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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Bumblebee – Studio Visit / Show Preview


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Dailydujour recently visited LA street artist Bumblebee’s studio in anticipation of   his upcoming ‘Bee Yourself’ solo which opens on Thursday (1.23) and  runs through the weekend in Culver City. We had a chance to talk about  the new work, check out show prep (including an official photo shoot) and get a closer look at the pieces.   The new collection features large canvas paintings, many of which are based on his murals around the city, as well as several sculptures.  Bumblebee’s depictions of childhood innocence, play, and simpler times inspire us to rekindle the largely lost  sense of adventure, discovery and knowledge that anything is possible rather than continue down the  path of the accepted status quo.

In addition to continuing to refine and hone his painting skills to achieve a new level of execution, Bumblebee also pushed himself in new directions for the show including  woodworking.  As part of a large-scale installation, he  started with small  wooden dinosaur toys and then transformed them into a pair of  large-scale wood dinosaur sculptures with his own personal touches and symbolism.  Rather than rely on outside assistance, he did the whole process himself –   hand-cutting, assembling and painting each piece.

Bumblebee has been hard at work creating pieces and installations that will inspire, surprise and delight viewers. Hit the jump for a taste of what to expect for Thursday’s opening.

Bumblebee || ‘Bee Yourself’
Opening: Thursday (1.23) from 6-10 PM

4621 W. Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90016
323.939.0600

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Preview: ‘Feral Creatures’ at Modern Eden Gallery (1.18)


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Opening on January 18th 2014 at  Modern Eden Gallery in San Francisco, ‘Feral Creatures’ features both arresting and graceful portrayals of wildlife, imaginary and real.  Curated by Stephanie Chefas, the exhibition showcases multiple pieces from a talented group of ten artists — Michael Alm, JAW Cooper (above), Peter Gronquist, Michael Page, Caitlin Hackett, Anita Kunz, Christina Mrozik, Jason Wheatley, Zoe Williams, and Kikyz1313.  Collectively, the present imagery offers grace, beauty and power and on an allegorical level speaks to our own existence and struggles.

‘Feral Creatures’
Opening: Saturday, January 18th 2014 (6-10 PM)

Modern Eden Gallery
403 Francisco Street
San Francisco, CA 94133

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Henrik Aa. Uldalen & Seamus Conley — ‘In Limbo’ at Thinkspace (1.4)


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Thinkspace ushers in the new year with ‘In Limbo’ featuring the work of Henrik Uldalen and Seamus Conley opening on Saturday evening (1.4).  As the title suggests, both artists feature solitary characters, leading the viewer to confront the sense of isolation and ponder the subject’s situation as well as our role in the expansive universe. Uldalen’s new collection features a large number of portraits rendered in a highly realistic fashion, while Conley’s work focuses on the juxtaposition of a solitary figure surrounded by the natural world – be it a forest or cloud swept heights.

Henrik Aa. Uldalen & Seamus Conley || ‘In Limbo’
Opening: Saturday, January 4th 2014

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

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SHOWS: ZIO ZIEGLER @ AR4T 1/4/14


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LAGUNA BEACH, CA (December 12, 2013) – To begin the year 2014, Artists Republic 4 Tomorrow is proud to be the first art gallery to bring Zio Ziegler and his spirited story to Orange County.  Ziegler is a Bay Area street artist, studio painter and sculptor, a youthful and prolific artist with a lot to say. Earlier this year, when international and local audiences were exposed to his monochromatic mural painting during the Vans US Open of Surfing, one observer was AR4T artist / curator Russ Pope, who called Ziegler’s work, “mega-prolific.” Pope later explained, “He works on a massive scale that’s super inspirational. He’ll cover a large area in a really short amount of time, it’s impressive.”

“Chasing Singularity,” which will be on view Jan. 4-26, 2014, will consist of a large indoor mural Ziegler has yet to paint and 10-15 new studio works on canvas and paper. Viewers can expect the mural to be recognizable as the artist’s signature black-line patterned pieces as found throughout the city of San Francisco, where he is part of the deep-rooted, world-renowned street art community. Furthermore, his new works on canvas and paper are super-charged with symbolism and color.

