Posts Tagged ‘Openings’


March 29, 2013  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off on TODD JAMES’ WORLD DOMINATION AT LAZARIDES GALLERY LONDON

World Domination

Currently on display at London’s Lazarides Gallery is a fantastic show of new work by Supertouch buddy Todd James (aka: REAS), the central theme of which is the continuation of his beautiful and funny “Somali Pirates” series. Read More


February 12, 2010  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off on HOLLYWOOD///THE WEEKEND ART CRAWL


Our friends at SOUR HARVEST have compiled this weekend’s lineup of must-see shows opening in the Southland:

Fri, Feb. 12th 7-11PM
4210 Santa Monica Blvd in Los Angeles / 323.913.3375
“Modus Alone” featuring new works from Damon Soule + “Fresh” group show featuring new works from Linnea Strid, Jacub Gagnon, Josie Morway, Dabs Myla, Wesley Burt, Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker, and John Park
(On view through March 5th)

Fri, Feb. 12th 7-10PM
THIS Los Angeles
5906 North Figueroa  in Los Angeles
“These Friends” group show featuring works from Richard Colman, Andrew Jeffrey Wright, Andy Mueller, Geoff McFetridge, Leo Fitzpatrick, Noah Kalina, Corey Arnold, Mercedes Helnwein, Andy Jenkins, Travis Millard, Michael Sieben, Kevin Taylor, Adam Wallacavage, Florencio Zavala, Ben Woodward, Sage Vaughn, Jim Houser, Shepard Fairey, The Cobrasnake, Christopher Bettig, and many more

Fri, Feb. 12th 8PM-Midnight
Vlad The Retailer
4313 Melrose Ave in Los Angeles
‘Bitter Sweet: A Valentine’s Show’ – group show featuring the Girls Drawin’ Girls collective made up of women artists that specialize in pin-up art

Sat, Feb. 13th 8-11:30PM
Copro Gallery
2525 Michigan Ave, Space T5 in Bergamot Station in Santa Monica
‘Tempest’ featuring new works and an installation from Martin Wittfooth and ‘The Burgeoning’ from Chris Ryniak
(On view through March 6th)

Sat, Feb. 13th 7-10M
Corey Helford Gallery
8522 Washington Blvd in Culver City / 310.287.2340
‘You Are Not Falling, You Are Floating’ featuring new works from David Hochbaum

Sat, Feb. 13th 6-9PM
Gallery Eight Two Five
825 North La Cienega Blvd in Los Angeles
“Wheels Of Imagination” featuring new works from Tommy Hollenstein
(On view through March 12th)

Sat, Feb. 13th 3-5PM
Gallery Nucleus
210 E. Main St., Alhambra / 626.458.7482
Book-signing event with Barron Storey and Kent Williams

Sat, Feb. 13th 6:30-10PM
2062 Sawtelle Blvd in Los Angeles / 310.445.9276
‘Year Of The Tiger’ group show featuring works from Apak!, Robert Bellm, Christopher Bettig, Luke Chueh, Jen Corace, Matt Furie, Susie Ghahremani, David Horvath, Michael Hsiung, Martin Hsu, Mari Inukai, Jeremiah Ketner, Dan-ah Kim, Le Merde, Eric Nyquist, Matrin Ontiveros, Albert Reyes, Scrappers, Bwana Spoons, Aiyana Udesen, Edwin Ushiro, Jeni Yang, and many more

Sat, Feb. 13th 5-7PM
Richard Heller Gallery
2525 Michigan Ave, Space B-5A at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica
“GoodbyeGoldenState” featuring new works from Alison Blickle
(On view through March 13th)

Sat, Feb. 13th 8PM-4AM (18 and over – see site for ticket prices)
Lucent L’amour
700 West 32nd St. in Los Angeles
Annual event being held at The Shrine Expo Hall this year and the adjacent outdoor lot (rain or shine) – check site for full details – art installations, live painting, performances galore, an on-site art gallery, interactive environments, giant sculptures, live music… check out the site, looks pretty intense and features over 100 artists total

Sat, Feb. 13th 7-9PM
PasadenaMuseum Of California Art
490 East Union Street in Pasadena
‘The Ulysses Guide To The Los Angeles River’ group show featuring works from Chaz Bojorquez, Rob Sato, and many more – inspired by the book of the same name + a solo show from The Sumi Ink Club in their project room + a Millard Sheets retrospective featuring over 80 works in the main gallery – well worth a trip to Pasadena
(On view thorugh May 30th)

