkable exhibition in person.

Luhring Augustine: 531 W. 24th Street, New York, NY.

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