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The combination of Ziegler’s street and studio work at Artists Republic 4 Tomorrow will be a rare and opportune time to view the artist’s two styles – both rich in gigantism, distortion and tribal influence — at once. He recently explained the delicate balances in working both in the street and in the studio, and both quickly and slowly. The artist said:

“My axioms of painting vary with my mood, sometimes I crave loose and confident work, other times meticulous and cautious canvases, but I know I am doing something right if over a period of time, the work begins to blend and the two polar styles serve their symbolic purpose, creating a canvas that manifests the balance that I seek… My painting is its own organism, and its evolution doesn’t rest, which can be taxing on everything in my life, but the work moves forward, sometimes by an inch, and sometimes by a mile, and it’s that progress which balances me, and in turn the work.”

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On Thursday, January 2, gallery visitors during First Thursday Art Walk at a VIP Media and Collectors reception will have the chance to see Ziegler painting his mural live in the gallery. In his large-scale work, Ziegler is known for working fast — hastily, even. He recently commented, “I think of the work in the studio as peaceful, while the murals are active. However I ask the opposite from the viewer in each— with the studio work, the viewer is asked to be active in decoding it, while the street work is intended to bring peace to the viewer through the overwhelming scale and relative simplicity.” Of his studio works, made with deliberation, and exploding with color, he also said, “I want these canvases to make you want to figure yourself out.”

Zio Ziegler is the first among a carefully curated platform of exciting, ascending artists that Artists Republic 4 Tomorrow and Vans, in collaboration for the entire year of 2014, are committed to bringing to the southern California art movement.

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New Dabs Myla Screen Print via Dangerfork (12.10)


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Australian super duo Dabs Myla is about to drop a brand-new print from Melbourne based Dangerfork.  The 6-color screen print which features a chillaxin’ house turning in for the night reminds us of their house installation which was just recently featured at Wynwood Walls in Miami during Art Basel week.   Limited to 100 pieces, the print will be available for $95.00 AUS (86.45 USD) + s/h from Dangerfork at 2 PM PST on Tuesday (12.10). Considering Dabs Myla’s soaring popularity, you’ll want to be quick if you’re looking to pick this up.

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Carne Griffiths ‘Invisible Lines’ solo show in Hong Kong


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INVISIBLE LINES

A SOLO EXHIBITION BY CARNE GRIFFITHS

Friday November 22nd – Saturday December 21st 2013

Venue: 31 Eastern St Sai Ying Pun Hong Kong

“I believe in chance, things happening for a reason and a balance. The tension between different objects, between ourselves and nature, between people, emotions and feelings; these can all be described in a drawing with simple lines. I try to achieve a balance between the figurative and the abstract.” – Carne Griffiths

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In Carne Griffiths’ first solo exhibition in Asia, he presents a new series of works based on the balance of geometry and free flowing lines. These lines represent a universal balance, one of male and female, power and meekness, even notes on a scale. Griffiths believes that we are all connected emotionally or spiritually to what is around us. These connections are expressed through his work as lines between objects or the things we are made of. They can be seen as representations of many things–energy, emotions or spiritual connections—the tangible and the intangible, in a natural balance.

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SHOWS: JAY HOWELL ‘Except My Love’ @ Slow Culture Opens 10/25


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LOS ANGELES, CA:  Slow Culture proudly presents “Except My Love,” an exhibition of new works by Jay Howell. For this exhibition Jay has expanded upon his diverse cast of characters illustrated across vintage Harlequin & Shel Silverstein book pages. Present will be 29 new mixed media pieces, as well as a brand new wooden sculpture. In addition, select pieces from Jay’s recent collaboration with The Hundreds will be available for purchase.   This is a short run show, and will exhibit for 1 week ending 11/2.

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EXCEPT MY LOVE
New Works by Jay Howell
Friday, October 25 thru November 12th
7 – 10 PM
Slow Culture
5906 North Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90042
www.slowculture.com

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Seen: Danny Heller @ George Billis Gallery


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I’m a longtime fan of Danny Heller’s work, and his new show of paintings of Mid-Century Modern architecture in downtown Los Angeles didn’t disappoint. Clean lines, classic cars, sleek furniture…I half-expected to see Rock Hudson and Doris Day sauntering through each painting!  “Danny Heller: City Modernism“  is currently on display at George Billis Gallery until Nov. 16.

George Billis Gallery: 2716 S. La Cienega Blvd/Los Angeles, CA 90034

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