Sat, Feb. 13th 7-11PM
Sherman Gallery (Thinkspace Gallery pop-up show)
4039 Lincoln Blvd in Marina del Rey (near intersection of Washington Blvd and Lincoln Blvd near Venice)
“Give Me Space To Think” – curated by Thinkspace and Cannibal Flower – special showcase featuring artists that will be exhibiting at Thinkspace and Cannibal Flower in 2010 – featuring works from Allison Sommers, Anthony Clarkson, Dabs Myla, Jacub Gagnon, John Park, 2H, Linnea Strid, Nathan DeYoung, Seth Armstrong, Tran Nguyen, Yosuke Ueno, Brian Robertson, Crystal Sylver, Delphia, Erik Siador, Godfrey Mawema, Jessica Blowers, Louie Metz, Macsorro, Michael Pukac, Mickey Edtinger and N.S. David + live painting from Dabs Myla, Anthony Clarkson, and Lefty Joe + live DJ action from Mr. NumberOnederful & X-Point
(On view through Feb. 27th)

Sat, Feb. 13th 7-10PM
Billy Shire Fine Arts
5790 Washington Blvd. in Los Angeles / 323.297.0600
New works from Dave McKean – last show at Billy’s Culver City location – come out and celebrate the end of an era
(On view through March 6th)

Sun, Feb. 14th 7-11PM
The Strange
4316 Melrose Ave in Los Angeles
‘The Love Show’ featuring works from Sean Cheetham, Natalia Fabia, Korin Faught, Farron Loathing, Shervin Iranshahr, Savanna Snow, JohnPaul Altamirano, Jeff McMillan, Chantal Menard, Corey Kopp and many more – special support from Amoeba Music, LA Weekly abd Tana’s Fun Cakes – don’t miss this one

Honor Fraser
‘Fast-Formal Object: Big White’ featuring a large-scale new sculpture by Gustavo Godoy
(on view through February 20th)

Merry Karnowsky Gallery
170 South La Brea Ave. in Los Angeles / 323.933.4408
‘She Wolves’ featuring new works from Miss Van + ‘Strange Fruit’ featuring new works from Victor Castillo
(On view through March 6th)

Subliminal Projects
1331 W. Sunset Blvd in the Echo Park region of Los Angeles
New works from Albert Reyes & Andres Guerrero
(On view through March 6th)

Carmichael Gallery
1257 N. La Brea Ave in West Hollywood
‘Meaning Is Overrated’ featuring new work by Mark Jenkins + ‘On & Off (Often On)’ featuring new work by Aakash Nihalani – don’t miss this one!!!
(On view through Feb. 18th)

Roberts & Tilton
5801 Washington Blvd. in Culver City
“Projections: A Festival of Rare and Hard To See Films” organized by Aaron Rose and featuring short and feature length films by 31 filmmakers including the likes of Chris Johansson, Aaron Rose, Tobin Yelland, Jo Jackson, Thomas Campbell, Bruce laBruce, Roman Coppola, and many more
(On view through Feb. 20th)


February 10, 2010  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off on MILAN///OS GEMEOS DEBUT “IN THE ARMS OF AN ANGEL” AT GALLERIA PATRICIA ARMOCIDA

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Globetrotting Supertouch buddies OS GEMEOS (aka Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo) touched down long enough in Milan, Italy, to debut their show of new work, “In The Arms of an Angel” at GALLERIA PATRICIA ARMOCIDA last week. Comprised of their usual array of stunning aerosol-painted canvases & objects, the show was a poignant example of their beautiful visionary dreamscapes at a time when the world needs dreaming most. HAVE A LOOK: Read More




The work of 74-year-old painter PETER SAUL reveals an artist whose vigor for wild Cartoon Expressionism remains undiminished by age. A pioneer of Pop Art who wears his pulp influences on his sleeve, Saul has created some of his finest modern work in this show of mostly large scale new paintings now on display at NYC’s venerable DAVID NOLAN GALLERY, all of which explode with the trademark color and humor inherent in all of the artist’s most memorable work. Rightfully, the paper of record has taken notice:

The irrepressible Peter Saul, now 74, continues his cheerfully acerbic, riotously goofy ways. The paintings in this entertaining show are made in Mr. Saul’s signature Pop-Surrealist cartoon style. With their rubbery, pneumatic forms neatly rendered with a spongy, semi-pointillist touch in glowing colors, they are like much-enlarged stills from a twisted animated film.

There are three different types of pictures: weirdly personal, violently political and insouciantly art historical. In “Viva la Difference,” a grinning bon vivant in pajamas with a martini in one hand wraps his arm around an amorphous blob that sprouts multiple breasts and is perforated by numerous vaginal orifices. (Talk about your male gaze!)

On the political front, there’s “Stalin & Mao,” in which the dictators are represented as giants punching the heads off enemy soldiers. As for art history, “Better Than de Kooning,” a translation of de Kooning’s “Woman” paintings from the 1950s into a picture of bulging, writhing, tubular forms, is visually captivating and amusingly Oedipal.

“Beckmann’s the Night” is based on a 1919 painting by Max Beckmann. In Mr. Saul’s version, a green maniac armed with a knife and a pistol attacks a naked blonde tied by her wrists to an overhead beam, while Beckmann himself licks the swollen foot of a half-naked man who hangs by the neck. A careening bullet rips through the flesh of the strung-up victims. Mr. Saul’s picture reminds us that few sights are more gripping to behold than scenes of horrific carnage.

On display until May23rd, consider this a must-see show of the highest order. HAVE A LOOK: Read More


April 13, 2009  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off on MIAMI///WALK ON THE WILD SIDE///SCOTT CAMPBELL MAKES IT “RAIN” AT O.H.W.O.W. GALLERY

Josh Hartnett with Scott Campbell on opening nite…

Supertouch’s own tattooing god and master of low culture SCOTT CAMPBELL brought the thunder to Miami this weekend when his “Make it Rain” show opened this weekend at AL MORAN‘s venerable O.H.W.O.W. GALLERY where A-listers JOSH HARTNETT and SERENA WILLIAMS rolled in to show their support. The proprietor of New York’s most premiere tattoo studio (that also doubles as an artist’s social club and illegal shooting range), Campbell brings the full scope of his authentic inkslinging influences to his first major solo show and the results have “wow factor” to spare. The highlight of the diverse collection of work are a series of laser-cut dollar bill pieces that feature imagery cut deeply into stacks of 100 single dollar bills with shockingly precise—and aesthetically pleasing—results. Equally impressive are Campbell’s beautiful monochrome ink paintings of tattoo-themed imagery. The real showstoppers, however, were the artist’s “implements of death” pieces which consisted of an actual ice pick, box cutter, and broken bottle all etched with decorative filigree, dipped in 24k gold and inlaid with rubies, garnets and sapphires. The results are killer bling—literally. Topping it all off, was the pièce de résistance: a real granite headstone that read “Wish You Were Here.” HAVE A LOOK: Read More


April 13, 2009  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off on LA///OPENINGS///FIRST LOOK: YI CHEN’S GORGEOUS “BEAUT-ESQUE” AT HONOR FRASER GALLERY


Beijing-born and Queens, NY-based Chinese artist YI CHEN is a rising force in the world of modern figurative painting. His newest show “Beaut-Esque” that opened its doors at Culver City hotspot HONOR FRASER GALLERY this Saturday nite was full of gorgeous, color-dense examples of his playful and expert signature style full of playful references the modern masters (Picasso and Hockney spring immediately to mind), and loads of painting chops to spare. The artist uses culturally mediated images from advertisements and fashion magazines as inspiration for his work and sees his paintings and collages as metaphors for hybrid, mutated concepts of beauty borne from a global popular culture. This concept of hybridization and mutation formulate a tense balance in his work, combining enticing beauty and repelling grotesqueries that result in magnetic paintings. Chen begins his creative process by assembling collages of human (and sometimes mammalian) facial features cut out from popular fashion magazines. These collages of perfect/imperfect specimens are the foundation of his work. Like an artistic scientist, he disregards race, gender and age and selects individual characteristics and reconstructs them to form a new human species. These collages then become the figurative models for his lushly rendered oil paintings. All art-crawling denizens of the Southland should consider this essential viewing. HAVE A LOOK: Read More


April 12, 2009  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off on LA///LADIE’S NITE///FIRST LOOK: SYLVIA JI’S “HAUTE EPOCH”


LA might not be ground zero for the next visual renaissance (at least not from how things are looking as of late), but it is home to some solid decorative art. Enter SYLIVA JI who’s been painting for some time now in a fun style that might be best described as Nagel Vs. Gustav Klimt on Dia De los Muertos. Her solid new solo exhibition “Haute Eopch” at Culver City’s COREY HELFORD GALLERY featuring Ji’s usual array of painted doomsday femme fatales opened to a packed house on Saturday nite where the looks made it worth the drive and the ratio of lovely ladies to men was advantageously high. HAVE A LOOK: Read More


April 8, 2009  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off on TEXAS///FIRST LOOK: ROSSON CROW’S “FOCUS” AT THE FORT WORTH MODERN



Supertouch buddy KAWS checks in with a visual update on ROSSON CROW‘s incredible solo show “Focus” at the FORT WORTH MODERN that opened on Saturday nite. Hailing from Plano, Texas, the red Corvette driving LA-based bad girl of the art world is one of the most incredible young talents on the scene who kicked ass and took names with her first solo museum show in her home state of Lone Star. The big show features a small collection of large scale works that were quickly upstaged by the Texas Rose herself who showed up at the opening decked out in a red, white, and blue sequined showgirl’s outfit, exuding state pride right down to her Texas flag manicure. The DALLAS MORNING NEWS took rightful notice:

“Rosson Crow is having one of life’s sweetest moments, and she may be too young to fully appreciate it. Just three years out of Yale’s master’s program, the 26-year-old has moved from gallery level to museum soloist with her “Focus” show, which opened Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

This great career leap forward is happening only a few miles from her hometown of Plano, where she was known as Lauren. She became her more androgynous middle name when she launched her life as an artist … The high-glamour Crow is visually at odds with her large-scale paintings of defunct saloons, taxidermy shops and seedy nightclubs. She likes dark, raucous spaces that have a history, and she combs through archival photographs and American history books for inspirational images. She has incorporated photographs of Abraham Lincoln’s funeral cortège and the New York Stock Exchange at the turn of the century in her work.” Click HERE to read more.

A featured artist in LANCE ARMSTRONG‘s upcoming Supertouch-curated “Stages” art show to benefit the anti-cancer LIVESTRONG foundation, Rosson Crow will be creating an original large-scale painting that will be premiered at the exhibition when doors open on July 16th at GALERIE EMMANUEL PERROTIN in Paris during the TOUR DE FRANCE. Stay tuned to ST for more updates coming soon. Meanwhile, HAVE A LOOK: Read More




Controversial Algerian artist ADEL ABDESSEMED whose works depicting animals in often violent and fatal situations has brought his incomparable vision to American shores with his first NYC solo gallery show “Rio” at DAVID ZWIRNER. Opening last weekend to a crowd that included the awestruck alongside the aghast, the show’s crowing installation was a massive sculpture of twisted and intertwined plane wreckage that transformed the original vehicles into what closely resembled a trio of wrestling earthworms that inevitably brought to mind the crash landing of a passenger plane in the Hudson River this winter. The most divisive works, of course, could be found in the exhibition’s screening room where short films of animal fighting and abuse were screened in loops as an illustration of cultural violence not intended for the faint of heart. In fact, this is exactly the type of work Republicans usually trot out in front of Congress when lobbying against Federally subsidized arts programs. Explaining the show’s title, the artist said, “The show is called Rio, meaning river. I observe the world with the same fascination that my daughter, Rio, contemplates the big animals in the zoo that are thirsty and hungry.” Having roused the ire of Italian audiences with his “The Wings of God,” exhibition in Turin, Italy and the outright condemnation of pseudo-hippies in the Bay Area with his “Don’t Trust Me” show at the SF Art Institute (which was canceled before the scheduled end date), both of which featured similarly violent animal films, Abdessemed is boldly taking the fight for artistic expression to the front lines of the art world with the help of a gallery unintimidated by the current pervasive climate of fear and loathing. An impressive array of other conceptual works including “Music Box,” with a mechanism made from an oil drum, and “Prostitute,” a set of leather bound copies of the Bible, Torah, and Koran, each meticulously handwritten, page by page, by actual prostitutes rounds out the provocative show which, in these knee-knocking times, should be considered essential viewing for all. HAVE A LOOK: Read More


April 6, 2009  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off on NYC///FIRST LOOK: PHIL FROST’S “PAPERWEIGHT” AT JONATHAN LEVINE GALLERY


This weekend in NYC saw the return of one of the city’s most elusive artists to the formal gallery scene when Supertouch’s own PHIL FROST premiered his new solo show “Paperweight” at JONATHAN LEVINE GALLERY. Creating over 65 works on paper—the majority of which clocked in at a comfy and affordable 22″ x 30″—the show was an explosion of color (and white out) from the so-called “street artist”, who, despite gaining notoriety for first plying his trade on city walls, has strived to elude the misnomer in his professional career. A show of this kind has never before been mounted for Phil, whose imagery usually begins on canvases before spilling over onto all matter of physical ephemera, from baseball bats and footballs, to old mattresses, glass bottles, BMX bikes, and even suitcases, and proved to be an amazing spectacle in its well contained uniformity. Of course, Frost’s fanbase was out in numbers to greet their art hero and art collector and onetime funnyman MIKE MEYERS even patiently waited his turn in line for a photo with Philly Phil followed by chants of “I’m not worthy, I’m not worthy,” obviously not in reference to his performance in “The Love Guru.” HAVE A LOOK: Read More